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Jesus Is The Way – The Only Way

John 14:6

Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

RayMcDWho do we know that does not attend worship on a regular basis? Maybe we don’t. Maybe it is a child – sibling – parent – uncle – aunt – grandparent – neighbor – best friend – another soccer mom (dad) – a co-worker – a person you work out with – a fellow farmer – and on and on we could go?

If you believe Scripture when it says – John 14:6 – Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me – then you believe that knowing Jesus is essential for salvation and thus being allowed to come into the presence of God the Father – to go to heaven. If you believe Scripture when it says – Romans 10:14 – How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” – then you realize how important coming to worship is for presenting the truth to people.

WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT DOES NOT KNOW JESUS AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOR? Invite them to a special event or some Sunday with you. Each week encourage someone to come with you so that the Gospel might be presented to them, and that they might come to know Jesus. Be persistent. Invite them again and again – if necessary – until they come with you. IT IS ESSENTIAL that we have a heart for the lost and reach out to them NOW.

Pray about whom God would have you reach out to this week. God has called us to be in His service. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 says; 17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Will we – do we – represent God well to those around us? Are we ashamed of the Gospel? Paul writes; Romans 1:16 –I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Do we believe this? If we do – what are we doing to help others see and receive Jesus?

If we think we are not qualified to present Jesus to others – we are so wrong. Read what Paul wrote; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 1 “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” He did not have all the answers, and even if he did, what he presented to the people of Corinth was Jesus Christ and Him crucified. If we are saved – we know Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We know what it means to us to be saved and we can share what changes Christ has made in our life.

What are we waiting for? Are we waiting for the person we know to die – without Jesus? Do we realize what that will mean for them? It means eternity without the presence of God – that is what hell is – the total absence of God! We have the cure for hell – it is Jesus Christ. Invite someone to worship with you this coming Sunday!

Just something for us to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 16, 2016 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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