Are You Playing or Just Cheering?
The great commission is actually our "every day" commission as believers. We are all to be disciple-making by lifestyle. To help us all get closer to that goal, I would like to direct your attention to the 29th chapter of Acts.
As you notice from your Bibles, it isn't there, YET.
The last chapter of Acts is still being written.
It is being written here and across the world.
It is being written in blood, sweat, tears, and prayers.
And it is exactly what God left us here on earth to accomplish for Him.
WHAT IS GOD'S REPORT ON YOUR LIFE?
What will be written by the Lord in Acts 29, about you and me?
Look with me at Christ's last words and the impact they had on that 1st generation of our family. Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8, 8:4. Wow they heard and they obeyed!
Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the world is the theme of the book of Acts. Chapters 1-7 tell of its spread "in Jerusalem"; then chapters 8-11describe the witness "in all Judea and Samaria"; and chapters 12-28 "to the ends of the earth." So intense was the flame of the gospel that soon Christians could be found in all parts of the Empire.
"The comprehensiveness of the early church's outreach—from their homeland and on out to the ends of the world—forbids the evangelistic schizophrenia to which we so easily fall prey—lavishing our attention on foreign missions while neglecting our neighbors, or attending to the immediate needs around us while millions overseas have never heard about Jesus.
We need balance. We must reach our neighbors and the world with our gospel witness, our social witness, our money, our time, ourselves, our offspring. We must put all we have and are in the hands of Christ and allow him to use it all in his way, in his time, for others' salvation, for his glory."
What Stops Us Today?
- Being unsure you are on the TEAM.
· What is the Solution? MAKE SURE.
Here is a prayer you can pray, a prayer that declares your desire to transfer your trust to Jesus Christ alone for your eternal salvation. This prayer can be the link that will connect you to God. And if you pray it in faith, God will receive you.
· Have you come to Christ for salvation?
If you are empty, call out to Christ. Do not let yourself go through another day without coming to him. Be born again, receive life, be filled, be delivered, and join the victory parade!
I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself.
I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven.
At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that ever will be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence.
I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer: my trust to Him.
I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word.
I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior.
Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me though all of life and finally through the deep dark valley.
Thank You for hearing this prayer.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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