Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Evangelism, Where Do We Start?

   At OakLeaf Baptist we have been in a series on evangelism in our Sunday Morning services.  According to Matthew 28.19-20, it is every Christian’s responsibility to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world.  We are to share the Gospel so that lost men and women might be saved.  The Bible tells us that, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10.17).  God the Holy Spirit uses his Word to enlighten the hearts and minds of the lost so they might see and understand their need of salvation.  That brings us to the topic of this blog, where do we start when we share the gospel with someone?  The best answer to that question is to look and see where Jesus began when He interacted with the lost.

Monday, July 11, 2011

What We Believe About Jesus Matters

   What we believe about Jesus matters.  Not only does our view of Jesus matter, it is the key to whether our religious world view is right or wrong.  In other words, the validity or correctness of any religious system is directly proportional to that religious system’s view of Jesus Christ.  Let me illustrate the point for you.  I was at my son’s baseball game one evening when two men began to work their way through the park.  The two men were Jehovah’s Witnesses and they were trying to convert anyone who would listen to them.  They ended up standing behind me talking to a young lady.  After hearing their conversation for a few minutes, I interjected myself into the conversation.  You see, I know what the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about Jesus.  They deny that Jesus is God.  They hold to a view that Jesus was an angel before He came to earth as a man.  They also deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus, claiming that His resurrection was in spirit only.  I confronted the men with their error and assured the young lady that there is only one way to be forgiven of sin and receive eternal life and that is by faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone.  The men moved on and that was the end of it.  What we believe about Jesus makes all the difference between knowing the truth and being deceived by error.  Here are five truths about Jesus that define who He is.