Adapting to Changes

Recently I read an article on Word Press’s Long Reads about how two farmers, one in Illinois and one in Texas adapted their farming practices to adapt to the changing climate.  Both read the signs in their land and weather.  They knew from these signs when they should plant for a harvest.  Both planted early in drought years and adapted their farming practices for drier than usual conditions as the signs they read said a drought was coming.  Both were successful in getting a crop.

Same is true of us in the church.  The harvest is ripe, but the workers are few and the climate in our country and world is changing.  There is a great deal of hostility to any idea of Christian morals and Christian faith in much of this world.  Jesus and the early disciples faced the same opposition.  Some have sought to compromise their beliefs with the mistaken idea that they will accommodate the world.  But time and again that has proven to be a failed plan.  Those who sought to compromise with the world, find that the same world that at first embraced them quickly ignores them and then even grows to hate them.  Other Christians have sought to not compromise with the world, and the world hates us for it and often speaks maliciously against us.  Those who are willing to compromise their Christian beliefs also may grow to hate those who do not compromise and speak abusively against them sometimes more viciously than others who never professed to know Christ.  Yet when everything they dream of comes crashing down, some of them turn to us to find the answers in Christ that are found in a plain reading of the Scripture.

We need to read the culture and the times like the farmers read the weather and the land.  Our message of the Good News of Jesus Christ will never change, but our methods of delivering that message may have to change.  The message is eternal as Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”  We have the eternal message of hope the world needs.  Let us ask God to show us how we can best reach this generation for Christ.

Pastor Andy Maxwell

Overcoming Despair, Restoring Joy

Scripture: Psalms 40:1-5

We all face times of despair in personal and public lives.  In our personal lives: – the death of someone close to us, a reversal of finances or health, times when we can’t seem to do anything right and everyone lets us know.  Church families face similar times of despair: people we love die, programs don’t work like we want, attendance goes down, finances are short, and most crippling of all our Vision for the future is lost.

The Psalmist David faced times of deep despair and was able to rise out of them and he shows us how we can all rise out of such times.

First, in the midst of despair, he trusted God.  David had many times when people sought to kill him, even his own father-in-law King Saul sought to kill him and hunted him down in the wilderness of Judea.  Listen carefully to his words as recorded in Psalms 40:1, “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.” 

Whether it is in the life of the church, our personal life, or our community life: if we wait patiently on God a few things will happen.

  • First, he will hear us.
  • Second, God will lift us out of our despair and set our feet on solid ground.
  • He will steady us as we walk.
  • He puts a new song in our hearts.

All of this David tell us in the first two verses. 

Next God restores our joy.  When we wait on God a peace returns into our lives and we know that God will work all things out.  As David wrote in v. 3, “He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.” This is almost impossible to explain to a person who has no trust in God.  God doesn’t always take away our troubles but gives us peace and even joy in the midst of them.  As Christians, we rise up out of despair with nothing more than faith in our God, the Lord Jesus Christ.   But when we do this, others can see our faith in action, and many may put their faith in Christ like we have because they are amazed at how God gives us victory even in times of despair.  Our joy is not dependent upon our circumstances.

Next David extols the joys of those who trust in Christ and do not trust idols or any earthly power.  God does amazing things even wonders and miracles.  People are healed, the grieving are comforted, people are lifted out of poverty, addictions, and immorality.  Sometimes people have been delivered instantly from horrible addictions, other times God gives them victory through counselors and programs.  God decides how.

In a recently posted video clip from Tipp City, Ohio a pastor of one of our churches shared how God moved among them.  He set a prayer meeting for 6:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning.  He wasn’t sure more than 3 people would show, but the time was intentionally inconvenient, people had to sacrifice to get there.  25 people showed up.  (That never happened even at more convenient times!)  They prayed and the Holy Spirit moved, and 300 people made first time commitments to Jesus Christ over a short period of time.  God did miraculous things.  They waited on the Lord, and God gave the results.  It is God who gives us good results.

God also puts a new plan in our hearts.  God’s plans are more wonderful than anything we can imagine.  Sometimes it is as simple: as tying a balloon to a mailbox to bring someone a little joy or giving a little extra money in a tip.  Other times it is great plans to start a new business, travel to a place you’ve never been, or accept challenges you’ve never done.  As the Psalmist said God’s deeds are, “too numerous to list” and we can never come to the end of counting them.

The key to overcoming our times of despair is to begin by waiting on God.  While we are waiting, we begin to think about all the good things he has done for us, the prayers he has answered, and the previous troubles he has brought us through.  As we are waiting, are we listening, listening to what God is trying to tell us?  Do we need to change a course of action?  Do we need to bring other people along side us to help us?  Is God speaking to us through other people?  Often others who care can see what we need before we do.  God speaks to us in a variety of ways.

While seeing 300 people make professions of faith in relatively short period of time may be unusual, it demonstrates the power of God to quickly turn any situation we face around.

Scripture quotes are from the New Living Translation.

A Kingdom of Servants

God has created a Kingdom consisting of angelic and heavenly beings and of people.  If you spend some time thinking about the way God created the Universe, every part of it serves in a role that seems to serve other parts of it.  Even the stars in the heavens serve to mark the seasons and help us in navigation.

The opening address of this Psalm is to angelic beings: good or bad, then carried over into the human realm.  Leaders whether heavenly or earthly are always assigned by God to serve in the realms over which he gives them authority.  17th century scholar and Bible commentator Matthew Henry helps us to understand Psalms 82 in that light.

In this view of Creation all heavenly beings, earthly beings, even the elements of creation serve each other and other parts of the creation.   Just like all of the parts of a machine serve a function in relationship to each other, so all Creation is designed to work together.  This gives great glory to God, who in turn serves all of his own creation by sustaining and maintaining it and providing for all it needs.  God seems very pleased to do this, and when we function in accordance with God’s plan of serving one another in love we have great joy and healing in Christ.

Jesus verified all of this when he said that the rulers of this world flaunt their authority over those they are over, but among us as Christians in order to lead a person must be a servant of those he or she leads.  Even Jesus, as the Messiah, the Son of God, the King of all Creation did this.   See Matthew 20:25-28.

What does it mean to serve in God’s Kingdom? 

First, we need to know what serving in God’s Kingdom is NOT.

  • It is not always giving in to the will of those being served.  As sometimes we want things that are not good for us.
  • It is not directing our lives according to our own will but God’s.  This is why we spend time in prayer and study of God’s Word.
  • It is not creating dependency people depend on us or “a system”.

Second, we need to know what serving in God’s Kingdom means.

  • It means working for long range goals in peoples’ lives.  We work to bring people to a living and growing faith in Christ.  This will benefit them the rest of their lives on this earth and provide them eternal life and joy in the age to come.
  • It means we receive and give direction according to God’s Word not our own wisdom.  As Psalms 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” – NLT
  • It is leading people to freedom in Christ, so they depend on God.  Which involves teaching others:
    • To have a Christ centered focus for their life.
    • To have living and growing relationship in Christ.
    • To exercise self-discipline in their lives.
    • To see the fruit of the Spirit of God growing in their lives.
    • To help them be in service to others according to Christ’s will.

As for the angels of God and how they serve look up Hebrews 1:14.

As for us 1 Peter 4:10 tells us that God has given gifts to each one of us and we are to use them to serve one another to the best of our ability.

Stopping the Violence – Getting Rid of Stone Axes

We are all deeply saddened and angered by the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH and we would all like our law makers to do something, anything, but they seem unsure of what to do and have a host of ideas they think will stop the violence.

I heard on the news this morning that the mayor of New York City said that no child should have to go to school with the fear of gun violence.  My question was: why should our children (or in my case grandchildren) have to go to school fearing any kind of violence?  The violence is there.  I remember back to my youth, while gun violence was rare, city street gangs would fight each other with knives, chains, and bats.  Homemade zip guns were also used.  Just read a copy of the Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson and you can get an idea of what was happening in New York City during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The violence is still a problem that has its roots in the hearts of men and women.  How can we expect our political leaders to come up with any real solutions when they are constantly bashing and condemning each other with their words?  Their words are the weapons they use to hurt and destroy one another.

I used to visit an atheist whose daughter was in a church I was serving in Sequim, Washington in 1980.  We got to talking about the evil within the hearts of people and the weapons of war that we create.  His theory was that mankind had not really changed: we had just gone from using stone axes in our warfare to creating nuclear bombs.  The nuclear bomb in his mind was just a bigger stone ax.

The modern weaponry available to people who want to do violence is definitely a bigger stone ax.  Instead one person having the ability to kill one other at a time, now they have the power to kill dozens.  Maybe instead of starting at the top, where leaders are hopelessly divided, we need to start at the bottom, with our own neighborhoods, communities, towns and cities.

Maybe we can start by making sure we do not use violent, condemning, offensive, or hateful language ourselves.  We are going to have divisions in society for sure: political, religious, moral and ethical standards and ideas differ from person to person.  But those differences are not an excuse for anyone to deprive another person of the right to live free of violence from people who disagree with them.

We need to rid ourselves of the stone axes available to us, whether they be clubs, knives, guns, bombs, vehicles turned into weapons, or words used to hurt and harm another.  But then we need to ask God to put into our lives the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus taught us to do for others as we would have them do for us, to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.  See Matthew 5:21-48 and 7:12. 

Maybe I cannot solve the problems of the nation.  I am certainly not going to put my hope in people who spend their time bashing one another with verbal stone axes.  But each of us can make a difference in the communities in which we live.  Maybe we can encourage others to believe the words of Jesus and put them into practice.  We need a change of heart, the kind only Jesus Christ can bring.  Personally, I cannot solve all the problems the problems of this world nor can anyone else.  But I can introduce people to the one who changed my life, Jesus Christ.  He is the only one who can remove the hatred from the hearts of people and put a genuine love that looks out for the best interest of another.

Jesus Christ is the one who:

  • who died as a sacrifice for the sins we have committed against God and each other;
  • who satisfied God’s anger against our evil behavior;
  • who rose from the grave conquering death forever;
  • who changes the hearts of those who truly receive him and believe in him;
  • who will come again to judge the world;
  • who will give eternal life and joy to everyone who has put their faith in him.

If you have not why not commit your life fully to Jesus Christ and change the world right where you are?

Evangelism Through Prayer – Part 1

Evangelism Through Prayer (Part 1)

Did you ever think you could use prayer as a tool to help lead someone to saving faith in Christ?  One of our most successful pastors noted one time that almost no one ever turns down someone who offers to pray for them.

The Lord’s Prayer is perfect for using in modern evangelism. Consider the example Jesus set for us in the Lord’s Prayer.

When I first began thinking about this message I was thinking about the various prayers of confession and the sinner’s prayer that we often use.  Prayers of confession have actually been around for 100s of years.  In the United Methodist Hymnal, they are found under numbers 890 to 893.  The most commonly used prayer in modern time has been named “The Sinners Prayer” as found in The Four Spiritual Laws.  The Four Spiritual Laws was a little tract used by Campus Crusade for Christ for decades on college campuses around the world.  That prayer or very similar ones have been used by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and other evangelistic groups and programs for decades.

As I was praying about this early one morning, I noticed these prayers typically focus first on ourselves, our sins, our sorrow and our need of forgiveness and then on God’s grace and mercy.  But in the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught us to pray the focus is first on God.  When Lois and I were in Israel we learned that what we know as the Lord’s Prayer was a very common prayer used by the Jewish people before and during the time Christ was on the earth.

It is not that there is anything wrong with Prayers of Confession or the Sinner’s Prayer in confessing our need of Christ and his forgiveness.  But the Lord’s Prayer is really superior as a prayer of repentance and confession.  Here is why.

  1. First The Lord’s Prayer focuses our attention on God.  Think about its phrases.

Notice the first five lines out of a total of 10 to 12 are about God as it is laid out in a typical English translation.  The focus places our eyes on God who is our Father and who has his home in heaven.  By saying “our Father” we acknowledge that God is the Father of all, and we are immediately put into communion with each other.   Next we declare that he is holy, separate and above all else.  His moral perfection and absolute power are so far above any human or angelic existence that he alone sets the standards for how we are to live and behave.

With that in mind we next surrender our wills to his in the phrase, “May your Kingdom come, may your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  This brings us to the point of absolute surrender to the authority and the will of God our heavenly Father.  It is from that position of absolute surrender that we as those who seek salvation in Christ are now able to focus on our lives.

2. The next line of the Lord’s Prayer focuses on asking God to provide our daily needs.

Now that we are in a position of full surrender to God, we are in the proper position to ask for our daily needs to be provided.  Our “daily bread” as we commonly say refers to all the things we need in this life.  But here the focus is on God being our provider.

3. The Lord’s Prayer acknowledges our sinfulness and need of forgiveness.

This is set in contrast to God’s holiness that we affirmed earlier in the prayer.  Too often when we approach people with an emphasis on their sin, they become defensive, because they think we are sitting in the seat of judgment.  But when we contrast God’s holiness with our sinfulness, he is holy, we are not.  Romans 3:23 that tells us we have all sinned against God.  Our righteousness is not measured in human standards but by God’s.  We need his forgiveness which he freely gives upon our repentance from our sins and confession of our need.  It also puts us in a relationship of trust in this holy God who loves us enough to forgive us and restore us to our rightful place as his children. 

This part is also relational to the way we treat others.  We are to treat others with the same mercy that we would like to receive from God.  Jesus’ made it very clear in Matthew 6:14-15 that if we forgive others God will forgive us, but if we will not forgive others, God will not forgive us.  We should only expect receive the forgiveness from God that we are willing to extend to others.

4. The fourth focus of this prayer is our need for God’s protection from the devil.

The forces of evil in our world begin in the spiritual world with a fallen angel named Satan.  God named him Satan which means “enemy” for he is ultimately the enemy of everything good that God created including mankind.  This is why prayer is so important in our efforts to bring others to faith in Christ and in keeping our own lives pure in the sight of God.  This battle is spiritual in that Christ is working through us by the power of the Holy Spirit to get people right with himself and the spirit of the antichrist is always trying to prevent people from receiving God’s free gift of salvation. 

5. The Lord’s Prayer closes with the focus back on God.

The phrase, “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”  brings our attention back to God.  And we end not with a focus on negative things, but our focus is on the goodness and grace of God.

Our Father in heaven,
    may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
    as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins,
    as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
    but rescue us from the evil one.

-The Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:9-13 New Living Translation

Evangelism Through Prayer – Part 2

Evangelism Through Prayer (Part 2)

  1. Prayer is a Universal Language.

Prayer is almost a universal language.  A lot of atheistic philosophy and ideas are promoted in our country, but in truth about 97% of Americans believe there is a God.  The vast majority of Americans also pray.  This makes prayer a universal language except for those poor souls who do not believe in any God.  They cannot conceive of a being as great as our God.  Besides Christians many other religions and groups pray and pray quite often.

The older I get and the more time I have to study the Bible and observe life, the more I am convinced that God frequently sends or allows troubles to come into the lives of people in the hopes they will seek him for help.  We see this in the life of Nebuchadnezzar the ancient king of Babylon.  In Daniel 4, he had a dream which Daniel interpreted for him.  God revealed to the king that while he was a great man on the earth everything: his power, his wealth, his victories had come from God.  God would cut him down for seven periods of time in which he would lose his sanity and live like a wild animal in the fields eating grass like a cow, he would be removed from his position of power.  Later God would restore his sanity and his kingdom after he acknowledged that it is the God of heaven alone exalts kings or brings them down.

Nebuchadnezzar accepted this message from Daniel and about a year later it came to pass that he began a season of insanity during which time he was driven from his throne.  Later when his sanity returned, this formerly pagan king praised and honored the God of heaven and earth, the one we Christians call Father.  Prayer is a way to honor God and acknowledge our dependence upon him.

2. Prayer is inoffensive.

One of the prayers I offered was for the wife of a Jewish rabbi.  They were hesitant because they knew I was serving as a Christian chaplain and they did not want me to pray in the name of Jesus.  I indicated to them that I could do that silently as I knew who I was praying to.  They consented to allowing me to pray for the woman and out of respect for their religion I did not say the name of Jesus out loud, I simply prayed to God our Father.  Which they accepted.  In my heart, I knew I was praying to Jesus and they knew it too. They appreciated the prayer and the respect for their beliefs.

Dr. Terry Teykl who heads a tremendous prayer ministry related a story to Dr. Mark Rutland in which he placed a card he had created called a prayer of blessing out on his table at a restaurant.  The waiter who was Muslim spotted it and said he could really use such a prayer.  On the back of the card was simply the Lord’s Prayer.  The man took the card with the promise to Dr. Teykl to pray it daily for the next year, even though he was a Muslim and he knew the prayer was given by Jesus. * Again, prayer crosses religious boundaries even when it is known that Jesus is the source and focus of those prayers.

3. Prayer is invitational.

The Lord’s Prayer invites us first to build our faith in God, then to trust him for the other things we need.  The advantage we have in using it evangelistically is that almost everyone knows it or something about it. This prayer builds a person’s faith first by focusing our minds on the fact that he is our Father, he rules and reigns from heaven, we recognize that his name is holy – it is above every other name.

In our current world’s environment this prayer helps us fulfill what the Apostle Paul told us to do.  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me— everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:8-9 NLT.

Now if we as people who know the Lord Jesus Christ need prayer to keep life in balance, imagine how much more people who do not know Jesus need prayer.  The Lord’s Prayer is a perfect prayer in helping people to come to or build faith in our Lord Jesus as their Savior in that it focuses our minds first on God.  Once we are centered on God our needs for his provisions in our daily needs and his mercy to forgive our sins come more clearly into focus.

*From pp. 68-69 of Dream by Dr. Mark Rutland, Published by Chrisma House, 600 Rinehart Road, Lake Mary, Florida.  ISBN: 13: 978-0-88419-890-1.

Breaking Down Death’s Door

From the sermon of July 21, 2019 by Rev. R. Andrew Maxwell. Scripture base is John 10:6-20.

(All Bible verses are taken from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.)

In Bible times the shepherds would lay across the gate to the sheep pen keeping predators out and the sheep safely in.  During the day they would lead the sheep out to find good pasture and safe water supplies.  The shepherds led and stayed with the sheep to protect them from predators and thieves.  At night they would put the sheep into an enclosure that only had one entrance. If someone or a wild animal tried to attack or steal the sheep, they had to go through the shepherd.  He also served as a door to prevent the sheep from wandering out of the fold into the dark.

Jesus said in John 10:6-10, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

As I mentioned in the first week of this series, Jesus is the door through which we are saved.  In this illustration Jesus is the Good Shepherd who protects us from those who would seek to separate us from God the Father.  The devil would seek to enslave us, harm us and kill us.  Jesus told us that the devil was a thief, a liar, and a murder.  Through lies and deception the devil seeks to lead people astray, to steal our souls away from God.  His ultimate goal is to see us separated from God and his blessings eternally and to experience his wrath forever in the Lake of Fire that the Bible calls the Second Death. 

Christ came to save us from all the devil planned to do to us.  He crushed Satan’s power by going through the cross and rising from the dead, thus breaking open the doors of death and the grave.  Christ came to destroy the work of the devil and he did this by stepping aside from his throne in heaven and becoming fully human in mortal flesh that he might taste death on our behalf.  The Bible tells us in Hebrews 2:14-15, “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.”

Because of what Jesus did we have the freedom to explore and find all of the good things that God has prepared for us to enjoy (the freedom to come and go and find good pastures).  As the Apostle James said, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” – James 1:17. Also, the Apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:17, “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” – NLT.

One of the things we treasure in America is our tremendous level of freedom to live and enjoy life as we desire.  The limiting factor is the rights that others also have.  Thus, we created a tremendous Bill of Rights and a Constitution designed to protect those rights for all people.  This freedom has brought great wealth to many Americans.

The problem is a nation’s constitution cannot guarantee you will be able to enjoy those rights.  It only gives you the right to try.  In a fallen world we have many limiting factors: poor health, lack of opportunity, poverty, ignorance, corruption in politics and business, and crime.  All of these things limit our abilities in this world.  This is why Paul said our trust should be in God as worldly wealth is unreliable. 

Because of the protection we have in Jesus and the way he teaches us to live with one another we are free to pursue many avenues in Christ.  We should always seek God’s best will for us and not our own selfish will.  Living for selfish and sinful desires brings death to our bodies and souls, living for Jesus brings a fullness of life we never before imagined.

This was in accordance with God’s will for us: to give us a rich and satisfying life that would last forever!  One of the men who discovered the secret to great wealth in Christ was Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk in France who in the last fifteen years of his life sought to live every day for the love of God.  He ordered the wine for the monastery and washed pots and pans, yet he had an abundance of joy in the presence of God that money cannot buy.  John Wesley, the founder of Methodism is another man who learned the great joy of living daily in Jesus.  Though he had great wealth at his disposal having one of the highest incomes in all of England in his day, he gave the vast majority of it away and lived a very frugal life.  His joy was not in the power of the pocketbook, but in knowing and serving Jesus.  The same key applies for us.  While God gives us many good things in this world to enjoy, the key to our joy is in knowing and serving Jesus.  But, … what did it cost Jesus to give us this wealth?

As we mentioned earlier from Hebrews 2:14-15, Christ became human in order to experience death.  By going into the realm of the dead by means of the cross, he paid the penalty for our sins and God’s wrath was satisfied.  According to the Apostle Peter, Christ even went and preached to the souls of those who had died before going into the realm of the dead as fully God who had taken on human form (1 Peter 2:18-21). 

As part of the flock of God, we know the voice of God, of Christ our Savior.  In ancient times and even today in the Middle East shepherds will bring their flocks together on good pastureland.  But when it is time to go, the shepherd calls and his sheep will recognize his voice and follow him.  The shepherd will then count the sheep as they enter the fold for the night.  If one is missing, he will go and search for the lost sheep to protect it and bring it home, – just like Jesus spoke about in Luke 15:1-7.

Jesus said,“The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” – John 10:17-18.  For Jesus, the cross was the doorway by which he entered death.  No one could force him to do it, but he did so willingly because the Father commanded it.  His resurrection from the dead was how he opened death’s doors.  In a sense he smashed them down.  Death had no power to hold him.  He opened that door for us so that everyone who will turn away from their sins and trust him will have the promise of a resurrection from the dead to eternal life.

People were divided in their opinions about him: 1) some saying he was demon-possessed or insane; while 2) others said such a person could not do the miracles he did.  No one remained neutral about Jesus.  Today it is the same. No one who encounters or is confronted with the claims of Christ Jesus can remain neutral or indifferent about him.  A person can accept him as Lord and Christ, God’s chosen King and only Savior for all mankind or they can reject him.  Indifference towards him or ignoring him are just forms of rejection as to who Jesus is.

What about you?  Who is this Jesus to you? 

  • Is he merely a great teacher with eccentric ideas?
  • Is he a fraud, a false teacher?
  • Or is he the Messiah, the Christ, the Savior of the world, the King of all creation?

People around the world are divided about him, but no one who encounters him is neutral about him.  As Christians, part of our job is to share this Good News of the Gospel.  A little tract called Doors of Bible has been published by Answers in Genesis*. It is a simple explanation of how salvation by faith in Christ works so that you can share it with others.  There is no pre-written prayer in this tract.  Each one of us must approach Christ in the words and actions that represent our faith and understanding his Lordship and saving grace.

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