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February 2010 - Posts

We experienced another person accepting Christ for the first time at Hillview this past Sunday.  PTL!!!!!!!  God is good and has blessed us.  We need to continue to invite people who do not know Christ to church so they can hear the word of God.  With that said, I want to comment about people coming forward in a worship service.

The Bible says, "How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14)  Now, I could get the big head and take a lot of the credit for the ones who come to the altar.  But is it really my ministry that draws them?  Here's what I think.  The vast majority of those who come forward and accept Christ can trace the credit back to the person who was a friend to them and invited them or encouraged them to come.  I just get to put the toppings on the desert.  It's not me.  It's YOU!  You make the impact.  You live the life.  You are the open Bible people see and read. That, along with the moving of God's Holy Spirit (which is essential) is what does the trick.  Then, they hear the word and accept Christ.

Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

Let's keep the wave going.  Invite someone to church this weekend that you've never invited before and watch God do His thing!  

PB

What is a friend?  Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loves at all times..."  Friends are there no matter what.  They support you, care for you, help when needed and pray for you.  They are honest.  They tell you things that may be difficult to bear because they love you.  Specifically, a friend wants what's best for you.

Mark 2:1-5 says, "And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.  Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you."  Jesus not only healed the man physically but he forgave his sin.

If you knew the Master could heal one of your friends of an incurable disease, wouldn't you take him to Him?  This weekend, you have the opportunity to see your friend healed - healed spiritually!  Wouldn't it be AWESOME to see your friend walk down the isle of the church and come forward to accept Christ into their heart for the forgiveness of sin and see Him heal their life?

Be praying and thinking now who you could invite this weekend to hear the greatest story ever told.  Make a difference in your friends life.  Show them you care!

Praying for you all! 

PB

In my daily Bible readings this past week, I read the last chapter in the book of Matthew where it says, "Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20) Pretty self-explanatory.

We have a mandate to go.  We have a motive to go.  Do we have a mind to go?  The word "go" is a verb - an action word.  It assumes there is going to be action on the part of the one using the word.  Jesus expects action on our part. 

 Now, let's understand something.  I'm not talking about carrying a Bible under your arm everywhere you go. But I am talking about carrying God's word around with you at all times "in your head."  Having a moderate understanding of salvation as explained by Jesus is important.  That way whenever anyone approaches you or you are able to speak with someone, you won't fumble around on the important stuff.

HOMEWORK - go read and memorize one verse of scripture:  JOHN 3:16.  We'll start there.  If you memorize that verse and break it down, you have all you need along with your personal testimony of how you accepted Christ.

See you tonight in our Elder led prayer meeting.

 PB

 

 


 

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