Spreading the Word
1 Peter 3:15…”Sanctify Christ as Lord of your heart– always being ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you concerning the hope that is in you; yet with gentleness and reverence [humility and godly fear].”
We who are sons and daughters of the true and Living GOD, children of the Kingdom of the LORD Jesus Christ- are called, commissioned, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to share the ultimate “Good News”… the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom. Our Saviour, GOD, and King said:
Luke 12:32… Fear not- little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.
We all know that Christ suffered and died for the sins of mankind, whom He came to redeem by the only means possible: His atoning death on the cross as our Substitute- the Innocent for the guilty. He yearns for us to participate whole-heartedly in this glorious work of Redemption, having given each of us a ministry to actively seek and help save that which was lost… His most precious creation: man.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21… Now all things are of GOD, Who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is that GOD was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though GOD were pleading through us: ‘We implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to GOD!’ For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of GOD in Him.
Our responsibility is clear! Before our LORD ascended into Heaven, to return to the Father…
Matthew 28:18-20… Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. GO therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I AM with you always, even to the end of the age.” AMEN!
Since we are not ashamed of the Gospel- the results of our efforts are clearly in the capable Hands of the Holy Spirit, Who will honor our testimony of Christ promising:
2 Corinthians 2:14-17… Now thanks be to GOD who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to GOD the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death unto death, and to the other the aroma of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the Word of GOD; but as of sincerity, but as from GOD, we speak in the sight of GOD in Christ.
Without the Holy Spirit, any and all efforts are futile; so there will also be a followup set of essays focusing on the dispensation and work of the Holy Spirit in what we call the church age (since Pentecost). IF you do not know Jesus Christ as LORD and Saviour of YOUR life, your first order of business is to surrender at the foot of the Cross of Calvary, and call upon the Name of the LORD that you might be saved! This linked post will help you in that process: Jesus Is The Lifesaver!
There will be much to say in the near future about advancing Christ’s Kingdom by worship and prayer, evangelism, and mentoring discipleship (investing our lives in others for mutual growth in power and humility). But for now I will focus on resource websites:
Key to Revival– Free array of tracts with one of my all-time favorites “How to Know God Personally”. This booklet among other selections from The Alliance for Christian Fellowship International has 108 scripture references in 30 pages, and believe me when I say that I got choked up at how blessed I/we are to know God intimately.
Last Days Ministries– Melody Green continues the anointed ministry of departed husband Keith with not only his outstanding worship music catalog, but also Wise Tracts with over 100 titles in high quality presentations. Unbeatable for ministering the gospel, especially to the young and young at heart.
Pocket Testament League– 120 years of sharing the Gospel to the world in multiple languages. Truly high quality material- both free and for purchase in quantity. Highly recommended with ‘member’ stats tracked and available to gauge one’s progress in sharing our precious faith.
Bibles For America– The Living Stream Ministry Recovery Version of the New Testament is available for free distribution. I have read the entire Holy Bible- Recovery Version from Genesis to Revelation, including all the extensive study and reference footnotes… and consider this my favorite Bible. Incomparable scholarship answering the many questions that naturally present themselves when one seeks to clearly understand GOD’s Holy Word.
Living Waters and Way of The Master -Without question some of the most comprehensive teaching on sharing the gospel available anywhere! I have used Ray Comfort’s tracts for years… they are some of the very best!
Chick Publications– I started with Chick-Tracts, and still use several titles of their huge catalog almost exclusively: I love The Word Became Flesh and The Empty Tomb… and especially that they’re available in Spanish and are very well written.
Windmill Ministries– QUOTE: “The statistics are alarming: over 70%, that is almost 3 out of every 4, young Christians walk away from their faith when they are in the first years of college! These are young adults who were born and raised in Christian families. They went to church with their parents and likely attended church classes and youth groups. Perhaps they even went to Christian schools or were home schooled. Still, by the time they get to ‘live on their own’, which in most cases is when they go to college; they walk away from their faith, likely to never return again.” This ministry website will equip ALL serious truth seekers confirming our faith with science, history, and the Holy Bible! DON’T LOSE YOUR CHILDREN AND LOVED ONES… learn ALL that this resource treasure has to offer! DO PURCHASE THE BOOK “PREPARED TO ANSWER” which in one volume will give you ultimate confidence to share our Precious Faith in HIM.
It all begins with prayer, developing a heart of compassion- and with intercession receiving the Father’s broken Heart of love for mankind… needlessly suffering when the Way, the Truth, and the Life have been provided in Christ. Because of His mandate we will succeed in bringing billions more to the knowledge of the Eternal and saving Faith.
The full text of the original “Serenity Prayer” written by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
GOD, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. ~Amen
For deeper insight into how GOD the Father sees His children; to better understand the elementary principles of Christ (Hebrews 6:1-3); as well as the ‘mysteries’ of Christ’s Kingdom; and our individual and corporate calling, commission, and empowerment- please review my first published book and the Table of Contents on the Amazon website via Book Title: “Thy Kingdom Come- Here and Now!”
With a Passion for Souls and Hope for Nobler things… Kingdom Blessings, always in Christ ~Santos
“Take Your Place”- John Thurlow