“Bible Basics – Lesson # 21 – The ‘E’ Word”

Posted: February 19, 2018 in Bible Basics, Gospel, Salvation

“The Clear Gospel”

I believe that it is safe to say, most Christians are afraid of this ten letter “e” word. But learning more about it and getting involved in doing it could result in inexpressible joy in a Christians’s life. Blind song writer, Fanny J. Crosby put it this way. “Rescue the perishing, / Care for the dying, / Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; / Weep o’er the erring one, / Lift up the fallen, / Tell them of Jesus, / the mighty to save.”

Have you ever had an occasion to rescue someone from imminent danger? Perhaps, as a parent, you’ve had to grab your child who ran out into the busy street or who faced an angry dog. Maybe you rescued someone from drowning or from being burned to death. If you have experienced such a moment, how did it make you feel? Share your experience with us.

View. If we, as Christians, could/would look at other people through the eyes of God, it should cause us to love others as He did. He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever would believe in/on Him would not perish forever in the lake of fire but have eternal life (John 3:16, 18, 36). What promise. But unless lost people are told the Good News about Jesus, how can they believe on Him (Romans 10:13-17)? This is where we, as Christians, come into the picture.

Incentive. God promises to give the “Crown of Rejoicing” to those believers who have a part in the salvation of the lost (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). This is one of the greater joys a Christian can have. But the greatest joy comes when a Christian helps a new Christian grow spiritually and walk in truth (3 John 1:4; See John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

Gift. While you or I may not have this particular spiritual gift (Ephesians 4:11), we can/should be obedient to the Lord who saved us by sharing the Good News with others and giving them the opportunity to be saved (Acts 1:8). To keep you from getting discouraged, you need to know that most people will not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Matthew 7:13; 22:14). The Lord reminded the Apostle Paul, when he was fearful, that there were many people in the city of Corinth who would believe in/on Christ when the Gospel was presented to them (Acts 18:9, 10).

Choice. Most unbelievers choose not to pursue the evidence from natural revelation that there is a God who is all powerful (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20; Revelation 1:8). They love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil (John 3:19). But God is omnipotent and can see to it that anyone who really wants to know about “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” will get the Gospel that is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16, 17). It might come to them through the spoken words of a believer or through the printed page or via radio or television. Unbelievers have no excuse for not believing in Christ (Romans 1:20).

Action Steps. What are some things we can/should do as believers to get the message of the Gospel out to others? Let’s consider some things that Philip the Evangelist did (Acts 8). He was –

Sensitive. He was responsive to the leading of God the Holy Spirit in his life (Acts 6:3; 8:26; Romans 8:14). Like him, we need to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and walk (order our lives) by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25). We must not quench (1 Thessalonians 5:19) or grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30) or deny (say “no” to) Him (2 Timothy 2:12).

Available. He was ready to share the clear Gospel with others who weren’t Jews (See Isaiah 6:8; 1 Peter 3:15). Let’s not succumb to the temptation from the devil to be spiritually lazy (1 Timothy 5:11-15) or act as a coward (2 Timothy 1:7; Luke 22:31-33). Put on the full armor of God to counter his attacks (Ephesians 6:10-17).

Proactive. While there may be times when others may ask us about our faith (1 Peter 3:15), most of the time we will need to look for opportunities to witness to others (Acts 1:8; 8:30). Jesus said, “…make disciples (true believers) of all the nations, baptize/immerse them, and teach them what I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19, 20; John 13:34, 35). Don’t be like the grumbler who, when opportunity knocked, complained about the noise.

Tactful. Being an evangelist, Philip was able to get right to the point much quicker than most of us might, present the Gospel, and see the man get saved. If I can, I try to steer the conversation around to spiritual things after talking with someone for awhile. I like to ask questions along this line: “What do you think is wrong in the world today?” “What is the best news you have heard lately?” “Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die?” “Why should God let you into heaven?” “Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation once you go it? If so, what?”

Clear. We must be very careful that we don’t cause people to be confused about the most important decision they will need to make in this life. We need to know what the Gospel is and isn’t and how a person can secure eternal life right now. (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). The Gospel is the power of God unto a person’s salvation (Romans 1:16, 17). Don’t change the facts that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, or the means by which people are saved – faith in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 16:31). Don’t add good works as a condition for salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Isaiah 64:6; Titus 3:5): baptism, church membership, attendance, giving, Lordship in exchange for salvation, etc).

Decisive. After sharing the Gospel with someone, ask him/her,“Is there anything that might keep you from believing in/on Christ right now?” If not, ask him/her to make the decision to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved (Acts 16:31). This decision can be made anywhere and at any time while a person is living. There are no second opportunities to be saved once a person is physically dead. Remind them that life is like a vapor that vanishes away (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

Informative. Let new believers know that once they are truly saved, (and not before), God wants them display their faith to other people by being baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:36-38). Baptism pictures our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (See Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:3, 4).  Infant “baptism” does more harm than good.

Helpful. New believers need special help so they can grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 5:12-14). Introduce them to other Bible believing Christians (Acts 9:27) and invite them to attend and become a part of a sound, Bible believing local church (Hebrews 10:24, 25; Ephesians 4:11-16).

Contact. If you’d like additional spiritual help, get in touch with us. Share what you’re learning with others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). To do this, you need to get to know people and find out more about them and the concerns that they have. Visit our new website: www.kelseypeach.com. Read “The Bad News & Good News.” To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We are also on Youtube and Facebook.

What is the 10 letter “e” word that you don’t need to fear any longer? It’s defined as “The spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.” What is this called? Spell this backwards. ms msilegnave. Let’s start and/or keep doing it.

Some material adapted from – The Swindoll Study Bible, NLT, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Philip, A Lifestyle Of Evangelism, p. 1337

Helpful Links:

www.evantell.org

www.cleargospel.org

https://www.godssimpleplan.org/

Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”

https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, Moody Press, 1997, p. 108

http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/search/charles-ryrie-so-great-salvation

Lordship Salvation – Problems: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

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