Archive for the ‘Gospel’ Category

After people “get saved,” when they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel, they are often encouraged to read the Bible (let God talk to you), pray (you talk to God), and witness to others about Christ. This all sounds like a good idea. But we believe that new believers need some help in these areas so they don’t get disappointed, discouraged, and begin to have doubts.

Like newborn babies, we all should start out with the “milk of the Word” and then go on to “solid food” (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14). Older, more mature believers can be a great asset to newer Christians (Galatians 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).

If you’ve been saved for some time, what are you doing to help rather than hinder new believers? How much spiritual growth has taken place in your life? Maybe you need this information too.

Do you know that Christians have Eight Ways To Communicate With God” and that the Bible has Seven Distinct Rules For Living” for different people living in different times?

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, [1] you’ll want to help your family, friends, and fellow workers get saved from everlasting condemnation (John 3:18; Romans 8:1) so they can join you in heaven some day? Did you know that Christians can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for having a part in the salvation of others (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? [2]

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out [not for] your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12, 13). Imagine that – He energizes us to do the things that will please Him. It should be our goal in life to please and glorify God by making Him known to others (2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Sadly, many Christians quench Him (i.e. render Him inoperative in their lives) and grieve Him by sinning – acting lawlessly (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 3:4). Are you doing this? If so, confess it to Him, claim His forgiveness, and move on toward spiritual maturity (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).

Our FREE “Bible Study Book Marker” [3] was designed to help you and others gain assurance of your salvation, to help you get the most out of God’s Word by using our “Bible Study Aids,” and to communicate with God more effectively (How To Pray), and to know what portions of the Bible are for you and which are addressed to you (See our “Dispensations Chart”).

All of the Bible is truth (John 17:17). It even records the lies of the devil and other people. It is what God wants us to know for now. In His Word, God “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3, 4).

All of the Bible needs to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9). Example: Dietary rules and types of sacrifices offered to God by the Jews differ from Christian rules (Leviticus 11; 1 Timothy 4:4; Hebrews 9:13; 10:4; 13:15, 16).

May we suggest that you download a copy of our FREE Bible Study Book Marker for yourself on light colored paper and make some additional copies for those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18)? Keep one in your Bible as a handy reference guide.

Contact us here or through our website if you have questions or would like additional help: www.kelseypeach.com. If this information has helped you, please let us know. And if you would like to get future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[2] Crowns – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

[3] FREE Bible Study Book Marker: https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[4] Final Test Questions: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/the-test-questions/

Precious Promises – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

Need A Good Study Bible? We recommend the “Scofield Study Bible.” Ask for more information.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

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Death Bed Conversions?

Posted: November 15, 2022 in Death, Evagelism, Gospel, Heaven, Hell

I’ve had the privilege of leading some people to Christ for their salvation during the last moments of their lives. I believe that as long as a person is physically alive, there is hope for him/her. But once a person dies, his/her eternal destiny is set. There are no second opportunities to be saved. We do not pray for dead people or to them. So then –

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:13, 14). “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

It is our desire to share the Gospel clearly with those whom we encounter in life, as the Holy Spirit leads us to various people (Romans 8:14; Learn about Philip in Acts 8:31-40). Since it’s not always suitable to talk to a person who is checking out my purchases at a store, or to someone with whom I have a brief conversation, I try to share a Gospel tract with them and ask them to read it when they have an opportunity to do so. [1]

The Gospel for our salvation is very simple so that even young children can understand their need of Christ and trust in Him alone for their salvation/deliverance from hell to heaven. Christian parents can/should share the Gospel with their children while they are young so they can be saved. They need to make sure of their own salvation first. There is no greater joy than to lead our children to the Lord and then help them grow spiritually (3 John 1:4; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18). We also can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for doing this (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

I tell people, “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead. If you place your faith and trust in Him alone, He will save you instantly and eternally.” (See 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 16:31). [2]

This is the message I’ve shared with many people who weren’t saved and with those who had some doubts about their salvation. It’s wonderful for them and for me to know that they’ve made this decision to trust in Christ alone, not in their good works, or in their faith plus their good works (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5), and that they will be taken to heaven the moment they die (2 Corinthians 5:8). Sadly, this is not what happens to unbelievers (Luke 16:19-31; See Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8). Please don’t be one of them.

Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)? If not, we’re willing to assist you if you’ll contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] R. A. Torrey – The Use Of Gospel Tracts – (Please read this.) https://www.wholesomewords.org/etexts/torrey/tracts.html

Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who lead the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, was given a pamphlet by my father, Timothy Pietsch, after one of our street meetings in Japan. He became a professing Christian. Read more here: https://www.biblebelievers.com/fuchida1.html

Video: My Life In Japan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX8JXf0QKfw (Start at time 10:10)

[2] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Seed Planter – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/24/just-a-gospel-seed-planter/

Gospel Checker: http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

How Sure Are You? – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/your-eternal-destiny-how-sure-are-you/

My Friend’s Death – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/my-friends-death/

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

HOW SAD it would be if… No, how TRAGIC it will be for those who know the facts of the Gospel and even believe them to be true, and yet don’t place their faith/trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. [1] Such people, who die without Christ as their personal Savior, will suffer more in the lake of fire than those who have never heard about Him (Matthew 11:22, 24; Revelation 20:12, 13). Will this be true of you? We sincerely hope it won’t be.

Some people, living in the “Seven Year Tribulation” (Revelation 6-19), will refuse to take the “Mark of the Beast” (Revelation 13:17; 14:9-11). [2] Some of them will prophesy in Christ’s name, cast out demons, and do many wonders in His name. And yet He will say to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21:23; 25:30, 41, 46).

No one is saved by his/her good works lest any of us should boast. Good works are the result of one’s being saved (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:18). When a Christian “abides (feels at ease) in Christ,” he/she will produce much fruit (John 15:1-8). “Spiritual fruit might involve our having and displaying a Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), being a faithful witness (Romans 1:13; 1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and generous giving (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17). (See Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, p. 50)

As a general rule, all of us are going to die (Hebrews 9:27). There have been and there will be a few exceptions in the future (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). (If you’d like more information, contact us.)

Do you think that you will go to heaven the moment you die? [4] If so, how sure are you – 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 0%? Do you believe that you must go to a purging place before you get into heaven by the back door? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven – Your good works? Your faith plus your good works? Your faith in Christ alone? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

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For further reading:

[1] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[2] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[3] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/07/10/lifes-pursuits/

[4] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/your-eternal-destiny-how-sure-are-you/

To: Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Missionaries, et al.

Dear Fellow Christian,

I’m passionate about glorifying God by trying my best to make Him known to those around me through any and every legitimate, God honoring way. I want to do my part in evangelizing the lost with the Good News concerning Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection from the dead. I want unbelievers to know that by simple faith in Him alone, they can/will be saved.

I also want to have a part in edifying believers and helping them do their work of ministry through the use of their spiritual gifts with love (1 Corinthians 13).

I’d like to highly recommend to you several books and tracts written by veteran Evangelist Dr. R. Larry Moyer of EvanTell. God has used him in leading many people to Christ and helping Christians do the work of evangelism.

Note: I haven’t been paid to promote his books or tracts. But I appreciate him and others who faithfully and clearly present the Gospel so lost people can be saved.

Here are just a few of the books and tracts of Larry’s that I’d like to encourage you to get and read. Then put what you learn into practice in your daily life:

https://evantell-org.myshopify.com/search?q=the+3+minute+window

https://evantell-org.myshopify.com/search?q=101+tips+for+evangelism

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15, 3:16. 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Please contact us here or through our website if you have questions and/or comments. Please SHARE this with others. Thanks.

Happy to still be able to serve my Lord,

Wm. Kelsey Pietsch

www.kelseypeach.com

www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com

At Christmas time we often sing, “Go, tell it on the mountain…that Jesus Christ is born.” The angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10, 11).

Virgin Birth. While His virgin birth was predicted (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and necessary for Him to be free from a sin nature, a baby in the manger can’t save anyone. [1]

The Gospel’s Power. The Apostle Paul told us about the power of the Gospel. He wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek [non-Jew]” (Romans 1:16). What is it specifically?

The Gospel For Salvation. “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; See Luke 24:36-43). [2]

No Resurrection = No Hope. “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep [died] in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19). [3]

Which Jesus Saves? Consider the “Wafer Jesus” who didn’t finish the work of salvation, the “Elevated Jesus” who is the brother of Lucifer, the “Modernist Jesus” who wasn’t virgin born, the “Universalist Jesus” who won’t send anyone to hell, the “Prosperity Jesus” who promises wealth to the contributors, and others. [4]

Salvation. It’s not enough to know and intellectually believe the “facts of the Gospel.” We must transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to Christ alone if we are to be saved. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4, 5).

Assurance Of Salvation. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:16, 17). “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

[1] The Babe In The Manger

[2] Gospel Presentations – Audio, video, and written presentations

[3] No Resurrection = No Hope

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

To many people the idea of someone’s dying for other people to deliver them from hell (the lake of fire) and enable them to enter heaven seems to be total nonsense. In fact, some people don’t believe in a real hell or heaven.

In a song he wrote, John Lennon wanted people to “Imagine” heaven and hell out of existence. Apparently he thought that he and the other “Beatles” were more popular than Jesus, and that the Christian faith was declining to the extent that it might be outlasted by rock music. I’m quite sure that He knows better now and wishes he could do something to warn those who still reside on the earth from ending up where he is today. (See Luke 16:19-31; John 3:18, 36.)

Yes, from a totally human perspective, it doesn’t seem possible. But when you consider the One who was dying for others, the picture changes. We all deserve to die for our sins (lawless behavior – 1 John 3:4). “The wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23). This involves physical death (the separation of the soul and spirit from the body), and the spiritual death (separation from God). Both of these types of death can be reversed. (See 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1, 5). But eternal (the second) death can’t be reversed (Revelation 2:11). There are no “second chances” after physical death, and no “reincarnation” taught in the Scriptures.

Only Someone Who is God and man, joined into One Person, Who lived without sinning Himself, could possibly die for the sins of others. Jesus Christ was/is that unique Person. He is the God-man (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11). He lived sinlessly on earth (Hebrews 4:15). He graciously offered Himself as our Substitute to die in our place for our sins (1 Peter 1:18; 3:18; Hebrews 10:9), and then to rise again bodily from the dead to prove to us that God the Father was satisfied with His death on our behalf (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

It’s a historical and Biblical fact that Jesus lived here on earth and then died on a cross (Matthew 27:32, 40, 42; Philippians 2:8). We bury dead people. It’s also a historical, Biblical fact that He rose again bodily from the dead on the third day and was seen by over 500 witnesses over a 40 day period of time before He ascended publicly, literally, and gradually back into heaven with a promise to return someday (Acts 1:9-11; John 14:1-3).

Without His bodily resurrection from the dead, Christians are of all people most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:12-19; Luke 24:36-43).

Perhaps you know and believe the facts of the Gospel that He died for your sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day. But have you transferred your faith and trust from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone for your salvation? Maybe you believe that His death wasn’t really necessary because you think that you’re not bad enough for someone to die in your place for your sins. Or maybe you don’t think that His death and resurrection were enough to save you and so you try to add your good works to His. We’re saved by grace alone, through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, and not of our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). All is for God’s glory alone (1 Corinthians 10:31).

These erroneous beliefs will keep a person out of heaven and cause him/her to end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons for eternity (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46).

Why not simply believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins, Who was buried for three days and nights, and then Who rose again bodily from the dead? This is the Gospel that is the power of God unto our salvation (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Upon doing this, you or any one else will be instantly transferred out the the devil’s family into God’s forever family and become His child (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Colossians 1:13). Assurance of your salvation can also be yours to enjoy (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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Gospel Presentations: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Perhaps you’re not familiar with this teaching that is very popular in some churches today. Do you know the difference between “Lordship For Salvation” vs “Lordship Because Of Salvation”? Which one do you believe is Biblical? It’s important that you know what God’s Word teaches.

Some people add to and others subtract information from the Gospel message. Warnings: Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4; James 3:1.

Tares In The Church. “The subject of Lordship salvation has become popular and prevalent in Christendom. I am sorry to say that evangelical Christendom has been divided concerning how one is saved by those who hold the Lordship salvation view. The more important question is whether one who sincerely believes in Lordship salvation is truly saved. I am convinced that this teaching produces more tares in professing Christianity than any other teaching concerning salvation. The Lordship salvation proponents often speak of the “Gospel” yet in their salvation presentations they rarely present the “gospel by which (or through the agency of which) one is saved. 1 Cor. 15:1-4 is rather clear concerning what the gospel is and the title “Lord” isn’t even used of Jesus Christ in this central passage.” – Professor David K. Spurbeck, Sr. [1]

Important. While it’s important for Evangelists, and Pastor-teachers, Missionaries, and other Christian workers to know what the Scriptures say about this teaching, it’s also important that every Christian understands it too in order to detect what it truth and what is error (1 John 4:1).

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

If you are uncertain about your salvation and your eternal destiny, we’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change and grown spiritually (2 Timothy2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please LIKE and SHARE this with others.

We invite you to click on the links below to learn more about this misunderstood teaching which is confusing many people about the right way to be saved. [2]

[1] Quote by Professor David K. Spurbeck, Sr. http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/1peter52.html

[2] Lordship Salvation links:

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2008/07/summary-of-lordship-salvation-on-single.html

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2016/06/archival-series-what-is-lordship.html

http://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Gospel Presentations: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

It pains me greatly when I listen to Evangelists, Pastor-teachers, and other “Christian workers” talk about the Gospel but never tell their listeners what it is and what it will do for those who believe in/on Christ through the Gospel.

Vain. I wonder how many people in churches, all around the world, are “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2) and who are lacking Biblical assurance of their salvation as I once was. (See Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13). I believe that the devil is gleeful (exuberantly or triumphantly joyful) when the Gospel is garbled (confused or distorted) in so many ways. (See page 2 on the link below.) [1]

The Gospel for salvation that the Apostle Paul preached was made very clear in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. It involves two facts, and two proofs: Christ died for our sins; He was buried for three days and three nights. He rose again bodily from the dead; He was seen by more than 500 witnesses.

Jews & Non-Jews. Both groups are saved the same way today by the same Gospel (Romans 1:16). The True Church (which is the spiritual “Body of Christ”) is made up of Jewish and Gentile (non-Jewish) believers (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 2:15; 4:4).

Mental Assent. Merely knowing and believing these facts alone won’t save anyone from hell to heaven. There must be a transfer of trust from yourself and your good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5), over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31). The object of our faith must be in the Christ of the Scriptures, not the Christ of the cults (2 Corinthians 11:4). Read “Which Jesus Saves?” [2]

One Way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12). Such a statement is not “politically correct” these days.

Concerned? If you, as a Christian, want to see your family, friends, and fellow workers saved, may we suggest that you read carefully and/or watch these Gospel presentations by clicking onto the link below? [3]

Warning. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). Read also Galatians 1:1-9; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 12-15. But –

The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits Christians who are/were involved in the work of evangelism Biblically, whether it’s “cultivating the ground, planting the seed of the Gospel, or harvesting – being there when a sinner trusts the Savior for his/her salvation. (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). “I [Paul] planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). He alone can save sinners (Jonah 2:9).

Greatest Joy. This joy comes to believers who have lead an unbeliever to Christ for salvation, and then helps that person grow spiritually so he/she is able to walk with God in the light as He is in the light and enjoy fellowship with God and other believers (1 John 1:7; 3 John 4; 2 Peter 3:18).

Help. We are happy to do our best to assist those who are teachable, willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16. 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please LIKE and SHARE this information with others who may need it so they can be saved, or lead others to Christ for salvation.

[1] Clear Gospel. (Read page 2.)

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[2] Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

[3] Gospel Presentations

Far too many Christians are failing to go on the spiritual maturity after they’ve been saved. [1] They live like infants who need milk rather than solid food (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; Hebrews 5: 12-14). This may be due, in part, to the failure of some Pastor-teachers (“spiritual pediatricians”) to show believers the difference between the “doctrines to be believed and practiced, as opposed to those that are to be “believed but not practiced” (Titus 1:9). Likewise, deacons, who serve others in the local churches, need to know these distinctions (1 Timothy 3:9). We are under grace principles, not law (Romans 6:14, 15).

The Evangelists’ (“spiritual obstetricians”) primary responsibility is to lead unsaved people to Christ, bring them into a Bible believing local church, and to teach them how to be effective witnesses for the Lord (Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 1:8).

Every Christian is given a “spiritual gift” at the time of his/her salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14). It needs to be developed and used with love for the benefit and edification of other believers and for the glory of God (1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13). When all the members are functioning harmoniously with other believers, the work of God gets done more effectively. [2]

While all the Bible is FOR us Christians, not all of it is addressed TO us. The Church and Israel are distinct entities (1 Corinthians 10:32). God isn’t finished with the Jews (Romans 11:1 ff). The Church has NOT replaced Israel. [3] We understand that the Scriptures have seven distinct “Dispensations – Rules For Living” for different people in different times of human history. Note: They are NOT different ways of salvation. (See our “Dispensations Chart” in our Bible study book marker on our website.)

Here are a few “House Rules” that God desires for Christians to follow: Grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), Walk by faith in God’s promises (Romans 1:17), Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), Maintain Christian unity (Ephesians 4:3), Use your spiritual gift with love (1 Corinthians 13), Love other believers as Christ has loved us (John 13:34, 35), Witness to and evangelize the lost (Acts 1:8), Do everything for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Sadly, most Christians fail to carry out these responsibilities that make up the “desirous will of God.” As a result they will have most of their works burned up at the “Bema Seat Judgment” without losing their salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Now, that’s grace (unmerited favor from God).

To learn more about where to find your Christian responsibilities in the Bible, whether you’re doing them or not, and what takes place on Judgment Day, we invite you to get our FREE Bible Study Book Marker and study it carefully for yourself.

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[3] Replacement Theology – https://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

Read about Martin Luther’s view of the Jews and how it affected Adolph Hitler.

“Lord, give me the strength to hit the ball,

And if I do, don’t let me fall.

Help me to pick the pitch that’s right

And let me knock it out of sight.

Help me to run with deer-like grace,

Don’t let me miss, but tag first base.

Then on to second, stay with me, Lord,

‘Cause this one out, we can’t afford.

Help me to zoom like a flying bird

Around second base and on to third.

Then let me slide with feet outthrust

Across home plate in swirling dust.

But first of all, dear Lord, I pray,

Just tell the coach to let me play!” [1]

“The missional commission for believers, and therefore for the church, is stated in Acts 1:8. We are to be witnesses for Jesus with an “Onward till Upward” partnership with Him. The problem is that too many believers find themselves sitting on the bench of commission inactivity. We have a tendency to pray about our participation—like the little leaguer prayed about his—but not get off the bench to be active witnesses for Christ. Fulfilling this mandate is accomplished when believers individually and collectively impact the lives of unsaved people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“I have been told that only about 14 percent of Christians ever witness, and only 1 percent have ever led someone to Christ outside of their immediate family. “The Great Commission has become the great omission of the church.” But this is solvable! We have a Coach who not only desires our participation, but who has strongly commanded our personal involvement in His commission mandate as recorded in Matthew 28:18–20.

“Jesus is so willing to involve us as His witnesses that He has given to us the Holy Spirit Who functions a lot like an Assistant Coach. He provides all the training resources to empower every believer to be an effective witness. Jesus’ goal is to use us on the playing field of life as active players rather than having to spend time trying to coax us off the bench (John 4:35–38).

“Jesus has also revealed the entire scope of the season’s schedule. The mission of each church and for each believer extends from the hometown playing field to neighboring fields of regional settings, national venues, and international impact. This plan has been likened to a person casting a stone into pond of water and watching the ripples spread out from the initial point of impact to all of the shorelines.

“Our new life in Christ first shines in our immediate circle of family and friends. It is sup-posed to shine with a saving influence toward our unsaved neighbors and contacts in this world (Matt. 5:16). Ultimately our testimony widens further through our local church ministries of outreach and then to mission and missionary endeavors throughout the world.

“We each must answer the question: Am a bench-sitter, or am I an active player in God’s commission mandate? Each of us should pray, “Dear Coach, I am ready as Your witness, and I want to participate in the Great Commission today.” [2]

Here are some Clear Gospel presentations for your consideration: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[1] https://ppq365.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/little-leaguers-prayer/

[2] This article was written by Bernie Augsburger, IL-MO Representative in “Trumpet Notes” in An IL-MO ARBC Informational E-letter, August 1, 2022. It is used with his permission.