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Evangelist Dr. R. Larry Moyer, founder and CEO of EvanTell, made a great suggestion: “If you want to have one of the greatest New Years you have ever had, instead of coming up with a New Year’s resolution, adopt a New Year’s accountability partner in evangelism – a person who asks you every month, ‘How have you reached out to a non-Christian with the gospel in the last 30 days?’ You will be amazed at the healthy impact that will have on your evangelism and will wish you had done it sooner.”

He has written a Gospel tract: “May I Ask You A Question?” that includes “Bad News & Good News” and simple illustrations that you could memorize and use as you witness to others. Or you could secure and distribute this tract to others. You might want to attach the video presentation of this tract to someone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

The Lord is counting on true Christians to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Having your known sins confessed to God the Father and to others when it’s necessary (1 John 1:9; See also James 5:16), and as you are being led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), share the Gospel clearly with others as God opens doors for you (Revelation 3:8). Don’t let the devil intimidate you (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 5:8). Use the armor of God to overcome his temptations (Ephesians 6:10-17).

Dr. Moyer also wrote: “Three things have to be explained to an unbeliever to make salvation clear: (1) Sin – so they understand their need, (2) Substitution – so they understand His remedy, and (3) Faith – so they understand their response. We do great in explaining the first two but we drop the ball on the third. John 6:47 says, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.’ Believe means to TRUST IN CHRIST ALONE to save us. We ought not use phrases and wording that confuses people.” [1]

The Gospel for our salvation includes not only Christ’s death for our sins, but also His bodily resurrection from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Without His resurrection, we have no hope (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). Don’t leave it out of the Gospel presentation as many people do.

To receive other helpful ideas from him, become his friend on Facebook and secure some of the books he’s written. [2]

God gave Evangelists to the Church to help us be better witnesses for Christ. They are like obstetricians who deliver babies. Pastor-teachers are like pediatricians who help in the development of children (Ephesians 4:11-16). By all of us Christians working together we can accomplish much more.

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

[1] Clear Gospel, For “Unclear messages” and “Repentance” see pages 2, 3, 16-19. http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

[2] https://www.evantell.org/

ATTN: All Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Missionaries, Sunday School Teachers, Parents, Others. There is a “Crown of Rejoicing” for believers who point lost people to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). But there are warnings to all those who twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16). Take heed to some of them –

“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers [of God’s Word], knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1).

“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8).

“As I [Paul] urged you [Timothy] when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:3).

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:13).

“These [false teachers] are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (2 Peter 2:17).

What exactly is the Gospel for our salvation? [1] Are you presenting it clearly to those in your care or confusing them with other requirements for salvation? There are many false teachers and many false Christs (Matthew 24:5; 1 John 2:18). Which Jesus saves from eternal condemnation? [2]

Repentance. Throughout the history of Christianity, great confusion has surrounded the condition for eternal life and the meaning of the term “repentance.” Does it mean to do penance for one’s sins? To feel sorrow or remorse for sin? To forsake all and follow Christ? To stop sinning or at least make a determination to sin less? [4]

Dr. Michael Cocoris writes with clarity in explaining the biblical meaning of this term as simply “a change of mind” or “a change of belief.” This book [3] offers a distinctively biblical approach to the subject of repentance. It surveys the words “repent” and “repentance” in the Bible as they are used by John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostles Peter, Paul, and John, and the writer of Hebrews. The key Greek and Hebrew terms are also explained. The result is a refreshing treatment of repentance that is based upon the authority of God’s Word rather than human tradition. This is “A Must Read.”

We’re here to assist you if you are unsure of your eternal destiny. If you’re a true Christian, we want to build you up in your faith and equip you for service to God and others (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).

If you have questions and/or comments, we’d like to hear from you here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please help us by SHARING this with others in your “circle of influence.”

To Be Saved From Eternal Condemnation, We Must –

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily

from the dead on the third day” (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

[1] Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Dr. Manfred Kober: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

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

[3] Repentance, The Most Misunderstood Word In The Bible, by Dr. Michael Cocoris (Click here)

[4] Lordship Salvation

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

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

John 14:6; Acts 4:12

Imagine there’s no heaven / It’s easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky / Imagine all the people / Living for today… Aha-ah…” – John Lennon (Please read what Jesus said in Luke 16:19-31 to discover what J. L. may be thinking now that he is dead and the warning he may be wishing he could send back to lost unbelievers on earth.)

I don’t know about you, but I choose to believe what Jesus said about heaven and hell (John 14:1-6; Matthew 25:41 46; See Revelation 21:8). I don’t want to end up with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire to suffer forever and I don’t want that to happen to you either. You might ask, “What do I need to do to be saved from hell and gain heaven (Acts 16:31)? Can I be sure?

What have you heard in church, on the radio, or TV? Pray. Confess all the sins you’ve ever committed in your life. Stop sinning. Repent and make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life. Believe and do good works. Say the sinner’s prayer. Come forward and confess Christ publicly. Repent and be baptized. Deny yourself and take up your cross. Follow Jesus. Ask Jesus to forgive you, etc.  [1] Beware of false teachers ( 2 Corinthians 11:3:3, 4, 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:8-13). [2]

Are you confused? I used to be until someone shared the truth from God’s Word with me and God the Holy Spirit illuminated my mind to it (1 Corinthians 2:10, 11; 1 John 2:20, 27). “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32; 14:6; 17:17).

The “Gospel” for our salvation is the same for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16). It is that Christ died for our sins…, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the grave on the third day… (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Luke 24:33-43; Romans 10:9-13).

Merely knowing and agreeing with these facts of the Gospel won’t save anyone. We must believe – transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone if we are to be saved. We aren’t saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Questions: Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are 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?

Help. We’re here to assist you and others if you want additional information. We want you to be assured of your salvation so you can share what you have with others (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:11-13; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others who could benefit from this information.

Portions of this article were taken from : https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/another-way-of-salvation/

[1] Dr. Ron Shea Clear Gospel”  (Note the confusing conditions for salvation on page 2.)

[2] Lordship Salvation: Dr. Andy Woods

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

George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

For your additional consideration:

Repentance: https://voice.dts.edu/review/g-michael-cocoris-repentance/

Dr. Manfred Kober Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  (Are you proclaiming a false gospel?)

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

“Bad News & Good News” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Do you sometimes feel “ill at ease” and like you’re out of place and not welcome in some places or in some people’s homes? (Read Psalm 1) Are there times when you’ve apologized to someone for something you said or did and asked him/her to forgive you and yet you feel like you’re not really forgiven? Why should Christians be quick to admit it when they are wrong and forgive others who ask us for it? (See Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 18:15-35.)

Recently I posted a comment on someone’s Facebook page that was misunderstood by the reader. It was short and to the point, but he didn’t quite get what I wanted to convey. So, here’ my explanation to him that might also be of help to you.

Saved? When a person believes and puts his/her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, as the One who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day, he/she is instantly saved from the “penalty of sin” (Romas 6:23) and will not spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46). Believers are being saved from the “power of sin” (Romans 6:14), and will ultimately be saved from the “presence of sin” (Romans 8:23).

Accepted. When Jesus ascended back into heaven He was accepted and welcomed by God the Father who was satisfied with the payment that the Lord Jesus Christ had made, once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), for mankind’s sins (Romans 4:25). True believers in Christ, in like manner, are “accepted in the Beloved” just as Christ was accepted by God the Father (Ephesians 1:6). Imagine that! It’s pure grace (undeserved favor from God – Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Forgiven. There are two kinds of forgiveness: judicial and parental/family forgiveness. Since Christ paid the debt that we owed to God (1 John 2:2), and since believers accepted His payment as their payment to God the Father, He judicially forgives our sins so that we are no longer under condemnation (Romans 8:1, 35-39). But parental/family forgiveness takes place when a Christian sins (acts lawlessly – 1 John 3:4) and then confesses them (by specifically naming them) to God the Father (1 John 1:9). Before we confess our sins to the Father, we need to discern what we did to offend and grieve God (1 Corinthians 11:28-31; Ephesians 4:30) and then repent (change our minds about what we did – 2 Corinthians 7: 9, 10). When a believer confesses his/her sins, God forgives them and cleanses him/her from all unrighteousness that led up to his/her sinning (1 John 1:9; James 1:13-15).

Questions. Have you been judicially forgiven? If not, why not place your faith in Christ alone, right now, and be forgiven? We aren’t saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). If you, as a believer, have confessed your known sins to God, have you accepted His forgiveness and moved on? Do you need help so you won’t keep on committing the same sins (Proverbs 28:13)? If so, ask for it (James 1:4-8; 4:1-4). There are no temptations that you have that others haven’t had too (1 Corinthians 10:13). Temptations aren’t sins. They give us the opportunity to demonstrate our love for God (James 1:12) or to enjoy the momentary pleasure of sin (Hebrews 11:2) that leads to sorrow and a premature physical death (Proverbs 5:1-14). We’re here to help you and others who are “teachable and willing to change” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

Sin Unto Death. If a believer willfully defies God and chooses to live in sin, he/she is in danger of being chastened by God (Hebrews 12:5 ff) and having his/her life terminated prematurely (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 3:9, 10; 5:16). We have “potential years” and “actual years.” Christians can’t lose their salvation, but they will lose the joy of their salvation (Psalm 51:12) and the crowns, rewards, and praise from God that could have come to them on Judgment Day. This judgment of our works, not us, will not be to determine if we get into heaven or not, but to determine the quality of our works as to whether they are rewardable or not (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). The Great White Throne Judgment will determine the degree of suffering an unbeliever will experience in the everlasting lake of fire (Matthew 10:15; Jude 1:13; Revelation 20:11-15). We don’t want you or others to go to that awful place.

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What does the word “Repentance” mean?  How is it related to “believing” on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day?  Find out here.

Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word in the Bible