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Intriguing thoughts about Evangelism

Have you ever stopped to think about how amazing it is that God chooses to extend His love and life to us?  It is very compelling to think that He includes us in His grand plan to reconcile the world to Him through Christ.  The following are a few passages from Scripture that provoke these thoughts and some questions that the Holy Spirit brings to mind as I read them.

The Bible tells an incredible story of a creator God who made man in His image for His own pleasure.  Mankind chose to sin and as a result was separated from God, tarnishing the image.  God responded by promising to crush sin and restore man’s relationship with Him;  He did so through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

One of the most intriguing biblical passages on evangelism is perhaps John 3:16 – 18.  Why would God give His own son to die in the place of those who would ultimately reject Him?  How could He love a world full of people who would choose sin over choosing God?  Why would man reject God’s offer of eternal life and forgiveness of sin, and instead remain in condemnation?

Another compelling passage is in Matthew 28:16-20.  The resurrected Christ appears to his followers and some doubt Him even now, how can this happen?  But then even more intriguing is that Jesus gives the responsibility for evangelism to these who scattered and ran after His arrest and crucifixion.  The answer, because the mission does not depend upon His followers but upon Him.  How can we as His followers still doubt Him, knowing that He is all-powerful and always with them?

The last passage I will mention is 2 Corinthians 5:14 – 21.  God gives the opportunity for reconciliation with Him by allowing His son who knew no sin to become sin for us.  He takes those who had made a mess of their lives through sin and gives them a new life in Christ.  Even though He knows they will fail Him again, God chooses to make those who are “in Christ” His ambassadors and ministers of reconciliation.

The closing thought is this, how can those who have received the love of God through a relationship with Christ not love Him more than anything else in life?  How can we who have recieved the gift and hope of eternal life not tell everyone we meet about the greatest thing that has ever happened in our life?

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November 3, 2009 - Posted by | discipleship

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