Monthly Archives: June 2008

The Joy of Sharing the Gospel

I have been going through a personal evangelism class this summer called T.E.L.L. It stands for Teaching Exchanged Life Living. It is a completely fresh approach to personal evangelism. I have been trying recently find out all I can about approaches to sharing the gospel. A couple months ago I went through some personal evangelism stuff with one of my friends from Lee University, and I also went through some stuff with a friend from Carson-Newman College. While that stuff was good, I am really into this TELL approach.

I think it is great to go through all the material you can find if you get an opportunity. As long as it centers on repentance and faith in Christ (and making people realize that they, like me, are sinners) then I believe it is Biblically based. Continue reading

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“The Sinner’s Prayer”

If you have been a Christian for almost any length of time, you have probably heard about “the sinner’s prayer.” It takes on a lot of forms, but usually contains the following: “Dear Jesus, come into my heart now and forgive me of my sin. I trust in You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord for saving me, in Jesus name, Amen.”

The only problem is that the “sinner’s prayer” has no Biblical basis. Whenever I say that, I always get the following response: “You should read Romans 10:9-10.”

“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” – ESV

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Do I Love Jesus?

I could sit for hours and discuss theology and world religions with some people – in all actuality, probably not because I am an active person – but I do love to talk and sometimes debate about these things. I like to discuss doctrine and church practices. I love to discuss the Bible.

But what does any of that matter if I do not love Christ? And sure we can all (as Christians) say that we love Christ, but what I mean is this, are we in love with Him? Is He all that we desire, is He all that we treasure? Do we long to spend time with Him? Do we place Him above everything else – yes everything else? Do we put Him above our job, our schoolwork, or even our other personal relationships (with family, girlfriend / boyfriend, etc.)? Continue reading

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What Is The Gospel? – Part 7

To read the other parts of this series, please see the end of this post. I am also posting this entire paper with sources as a pdf here.

First, I am going to restate my definition of the gospel that I wrote in part one of this series:

The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ was sent by God into the world to save sinners from eternal damnation; Jesus Christ, a perfect and righteous man who never committed a sin, took the sins of the world upon his back and was crucified on a cross; He was raised from the dead to forever reign in glory as our Lord, that whoever believes in Him and repents of their sins will be saved. The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).

God is fundamental to the gospel. We cannot fully understand the gospel if we do not know first who God is. God is holy and God is just, in the very least. Continue reading

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My Life Verse – Romans 12:2

My life verse is Romans 12:2, but I also use verse 1 as well.

I would say that for a while now my life verses have been Romans 12:1-2. I will show the verses first and then I will go into some detail about them.

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, {which is} your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2 (NASB)

These verses completely transformed my views and actions on a number of subjects, from what I watch, what I think (or try to think), how I view others’ perceptions of me, and even my ideas on dating and relationships (screwed that one up a couple of times since then). Continue reading

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Present Day Christian View?

I saw the following post on one of my Facebook groups. I think it pretty much sums up many people’s views on Christianity today.

“You do not have to believe in Christ to go to Heaven. If you live the way Jesus wants us to live you will go to Heaven, believing in Jesus will help you live the way he wants you to. Not believing in Jesus means you are less likely to live the way he said to. So whereas it does not mean that those who aren’t Christians can’t get to Heaven, non-Christians are less likely to go to Heaven.”

The only way that I could respond to this is not really to list a bunch of scripture verses, but to simply ask the question, does this person believe in the authority and inerrancy of scripture? Continue reading

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Thoughts on John 3:16

Everybody probably knows John 3:16 by memory. But here is the question: do we really know it by heart? I mean do we really understand the essence of what that verse is saying, the real true definition of that verse?

I think that it is my nature when I hear that verse, since it is such a “commonly used” verse to kind of overlook it at times, or not really take to heart the true message behind that verse. I am finishing up my series on “What Is The Gospel?” and I think John 3:16 is truly the gospel message. Even though everyone knows the verse, here it is again:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (NASB)

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Thoughts on Acts 21:13

I have recently finished reading the book of Acts, and I can’t get past Acts 21, not in a way of understanding, but in a way of awe. The climax of the chapter for me comes in Acts 21:13 (ESV), where Paul says, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

I am simply in awe of that statement. Let me unpack the chapter a little bit so that we can see this verse in context. Paul is on his way to Jerusalem to preach to the people there. On his way there, he would stay with different people in the different places. There was a prophet named Agabus who had come from Judea. He took Paul’s belt and tied up his feet and hands and was telling Paul that the Holy Spirit has shown him [Agabus] that this is how the Jews will bind the man and deliver him to the Gentiles. Continue reading

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