Am I my brother’s keeper? That was Cain’s response to 'Where is your brother Abel?'
English people who are evangelicals have two weaknesses in their giving & their reaching the lost. Does this apply to us? Are we concerned about those who know not Jesus personally as Saviour & Lord, do we make it possible for others to carry out this most important part of our relationship with Jesus?
On Judgement Day: Two things not to cause shame. Money given to God & being used by God to reach the lost.
Hell is a reality. Would we have to give an account why we kept quiet about Jesus knowing He is the only way to the Father.
1 Corinthians 9:22 'To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.'
Matthew 28:19 'Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit & lo I am with you always.'
Mark 16:15 'Jesus said to His disciples, "Go into all the world & preach the good news to all creation."'
Acts 1:8 'You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you & you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria & to the ends of the earth.'
We need the Holy Spirit to take away our fear of how people will react when we talk to them about Jesus. It should be the most natural aspect of our lives as He is the most important person and we owe so much to Him.
What hope have the spiritually dead and lost while they are living?
Psalm 51:1 'Surely I have been a sinner from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.'
Man is born with a sinful nature & unless he is shown the way back to God he is damned.
Ephesians 2:1 'As for you, you were dead in your transgressions & sins...'
John 3:18 'Whoever believes in Jesus is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one & only Son.'
Man’s destiny is hell unless God intervenes in his life by using people belonging to Him.
Missionaries have left the comfort of home to be available for God to use them as they taught the salvation of God as recorded in the Bible.
What did Jesus do? 2 Corinthians 5:15 'Christ died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who who died for them & was raised again.'
Hebrews 2:9 'We see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory & honour because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.' This does not apply unless people respond to what God has done.
John 3:16 'God so loved the world that He gave His one & only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.'
Faith is a gift of God. So is salvation.
Romans 3:25 'God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood - to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate His righteousness.'
The only hope for the lost is to know Jesus personally. When Jesus comes into a life, it results in changes acceptable to God. A changed life, a changed destiny, You can only live life if you are ready to die. You have to be reconciled to God while you are alive before you have to give account.
1 Corinthians 15:19 'If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.'
How does God apply what He has done?
Redemption or buy back 1 Peter 1:18-19 'For you know that it was not through perishable things like silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.'
Salvation Romans 5:9 'Since we have been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.'
The Holy Spirit calls Revelation 22:17 'The Spirit & the Bride say come & let the one who hears say Come. Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.' Matthew 22:14 'Many are called but few are chosen'
Romans 10:14 'How, then, can they call on One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?'
There needs to be an inner call for a specific person. Only the Holy Spirit can open a heart.
Acts 16:14 The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. Paul the apostle of Jesus working with the Holy Spirit resulted in the change in Lydia’s life.
Those that are called are those in whom the Holy Spirit has been at work. Romans 1:6 'And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.' Romans 8:30 'And those He predestined, he also called those he called he also justified, those he justified he also glorified.'
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 'Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many were wise by human standards; not many influential; not many of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly and despised things... so that no one may boast before Him.'
God’s Method: 1 Corinthians 1:21 'For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God has chosen through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.'
The message: 1 Corinthians 2:2 'I resolved to know nothing among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.'
1 Peter 4:11 'If anyone speaks they should speak as the very words of God.'
God calls one to serve Him either as messenger bearing good news: an evangelist to a one on one ministry
Acts 1:8 'they were scattered preaching the word wherever they went.'
Everyone who belongs to Jesus should ask the Holy Spirit to help them in the right approach and pass on the appropriate tract.
Be willing to give your testimony of how Jesus rescued you and the difference He has made.
Learn from other how to share your best friend.
God will bring people across your path. Find out about them. Let them do the speaking. About their past, present and future.