COMPLETING THE GREAT COMMISSION

What are we doing to witness to the goodness of God in a world that has ceased to acknowledge His existence, let alone His sovereignty over the Cosmos. Jesus gave us an assignment to tell those around us about the good news of the Gospel.

Bible prophecies forecasting the events prior to Jesus second coming to earth are being fulfilled at an ever increasing rate much like “birth pangs”. This should prompt spirit filled believers to get about our master’s business. We will need to give Him an account of our actions or inaction.

Let us not be like Jonah. When God sent him to Nineveh he rebelled and took a boat to Tarshish, far from Nineveh. God used the situation to have Jonah witness to the sailors on the boat. Jonah told them he was the cause for the terrible storm and that if the sailors threw him into the water the storm would cease. They eventually did and the storm ceased. “So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.” Jonah 1:15

Next God orchestrated for a fish to swallow Jonah, he repented after God called him a second time, and Noah eventually fulfilled his mission. The response to Jonah’s message was astounding . This notoriously immoral city and an enemy of Israel repented with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. When Nineveh repented, the reason for Jonah’s rebellion became clear: he had feared that God would forgive the Ninevites; and when God did forgive them, Jonah resented it (Jonah 4:1-3).

And finally, God’s question to Jonah “And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left… ?” is unanswered and should confront each of us. There are many people who have not heard the gospel and just as Jonah was commanded to go we also are commanded to go and share the gospel with all God brings across our path or leads us to. Are we being obedient to His call?

GOSPEL IS SIMPLE, SANCTIFICATION IS MORE COMPLICATED

ICCC Word of the week. This article was written by Peter Michell. For more helpful teaching material, please check out the Transformed Working Life videos, study guide, and booklets. These materials are available free of charge at www.transformedworkinglife.net

The gospel is very simple – believe, put your trust in, the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. Your eternal destiny will be secured as your spirit is born again and becomes filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s simple, straightforward, and easy to understand – we have become new creations with God Himself as our Father.

On a more complicated note, Paul said this to the Thessalonians, Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.’  1 Thess. 5:23-24 

Here is the promise that the Lord will sanctify us (set us apart) Himself. But we still experience all sorts of problems from inside ourselves and from outside influences.  How do we live through these things victoriously?  Is the problem me? Is the problem someone else? Is the problem the world we live in? Is the problem from our enemy? How am I to deal with every situation?

Complexity can rule the day with lots of ‘what if’ questions.  Simplicity has the answer every time – take it to the Lord in prayer!  Business problem? – take it the Lord. Relationship problem? – take it to the Lord. Money problem? – take it to the Lord. Problem understanding something? – take it to the Lord. Any type of problem? – take it to the Lord. We are all invited

‘Come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’  Hebrews 4:16.

Why are we invited to the throne of grace? – so that the Lord can deal with our request! Coming to Him shows our trust and expectation that He will hear us. Why would God answer and help us? Simply out of love. He created man for a love relationship with Himself. He knows our struggles in life on earth and has and will provide all we need through His grace and mercy. He can deal with the most complicated issues of life and work.

Right now, as the world reels from one thing to another, we need, and will continue to need, His intervening help – and He will gladly give it.  The walk of faith will not be taken away from believers.

Nevertheless, there is a ‘learning curve.’  Like any aspect of life, we have to learn. This is why we are urged to study to show ourselves approved. (2 Timothy 2:15)  There is the need to rightly divide the word of truth –  that is to understand the new covenant we have been brought into by Jesus’s blood sacrifice, and not to get caught up trying to keep the old covenant because righteousness does not come through the law.

So, let’s enjoy the simplicity of coming to Jesus with our needs, and invite the Holy Spirit to increase us in all aspects of truth to deal with the complexities of life. 

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SOCIAL MEDIA RESTRICTING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

The YouTube Trust and Safety Team is now age-restricting videos explaining basic Christian theology. According to their interpretation of the Community Guidelines, anyone under eighteen years old should not be exposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

After watching the video below can I ask you to go to YouTube and type in “How Can God Die?” Note what comes up. Suggest you watch the video it has a powerful message. David Wood produces many excellent videos particularly if you want to be equipped to share the gospel with Muslims.

FROM FORTUNE TELLER TO FAITH IN JESUS

Amanda (not real name) and her husband come from a small Muslim village in Northern China. Amanda had a secret. She was a fortune-teller. Word began to spread that Amanda was exceptionally good at her ‘craft’ of fortune-telling, and people travelled from other villages to ask guidance about their future and seek solutions for their problems. But then Amanda was struck by a mysterious illness. One day she awoke and was unable to move any of her limbs. Her husband rushed her to hospital, but the doctors were unable to diagnose the problem. “I was so afraid,” Amanda recounted. “Somehow I just knew God was punishing me. I knew I must have done something to displease him.” Amanda’s sister was a Christian and visited her in hospital.

She told Amanda, “Jesus is the only Saviour for all mankind.” That night Jesus revealed himself to Amanda in a dream. “In the dream, I was in a taxi and it was very dark outside,” Amanda recalled. “We were driving into complete darkness. Suddenly, three men wearing white robes with radiant light all around them appeared on the right-hand side of the car. I couldn’t see their faces, but they told me it was time for me to make a choice. As quickly as they had appeared, they were gone. “Then two men wearing black robes appeared to the left of the taxi. They approached me and tried to entice me to join them on their side of the car. Something drew me inexplicably to the pure white robes, so I got out on the right-hand side of the taxi.

“I woke from the dream and knew immediately that one of the men in white robes was Jesus, and that I was to follow Him. I prayed right there in my bed and immediately the paralysis left my body. It has never returned.” Miraculously, her husband experienced the same dream months later, and also came to faith. Amanda’s ‘craft’ has been changed by her encounter with Christ. Now, when people come to ask for wisdom and solutions to their problems, Amanda points them towards Jesus. She prays that he will illuminate their lives with his truth and love.  But Amanda’s conversion hasn’t been free of persecution. When her father-in-law found out that she had become a Christian, he lost his temper and began to treat Amanda and her children with contempt.

“On one occasion, I had to go out, so I left my children in the care of their grandparents,” Amanda shared. “When I came back, I found bruises on their faces. My heart just broke.” To this day, Amanda’s children are afraid of staying with their grandparents. In spite of the persecution from her relatives, Amanda continues to share the gospel with others. Many have found the Lord, and up until the coronavirus crisis began, they were meeting once a week to read the Bible and pray together. Even in the hardest places to follow Jesus, his light is continuing to shine through believers just like Amanda.

TRUE GOSPEL VERSUS FALSE GOSPEL

Torben gives a much needed warning to the church: Are you preaching a false Gospel? Where is the repentance? Where is the real meaning of baptism taught – dying to self, alive in Christ? Where is the discernment of Spirits and the casting out of demons?

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

He reveals how misguided many of the leaders of the charismatic movement in the USA have been and still are.

Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Matthew 7:22-23

What we are seeing in the church is exactly what Jesus told His disciples would happen in the last days prior to His return – apostasy, compromising with the world and its values, a falling away, false prophets that tickle the ears of their followers.

FOUR FOLD GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

Nelson Walters offers fresh insight on the GOSPEL MESSAGE revealed in the Passover meal taken by Jesus and His disciples on the night before His crucifixion.

Four Fold Gospel

  1. Salvation: immediate as baptised – died to self, alive in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Sanctification as we submit our will to His will by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Deliverance from the wrath of God at the Rapture. Finally the Bride is seen wearing the white robes after the Rapture, at the Seventh Seal. God’s wrath is simultaneously poured out at the Seventh Seal: At the opening of The Scroll and prelude to the Seven Trumpet judgements followed by the Bowl Judgements.
  4. Jesus said to His disciples at the Last Supper: “I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”