Preaching the Truth Dennis Adams
Right now ecclesias around the world are witnessing prophecies being fulfilled before their very eyes. The time of the kingdom is drawing near and the time of man at an end. It would be silly to think that we are the only ones noticing the detereation of the world and it's populace. People all over the earth are asking for the answers that we already have. Truly these times are right for preaching the Truth according to our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Now should be a time for ecclesias to look outward, instead of inward, and to spend as much energy as possible in spreading the hope of the kingdom.
What has changed since the ecclesias of the first century and the ecclesias that exist now? There should not be any difference. We are under the same commandments of Christ that was preached by Paul, Timothy, and others. We know that the first century ecclesia was a loving, praying and a preaching ecclesia. It was an ecclesia that was so loving, so giving, that they wanted everyone to know about their savior Jesus Christ and the wonderful message that he brought. They wanted everyone to know the glory of God and his kingdom.
Looking for Answers Right now the world is looking for answers. They are thirsting with the desire for peace and tranquility. The world thirsts and there is a water that can cure that thirst forever.In John 4 we have Jesus at the well talking to a woman. It reads… 13 Jesus answered and said unto her; Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
What a great metaphor we have. Those who partake of this water shall never thirst, and the word of life gushes forth from those that have it like a spring gushes water, flowing unceasingly and without effort. When a person becomes knowledgeable and believes the word of God there is a change in that person. There is an inner peace and joy that is so powerful that we want to share it with all we meet. It's a pleasure to tell people just how much our creator loves us and will take care of us no matter what. Let us turn our Bibles to Acts chap. 4 were we see the rulers, elders and scribes figuring out what they are going to do with these men teaching the resurrection through their savior Lord Jesus Christ. Act 4: But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
16 Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.
17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was doneWhat they had to say they could not hold back. It flowed out of them like water from a spring. What they had to tell everyone was so important that they could think of nothing else. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. They were not worried as to what people would say or if they would be abused verbally or physically. They knew God was watching over them.
You might say to yourself that I don't have the ability to speak well with people, or maybe I won't have the answers I might be asked. We don't have to be eloquent speakers or have a complete understanding of everything in the Bible to be able to go out and spread the word. Many -times a Brother or Sister that has been recently baptized has brought others into the Truth not with a great knowledge of everything, but by people recognizing their sincerity and zeal. Paul tells us in his letter to the Corinthians that what they had to preach was simple and not clouded by a lot of formalities. Lets turn to 2 Corinthians 3:12-14 12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.
The message we have to preach is plain and simple and it is a light unto the world. Believe and be baptized! We have all been given a candle to light the way in a dark world, and Luke tells us in Luke 11:33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light According to the word of God, it would not be Christlike, if we did not share this light with others..
What tools do we need to preach the truth? Timothy gives us an idea in chapter 3 verses 16 and 17 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The key phrase is "for instruction in righteousness" The bible is the instructions we need to accomplish the goal we have. Just as we are given instructions on how to operate an appliance or operate a piece of machinery, we are given instructions to operate our lives in a righteous way. It brings to mind the saying "If all else fails follow the instructions."We are reminded in 2 Tim 3:2 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
We should be able to preach the word not only when it suits us, but even when it doesn't. It easy to have the opportunity to speak with someone, only to pass it by because maybe we were too tired or had some other excuse. Are we putting our priorities in order? Are we sharing this great opportunity that we have been given? We should be taking advantage of every chance we have whether we think the time is right or not or that person just won't listen to what we have to say.. Our duty is to get out and tell everyone and the decision is up to him or her, but they can't make a decision if they don't know about it.When we were baptized we put on the new person and became a representative of Christ.
In 2 Cor 5 15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. Paul in Romans tells how he felt that he owed it to the people to preach the good news of the coming kingdom.Romans 1 14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
16 for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
In the letter to Galatians, Paul explains that God revealed his Son unto him so he could preach to the gentiles. Chap1: 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Just as Paul became knowledgeable about Christ so he could preach to the heathen, likewise we have the same duty to preach to the generation of our times. We are witnesses to Christ and should set an example in our lifestyle and how we talk. When we speak there should be simplicity and a Godly sincerity. When Jesus spoke to the people he spoke so they could understand, the same way a carpenter from Nazareth would talk to his friends. There was nothing fancy in his speech.
What opportunities do we have in our life?We certainly want to share the good news with our families. We all have an uncle, aunt, or cousin that might be interested in what we have to say if we only get out and say it. People that we have approached in the past might now be ready to accept the word. It is not for us to decide who should hear it and who shouldn't. If we have the love for everyone that we should have, then we should be ready to talk to all that will listen. One of the greatest things that speak out for us is the way we conduct our lives. We should be the examples of the Truth we are trying to spread. It is said that actions speak plainer than words and more than one brother or sister has come into the truth by the exemplary lives of others. Just as Christ is our example, so we should be to others. All of us learned the truth because someone had the love and desire to show us a better way or we wouldn't be here.
TruthI would like to end with a passage from John, Chapter 17 verses 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
We have been chosen to be part of God's plan because of his love for us. And because of this love we gather around this table to remember the sacrifice made for us. What joyful news to tell others.______________________________________________
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