Evangelism part 1
Collection of scriptures and statements
Romans 10:14–15 (NKJV) Israel Rejects the Gospel
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
John 10:37–38 (NKJV)
37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”
2 Corinthians 4:5–6 (NKJV)
5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Co 5:11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;
2 Co 5:17–21
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Word and POWER
1 Corinthians 4:20 (NKJV)
20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
The Lords Supper
1 Corinthians 11:23–26 (NKJV)
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
Hebrews 10:38 (NKJV)
38 Now the just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”
Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Galatians 3:11–12 (NKJV) 11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” 12 Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”
Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV)
4 “Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith.
I John 3:8, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (NKJV)
Faith and Authority
As we grow in authority, which is evidenced by our increased faith, we will be called to fight battles on higher levels.
Psalm 119:90 (NKJV)
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
You established the earth, and it abides.
Being called to a high position does not give one authority. Maturity and the faithfulness that goes on to possess the promises is what will release true authority in us. However, we must understand that spiritual authority is not just given so we might have more respect from people, but so we can fight effectively against the powers that are destroying people.
Psalm 37:3–4 (NKJV)
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 78:37 (NKJV)
37 For their heart was not steadfast with Him,
Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
I John 3:8, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (NKJV)
By Faith We Understand?11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)?6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
James 1:2–4 (NKJV)?Profiting from Trials
?2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Temporary faith is that state of mind which is awakened in men (e.g., Felix) by the exhibition of the truth and by the influence of religious sympathy, or by what is sometimes styled the common operation of the Holy Spirit.
Saving faith is so called because it has eternal life inseparably connected with it. It cannot be better defined than in the words of the Assembly’s Shorter Catechism: “Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.”
The object of saving faith is the whole revealed Word of God. Faith accepts and believes it as the very truth most sure. But the special act of faith which unites to Christ has as its object the person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 7:38; Acts 16:31). This is the specific act of faith by which a sinner is justified before God (Rom. 3:22, 25; Gal. 2:16; Phil. 3:9; John 3:16–36; Acts 10:43; 16:31). In this act of faith the believer appropriates and rests on Christ alone as Mediator in all his offices.
Easton, M. G. (1893). In Easton’s Bible dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.
Verses - Salvation Faith Gospel
John 7:38 - He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Acts 16:31 -So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Romans 3:22 - even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;
Romans 3:25 - whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
Galatians 2:16 - knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
Philippians 3:9 - and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” 22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized. 24 For John had not yet been thrown into prison. 25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!” 27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. 35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”
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Sermon a year ago. Introduction:
* Without faith, the Christian life is impossible (Heb. 11:6)??The trusting heart makes a decision.
* A decision to completely capitulate to God.?-The decision must be a total commitment of trust, from beginning to end.
Colossians 2:6 (NKJV)?6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,??-Illustration: Olford tells a detailed story of his early rebellion against and conversion to God.
Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.??A decision to completely renounce the self.?Illustration:The gospel story of the man who wanted to bury his father rather than follow Jesus shows the man was attached to self.?A trusting heart is completely devoted.
* Devoted to knowing the presence of Christ daily.??Illustration: The Old Testament story of Abraham is shows complete devotion.?-We have to be careful about doing this, though.?-Illustration: Oswald Chambers gets quietly questioned about his witnessing to a farmer.?Devoted to seeking the pleasure of Christ daily.?A trusting heart has direction.
* The Lord will give us clear direction.??Illustration: Olford explains that he left pulpit ministry on faith, but he trusts that God will direct his paths.?The Lord will give us grace to walk in his direction.
Rev 2:12 **Stumbling Block - Balaam**
In a situation of trials, the church of Pergamos had not denied the faith, either by open apostacy, or by giving way so as to avoid the cross. Christ commends their stedfastness, but reproves their sinful failures. A wrong view of gospel doctrine and Christian liberty, was a root of bitterness from which evil practices grew. Repentance is the duty of churches and bodies of men, as well as of particular persons; those who sin together, should repent together. Here is the promise of favour to those that overcome.
Henry, M., & Scott, T. (1997). Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary (Re 2:12). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.
12.TRENCH prefers writing Pergamus, or rather, Pergamum, on the river Caicus. It was capital of Attalus the Second’s kingdom, which was bequeathed by him to the Romans, 133 B.C. Famous for its library, founded by Eumenes (197–159), and destroyed by Caliph Omar. Parchment, that is, Pergamena charta, was here discovered for book purposes. Also famous for the magnificent temple of AEsculapius, the healing god [TACITUS, Annals, 3.63].
hold the doctrine of Balaam—“the teaching of Balaam,” namely, that which he “taught Balak.” Compare “the counsel of Balaam,” Nu 31:16. “Balak” is dative in the Greek, whence BENGEL translates, “taught (the Moabites) for (that is, to please) Balak.” But though in Numbers it is not expressly said he taught Balak, yet there is nothing said inconsistent with his having done so; and JOSEPHUS [Antiquities, 4.6.6], says he did so. The dative case is a Hebraism for the accusative case.
Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Re 2:12). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever that we may do all the words of this law” (Deut. 29:29). As it was in the time of Moses, so it is now with us: God has revealed his words to us that we might obey his laws and thereby do his will. To be “blameless” in God’s sight is to “walk in the law of the LORD” (Ps. 119:1). The “blessed” man is one who does not follow the will of wicked people (Ps. 1:1), but delights “in the law of the LORD,” and meditates on God’s law “day and night” (Ps. 1:2). To love God (and thereby to act in a way that is pleasing to him) is to “keep his commandments” (1 John 5:3). If we are to have a certain knowledge of God’s will, then, we must attain it through the study of Scripture.
This second solution is in fact what we have when we have God’s words in Scripture. God knows all facts that ever have been or ever will be. And this God who is omniscient (all-knowing) has absolutely certain knowledge: there can never be any fact that he does not already know; thus, there can never be any fact that would prove that something God thinks is actually false. Now it is from this infinite storehouse of certain knowledge that God, who never lies, has spoken to us in Scripture, in which he has told us many true things about himself, about ourselves, and about the universe that he has made. No fact can ever turn up to contradict the truth spoken by this one who is omniscient.
Thus, it is appropriate for us to be more certain about the truths we read in Scripture than about any other knowledge we have.
Grudem, W. A. (2004). Systematic theology: an introduction to biblical doctrine (pp. 119–120). Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; Zondervan Pub. House.
**Naboth - **I Kings 21
Contents: Ahab covets Naboth’s vineyard. Elijah announces Ahab’s doom.
Characters: God, Elijah, Ahab, Naboth, Jezebel.
Conclusions: One may covet and get what it is not God’s will for them to have, but he may be sure that with it, he will get a curse. Coveteousness opens the door for all sin.
Key Words: Coveting, v. 4.
Strong Verses: 3, 29.
Striking Facts: Coveteousness was the first sin in Eden (Gen. 3:6) first on entering the promised land (Josh. 7:21) first in the early church (Acts 5:1–3).
Brooks, K. (2009). Summarized Bible: Complete Summary of the Old Testament (p. 74). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
Naboth’s Vineyard (1 Kings 21:1–29)
The passage.—Near Ahab’s summer palace at Jezreel, Naboth had a vineyard Ahab wanted it very much and offered to buy it. Naboth could not sell it because according to the Israelite law a man’s inheritance was his father’s property and belonged in turn to his sons. Ahab knew this principle of justice, but still he had a passionate covetousness for the vineyard. He made himself sick over the matter.
Jezebel, his wife, determined to get it for him and so promised it to him. She arranged a great feast to honor Naboth. She had two base fellows to be there and to accuse him of blaspheming God and cursing the king. He was falsely charged and was stoned to death. According to 2 Kings 9:26 Naboth’s sons were killed also. Ahab went down to Jezreel to take possession of the prize.
God sent Elijah to rebuke Ahab for his gross injustice and murders. He asked Ahab, “Have you killed, and also taken possession?” (v. 19). “In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick your own blood.”
Ahab said, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” Elijah answered, “I have found you because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord.” Not only did Elijah pronounce doom on Ahab, but on Jezebel as well. He predicted that dogs would eat her body in Jezreel.
Rather surprisingly Ahab humbled himself before God. We cannot know the depth of his repentance, but because he did humble himself before God, his judgment was delayed. Ultimately, however, the punishment came and the prophecy was fulfilled. Read 1 Kings 22:38 and 2 Kings 9:30–37.
Special points.—The phrase “sold yourself” used by Elijah to describe what Ahab had done in obtaining Naboth’s vineyard means that he had become a slave of his own sin. Greed had become his god and would destroy him. John 8:34 gives us the words of Jesus on this matter. Read also Matthew 16:26.
Truth for today.—There are some things that ought not to be for sale. Naboth recognized that. Someone has said that every person ought to have at least one thing that he would not sell for any price. This is true of a man’s soul, his character, his reputation, his family, his church.
Tatum, S. L. (1972). 1 Kings. In H. F. Paschall & H. H. Hobbs (Eds.), The teacher’s Bible commentary (pp. 205–206). Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers.
I Kings 21:3 Sale of Patrimony
But Naboth replied, “The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.”
The law of Moses would not permit the sale of a person’s patrimony (an inheritance from a father or other ancestor), except in cases of extreme destitution. See Leviticus 25:23–25 and Numbers 36:7. In his book, Oriental Illustrations of the Sacred Scriptures (1844), the Rev. J. Roberts wrote an interesting description of a Middle East garden and of the high value placed on it by its owner, who had inherited it from his ancestors, and whose dearest associations in life are connected with it. “For him to part with it,” Roberts wrote, “would be like parting with life itself.”
Freeman, J. M., & Chadwick, H. J. (1998). Manners & customs of the Bible (pp. 251–252). North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos Publishers.