Is it possible for Christians to fall away? Many say NO. But what does the Bible say?
The Bible says YES. I’m currently teaching the book of Hebrews in my Bible class. What a great study it’s been. I would like to share a few passages with you to consider.
The first is found in Hebrews 2:1 where it says, “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.”
What had they heard?
They heard about the SUPREMACY of Jesus Christ. They were reminded in chapter one that Jesus is heir of all things, creator, the radiance of His glory, the exact representation of His nature, purified us from our sins, and has sat down at the right hand of God!
They had been given the words of Jesus Christ, Hebrews 2:3-4. The words that had been spoken by the Lord, then confirmed to them by those who had heard (apostles) who testified with signs, wonders, and various miracles.
What they had heard was sure. They could be confident in it. But they need to PAY MUCH CLOSER ATTENTION TO IT. Why?
Because they could begin to neglect their great salvation, Hebrews 2:3.
What do you have to do to neglect something? NOTHING. Far too often this can happen when it comes to our faith. Apathy creeps in. So does Complaining. The same for being too BUSY. Before you know it, BOOM….We’re drifting.
Pay Attention more closing to what you’ve already heard.
Remember, Jesus is the anchor for our soul, Hebrews 6:19. Our hope in Him is an anchor for our soul. Remember what you have now in Christ, and what is to come.
Remember who Jesus is. Never stop appreciating His majesty and what He has done for us.
There are a variety of ways one can reach out to the community and share the gospel.
1. One can post sermons or articles on Facebook. That’s a good thing to do.
2. You can purchase a newspaper ad inviting the community to sit in on a Bible study. That’s good as well.
3. You can begin a neighborhood Bible study. There is certainly nothing wrong with that.
4. You could write write religious articles for a newspaper. Earlier this year, I was able to write an article about the resurrection of Jesus in one of our local newspaper.
All of these tactics are really good. Yet there is something very important to remember.
Evangelism is Personal.
Personal Evangelism must be Personal.
As we seek to invite other and welcome people who visit our congregation, let’s remember that eventually things must become personal. Here’s what I mean by that. We will need to get personal and ask someone if they would like to have a Bible study. We will need to get personal and sit down with someone face to face. We will need to get personal and answer tough questions people will have. Evangelism is personal in nature. While we can do things as a congregation (like a Bible class on Evangelism), eventually it must become personal. We must make the decision to talk, share, and study with others.
Let’s make it personal. Great things will happen when we do.
Is it really worth my time to look for opportunities to share my faith with others? Is it really worth my time to study so that I can be prepared to share the good news of Jesus with others?
Is it really worth it?
Some may have theses kinds of thoughts when it comes to evangelism. I’m sure many of us have heard countless sermons about this topic.
After all, giving a card to someone is not really going to convert them, right? And in the unlikely event that they comes to services, they will probably be turned off since we don’t have women preachers or a band, right?
So, is it really worth putting myself in an uncomfortable position to invite someone to come to a building they have never been to or to spend time with people they don’t really know? The answer is YES. When it comes to doing God’s great work, it is always worth our time. It is worth our time to study God’s word for ourselves so that we can share it with others.
It’s worth our time to think about the people around us. It seems like more than ever people are isolated, hurting, and lonely. So many people are wandering around like sheep without a shepherd. The words of Jesus from Matthew 9 are still true today.
Do you have someone you can talk to today? Do you know someone who is need of prayers? It will be worth your time.
Today is a new month. A new day. Which means, we’ve been blessed to have another opportunity to grow in our walk with Christ. The month of May has 31 days. There are also 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs.
I’m going to post a short thought each day through the book of Proverbs. I love this book. What about you? Have you studied it in the past?
Chapter one, verse one says, “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel…” Many of these proverbs were written by Solomon. He was the wisest man to live (outside of Jesus). These proverbs never get old.
Here’s a thought for today from Proverbs 1:7:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
What can we learn from this?
How should we view God in light of this verse?
What exactly is wisdom? I would love to hear your thoughts.
I will answer these questions tomorrow and provide a verse from Proverbs chapter 2.
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Have a great day. And remember that Jesus loves you. So do I.