Seeing The Shanty Towns of South Africa For The First Time

Poor American = Rich African

The experience of seeing the shanty towns in South Africa for the first time. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19) “Stop the car” I yelled out to pastor Malvory as we drove down a steep hill in East London, South Africa. He pulled over to the side of the road wondering what was wrong. It’s been said that a picture speaks a thousand words and did this one ever! I didn’t want to miss this one. Quickly, I grabbed my camera and jumped out of the car to click one of the most profound pictures I had even taken in my life. There, sitting on the top of a hill, was a beautiful church shining in all her glory. Surrounding the perimeter of the church grounds was a huge block wall that must have been at least 10 feet tall. On the other side of the wall was some of the worst abject poverty that I had ever seen. Jesus said that a city set on a hill cannot be hid; likewise, it was obvious that this church was not hid from this community. The ultimate question I had…was the community hid from this church? A fence or a wall conveys the message “say out!” It says, “We’re here and you’re there. You stay on your side and we’ll stay on our side.” As I pondered the immense perplexity of the scene, I couldn’t help but wonder what was that church doing to reach the multitudes on the other side of this wall? Were they proactive and reaching out to a lost and hurting world on the other side of the wall or were they an island unto themselves? Were they impacting these needy people or were they now an isolated, insulated, inoculated institution completely oblivious from the obvious plight of the hurting outside and below them. I still wonder to this day. The reaction cannot be described adequately with words when a person sees the poverty of Africa for the first time. As a westerner, one realizes very quickly that the poorest of poor in America is wealthy in comparison to the majority of Africans. I remember driving down a road in Malawi with pastor Malvory years ago. I had an empty 2 liter bottle as trash so I asked pastor Malvory what I should do with it; he simply replied, “Throw it out the window my brother, they can use it!” Although I was puzzled, I threw the bottle out the window. The bottle had hardly hit the pavement before someone rushed over and grabbed it. I was amazed to say the least. What we count as trash in the western world, they count as treasure and utilize almost everything. We complain about having to get up from the table to get a glass of water; yet many Africans don’t complain about walking miles to get contaminated water. It’s been said that the greatest crime in the Sahara Desert is to know where the water is and not to tell. I believe that the greatest crime in modern Christendom is to know where the “Living Water” is and not to tell. May we cross the street to the other side and rescue the perishing; care for the dying!

Do You COEXIST?

COEXIST – a lie out of Hell

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Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.(Colossians 2:8) You see it everywhere; especially if you’re driving down the road and staring at the back of someone’s bumper; there it is,…the bumper sticker COEXIST. The word Co-ex-ist (ko-ig-‘zist) means “to exist in mutual tolerance despite different ideologies or interests.” In other words, it doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you believe…we all should just get along. Aristotle said that tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society. How can I be “tolerant” of a belief system that is completely diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus? How can I be tolerant and accept a teaching that basically calls Jesus a liar; or worse yet, declares that Jesus is nothing but a prophet, an angel, the first created of Jehovah, or an avatar? How can a Christian remain silent and be accepting of a religion or cult that strips Jesus of His deity and reduces Him to a mere man, when the Bible declares clearly that He is God manifested in the flesh, the Second Person of the Triune God? The old adage is so true, that if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything. In our politically correct society, it seems that truth has fallen to the wayside. Our society is screaming out as Pilate did in John 18:38, “What is truth?” Yet, many Christians are remaining strangely silent when the Bible tells us to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3).The Bible tells us in Amos 3:3, “can two walk together expect they be agreed?” The answer is obvious, “NO!” Jesus said Himself that He didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34). What did He mean by this? He meant that our loyalty, our love, and our life are not to be divided elsewhere, but to be completely sold out and lived for Him; standing boldly for truth! Jesus didn’t say “I am a way, a truth, a life”…He said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). The Bible tells us in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” In other words, according to Jesus and the Bible, there is no salvation in Mohammed; there is no salvation in Buddha; there is no salvation in Confucius; there is no salvation through New Age enlightenment; there is no salvation in in your church; and there’s not even salvation within yourself. There is salvation only in Jesus Christ! The Bible declares that the human race has been infected with the deadliest terminal disease known to mankind. This disease is worse than any AIDS or cancer, for those diseases will kill you physically. Sin will not only kill you physically, but worst of all, it will kill you spiritually and will send a man or woman to hell. That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Does truth matter? Absolutely!!! Can we coexist with other religions? Absolutely, if you mean to speak with them in loving concern for their souls and share the truth of the Gospel. But to be “tolerant” of or embrace false doctrines and teaching which are antithetical to our Lord and to His Holy Word, the answer is an emphatic “NO!

It’s not Ability; It’s Availability!

Are You Available?

God’s not looking for ability; He’s looking for availability! His eyes “run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). He’s perpetually looking for a man, a woman, a child, a young person that He can show Himself strong through. His eyes are constantly searching for that individual who desires nothing more than to live their life for an Audience of One. The Apostle Paul understood this very well when he proclaimed, “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10). Paul was a God-pleaser. He understood that God longs to use what the world despises and esteems as nothing when he said in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence. The annals of recorded history reveal numerous God-pleasing men and women: David Livingston, Dwight L. Moody; Charles and John Wesley; Martin Luther; John Calvin; Charles Haddon Spurgeon just to name a few. The hall of faith in Hebrews 11 reveal a plethora of such sold-out saints who refused to cave in to this world’s enticement, but chose rather to live for the eternal, knowing what they did in this life was going to echo throughout the eons of eternity. The great man of faith, George Mueller, who took care of over 10,000 orphans, saw God supernaturally provide for all these orphans once said: There was a day when I died, utterly died — died to George Mueller, his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends — and since then I have only to show myself approved to God. The great theologian Matthew Henry once said, “If Christianity be worth anything, it is worth everything.” If Jesus is worth anything, HE is worth everything! Is HE worth everything to you? You see God’s not looking for your ability, He’s looking for your availability! How available are you to God? Years ago, a little boy could be seen walking down a hot Mediterranean beach. The tide had washed in tens of thousands of starfish and they were dying in the hot Mediterranean sun. A little boy could be seen picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean as fast as he could. The sweat was pouring off his face, he was exhausted, but he was relentless. His untiring compassion for the starfish kept driving him to throw in just one more. Well, an old man could be seen walking down the beach, and as that old man got closer and closer, he began to realize what the little boy was doing. Finally, when he got up to where the little boy was, he laughed and shook his head and said, “Little boy, little boy…Stop! Stop! What are you doing! The old man continued on…He said, “Look down the beach…What do you see?” The little boy said “Starfish.” The old man said, “Now, look down the other way…What do you see?” The little boy said, “Starfish.” The old man said, “Son, you can’t possibly make a difference in the lives of all these starfish, you might as well forget it! You’re wasting your time, just go home.” That wise little boy stooped down, picked up a starfish and looked up at the old man, and then through the starfish out into the ocean. “Kerr-plunk!” He then turned and looked up at the old man with a big smile on his face and said, “Made a difference in his life! Friends, you and I might not be able to reach all the multitudes, but everyone we do reach, we make a difference! This little boy was available and every starfish that hit the water was grateful! GOD is not looking for ability, HE’s looking for availability. If you make yourself available to GOD, you will see a side of GOD that you could never imagine! You will see HIM do what Ephesians 3:20 says; HE will do “exceeding abundantly above all that you could ask or think”!

A Reminder To Our Nations

Written by Malvory Peffer

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From Malvory Peffer – A reminder to our nations… BILLY GRAHAM, Current Age: 90, Truth..from a man the media has never been able to throw dirt on…..amazing! He has certainly hit the “world” on the head! Billy Graham’s Prayer For Our Nation THIS MAN SURE HAS A GOOD VIEW OF WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY! ‘Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbour’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honoured values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!’ Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, ‘The Rest of the Story,’ and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called ‘One nation under God!’ Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone on your e-mail list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the world. (It’s worth a try!) ’One Nation Under God!

A Divine Intervention

Witnessing To Hindus

It was getting late in the day and I was waiting for my wife Linda to come out to the truck so we could leave. The lawn mower was loaded up and I was ready to leave to go cut the lawn on a lot that we had. When Linda came out with my son Caleb, something felt terribly wrong. This dark heaviness came over my spirit and I felt a strange-errie feeling. I explained it to my wife as we stood out by the truck and said, “Linda, I don’t know what we should do, should we stay home?” She immediately said, “Let’s pray!” “Gee” I thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Just as soon as we had finished praying and asking for the Lord’s protection, etc., the dark-heavy cloud was gone. Well, we drove out to the country, mowed the lot, and by now darkness permeated the roadway as we traveled home. Suddenly, I saw something horrible out of my peripheral vision and shouted to my wife; “Linda, I think I just saw a kid lying on the side of the road in a pool of blood!” She yelled out, “What?” I immediately hit the brakes and turned my truck around as fast as I could. I ran as fast as I could to the person lying on the ground and was the first person on the scene. There, laying in pool of blood was a precious Indian lady who had just been run over by a car! Without getting too graphic, a car that was in front of me hit her head on, her head and body her head was split and she was laying in a large pool of blood. It turns out she and her fiancé were crossing a very busy road. He made it across, she did not. Her fiancé’ was screaming. I asked him what her name was and he said Pubati. This precious lady was gasping for breath and just hanging onto life. Immediately, I dropped to my knees and began to whisper into Pubati’s ear… Just a side note; if you’re in a hospital or on the scene where somebody seems unconscious, always share the Gospel! Doctors and nurses will tell you that often people who are not able to respond to you, can still hear you. It’s so incredible! It’s like the Lord is reaching out to the last possible sense in the last possible moment of the person’s life and saying, “Just grab on to Me by faith, and I will save you!” No wonder Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” …As I knelt down and began to speak to Pubati, the crowd grew larger. A precious lady dropped to her knees and began crying and kept praying “Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus!” The bewildered crowd looked helplessly on. I remember briefly glancing at the crowd; they seemed so helpless, empty, and unable to do anything. Their faces were easy to read, “It could have been me.” My mouth was right next to Pubati’s ear and I whispered, “Pubati, my name is Dave, you’ve been in an accident, but help is on its way.” As that point, I began to share what I call “the Gospel in a nutshell.” Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” I didn’t have time to go into great detail as she lay there dying. I continued, “Pubati, there’s a God in Heaven who loves you more than you could ever imagine and desires a relationship with you. However, Pubati, there’s a very serious problem in our life; all of us have sinned and broken God’s commandments. We’ve all lied, we’ve all taken things that weren’t ours, we’ve all had evil thoughts, etc. Pubati, God is holy. He is perfect, pure, and righteous, and because He is so holy, He can’t let one of our sins into heaven. Pubati, we are guilty and our sins have separated us from God. But Pubati, there’s great news. God knew we could never work our way to heaven by being good, so 2,000 years ago He came to us. Jesus is God and He left His home in Heaven; lived 33 perfect years and never sinned once. Pubati, Jesus lived the perfect life that you and I could never live. He went to the cross and died for your sins, was buried, and three days later rose from the dead. Pubati, if you were the only person who ever lived, Jesus still would have come down from heaven and died just for you. He loves you that much. Pubati, I know that you can’t talk right now, but I believe you can hear me. The Bible says if you will believe in your heart that Jesus died for you and you call on Him, Jesus would save you from your sins right now. Pubati, the Bible says if you believe that He died and rose again for you and you’re willing to call upon Him, He would come into your life right now. Pubati, I know you can’t talk right now, so you can just pray this in your heart…” I then broke up a simple prayer for her and said, “Dear Jesus, forgive me of my sins,; Come into my life today; I trust You to take me to heaven when I die; Thank you for saving me.” The ambulance came. The helicopter came and took her away. Did she die? Yes, she did. A week or so later, I saw in the obituary in the newspaper that Pubati’s funeral had just passed. I found out where her family was and visited them. There were numerous family members there at the house. I knocked on their door, they invited me in, and I then shared with them that I was the first one on the scene to see Pubati. I then shared with them what I shared with Pubati. Their hearts were pricked by the power of the Gospel and all of them accepted Jesus into their lives with tears. Always remember, when witnessing to a Hindu, you must always have them denounce all of their other gods, and turn to the One True and Living God, Jesus Christ. If you don’t, they will just add Jesus on as one more of their millions of gods. When I shared the Gospel with Pubati and with her family, I informed them that they must turn from their false gods to Jesus Christ. You see, God had set up a divine appointment for my wife and I. Time was of the essence. We didn’t have time to take a refresher course. The time was now! Are you ready and available to share Jesus right now? God could open an amazing encounter for you today if you’re sword is sharp and ready. The winds of the Spirit are blowing each and every day looking for that individual who is available to make Jesus known.

Witnessing Through The Book of Colossians

Using Colossians As A Witnessing Resource

The Book of Colossians was penned by the apostle Paul. In the Book of Ephesians, Paul shows the body of Christ as the church. In the Book of Colossians, Paul reveals Christ as the Head of the church. In this powerful Book, Jesus Christ is shown as being preeminent in everything; therefore, this should be reflected in every facet of the believer’s life. Everything, absolutely everything is and has been created by Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:15-18). Paul clearly states that Jesus: is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: [16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: [17] And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Based on the premise of Salvation is needed; Salvation has been provided; Salvation must be accepted, let’s look at a few of the verses from the Book of Ephesians and find some ways to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ… Salvation is needed: 2:13a And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Salvation has been provided: 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Salvation must be accepted: 2:6a As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Witnessing Through The Book of Ephesians

Using Ephesians As A Witnessing Resource

The Book of Ephesians is known as one of the prison epistles as it was written when the Apostle Paul was incarcerated approximately around 60-61 AD. The primary purpose in Paul writing to the Ephesian believers was to strengthen them in their faith. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians emphasized the church itself, of which Christ is its head. The first three chapters concentrate on the church being God’s workmanship, which HE made to be what it is according to his eternal plan of salvation. This plan of salvation is all by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). The last three chapters concentrate on the response of the believers to God’s plan of salvation as the recipients of his grace. The believers are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works. Their good works will be manifested in holy living and of loving service to God (Ephesians 2:10). An outline of the Book of Ephesians can be as follows: Part 1: The Church Is God’s Workmanship, Created In Christ Jesus, Ephesians 1:3-3:21 A. A Song Of Praise (Doxology) to the Triune God for his gracious plan for saving his church, Ephesians 1:3-14 1. God’s divine purpose for saving his church began with the Father’s electing his believers in eternity–to the praise of his glory, Ephesians 1:3-6 2. God’s divine purpose for saving his church was accomplished in the time of this world’s history by the redeeming work of Christ–to the praise of his glory, Ephesians 1:7-12 3. God’s divine purpose for saving his church was sealed by the giving of the Holy Spirit, who guarantees our eternal inheritance–to the praise of his glory, Ephesians 1:13,14 B. Thanksgiving and prayer, Ephesians 1:15-23 1. Thanksgiving for the faith and love of the believers to whom this letter was addressed, Ephesians 1:15,16 2. A prayer in behalf of the believers to whom this letter was addressed for the spiritual wisdom and knowledge to understand all that God has done for their salvation, Ephesians 1:17-23 2.a The hope that God’s calling them to faith gives them, Ephesians 1:18 2.b The rich glory of the heavenly inheritance, Ephesians 1:18 2.c The greatness of God’s power at work in his believers, the same divine power that God exerted in raising Christ from the dead and exalting him at his right hand over all things for the good of his church, Ephesians 1:19-23 C. God’s steps taken to carry out his eternal plan of salvation in time to make his church what it is, Ephesians 2:1-3:21 1. God saved both Jew and Gentile by his grace alone and the faith he works in his believers, so no one can boast of having saved himself, Ephesians 2:1-10 2. God united both Jew and Gentile in the one true church through Christ’s atoning sacrifice, which church is founded on the teachings of the apostles and prophets and the gospel of Christ, Ephesians 2:11-22 3. God had his eternal plan of salvation preached to the Gentiles, Ephesians 3:1-21 3.a God revealed the mystery of his plan of salvation in Christ, Ephesians 3:1-6 3,b God in his grace had Paul proclaim the mystery of his plan of salvation in Christ to the Gentiles, Ephesians 3:7-13 3.c A prayer that the Father would strengthen his believers by the Holy Spirit to comprehend the love of Christ, Ephesians 3:14-21 Part 2: The Church Is Created In Christ Jesus To Do Good Works, Ephesians 4:1-6:18 A. As a member of God’s church do the good work of striving for unity in his church, Ephesians 4:1-16 1. Preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, Ephesians 4:1-6 2, Use Christ’s gifts of grace in works of service for building up the church to a united spiritual maturity in Christ, Ephesians 4:7-16 B. As a member of God’s church do the good work of living a pure life, Ephesians 4:17-5:20 1. Separate yourself from the godless pagan ways and become spiritually renewed to be like God in righteousness and holiness, Ephesians 4:17-24 2. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit with lies, sinful anger, stealing, rotten language, resentment, slander, or any wicked intention of heart. Rather be imitators of God, Ephesians 4:25-5:2 3. Live as children of light who guard themselves against greed and keep themselves sexually pure in thought, word, and deed, Ephesians 5:3-14 4. Be wise and make the most of the time you have to be filled with the Spirit by the Word in worship, Ephesians 5:15-20 C. As a member of God’s church do the good work of honoring Christ in your personal relationships, Ephesians 5:21-6:9 1. To honor Christ, arrange yourselves under one another in your personal relationships, Ephesians 5:21 1.a As husband and wife, Ephesians 5:22-33 1.b As children and parents, Ephesians 6:1-4 1.c As a slave/employee and master/employer, Ephesians 6:5-9 D. As a member of God’s church do the good work of putting on the full armor of God and prayer to overcome the devil’s schemes, Ephesians 6:10-18 Conclusion, Ephesians 6:19-24 A. Paul requests the prayers of the church, Ephesians 6:19,20 B. Paul sent Tychicus, who carried this letter to the Ephesians, for the purpose of informing the church about Paul’s circumstances in Rome, Ephesians 6:21,22 C. Closing benediction
Based on the premise of Salvation is needed; Salvation has been provided; Salvation must be accepted, let’s look at a few of the verses from the Book of Ephesians and find some ways to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ… Salvation is needed: 2:1-3 1] And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; [2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: [3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Salvation has been provided: 1:7; In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 2:4-7: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, [5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) [6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 2:13 – But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Salvation must be accepted: 1:13- In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 2:8 -9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Witnessing Through The Book of Galatians

Using Galatians As A Witnessing Resource

The Book of Galatians was written by the apostle Paul and was most likely the first book that he wrote (probably 48-49 AD). Paul wrote this letter from Antioch of Syria. The Judiazers had infiltrated the church and were perverting the Gospel of Christ. Not only were they spreading heresy throughout the church, they were attacking the authority and credibility of the apostle Paul. The Book of Galatians is a direct response to this situation. Paul also wrote this book to reaffirm that salvation comes through grace through faith. He also wrote to correct the errors of legalism and to discuss the reality of true Christian liberty. The Judiazers were telling the Galatian believers that they were saved by grace through faith + keeping the Law. Paul refuted this heresy head-on and told them it was Jesus + nothing that brought salvation (Galatians 2:16). The Seventh Day Adventists of our time are synonymous to the Judiazers of Paul’s day. Therefore, this would be a perfect book so share with a Seventh Day Adventists who are dogmatic that salvation comes through Christ and keeping the Ten Commandments. Based on the premise of Salvation is needed; Salvation has been provided; Salvation must be accepted, let’s look at a few of the verses from the Book of Galatians and find some ways to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ… Salvation is needed:; 3:22; But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 3:10-11; For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. [11] But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 2:16, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 2:21; I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Salvation has been provided: 3:13: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 4:4-5: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, [5] To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Salvation must be accepted: 3:14: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Witnessing Through The Book of Romans

Using Romans As A Witnessing Resource

The Book of Romans was written by the Apostle Paul most likely from Corinth around 55-56 AD. Paul spent around three months at Corinth at the end of his third missionary journey. The reason for Paul writing this book was manifold. He wanted to announce that he was planning on visiting Rome after he returned to Jerusalem. Furthermore, he wanted to present a complete and detailed statement of the Gospel which he so boldly proclaimed. He also wanted to address the tensions that had been built up between the Jewish and the Gentile believers in the Christian community at Rome. As Paul went about his missionary journeys, he was harassed by Judaizers who followed him from city to city to lead new believers in Jesus Christ away from the true liberty of the Gospel and back into the bondage of the Law (Galatians 5:1). Paul therefore emphasized the historical and chronological priority of the Jews, stressed the advantage of being a Jew, and pointed out that since HE is the only true God, HE therefore is the God of the Gentiles as well as the Jews (Romans 3:29). Paul then stated that both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin and both alike need to be saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through His redemptive and propitiatory sacrifice by His blood on the cross. Paul also pointed out that since Israel leaders rejected God’s Son as the Messiah; God has temporarily stopped His specific program for Israel and extended His grace to the entire human race (Romans 9-11). The theme of the Book of Romans is righteousness. This righteousness is God Himself and His righteousness possesses and manifests itself through all of God’s actions. It is also the righteousness that God offers to all humans only by grace through faith. Righteousness is imputed to all who trust in the finished work of Christ and wherefore they become justified in God’s sight. An outline of the Book of Romans can be seen as: Salutation and Theme (1:1-17) Justification (1:18-5:21) Sanctification (6:1-8:17) Glorification (8:18-39) Israel’s Divine Purpose (9:1-11:36) Application of Righteousness (12:1-15:13) Conclusion (15:14-16:27) Based on the premise of Salvation is needed; Salvation has been provided; Salvation must be accepted, let’s look at a few of the verses from this incredible Book and find some nuggets to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ… Salvation is needed: 3:10-12: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: [11] There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. [12] They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Salvation has been provided: 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Salvation must be accepted: 10:9-13: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. [12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.