By DEACON REX BAKER
Open Door Baptist Church
Have you seen the miracle of salvation? Please open your Bible and read along.
"When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony of God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (1 Cor. 2:1-2, NIV)
"When we preach Christ crucified, we have no reason to stammer, or stutter, or hesitate, or apologize; there is nothing in the gospel of which we have any cause to be ashamed." - C.H. Spurgeon
No shame, no fear, no "backing down," no "watering down;" none of that has any place in the preaching of the Gospel of Christ. There is no other name by which men might be saved, than that of Jesus Christ. It is that simple. If you have to lessen the preaching of scripture with platitudes to avoid offending the 200 in the pews then you are better off with the 20 that will listen and take heed!
The Holy Spirit, through the writings of Paul makes that clear, simple truth the primary focus of Biblical preaching. This point applies to the preacher and the same applies to the believer. We are not all called to preach but we are called to be a witness to the saving power of Christ living in us!
Let us all proclaim the gospel without shame. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline. So, do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, (2 Tim. 1:7-8A)
Do not be afraid to share your faith with your friends, family and acquaintances. Really, what do any of us have to fear? Some may ridicule us, some may even shun us but they may eventually get over it. If they don't, what loss is it to us, when we view it in an eternal perspective? We are commanded by God Himself to do so. What can stand against us if God is for us?
Jesus Christ and His crucifixion have redeemed believers from their sin. The redemption offered frees us from the burden of sin in this life and it frees us from eternal separation in hell in the next! Hell is not a popular topic these days in many churches. Failing to warn our fellows of this fate, especially by those who claim to proclaim the Word of God, displays a "watered down" gospel that lacks the power to redeem others from that fate!
Jesus Christ preached much more about the dangers of falling into hell than on the blessings of Heaven. Our country has (and continues to) suffered mightily for lack of full gospel preaching. Our people believe false teachings that offer easy believing but no freedom from sin. Unrepentant in is routinely dismissed; the Lordship of Christ is ignored at the peril of the teachers and preachers who practice such!
Resurrection Day fast approaches. This year make it something special instead of sitting through service and going home or out to lunch at noon. Treat people kindly (even those who are poor drivers!), tip those who serve generously, give to the poor, encourage the downhearted, ask those who you meet if they need anything, pray with them, invite them to meet your church family and tell them what Jesus has done in your life.
Be a part of the miracle of salvation. Introduce someone to Jesus!
("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)