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The Mystery of the Gospel

March 9th, 2006 (07:08 am)

At our church meeting last night we had a prophet from Scotland come in, Alan Ross. He posed the exact same question that I posed several posts down. Just what is the whole Gospel message? Jesus saves us from our sins. True. Jesus also heals our bodies, He delivers us, provides for us. He is everything we need in this life and the next. All this is true. It isn't the whole truth though. What is the whole truth?

Col 1:26the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

This mystery is Christ Himself. It isn't a message, it's a Person. Christ in you, Christ in me, the hope of glory. Christ Himself is the whole Gospel. The One who has all authority in Heaven and on Earth in us, the hope of glory.

My only regret about last night is that Alan didn't give the name of my future wife in the personal prophecy. (whaa) I was hoping to send an email to her with it and tell her how we were made for each other. I'm not saying she is the one, that's up to her. It's a little early to ask her about marriage anyway, I've only known her a week. I'd better shut-up now, I might get myself in trouble.

I had my faith challenged.

February 17th, 2006 (10:37 pm)

I know that God doesn't require a blind faith. There are reasons to trust Him. I believe in Christ because of the number of manuscripts of the New Testament. There are 24000 manuscripts. The closest this compares to is Iliad at 643. In those 24000 manuscripts there are 40 lines disputed out of 20000. Iliad has 764 lines disputed out of 15600 lines. This makes the New Testament *the most reliable* history book in existance.

Now I read this which disturbed me greatly...If the writers of the New Testament "borrowed" from Egyptian mythology how can we trust it?

realmagick.com/articles/51/1551.html

I found the answers here. There isn't any evidence from the former link. Just someone trying to sound convincing. He has yet to show the manuscripts to prove what he's saying.
http://tektonics.org/copycat/osy.html

I have to admit that this kept me from preaching the gospel in the streets. I can't get out there without knowing without a shadow of a doubt that what I'm saying is true. Now, again, I'm convinced it's true and I can get out there.

Another chance

February 12th, 2006 (02:43 pm)

I had another chance to share my faith today. I still didn't. My nephew wanted some ice cream so I went up to the store to get him some and used it as a reason to go back up to the store. I at least went in the store so I made more progress than last time. They're hiring too so I'll apply there like I said I would. I have a clear conscience about it. I know I put God's kingdom first even though I haven't been able to get myself to speak. I know God gave me this job opportunity because of it, just like He said He would. Well I'll go back up there and apply and try to get myself to talk about the Gospel.

Just what is the Gospel? I hear some people preaching some aspects of it and others preach other aspects of it, but what is the full Gospel? My dad preaches that Jesus heals which is true. Way of the Master preaches repentance which is necessary. How do I preach the whole of the Gospel?

I failed.

February 12th, 2006 (12:36 pm)

I'm a coward. Why did God choose me? I am nothing and have nothing. Yet He did. Before I was born He was speaking to my parents about me. I have to overcome my cowardice.

Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

I repent of my cowardice.

Proverbs 24:16a for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again

I'll get back out there tomorrow.

Here we go

February 12th, 2006 (10:19 am)

Ok the goal today is nothing big. I just want to talk to one person. I'm nervous as anything but I have to get over it. According to Way of the Master, the best approach is to start in the natural realm, swing to the spiritual, convict with the Law, then reveal Jesus Christ. They convict by asking "Would you consider yourself a good person?" Then use the Law to show that they fall short. Then reveal that salvation is by faith. God give me boldness to proclaim the good news of your Son!

First Post!

February 11th, 2006 (09:25 pm)
nervous

current mood: nervous

This is the first for a lot of things. I will share my faith for the first time tomorrow. Kinda funny that I'm going to go out witnessing when all the other Christians are "going to church". We meet Wendsdays so I'm not "forsaking the gathering together of the saints as is the manner of some." Sunday morning witnessing I think is probably more effective now that I think about it because the Christians won't be out in the world. It's more likely I'll speak with unbelievers. Maybe that's not a good idea the first time I go out but hey I'm going to be used by God or I'm going to die trying. If I'm making a mistake by doing this, a moving boat is easier to turn than one standing still.

My dad is actually upset that I put this as a higher priority than getting a job. I'm not against getting a job, it's just that I know that God will provide my needs if I put Him and His kingdom first. I really believe God will provide a job. My dad thinks that my head is in the clouds and my feet are off the ground. He says that we need to be stretched a little and have both our heads in the clouds and our feet on the ground. If I find a job while I'm witnessing I'll take it. I'm going out witnessing though not looking for a job.

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