GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Friday, December 5, 2014

ROLE of the CHURCH in SPREADING the GOSPEL

ROLE of the CHURCH in SPREADING the GOSPEL

December 5 Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians Chapters 1-3

"For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything." (1 Thess 1:5-8)

In the above passage, Apostle Paul is commending the church in Thessalonica for their exemplary living and effective witness, as they conveyed the gospel most effectively by example and also by word-of-mouth. In a way, the believers in church of Thessalonica were practicing ‘show-and-tell’. They were ‘showing’ to their unbelieving world of their extraordinary faith in Christ, and also sharing the living gospel through words. Thus, the Thessalonians became model Christians and they are good example for us to emulate.

The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is God’s great plan for bringing people into a living relationship with Him. It is sobering to think that people are supposed to be able to see Christ in us. We should be able to say with Paul, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). We are intended to be channels of our blessings to others who do not know Christ. God shines in our hearts so that the light might shine out to others (2 Cor. 4:6). As we focus on Jesus, we will reflect His image to others (2 Cor. 3:18).

Sharing our faith is a combination of spontaneous conversation about God and premeditated ideas about the gospel. The following is a set of practical steps (Courtesy: The Open Bible) to take in witnessing for Christ:
  • Regularly talk about God. Sprinkle your ordinary conversation with occasional references to God’s activity in your life. It is much easier to share your faith when your friends know God is an integral part of your affairs.
  • Prepare your testimony. Learn to describe your pre-Christian life, your encounter with Christ, and subsequent changes in your life in fewer than five minutes. If you became a Christian as a child, focus on the impact Christ has had on your adult life.
  • Learn a brief summary of the gospel. It will be good to learn a condensed version of the gospel, for example: Four Spiritual Laws (http://www.campuscrusade.com/four_laws_online.htm), Roman Road of Salvation (http://www.new-testament-christian.com/roman-road-to-salvation.html), etc.)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:16-17)

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