Friday, March 21, 2008

Sharing the gospel - #2

"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete." I John 1:1-4

We have experienced Jesus.

We read his word (the Bible) and it changes us. It shows us the sin in our life. It encourages us with hope for the future. It explains God's unbelievable love for us. We read about God's promises to protect us and provide for us. We watch as God interacts with his chosen people in the old testament. We notice the way that Jesus communicates with his disciples in the new testament.

We see the impact of God in our life. We notice his provisions. We feel comforted by him when we are sad or depressed. We are encouraged when we see our friends and family filled with joy and happiness because of their relationship with Jesus. We acknowledge his power and might in things like oceans, mountains, deserts, hurricanes, and tornadoes. We are touched by the beauty we see all around in the things he has created.

From the beginning God has planned to offer the world salvation through Jesus. Death is the proper consequence for the sin in our life. However, life is available through Jesus. He is the manifestation of this plan.

Furthermore, from the beginning, God has had a specific plan for communicating this with the world: us. We have the privilege of experiencing Jesus. But, then we also have the responsibility of sharing this experience with others. As far as we know, this is the only way that God plans to spread the Gospel.

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