Monday, August 31, 2009

Speak the Truth

So many times I hear Christians say that they witness to nonbelievers by their lifestyle- by being kind, by doing good works. The prevailing attitude seems to be that witnessing is more about actions and relationship than about speaking words of truth. Now, I do believe that Christians should live exemplary lives of kindness and service to others. But, if we do not distinctly and verbally present the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost, our acts of service and kindness are in vain.

Thanks to Vee at Living Journey for sharing the following link to
"They Know I Am A Christian" by Mark Cahill at Mark Cahill Ministries
When Jesus told us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, He meant that. Tell them the truth about Jesus Christ.

When Romans says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, that means someone heard or read the word of God.

When Philip witnessed to the Ethiopian eunuch, he did it with his mouth and not his actions.

When Jesus witnessed to the woman at the well, it was a verbal conversation. You never see Him getting the water for that woman.
Early Christians died for proclaiming their faith. They were not martyred for living lives of kindness and service (which was a fruit of their faith); they died for telling people that they must repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. They took Jesus seriously just as Peter said in Acts 10:42,43 (NIV), "He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the One whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His Name." The results of Peter's proclamation were immediate. Acts 10:44 (NIV) says, "While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message." The people that Peter was speaking to did not respond because of acts of kindness; they responded to the words that were spoken. Lost people need to hear the truth of the Gospel. We need to speak the word with boldness which is the ultimate act of kindness to a lost and dying world.

1 comment:

livingjourney said...

Thanks for the mention! For what it's worth, Jesus did do good works, but all of those works have a far more deeper meaning.

He fed the people, which shows that whoever comes to him will never go hungry or thirsty...

...there was one loaf to every thousand men. Christ is the bread if life, satisfying the hunger of the soul for love, forgiveness, immortality, usefulness, progress, knowledge. He gives that bread to his disciples and bids them to distribute it to the multitude. Such is its blessed and divine nature that the more they distribute to hungry, famishing souls, the more they have remaining for themselves.

Joh 6:35 Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall not hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.