Twin subjects, the Gospel & Faith #4


Sadly, I’m loosing readers. Perhaps you will come back if I explain. Yes, I am preparing almost three weeks of talks with the Pakistan church. The gospel message and their faith will see them through poverty, humiliation, discrimination and persecution. In other words, their daily life.  Some of my time will be spent with seminary students. The questions and assignments are preparation for following discussions.

Example: The assignment given in #1 is meant to prepare them to discuss #3 & #4.

Angels can be shocking.

The angel will be shocking. God and His gospel will have been ignored long enough. As the angel flies in midair he will SHOUT out the gospel. God will demand man’s attention, no longer will He be mocked and belittled by the arrogance of creation. The children of disobedience will know that He is, what He has done and is about to do. Do you suppose many will repent?

I am sure the voice will be loud and clear leaving no room for misunderstanding. “Fear God, and give Him glory ….. worship Him who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and the springs of water.” (Revelation 4:7)  Why wait for the angel? To fear God is the beginning of wisdom. Considering who we are, and who He is, creates a deep sense of humility. The realization that God Almighty is worthy of our worship becomes the condition of the repentant believer.

The gospel is powerful when faith is bold.

Example: The assignment given in #3 was intended to show the power of the gospel and the dramatic effect it has on mankind. When told clearly, without fear, the power of the gospel brings those who believe to their knees, or is violently rejected by those who’s mind has been blinded by the devil.

“Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.'” (Acts 2:37-39)

“Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him. But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:54-60) 

Taking a break for a few days building the website for Grace Believers Society.