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Overcomplicating A Simple Message
4/23/2010

Overcomplicating a Simple Message

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 1Corinthians 15:3-4 (NKJV)

I've found one of the easiest ways to be unsuccessful in sharing the Gospel message is to overcomplicate it.  The Gospel message is a simple one, and it should easily be communicated to those who would listen.  The Apostle Paul ends his letter to the Corinthian church with this simple message as well, when he wrote, "For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."

There it is!  This is the "Good News."  Jesus died for our sins; He was buried, and He rose again the third day.

We can spend so much time talking about man-made religions based on works, our personal views of what we "feel" is right, and so many other things, that we fail to simply share the "Good News."

It may even be we are looking for that perfect time to share God with others, and this in itself is our stumbling block.  It can be we're frozen in fear, like a deer in the headlights, wondering, "What if it doesn't work for this person?"  Or, "What if his life isn't changed?"  Or perhaps, "What if I don't know enough Scriptures to quote?"

I would say this to you in response to these potential fears or any fear for that matter that would cause you to stop sharing the Gospel, "just remember your personal testimony - how accepting Jesus impacted your life - the peace you received."   You believe in Jesus Christ; you know that Jesus has risen because He has already proven Himself to you.  And He is willing to prove Himself to anyone who is willing to let Him.  It doesn't matter whether they are enslaved with addictions, or riddled with a past they would soon forget - He would meet them right where they are and transform their lives.  There is just one question for us to answer before this happens.

Q:    Will we allow God to speak through us to others about His free gift of Salvation?

Some would argue, sharing the Gospel message isn't their calling, or gift - it should be the job of a Pastor or some other clergy.  But this is not what the Bible teaches.  Let's take a look at Jesus' view on this subject.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)

We can clearly see Jesus gave us all as believers very clear directions after we have made a profession of faith.  We are to, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."  Did you notice the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) being spoken of in this verse as well?

In verse 20, we can see we can be bold and confident in faith as we go and share this great message as well because Jesus will be there to support us.

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to seek GOD in prayer and to ask Him to fill you with His Spirit (Eph 5:18).  Ask Him to give you boldness and to use you in sharing the Good News with others.

The message we share is of Jesus Christ, crucified on the Cross.  We don't worship the Cross; we worship the Christ who laid His life down so we might have remission of our sin, and fellowship with God.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1Corinthians 1:18 (NKJV)

Let's lift up the Cross & and the message of the Cross today.  Let's lift up the emphasis of the Cross and what was done on it.  Let's lift up the risen Christ of the Cross and proclaim His message to the world.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about the Gospel message from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be used by God to share this saving message with others?

APPLICATION: Seek God daily to be filled by the Holy Spirit.  Ask Him to lead you in sharing the Gospel message with others.  Make it a purpose within your heart to be willing.  Now let God speak through you with boldness.

Father, Thank You for allowing Jesus to come and die upon the Cross for my sin.  Father, I accept this payment for the remission of my sin, and I accept Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.  Fill me with the Holy Spirit today and empower me to be bold in love.  Help me to share this message with those you bring into my life.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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