Archive for October, 2008

Persecution

October 19, 2008

Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 

Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Luk 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

Luk 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

Rom 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

When people read these verses we seem to normally have the attitude of Gratefulness. When reading them we usually say, “I sure am grateful we live in America where there is freedom to have a Bible and go to church. In some nations like China the Christians are actually persecuted for what they believe. God has blessed us with country that has freedom.” And then we leave it at that.

Those are fine things to say, and I am grateful that I can have a Bible without worrying about it being taken away. But I wonder if we could take God’s word a step further. Is the reason we aren’t being persecuted simply because we aren’t doing enough of what God wants? Are we being ignored by the world? The Chinese Christians are persecuted because they are following what God has told them to do enough to provoke anger from the government. Various Christians in Muslim countries are persecuted because they shine there light far enough to provoke the Muslims.

Now I wouldn’t know, but I would imagine that those persecuted Christians do have the choice to put there light under a bushel and keep there thoughts so secret that no one knows that they were Christians. They could keep their faith to themselves. But instead they provide enough salt in their country to be blessed by persecution. Is it possible that we aren’t rising to the occaision? Is it possible that if we were to do all God wished that we too would be persecuted?

Keep in mind that we need to act with love. That is one of the most fundamental things of Christianity. But some people will react to that love. In James it says how a friend of the world is the enemy of God (Jam 4:4). The scripture also says how God is love. We can conclude that friends of the world will be enemies of God’s true love. Yesterday I talked to a teenager about God. He started swearing and getting all upset at me(though his friend whispered “I believe you.” to me). The teenager repeatedly asked me why I was telling him that he was going to hell (which I hadn’t). I repeatedly replied that it was because I cared about him and didn’t want him to die without a saviour. He still continued to get upset at me. God bless him. I realize I made some mistakes with what I was saying, but he was reacting against love. Though it wasn’t near as much reacting as some Christians see.

Oh to be more like Christ. He died for us.

Levi

Matt’s Testimony

October 18, 2008

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to share my testimony with you.  In case you don’t already know, a testimony is the story of a person’s life before and after accepting Christ.  I accepted Christ pretty young, so mine will be less spectacular than some.  Well first, I was raised in a Christian home.  This is why I accepted Christ so young (like when I was five).  However, because I was only five, I didn’t really know why exactly I had accepted Christ; I just knew it was important.  Since I was so young, I obviously didn’t have a whole lot of time to screw up, so I don’t have a lot to say in terms of how my life has changed since, but when I look at where I might be otherwise, I’m really glad I was raised in a Christian home.  Now I’m simply trying to live my best for Christ.  I do make mistakes, but as Proverbs says, it’s not about how many times you mess up, it’s about how many times you get back up (paraphrased).  Life is still hard, but I’m trusting Christ to take care of it all.

Matt

Do Hard Things

October 18, 2008

Hey everyone,

This book is not dedicated entirely to evangelism, but it can have a profound impact on your evangelism.  It is written by Alex and Brett Harris, teens at the time, and it was written specifically to encourage teens to do extraordinary things for God.  You may ask what this has to do with evangelism.  Well, often, we as teens are not expected to do much.  This too often hinders us as we try to evangelize, because our efforts are seen as useless and pointless.  This book will show you why not to think that way.  The resulting change in your efforts will be phenomenal.  I recommend this book to all teens.

Matt

Excuses

October 4, 2008

As my mom likes to put, “Excuses are reasons wrapped in a lie.” When trying to witness it is so easy to give in to excuses. I go through several probably everyday. I thought that I’d make a list of things I commonly think up so that other can add and so we can all come to realize them.

Picture yourself looking at another person you feel you should go talk to and your thinking:

Oh, they’re busy with something else. I’mtoo busy with something else that I need to do. People might have to wait on me if I talked to that person. He’s got ear buds on. I’m in a hurry. She’s talking to someone. I’d better not interrupt. He might be offended. He could be in a hurry. They might get really scared of me or something.

God wants us to reach the lost, but if we always make excuses or justify what we do, it won’t happen. Listen to God, and if he tells you to talk to someone or give them a tract, Do It! If you have other excuses that come to you, you could comment them, so that we can identify them more clearly.

Levi

Great Apologetics Website

October 4, 2008

Hey everyone,

I have another great resource for anyone who wants to evangelize.  It is called www.carm.org. Here is a quote from the actual website:

CARM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Its purpose is to equip Christians and refute error.  Christianity is under attack everywhere and we need to articulate our faith intelligently and biblically.   To this end, CARM offers a concise, comprehensive explanation of the Christian faith along with logical analysis of errors in popular beliefs, both secular and sacred. It is easy to use, written for the layman, and covers a huge range of topics.

That pretty much sums it up.  Anyone interested in evangelism should check this site out.

In Christ, Matt

P. S. Sorry about the huge font.  I couldn’t shrink it.

Must do items.

October 3, 2008

Rebuke Satan

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” The word “resist” means:

1)to set one’s self against, to withstand, resist, oppose

2) to set against

I believe that it is very important to rebuke the Devil (especially while soul winning). It may sound superstitious to you, but really, Jesus did it. Satan is the Deceiver, he will tempt people with wrong thoughts. You can command him to leave the person or place. God says He gave you that authority. Also, I think it should be said out loud. Satan can’t read our thoughts. So a simple, “Satan I rebuke you from these people and this place (and myself)” or “Satan I command you to get out of me and these people in the name and the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.”. And don’t forget to ask God to fill the place in Satan’s stead.

Say verses

Isa. 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.

God says that His word will not return void. Say verses when leading someone to Christ. It’s so important, because God’s word is much more powerful than any thing we could say. Some good one’s are “Jesus saith unto him I am the Way…” and “There is one mediator between…” and “For God so loved the world…”.

Recently I talked to a two separate groups of teens. I forgot to rebuke Satan and I said very few verses. The teens weren’t very receptive and they brought up a lot of disagreements like: “I have different beliefs.”, “I don’t believe in Hell.”, “I’m agnostic.”, etc. Then about three days later I saw some guys skateboarding and stuff. I remembered my mom’s advice to rebuke Satan (command him away, and pray for God’s spirit to come). I did that and I also said a lot of verses. The guys barely said anything remotely against what I was saying!(I would be pretty sure that they weren’t already Christians. : ). They also look very repentant for their sins. The boy that looked the most hurt or wicked took a scrap of paper with Bible references I’d written on it, and he went home. Praise God! I would contribute the dramatic change to the verses and rebuking of Satan that God reminded me of. Otherwise, I said almost the exact same things to all the teens.

Don’t miss out on God’s great results!

Levi

Tips: Don’t be too pushy

October 1, 2008

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to let you in on a witnessing tip.  I know, from personal experience, that if you are too pushy and basically try to force the gospel on someone, you will have an effect that is opposite from what you want.  You will actually make them not want listen to you, or anyone else for that matter, about Christ.  It is really hard to deal with this once you realize the mistake that you have made, so be extremely careful.  Hope this Helps!

In Christ, Matt