Reliance

Posted: January 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Many times it is easy to slip into a self-reliant attitude when it comes to sharing our faith; it’s defiantly something I struggle with.  We learn facts, memorize scripture, practice, and strategize, but we must not forget the importance of prayer and relying on God. It’s important to understand what is and is not our role when it comes to evangelism.

Our role as the Church is to be God’s messengers that voice the gospel to the world. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, says that he is “set apart for the gospel of God” and serves God in “the preaching of the gospel of His Son,” (Romans 1:1,9). Paul understood his role to preach the gospel to the lost and did so faithfully. Like Paul, we are God’s witnesses who must voice the gospel of Christ to the world. Otherwise, how will they be saved, for, “how will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14). We know that “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ,” (Romans 10:17). We must tell the world of the grace offered to all.

It is important to note, however, that we are incapable of saving anyone. We preach the gospel, but God is the one who works in their lives and moves in their hearts. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, no one would ever believe. For “we were dead in our trespasses, [and He] made us alive together with Christ,” (Ephesians 2:5). God is the one that causes the dead to live “according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,” (Titus 3:5-6). Because of this, we must fervently pray for the Lord to move in a mighty way in the lives of the lost, for if we preach without the help of the Holy Spirit, we preach in vain.

We see in acts that the church, which was growing daily, was “continually devoting themselves… to prayer,” (Acts 2:42). They understood the importance of prayer, realizing that they needed God to do anything. Peter and John realize their need for God to strengthen them and so they prayed, “grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness,” (Acts 4:29-31). We can see that they were relying on God for boldness and for Him to move as they spoke. Paul says that his “heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is for their salvation” (Romans 10:1). There is nothing that we can do to regenerate a sinful heart, but is the work of the Holy Spirit; therefore, we must rely on God and pray like crazy for the salvation of others.

I would like to encourage you all to be reliant on God to save and do your part in being faithful to preach the gospel to the lost. As you go throughout this week, start everyday by praying for the lost and asking God to show you opportunities to speak up and to work in the hearts of those that you talk with.

Upcoming Events:

Jan. 28 – John Lennox @ 8pm in Russell House Ballroom

Feb 7 – 1st Go and Tell @3:30 meet at 631 Harden

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