Efficient Evangelism Part 1- Evangelist James Byrd

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Efficient Evangelism is not just call the church together to knock door to door and if no one answers leave a “flyer”. Evangelism is the purpose of the existence of the church. It’s mission has been compromised and misguided that has led to the despondency of the membership.

Many churches want to please the Lord and be evangelistic but lack the skills to go along with the love they have and many of the flock have been stunted in their spiritual growth to become hard fighting soldiers.  I have choose the Apostle Peter as a starting place for our dilemma because  he was told by the Lord Jesus Christ how to shepherd His sheep.

John 21:14-18 (NKJV)
14  This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.
15  So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
16  He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, Tend My sheep.”

Efficient Evangelism Requires Love

John 3:16 (NKJV
16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

God wrapped Himself in love to reach out to human kind that was in a lose lose situation. God who is rich in His mercy sent His Divine solution into a sick and dying creation suffering from the revages of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ is the answer.  Luke 19:10 (NKJV)
10  for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 Efficient Evangelism Requires In Reach

The outreach of Effective Evangelism  starts with in reach. This is the gospel of God demolishing the strongholds as well as transforming of our mind that results I  “spiritual growth towards salvation”. These “new babes” must grow up in Christ nourished by the “truth as it is in Christ Jesus”.

Effective Evangelism will be dead on arrival if  the “brokenness”of  every “new babe” that has been born again is not handled. The problem of the high rate of drop out can be traced to the “lack of spiritual growth due to little or no attention the defective and or forgotten newness.

Before the “new babes” in Christ can mature, the “UN-transformed”  mind has led them astray. The Apostle Peter draws (4 ) obligations that the new Christians have to accomplish with  Holy Spirit power along with their obedient faith and the “shepherding” of the Evangelist and Shepherds. The new Christians are called to gird up the loins of their mind, 2) obedient children 3) be holy in all your conduct.

Efficient Evangelism Requires Holy Conduct

1 eter 1:13-15 (NKJV)
13  Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14  as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
15  but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

Peter calls the Christians who live in a sinful environment(USA) that they should “be holy as God is holy”. Because the sinful space that these Christians lived, to “be holy” is not just an option but it was an obligation. 

The cost redemption for all Christians was indescribable by human tongue as well unsearchable in value of the precious blood of Christ Jesus.

The Shepherd leaders were also included in the instruction to “be holy as God is holy”. The Shepherd leaders were not “lords” over the “flock” seeing there is just One Lord but “examples to the flock” or models to the “flock of God” I Peter 5:3

Ephesians 4:4-5 (NKJV)
4  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
5  one LoEfrd, one faith, one baptism;

Efficient Evangelism Requires The Right Messaging

Efficient evangelism begins with  faith spiritual shepherds who not only has the right “holy model” but also the right messaging. The right message to the world calls all human kind to a “clear understanding of how freedom from sin, guilt and insignificance is accomplished by repentance, forgiveness and son-ship that is centered by faith in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

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God- Is God Big Enough For You To Humble Yourself?

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Can You Humble Yourself To God?

We have many personalities who will not or say the can not humble themselves to God. Perhaps our human mind cannot understand a or describe our God. Here is a short video that might be a starting point for us

1 Peter 5:6-8 (NLT)
6  So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
7  Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
8  Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
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Jesus Christ Bore It All- What About Us?

Jesus Bore It All..What About Us?

The  that Jesus is building is at a cross roads in the USA and it seems like many congregations have lost their way. It is no longer a pleasure to serve the Lord Jesus Christ but a seemingly punishment for it interrupts our schedule. Perhaps we have lost sight of the Cross. The Apostle Peter who at one time rebuke the Lord Jesus for commenting on the reality of His cross now is writing that Christians have an obligation to die to sin and live to righteousness. Jesus replied to Peter “Satan get behind me”

 Jesus Rebukes Peter

Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ. From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
Without the Cross in a congregations of Christ, the church becomes a church of complainers, a church of lawyers, a church of grumblers. Our eyes can become fixed on the fears of life instead of “fixed on Jesus who is the “way, the truth and the life.

​Jesus must be  our focus

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Notice in 1 Peter 2:24
1 Peter 2:21-24 (NASB) 21  For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22  WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; 23  and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24  and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

What About Us?

1 Peter 2: 24 has been used by many who “cheery pick” the ending of v24 as “For by His (Jesus Christ) wounds you were healed” as meaning that “all our physical diseases are being healed or have been healed. This idea does not line up with what the Bible teaches. Atonement has been said to be a judicial matter in the shedding of the precious blood of Jesus Christ. I have attached an interesting commentary below that takes us back to the reality of the cross.
The word “bare” is the translation of a word used in the LXX, of the priest carrying the sacrifice up to the altar. The brazen altar was four and one-half feet high, and was approached by an incline up which the priest bore the sacrifice. Alford says that this word belongs to the idea of sacrifice and is not to be disassociated from it. The Greek word translated “tree” does not refer to a literal tree but to an object fashioned out of wood, in this case, the Cross. Thus, our Lord, Himself the High Priest and the Sacrifice, carried our sins as a burden of guilt up to the Cross.
The phrase “being dead to sins” is literally, “having become off with respect to sins.” It speaks of the action of God in breaking the power of the sinful nature in the sinner when he puts his faith in the Lord Jesus as Saviour. Henceforth he need not be a slave to sin.
The word “stripes” in the Greek presents a picture of our Lord’s lacerated back after the scourging He endured at the hands of the Roman soldier. The Romans used a scourge of cords or thongs to which latter were attached pieces of lead or brass, or small, sharp-pointed bones. Criminals condemned to crucifixion were ordinarily scourged before being executed. The victim was stripped to the waist and bound in a stooping position, with the hands behind the back, to a post or pillar. The suffering under the lash was intense. The body was frightfully lacerated. The Christian martyrs at Smyrna about A.D. 155 were so torn by the scourges that their veins were laid bare, and the inner muscles and sinews and even the bowels were exposed. The Greek word translated “stripes” refers to a bloody wale trickling with blood that arises under a blow. The word is singular, not plural. Peter remembered the body of our Lord after the scourging, the flesh so dreadfully mangled that the disfigured form appeared in his eyes as one single bruise.
Thus we have the portrait of the suffering Servant of Jehovah, His blessed face so pummeled by the hard fists of the mob that it did not look like a human face anymore, His back lacerated by the Roman scourge so that it was one mass of open, raw, quivering flesh trickling with blood, His heart torn with anguish because of the bitter, caustic, malevolent words hurled at Him. On that bleeding, lacerated back was laid the Cross. Unsaved reader, this was all for you, just as if you were the only lost person in the universe. The Lord Jesus died for you, in your stead, took your place on the Cross, paid your penalty, so that God could offer a salvation from sin based upon a justice satisfied. Will you not right now appropriate the Lord Jesus as your own personal Saviour, trust Him to save you? And saint, does not all this make you love the Lord Jesus more, soften and make more tender your heart? Does not all this make you say, “I can see the blood drops, red ‘neath His thorny crown, from the cruel nail-wounds, now they are falling down; Lord, when I would wander from thy love away, let me see those blooddrops shed for me that day?” The blood of Christ heals our sin in that He by one offering put away sin forever. There is no room here for the healing of illness through the blood of Jesus. The Cross was a purely judicial matter. One goes to a hospital when one is ill, and to a law court to take care of legal matters. In the great law court of the universe, the Judge offers mercy on the basis of justice satisfied at the Cross. The matter of bodily illness is not mentioned in the context. Furthermore, the Greek word used here is not confined in its meaning to physical healing. In Luke 4:18 it refers to the alleviation of heartaches, and in Hebrews 12:13, to the rectifying of one’s conduct. In Matthew 13:15, it means, “to bring about (one’s) salvation.” This passage cannot therefore be made to teach the erroneous doctrine that healing of the body is to be found in the atonement as salvation from sin is found at the Cross. The context in which the word is found clearly decides the meaning of the word here, not that of the healing of the body, but that of the salvation of the soul.
Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament – Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament – Volume 2.

Are You A Member Of The Church of Christ?- R.C. Wells

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Matthew 16:13-19 (KJV)
13  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Discouraged- Where Should You Go?

Where Should You Go When You Get Discouraged?

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:1-5 (ASV)
1  Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2  Here, moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.(Genesis 26:3-4)
3  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
4  For I know nothing against myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

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 Wherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall each man have his praise from God.

Hebrews 10:25 (ASV)
25  not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

Judging can be very dangerous for our spiritual attitudes in that it may lead to discouragement when we may arrive at the conclusion that people are not who they proclaim. Since our judgement of others is imperfect and we cannot examine the motive of others, our perceptions can be dead wrong.

Maybe you know someone who has judge themselves or the ministry of others. The Apostle Paul wrote that he did not honor men’s judgement one way or another and that he didn’t even judge his own ministry since he was only accountable to the Lord. (1 Cor. 4:3) People judging, ministry judging and congregation judging is a ploy or scheme of the advisory for us to get trapped by our own pride that may cause us to be discourage or depressed. The Apostle makes it clear that it is the Lord who judges him which includes us. Every saint is being judge in real time or the present time. (2 Cor. 5:10)

There are tons of reasons why people stay away from church when they are discouraged. Perhaps they’re embarrassed that their faith isn’t working as fast as they think it should. Perhaps they’re ashamed that they’re still struggling with problems they think should have been conquered long ago. They don’t want anyone to know they’re still wrestling with the same old problems, so they disappear from sight.

Discourage Souls Thrive Again In Assembly With Other Christians

Don’t let embarrassment or discouragement keep you away from other worship. You need their strength! You need their testimony! You need their encouragement! You need to hear them say, “You can do all things through Christ” (Phil. 4:13)

That’s why Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is….” The word “forsaking” is taken from the Greek word egkatakeipontes. It’s a compound of three different Greek words: eg, kata, and leipo. The first word, eg (actually from the Greek word ek), means out. Kata, the second part of the word, means down. The third word, leipo, means behind. These three words compounded together simply mean out, down, and behind.

These words describe someone who is extremely discouraged, defeated, and depressed. Maybe he feels depressed because it looks like everyone is succeeding but him. Or maybe this is someone who is simply weary from fighting a very long battle. Regardless of the reason why, this word describes a person who feels left out, down, depressed, and far behind everyone else.

The moment people begin to feel like they are failing, the church is failing or they are falling short of where they should be is the moment when Satan tells them, “Oh, just stay home from church today. You don’t need to go down there with all those rejoicing people. You know that you don’t feel like being with them today, so why not just stay home by yourself You don’t need them. You can just read the Bible at home!”

Satan knows that if he can get you to fall out of fellowship with the church—at the very moment when you need fellowship and encouragement the most—then he can probably keep you down and defeated. Yes, it’s true that you can read the Bible at home by yourself, and you need to do this. But fellowship with other believers is essential for everyone, and that includes you! You receive encouragement from other Christians that you can’t get anywhere else.

That is why church is the last place the devil wants you to go when you’re feeling low! He knows if you go to church, you will be touched by the Presence of the Lord; you will get encouraged by other Christians; and in the end, you’ll crawl out of that hole the enemy has put you in and rise up to a place of victory!

The devil works overtime to try to tempt you to skip church, stay home, and do something else instead. But, friend, why isolate yourself when you are in the greatest need of encouragement?

Hebrews 10:25 (ASV)
25  not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

Evangelist James Byrd

 

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