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Three ideas for every Believer

In Apologetics, Chrisitian, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved, Sin, Trinity on October 10, 2010 at 7:23 am

As Christians we are to go about everyday looking for where God is working. Through the empowering of the Holy Spirit ideally we join in and help. How does this come about and what do we do? Recently I was enjoying coffee at a local establishment with 2 friends both ministers of the Gospel.  We were having your average over the top discussion of theology (I thoroughly enjoy) and a young man was very intently listening in behind us (I noticed). I invited him to join us and proceeded to engage Him in what I call the five questions to see His spiritual understanding and background.

Do you believe in God?

What are your proofs?

Why are you are Christian?

How did we get the Bible?

What do you understand about the Trinity?

The young man was gracious enough to go along and we made sure He understood this wasn’t an interrogation just Christians who are interested in others and their beliefs. There it was God was at work and we joined in, this young man was trying to read the scriptures and understand them better. He was attending a church and being faithful to it. Now to the substance to the story, as Christians I believe the scriptures would have us do at a minimum one of three things. Encourage the brethren, challenge the believers, witnesses to the lost. Everyone we meet falls into one of the three areas.

Encourage:

 

(Deu 1:38 ESV)  Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter. Encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

 

Joshua needed encouragement to lead the people after Moses is gone.

(Eph 6:21-23 ESV)  So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.

Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The people in Ephesus whom Paul loved needed encouragement because of the trials they were facing. Paul was in prison and he wants to encourage others and sends someone to do so.

(Col 4:7 ESV)  Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts,

 

Paul is always concerned about encouraging the brothers, knowing the trials he faced were grave and desperate and the end of His life in view.

 

(1Th 4:14-18 ESV)  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.

 

The Father sends, the Son accomplishes, the Spirit applies!

 

Challenge:

(Deu 1:43-44 ESV)  So I spoke to you, and you would not listen; but you rebelled against the command of the LORD and presumptuously went up into the hill country. Then the Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do and beat you down in Seir as far as Hormah.

 

This same people acted out on their emotions and brought about a calamity, before they went they were challenged.

 

(Deu 3:28 ESV)  But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over at the head of this people, and he shall put them in possession of the land that you shall see.’

 

The word spoken here clearly states charge and encourage, charge being understood as challenge.

 

(Col 4:5-6 ESV)  Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

 

The challenge issued by Paul for believers, how to act, speak and use our time.

 

(1Th 4:1-8 ESV)  Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

 

As a true God follower can anything be added to this challenge?

 

Witnesses:

 

(Eph 6:18-20 ESV)  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

 

Paul was very aware of His mission to proclaim the mystery of the Gospel, our Triune God revealed through His Son who gave us His Spirit for the reconciling of lost sinners to the family of God.

 

(Col 4:2-4 ESV)  Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

 

True believers have a mission to declare the mystery of the Personal God who is there. How He gave His Son to accomplish the payment of sin both eternal and temporal as satisfaction of a sin debt we owe. Then He provided His Spirit to live (dwell) in us to apply the mission in us and through us. The Triune God at work the Father wills, the Son accomplishes, the Spirit applies.

 

 

(Mat 28:18-20 AMP)  Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).

 

Our commission, challenge, encouragement and purpose!

 

(1Ti 4:-3 ESV)  Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

 

The Father declares, the Son accomplishes, the Spirit applies!

 

 

 

 

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