Posts Tagged ‘fellowship’

Taken from The United Kingdom Gospel Mission

Possibly one of the biggest questions that a Christian must ask is,, “Why should I witness?” After all, it is a fearful activity, set about with the possibility that you might lose all your friends and be a social outcast.crowd There’s even the possibility that you could be attacked or abused in some way. In some places, you could even get arrested and thrown in prison.

Several reasons for obeying the Lord in this matter immediately come to mind for the obedient Christian.

We witness because Jesus commands it:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
(Matthew 28:19 ) . Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15 )

We witness because it is the wise thing to do.
Proverbs 11:30 says ” …he that winneth souls is wise.” Now’s your chance to improve your wisdom. Solomon prayed for this gift above all other things and God approved of his prayer. If God says that I’m wise in witnessing to win souls, then how could I be disobedient to His prompting? Wise up!

We witness because it Glorifies God
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Every time you share the Gospel with someone, you glorify the Name of the One who sent you. Just as a diplomat or emissary speaks with the authority of the one that sent them, the witness speaks with the awesome authority of the Almighty Creator of the universe.

We witness for Christ because we love the lost
(if you don’t, you should begin to question whether you are actually a Christian yourself.) The most loving thing you can do for someone who isn’t saved is to present the gospel to them in the hopes of bringing them to that saving relationship with the Lord. Galatians 5:22 lists love as one of the fruits of the Spirit. It is in the nature of love to give. Take for example the famous passage in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” Love gives, and if you have only a small portion of the love of God, you will want to give it to others so that they will share in the love of God too.

We witness to keep people out of Hell.
Hell is a real and terrifying place of anguish, pain and eternal separation from God. “Eternal” means for ever, with no let up. Ever! Once you go to Hell, there is no escape from the white hot retribution of the wrath of God. Those who are not saved go to Hell. Some people will say that “a loving God won’t send anyone to Hell.” That’s a lie from Satan himself and based on an idolatrous view of god made in our own, selfish image. A loving God can’t do anything else but send sinners to Hell. As someone once put it, “I love children, therefore I hate abortion and those who kill children.” God loves the world and He rejoices in His creation, therefore He hates sin because it destroys the very thing that He created and loves. Witnessing is your opportunity to keep sinners out of Hell’s fire.

We witness so that those who are lost may find the love and fellowship of God (1 John 1:3) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” This is the greatest gift you can ever give to anyone and it reveals the true and living God to those who don’t know Him. The angels of heaven go wild with enthusiastic praise when anyone passes from judgment into salvation (Luke 15:10). Shouldn’t we rejoice just a little bit too, when we see someone saved? Shouldn’t we be weeping over the lost? Shedding tears for those who denied God, turned their backs on the One who could save them and went to the grave without that blessed assurance of salvation that comes through repentance and faith in Christ. Shouldn’t we be praying that the Lord of the harvest sends labourers into His fields (Luke 10:2)? Too Right We Should! Preaching the Gospel of salvation to others is our God-given task here in this world. The love of God should be your motive. Is there anything greater?

That’s why we witness!

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Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm

You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. I have seen the damage done time and time again by people who once went to church, and still hanged out with their old friends only to find themselves pulled back into the world. Especially when you become a new believer, you can not hang out with the old friends like you used to and think you will not be affected.

Friendship

Before I became a Christian, I loved hanging out with my friends. We didnt go out robbing people or get drunk but we used to go out at the weekends and go to parties and clubs and generally have a good laugh. But when I became a Christian, my allegiance changed (which was quite hard admittedly) but I knew I had to be around like minded people who loved God and loved his word. I had to throw out all of my old records because at that time, I could not handle it because of the affect it had on me. Looking back now, this was definitely God changing me

Now I am not saying that you should never mingle with non christians or old friends but when they begin to have a negative affect on your spiritual life, then maybe its time to loosen the reins.

This is also so true with ministers of the gospel that hang around together. Of course there are exceptions and but generally you can have a good idea the where a pastor or minister stands theologically by the people that they have to speak at their meetings and conferences and the ministers that they ‘hang around’ with.

The best analogy I can give is if you are a sheep, you feel uncomfortable being in a pig pen and vice versa. If you are comfortable in a pig pen, then it is probably because you are a pig. Do you feel comfortable hanging around with people who constantly swear, get drunk etc. Then it maybe a good idea to examine yourself to see if you are truly saved.

So my advice is find wise people and be in their company as much as possible. It could literally save your life

…….well not me personally, but a person called Wayne Jacobsen who has written an interesting article. With churches the way they are these day, I can definitely see his point of view. You can read the article here