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For The Faith Of The Gospel

Discussion in 'Evangelism' started by SueJLove, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Sunday, July 21, 2013, 4:30 p.m. – the song “Should I Not Preach Jesus” was playing in my mind. Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Philippians 1 (ESV): http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%201&version=ESV

    Partnership in the Gospel

    Paul, along with Timothy, thanked God for the saints in Jesus Christ at Philippi because of their partnership in the gospel of Jesus Christ. A partner is a cohort and/or a coworker who has joined with others in a united (team) effort (struggle, labor) toward some type of common purpose, goal and/or objective. In this case they were coworkers with Paul and Timothy in all that was a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This began at the moment they believed in Jesus Christ as Lord and as Savior of their lives, it appears, and it continued at least through the time of the writing of this letter to the saints. They not only believed in Jesus Christ, and gave their lives to him in surrender to his will for their lives, but they were also committed to the purpose of seeing others come to faith in Jesus Christ.

    Yet, not only were they partakers with Paul and Timothy in the gospel of Christ with regard to their faith in Jesus Christ, and their commitment to the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but they were also partakers with Paul in his imprisonment. In other words, they must have prayed for and encouraged him, ministered to his needs, and stood by him and supported him, etc., perhaps even in the face of their own encounters with great opposition, rejection and persecution. That’s dedication! And, because of this, Paul was confident of their continued faith, perseverance, commitment and determination in their walks of faith, and in their partnership in the gospel of Jesus Christ, which he knew to be the work of Christ/God within them, and that only Christ Jesus could and would bring it to completion on the day when he returns. And, so he encouraged them in this manner.

    When we read the word of God, we do not read it merely to gather knowledge or historical facts, or so we can debate theology, or so we can show how much we know about the Bible. That would be futile! No, we read the word of God because it is the living, breathing and life-giving word of God, and because this is where God speaks his heart to us. He encourages, instructs, counsels and directs us in the way we should go through his word.

    So, what I get from this is not just an understanding of Paul’s letter to the saints in Philippi, but what I believe are God’s words of encouragement for us, his saints, today. I believe he wants to encourage those of us who have committed our lives to him, and to his gospel, to not get discouraged or disheartened when we face opposition, persecution and/or rejection for the sake of the gospel, or when we don’t always see the evidence of the fruit of our partnership in the gospel. He wants us to know that it is Christ who began this work in us, and it is he who will continue it in us until the day he comes back to take us to be with him forever. So, we rest in him. As well, we are encouraged here to persevere in our faith in allowing Christ Jesus to grow us, mature us, and increase his love within us, coupled with much knowledge and discernment (very important), so that, in Christ, we will walk in purity and in the fullness of his righteousness until the day he comes back for us, to God’s glory.

    Advancement through Persecution

    If we read the beginning of the book of Acts, in particular, we will see how the gospel of Jesus Christ was not hindered, but it actually spread through times when the church suffered great persecution. I think sometimes that the church here in the USA could stand some persecution in order to get the church off their couches of complacency into being compelled of the Spirit of God to get the message of the gospel out to as many as possible before Christ returns.

    I find great encouragement in Paul’s (of the Spirit) words here, especially during times when I suffer rejection, opposition and/or persecution for the sake of being a servant of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I can tell you that I probably would not be doing what I do nearly every day in sharing the word of God on the internet had I not gone through times of great suffering for my testimony for Jesus Christ. The suffering, though at one time in my life I let it defeat me, has actually worked to strengthen my resolve to obey my Lord, to follow him, to do what he has called me to do, and to share his gospel. So, it has served for the advancement of the gospel, and I hope will be for your encouragement, as well.

    Should I Not Preach Jesus
    An Original Work / July 4, 2013

    Based off 1 Corinthians 9:16-10:13

    Woe to me should I not preach Jesus.
    I’m compelled to preach the full gospel.
    I make myself a slave to ev’ryone
    To win their hearts to Christ.
    All this I do for my Lord Jesus,
    And for the sake of His Name;
    Do it for the sake of His gospel,
    So that I, its blessings gain.

    Scripture notates the sins of others;
    Written down for us as examples
    To keep us from setting our hearts
    On evil as did those of old.
    Do not worship other gods of man;
    Do not give your hearts to them;
    Not partake in immorality.
    Do not test your Lord and King.

    So, be careful if you think you are
    Standing firm in your faith in Jesus.
    God has given his word to warn us,
    So through faith we will not fall.
    No temptation has o’ertaken you
    Except what is commonplace.
    God is faithful to not let you be
    Tempted past what you can bear.
    He gives the way of escape.

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