A.W. Tozer gives an advice to evangelist on preaching the gospel:
“We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.
God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. Whoever would possess it must pass under the rod. He must
repudiate himself and concur in God’s just sentence against him.
What does this mean to the individual, the condemned man who would find life in Christ Jesus? How can this theology be translated into life? Simply, he must repent and believe. He must forsake his sins and then go on to forsake himself. Let him cover nothing, defend nothing, excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make terms with God, but let him bow his head before the stroke of God’s stern displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die.”
(“The Old Cross and the New by A.W. Tozer)
How about you, what advices can you give in sharing the gospel? Please post it on the comments.
W. Pink comments on trusting Christ:
“On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.”
If you are building your hope for eternity on what you think or feel that the Spirit of God has done in you, instead of putting your trust in what Christ did for sinners, you are building your house on the sand. And that may apply to some church members here tonight. O my friends, the Gospel of God does not invite you to look inside and pin your faith to what you think the Holy Spirit has done in you; the gospel of God commands you to look outside of yourself, away from all your feelings and frames, to what the Lord Jesus Christ did on the cross for sinners as sinners.
(Christian Fools by A.W. Pink)
One of my favorite authors who had made an impact to my life, J. Oswald Sanders, this book maybe considered the prequel of his Spiritual Leadership. This book is a power pack for those who seek to grow in maturity in Christ. You may consider this book hard to digest but in truth it’s most easy to grasp than Spiritual Leadership. Sometimes a colossal book like Spiritual Leadership can overshadow his other works but please consider this also a valuable gem from Sanders. This edition published by Moody Press in 1969 however there are updated editions of this book if you check Amazon. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
On the trusting some essentially literal Bible translations in preserving the dignity and beauty of the Bible, Ryken writes:
“You can expect to read, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock” (Rev. 3:20, KJV, NASB, ESV), not such things as this: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock” (NIV, TNIV), or, “Here I stand knocking at the door” (REB), or, “Listen! I am standing and knocking at your door” (CEV). In an essentially literal translation you will find the awe-inspiring lead-in, “Truly, truly, I say to you” (ESV), not a translation that has scaled the voltage down to “I tell you the truth” (NIV) or “I tell you for certain” (CEV) or “I assure you” (NLT). An essentially literal translation will fire your imagination and wonder with its evocative picture of “ivory palaces” (Ps. 45:8, KJV, NASB, ESV), not such mundane versions as “palaces adorned with ivory” (NIV) or “palaces paneled with ivory” (REB) or “palaces decorated with ivory” (GNB, NLT).”
(Choosing a Bible: Understanding Bible Translation Differences by Leland Ryken © 2005, Crossway Books)
What your favorite Bible translation? Please post in on the comments.
“Ultimately it is going to be spiritual understanding that counts. Men are going to be at their wits ends, and they are fast approaching it. They do not know how to solve problems of this world, they do not know how to cope with this world’s situation. And when that day comes, when men have been utterly defeated in the matter of the wise government of this world, then it will be those who know the Lord who will be strong, who will be at rest. They will be the ones that count. And when men’s heart fail them for fear, it will be those who know the Lord to whom they will turn.”
(“That Which is Born of the Spirit: Book One” by T. Austin-Sparks pp. 74)
Bible conferences are spiritual investment that will shape you as a Christian. Here are some things to make the most of your stay.
- Have a conference buddy– you won’t get lonely if you tag along a friend. Review what you have already learned. Share notes. Go to different breakout sessions and come back to share what you have acquired.
- Go take notes- bring a notebook or audio recorder.
- Raise questions-it’s a good time to ask questions to clarify things. Don’t let this conference be a one way street.
- Make friends to other believers-add more Christian friends! Widen your social circle. This is the best place to meet people and share fresh ideas. Invite them to your church or ask for a fellowship.
- Talk to the speaker-tell your appreciation about his topic, ask for an autograph, or request for more information about his ministry.
Anything you might add? Please post it on the comment.
How now does Satan hinder prayer? By temptation to postpone or curtail it, by bringing in wandering thoughts and all sorts of distractions; through unbelief and hopelessness. Happy is the prayer hero who, through it all, takes care to hold fast and use his weapon. Like our Lord in Gethsemane, the more violently the enemy attacked the more earnestly he prayed and ceased not till he had obtained the victory. After all the other parts of the armour had been named, Paul adds: ‘with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit’ (Eph.6.18). Without prayer, the helmet of salvation, and the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit which is God’s word, have no power. All depends on prayer. God teach us to believe and hold this fast!