This is a partnership we are in with Jesus Christ as our master. We are called not just to act out the truth but to follow the apostolic pattern of the early chapters of Acts.
This morning at the Bile readings Trevor gave us four thoughts to chew upon:
1) When the truth is presented it is always within a context.
Peter and John were on their way to the temple when they encountered the crippled man begging for money. The gave him no silver or gold but rather in the name of Jesus Christ he was healed.
Within the context of what has just happened and the gathering surprised crowd Peter takes the oportunity to speak:
“Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?”
Then he goes on to explain the power in which this healing happened.
Every situation in life gives us the opportunity to explain our faith within that particular context.
Trevor then posed a poignant question: Do we as evangelicals live in a bubble that somehow stops us from speaking within the context of our society?
2)The truth we communicate us rooted and established in the person of Jesus Christ.
InActs 3 we see Peter then begins to explain and affirm the reality and historicity of Jesus.
People are generally ok with the historical person of Jesus – they
however struggle with the resurrection.
3) Truth according to the scriptures. It had been planned and happened according to God’s plan.
How we handle scripture is absolutely vital in speaking the truth.
Jesus conducts a seminar about himself based on scripture while walking on the Emmaus road.
Scripture has three legs a) It is breathed by God, b) It also contains the word of God because it testifies to christ and c) It becomes the word of God as the spirit opens our ears and eyes as it is expounded.
We were reminded that when we communicate the truth we are not creating the truth. It exists and it is our job to open it.
4) The final forth point was the truth always provokes a response.
The question we want people to ask when we use our mouths to unleash the gospel is :”What shall we do!?”
When we present the gospel clearly the desire of our hearts is that they would ask about the path to salvation.
Trevor then reminded us that the most important steps are repentance and baptism.
Repentance requires time for a process to take place. Baptism is instant and tangible. After preaching we need to give people and opportunity to reflect after the truth is presented.
Trevor then gave the audience an opportunity to identify with Christ afresh and acknowledge our personal need for Him.