Robert Stapleton


            World wide the church is not about the business of evangelizing the lost. We have gotten quite good at what I call “keeping house.”  This manifests itself in paying the light and heat bills, buying Bible School literature, and things such as this, while the world rushes headlong into eternity outside of Christ.

            If you were to ask me why the church is not more involved in preaching the gospel I would probably say that it is due to our failure to understand or believe certain facts taught in God’s Word. In the next couple of articles I would like for us to examine these matters and, perhaps, come to a better understanding of our responsibilities.

            We need to face the fact that men are lost because of sin. I am still unconvinced that we actually believe this. The reason for this is, we either are unconvinced of this fact or we simply do not care they are lost. The Bible is clear in regards to the fact that those outside of Christ are lost as seen in the words of Paul in Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23. As Christians we need to be convinced of this fact so as to see the need to warn others of their plight.

            We need to face the fact that it is only through Christ that anyone can be saved. Many people have attempted to devise other ways of salvation, but to no avail. Regardless of these man made ways, the Bible is clear on the fact that salvation is found only in Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Galatians 3:26-28). As we consider this fact, if we are convinced it is true, then we will desire to proclaim the fact of salvation in Christ to a lost and dying world.

            We need to face the fact that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. It is clear from Biblical teaching that the gospel, and it alone, is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). If this is true, and we are convinced of man’s lost condition, we will seek to proclaim the gospel, and will feel a sense of necessity to do so (Romans 1:15; 1 Corinthians 9:16). Actually, in view of this, it would seem hard to believe that anything could hold us back from reaching out to those we know and love.

            We need to face the fact that people are saved by the grace of God through faith. It cannot be understated that the grace of God is an extremely important part in man’s salvation. As a matter of fact, it is God’s response to man’s lost condition (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Without the grace of God there would be no gospel to preach. Because of this, and God’s desire that all have the opportunity to be saved (Matthew 11:28-30; Acts 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9), we need to take this message to them.  It should be understood that not only is grace essential but, likewise, so is man’s faith. As a matter of fact, faith is man’s response to God’s grace. In view of this, we see the importance of our taking the gospel to “all nations” (Matthew 28:18, 19; Mark 16:15) so that man will have the opportunity to accept that grace by faith, which is accomplished by the teaching and acceptance of the Word of God (Romans 10:14-17)





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