We have been going back to some of the basic teachings from God’s Word that must be the building blocks of a strong faith. Our focus has been on three foundational teachings:
God’s love for the lost. He loves everyone, including those who are separated from Him and He does not want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9)! Our lives are built on the truth that God loves us and every person on earth with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3).
God’s great, sacrificial love has made One Way for us to experience His salvation and it happens through Jesus. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12). 500 years ago, a German monk named Martin Luther restored the Gospel message of salvation to a church that had lost its way. Today, we have the clear message of salvation and God’s Word has been translated into thousands of languages because of the Protestant Reformation (which unleashed a great revival).
After the true message of salvation through Christ alone was restored to the church, there was progress. Evangelism and missions began to take place on a much larger scale but the population of earth and the growth of other religions and beliefs has also massively increased. The answer to these challenges is Pentecost Restored! Finishing the task of getting the Gospel to those who are loved by God but lost in sin is the reason God has poured out His Spirit. We must keep on going, keep on giving and keep on believing God for signs, wonders and miracles that will enable us to reach the unreached and take the Gospel to the last frontiers.
Let’s make December a month to get the job done! Invite a friend to one of our services or special events. Invite someone for a meal at your home and light a candle to celebrate Christ’s coming (instructions for lighting the advent candles and their meaning are below). God still loves the world, we still have the message of salvation through Jesus and God still promises to pour out His Spirit on us so we can complete the task.
I am glad to remind you of the urgency and importance of doing this. Christ-must be shared with others this Christ-mas!