Minister's Message

"Re-emphasizing The Preeminence of Christ in Evangelism"

1 Samuel 15:22-23

 

“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence,” (Col. 1:18.)

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Truly we are thankful to God Almighty for blessing us to continue to be among the land of the living. This week, as we focus on renewed enthusiasm for evangelism and our upcoming “Friends & Family Day” on Sunday, October 30, 2022, I’d like to re-emphasize the “preeminence of Christ in evangelism.” 

 

On a poster forwarded to us from House to House/Heart to Heart almost a year ago, were these words: “evangelism is a challenge for most churches. Our world has changed, making our culture more secular, and some of our evangelism methods are not as effective as they once were. Churches still desire growth and members love lost people, but we need a new way to contact people who may be interested in spiritual matters. House to house/Heart to Heart provides a way to find those people near your place of worship.” [Italics, mine]

 

Biblical evangelism finds its focus in the presentation of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The good news—the gospel—consists of the announcement that God has provided deliverance from sin’s corruption and condemnation through His beloved Son (1 Cor. 15:1-4.)

 

Evangelism involves recognizing the preeminence of Christ, for evangelism is the communication of the “evangel.” Preaching the gospel means inviting sinners to come to Jesus Christ, the living Savior, who by virtue of His atoning death, is able to forgive and save all those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:8-9.)  To evangelize is to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, in order that men and women may come to put their faith in God through Christ, and accept Him as Savior, be saved from the penalty and power of sin, and serve Him as their Lord, both in the fellowship of the church of Christ (Rom. 16:16,) and their daily work in the world. Evangelism is the enterprise of love, making known God’s love in Christ through the service and witness of love that men may love Him who first loved them (1 John 4:19.)

 

In Matthew 28:19-20 the Bible reads: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Over the next few weeks leading up to our “Friends & Family Day,” we will be actively engaged in preparing precious souls to respond in humble obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will be praying together, and utilizing our website, Facebook page, YouTube, House to House/Heart to Heart, flyers, tracts, canvassing and “friendship evangelism,” in order to invite everyone to join us on that day for a special Visitors’ Bible Study during Sunday School, and an evangelistic message during our Morning Worship assembly.

 

University, remember our Mission and Vision: “A New Testament church seeking to evangelize, starting with the central core of Greater Cleveland. We will use our unique gifts and opportunities to engage with the community to bring souls to Jesus, develop and equip them for a 21st century ministry.”  May we rekindle our passion for lost souls, because “…now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” (2 Cor. 6:2b.) Until next week, remember that God loves you, Jesus died for you, I love you and I am your servant for Jesus’ sake!

 

Yours because of Calvary,

Terrance R. McClain, PhD

Minister

 

 

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