YOU CAN SAVE MANY LIVES

When Jesus called Peter and his other Apostles, he did not call them to wear robes and sit on thrones. 

He called them to save lives.

Mt 4:18 (NKJV)  And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.

  • Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 

Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God who died to pay the penalty for your sin? 

Jn 3:16 (NIV)  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

  • 2Co 5:21 (TLB)  For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us! 

If you really know Jesus, you will want others to know Him too. 

  • We can only have peace with God through Jesus.

Romans 5:1 (TLB)   So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 

We can only escape God’s judgement and eternal hell through Jesus.

Jn 3:18 (NKJV)  He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

But there is a problem. 

Many Christians hate confronting people and most people don’t like being pressured, not by salesmen or by aggressive evangelists. 

  • Are there solutions to this problem?

YES THERE ARE.

Jesus attracted people because He was full of love. 

  • He radiated the love of God because that was His character. He also lived in constant loving companionship with His heavenly Father.

If you and I live in the presence of our loving God, and if we let go of narrow judgmental religious attitudes to people, 

  • if we decide to really love people and accept them, then people will feel loved and they will feel touched by our kindness.

Mt 5:16 (NKJV)  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

If you love people, you will see each person as an eternal spiritual being created in the image of God. 

  • Even a person living a bad life has a unique God given potential.

A missionary in Los Angeles wanted to reach the owner of a sex shop with the love of Jesus. 
He prayed for inspiration and God gave him this message. 

The pornography dealer had a gift and a calling from God to comfort and encourage people but he was giving the wrong kind of comfort. 

When the shop keeper heard this message, his spiritual eyes were opened and he accepted Jesus and the pardoning love of God. 

God has deposited heavenly treasure in every human being.

  • A person’s life might be a shipwreck and the treasure may be lost but a loving servant of Jesus can even salvage shipwrecks with the power and loving wisdom of God. 

If you want to save people, don’t feel obliged to copy some evangelistic method. 

  • Be yourself. There are different types of evangelist.

  • God can use THE INTELLECTUAL TYPE to discuss scientific, historical and theological problems with deep thinkers who may be more open than they appear to be.

  • God can use STORY TELLERS to tell people what He has done in their lives.

  • God can use FRIENDLY people to form loving friendships with people in need of love and understanding.
  • HELPFUL people can win people with practical acts of kindness.

  • HOSPITABLE PEOPLE can invite people to meet other believers. You can show wonderful videos in your own home.

  • COMMUNICATIVE PEOPLE can initiate wonderful discussions. When you listen to people respectfully, they are often more open than you think.
  • PRAYERFUL PEOPLE can release the power of God. If God answers your prayer for neighbours or colleagues, they experience the reality of God’s love for themselves and they can become open to the message of Jesus.

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