The gospel is…the word about Jesus Christ and what he did for us in order to restore us to a right relationship with God. – Graeme Goldsworthy

Friday, March 29, 2013

Let Us Pray Today...For the Lost

Let us pray. On this momentous day of the Christian calendar, let us pray. For souls. As we remember our Lord Jesus’ inestimable sacrifice for sinners like you and me, let us pray that His death would be applied to the lives of our neighbors, relatives, and co-workers who do not know the sweetness of the cross.

Our churches – and the saints who regularly attend them – have a tremendous opportunity this weekend to invite those who do not know Jesus Christ to attend a Sunday morning service. Does your church preach the gospel? Does your pulpit regularly preach

"[the] good news of salvation for hell-deserving sinners through the Person and work of Jesus Christ." – Milton Vincent, A Gospel Primer for Christians 

"that the one and only God, who is holy, made us in his image to know him. But we sinned and cut ourselves off from him. In his great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law himself and taking on himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn and trust in him. He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ's sacrifice and that God's wrath against us had been exhausted. He now calls us to repent of our sins and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God." – Mark Dever, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism (43)

If your church doesn’t unashamedly preach this, find another church. If it does, kindly and warmly invite the lost this weekend to attend with you! Pray they come. Pray that God would – even today – embolden your heart to open your mouth to proclaim the only message that saves from God’s eternal wrath, rescuing sinners from eternal death and punishment. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Bible doesn't indicate that individuals are born again from the non-verbal witness of another’s life. Rather, every person who’s ever tasted of God’s salvation came to know it through a spoken message. Yes, our lives must reflect the gospel we preach (Rom. 12.1; Eph. 4.1-3). But it is only when we preach that gospel that lost souls are saved (Romans 10.14-17; I Pet. 3.15). Invite someone to hear your pastor speak it. Speak it to someone today. And pray God opens blind eyes to supernaturally see Jesus (2 Cor. 4.3-6). 

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