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Evangelism

Jesus Loves The Lost

Jesus loves the lost.

Jesus looks for the lost.

The word lost communicates value and worth.

It communicates that something is not where it belongs, and it is so valuable that it is searched for until it is found, such as a mother searching for a lost child in a crowded mall.

The lost to Jesus are those who are not where they belong, which is a love relationship with God as Father.

Jesus told three stories to communicate how much the lost are loved and how far one will go and what one will do to find the lost.

Grace-Based Giving

Now I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this out of need, for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances.I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Nevertheless, you have done well to share in my affliction.

Taking Care Of Grace Teachers

But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.

Advancing Grace Around The Globe

Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I learn how you are doing. I have nobody else like him who will genuinely care for your needs. For all the others look after their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s proven worth, that as a child with his father he has served with me to advance the gospel. So I hope to send him as soon as I see what happens with me. And I trust in the Lord that I myself will come soon.”
Philippians 2:19-24

Shining The Life And Light Of Jesus Into A Dead, Dark World

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world as you hold forth the word of life…
Philippians 2:14-16
Paul, The Apostle of Grace

This post is a continuation of my previous teachings through the book of Philippians.

In Philippians 2:14-16, Paul continues to encourage the believers in Philippi to let go of complaining about and arguing with each other so they can effectively shine the light of Jesus into the dark world by holding out the word of life to the dead world.

Since Jesus Taught The Law, Should We?

One of the accusations made against teachers of grace is that we do not teach people to obey the Law. Those making this accusation say that since Jesus instructed people to obey the Law, then we should obey the Law and teach others to obey the Law, too.

Those making the claim that we should obey the Law, and also teach others to do so, cite many verses from the earthly life of Jesus to prove that Jesus taught people to obey the Law. They conclude that since Jesus taught people to obey the Law, then so should grace teachers.

Philippians 1:1 Serving Grace Everywhere!

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus…
Philippians 1:1

Together, Paul and Timothy wrote a letter to the church in Philippi. The church in Philippi was started by Paul, Timothy, and their companions while on their mission to start grace-based churches all over the Roman Empire. The Lord opened the heart of Lydia, a resident of Philippi, to the good news of God’s grace. The Philippian church began to meet in her home (Acts 16).

Paul was Timothy’s mentor in the good news of grace. Jesus had given Paul the assignment of sharing the good news of grace with people all over the Roman Empire and to start grace-based churches its cities (Acts 20:23-24).

Fearlessly Proclaiming The Mystery Of Grace

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Ephesians 6:19-20


Have you tried to share the good news (gospel) of God's grace with friends, family, and other believers, but have been met with fierce rejection? If you have, know that you are not alone.

Fierce rejection by many in the religious community was the common response to Paul when he shared the good news of God's grace, which he called the mystery of the gospel.

Only The Teaching Of Grace Exposes The Heart

How someone responds to the teaching of grace (God's unconditional love, unmerited kindness, unlimited forgiveness, and unearned blessings freely given us in Jesus and received by faith - Ephesians 1-3) reveals the heart. 

Some will misuse grace as a license to sin (Jude 4), exposing them as false believers...godless...as they exchange grace for a license to sin.

There are many who are afraid to teach grace because they fear someone might use it as a license to sin. Their hearts are exposed for not appreciating grace because they have no awareness of their own sin, just like the Pharisees.

5 STYLES OF JESUS IN REACHING THE LOST

There are lost people everywhere. Every lost person is at a different place in life. Yet, they all have the same need, to be saved. As we follow and observe Jesus on his mission to seek and save the lost, we discover five different styles or approaches he used to save people based upon where they were in their lives. In the same way, Jesus used different evangelistic approaches for different people, we, too, can use different approaches for different people...the same approaches Jesus used! Here are five styles of Jesus in seeking the lost.
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