I feel as though a weight has been lifted, like I have had an immense wet blanket removed from my shoulders, and for the first time in sometime, I can stand up and walk. savedtoserve.net represents a new beginning, a rebirth of focus anchored in truth with purpose. The purpose of this blog will be three-fold: we will spend some time on world events, always looking at them from a biblical world view; we will share scripture in each publication, applying it to everyday life because the word of God never comes back void; and finally, we will share the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that the Lord uses this blog to bring people to Himself. If the ramblings of one man can be used to bring just one soul into a loving relationship with God, then the world will be that much better for it. Jesus tells us in Mathew 18:12:
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?(NLT)
Believers are all called to preach the gospel. This web page represents my small contribution to the great commission. As someone who has watched the world solve problems with disastrous results, I can say with confidence born of relationship not religion, there is but one solution to what ails the world – Jesus Christ. This is going to be an amazing ride. I hope you enjoy it.
Mark 16:15: And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (NKJV)
Technology has changed everything. The high-tech world of the 21st century has touched and altered every facet of our lives. Everything from what we eat to how we prepare it; the way we secure our homes and possessions; even the way we get our news and information has all changed drastically in the last 20 years. In today’s world, if we think it, we can have it in the blink of an eye. It is all centered around communication and information. With a few simple clicks (even those are being replaced with swipes) what we know, everyone in our circle knows….and everyone in their circle and so on. Communication is easy and yet it seems that Christians still have trouble getting the message out.
According to Google, there are 2.18 billion Christians in the world. Taking into account the reported world population in 2012 was 7.046 billion – 30.9% of the world professes faith in Jesus Christ with the remaining 69% divided up among the other major religions. The numbers are on our side, honoring Jesus’ command in Mark 16 should be easy. And yet, the prevailing opinion of the world is that there is somehow a shortage of believers. I was told just the other day that the reason why there were so few believers in Christ was because we (Christians) scare them away. There are two parts to that statement: the belief that there are only a few believers in Christ and the belief that Christians scare non-believers. We will deal with fear next week.
I Corinthians 1:18 says: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. In our politically correct world, we are constantly reminded that we must not discuss politics and religion. After all, if we do, we run the risk of offending people. Further, we could be made to look like fools. We can’t have that, but we will. Paul tells us that the salvation of Christ is foolishness to those that do not believe so of course we will run into difficulty. Following the Lord isn’t easy. Jesus said so himself. “…..You will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.” Mathew 24:9 (NKJV). Yikes!!!!! I didn’t see that in the brochure when I was saved! The perception held by the world that there are but a few believers is driven by our inability or unwillingness to speak up. We are told faith is a private thing between us and the Lord. Not according to Jesus. According to Jesus we are to go into all the world preaching the gospel. In short, faith is a verb. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of all that believe demands action.
Grace and Peace,