1. Jesus Christ is the only Savior.
Pastor and leaders, keep telling the church — over and over again because the lie of “there are many roads to heaven” is creeping into the Western Church.
Parents and guardians, keep telling your kids that Jesus is the only way to heaven. They spend most of their time away from you in a world that teaches them the opposite.
Christians, keep telling the world Jesus Christ is Lord. He’s their only hope of salvation.
Always stay focused on The Lord Jesus with people. People aren’t offended by the word “God” but use the name of Jesus Christ and many are. Why? It’s because there are many gods, but only one true and live God!
2. The church is an essential part of the Lord’s plan, for all followers of Jesus.
I am referring to your local congregation. The church of Jesus Christ is more than our local assembly, I know. However, it is impossible for world-wide church or universal church to carry out God’s will without strong local churches. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus tells His followers to go and make disciples. This includes baptisms and teaching them to obey God’s word. The most effective place of discipleship is a local church.
Many people claim to be able to live for Christ better without the church but I’ve never known it to be true. Left alone, nature always moves towards the wilderness. To produce much fruit a tree needs to be pruned, watered, fertilized etc. The local church is the means Jesus created to disciple us.
NO ONE who followed Christ in the New Testament church stayed on their own. They were “added daily” to the local church (Acts 2). When you read the New Testament 90% of verses that talk about the church refer to a local gathering. All the Epistles of Paul were written to a local assembly. The word church itself means “those called out to assemble.” There is a move today to make it unimportant to be part of a local church and the result is carnal, weak, immature believers who have not been properly discipled.
3. The Bible is the inspired word of God.
Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” David said the godly man’s “delight is in the Word of God and in that Word (law) doth he meditate day and night.”
We must combat the lies that the Bible is a collection of good stories or that the things in the Bible didn’t really happen but as simply allegories. When it says Jonah was swallowed by a big fish or Peter walked on water, those things really happened to real people!
People have tried for years to disprove scripture, even the history of the Old Testament, to disprove that is was divinely written. No one ever has disproved on verse. A great book on this subject is Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell. It’s not easy reading but the facts are great. Josh set out to disprove the Bible and became a preacher after realizing he couldn’t!
As far as the Bible itself. Repeat verses to yourself and your kids. Memorize passages. Repetition is a great teacher. In fact, it may be the best teacher on the planet. If the Bible is the Word of God then let’s do our best to learn it.
I know you’re thinking “WHAT? There are only 3 truths here!” Well, it was getting long so the rest will come next blog. Follow me so you’ll be notified!