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I Corinthians 15: 13-14 ” If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”

The foundation of Christian faith is this, “We believe that Jesus died and rose again…” (I Thessalonians 4:14)  But stop and think about this for a minute.  How absurd does this really sound?  You actually believe that Jesus was crucified, died on a cross, was buried…but 3 days later rose from that grave alive?   How delusional can you be?  And if you do truly believe this “fairy-tale”, you must be living in a fantasy-world!   But this is exactly how the world views the Gospel Message…some far-fetched implausible story.  Except, within this story is something that all of mankind is constantly searching for… peace, hope, and freedom from guilt and shame.  For the resurrection of Christ is the basis of our hope as Believers, and it is only by our faith that we are set free from the penalty of sin and death.

II Corinthians 5:19 ” …that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.”

The chasm between God and man was too wide, so He sent His only Son to atone for our sins… in order that we may be reconciled.  And so , “We rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:11)   But there’s also responsibility attached to this reconciliation, for II Corinthians 5:18 tells us, “All this is from God, Who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”  So as Believers, we are called to serve others with compassion, and share with them a message of hope – The Good News of the Gospel- that they too may repent and believe…and be reconciled.

Colossians 4: 5-6 ” Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt so you may know how to answer everyone.”

In this verse it tells us how we should approach evangelism and share the Good News of Jesus with others.  It’s about being encouraging not convicting…listening not preaching…and having conversations not sermonizing.  It’s also about not having an “us versus them” mindset, but rather thinking “we” as a group.  Finally, it’s about living with integrity but also being vulnerable and transparent about our own struggles.  For none of us is a perfect Christian without faults and flaws.  And when we can show this side of us…we become more believable.

I Corinthians 15:1 ” Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.”

The Apostle Paul was telling the Church in Corinth to focus on the Gospel Message, not on the person that had presented it. There was disunity and infighting in the Church depending on who they had heard the Gospel from…Paul or Apollos.  Paul wanted them to move on from that and rather center their minds on the Good News of Jesus…not on man.  For too many times we can get caught up by a dynamic, charismatic personality and end up following the person… not Jesus.  For if you think about it,  the Gospel Message doesn’t need theatrics or drama for it to be powerful and life-changing.  All it needs is an obedient soul sharing its story.

I Corinthians 9:22 ” I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”

The content of the Gospel Message…the Good News of Jesus doesn’t change.  What does change when you share it with others is the context and circumstances surrounding it.  When people see you going through difficult times with grace and peace…they’ll be very curious.  They’ll be watching you and wondering where you get your strength and hope.  It’s then that you can share the Gospel Message through your personal struggle… which can only have an tremendously powerful impact on the listener.

Ezekiel 37:4 ” Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!’ “

Ezekiel was in a valley covered with the remains of a vast army.  As far as he could see, there were skeletons lying in piles.  So when God told him to speak to these corpses, Ezekiel probably thought to himself,  “You want me to preach to the dead?”  In a word, Yes!   And God wants us to preach to the dead also!  He wants us to speak life and hope into people’s lives that are perishing because of sin.  He wants us to share the Message of the Good News of Jesus to those who have never heard it.  For anytime we declare the Word of God to the world around us,  His Word is set free to work and give life to those listening…even if they seem to be ignoring us!  Ezekiel probably thought preaching to the dead would be a total waste of time…but he didn’t realize the life-giving power in God’s Word.  And so he watched in amazement as that vast army took a collective breath and rose to its feet.

Philippians 1:27 ” Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

Paul is thought to have written this letter to the Philippians during his first Roman imprisonment.  He wanted them to be encouraged whether they ever saw him again or not.  Paul especially exhorted them to stand firm in one spirit…something that the modern-day Church should take heed of.  When there is infighting, discord, and division,  the Church cannot function as it should.  For when we are not standing firmly together in unity…contending for the Gospel as one…the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ is lost in the muck and mire and turmoil within the Church walls.  Paul reminds the Philippians, and us, to lead our lives in a manner deserving of the Gospel of Peace.