Bezeugen Ministries has planned a summer of Mission training and outreach. We call it “Mission 2014″. The following events are included:
A number of people have asked about providing financial support for our mission trip. That can be done online with PayPal or by sending a check. Full information on how to donate to Bezeugen Ministries can be found on our website.
As I got to thinking about 2014 I started thinking in terms of chapter 20 and verse 14 as in 20:14. So I’ve been reading the Bible in and around these verses. A couple of things really stood out in terms of some scripture.
You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)
This stood out not because it is about adultery per se, but rather it is right in the midst of giving of the Ten Commandments, the Law that Jesus refers to that indicates if a man is good (or not) and shows a man his sin. This is the heart of the “Law to the proud, grace to the humble” that we share every time we share the Gospel. As you read through the bookmark that we use as a study to share the Gospel, the Law is at the heart of the message to show the person their need for the savior, Jesus!
I then focused on two verses from the New Testament. The first from the Gospel of Luke.
But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ (Luke 20:14)
Think about what religion teaches people. It is to “kill Jesus”. There is even a book with the title “Killing Jesus”. It is ironic that man thinks if he kills Jesus then his necessity for him goes away. Men really did kill Jesus, buried him in a tomb and then he rose from the dead defeating sin and death. In essence he had to be killed to fulfill his mission. Nowadays people think they can “kill” him by pretending he does not exist, making up a god to suit themselves, or simply stripping away his Deity to make him more tolerable to them. Any of these gives man the idea that he can remain in his sin by ignoring who Jesus really is.
Which brings us to the Gospel of John:
Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. (John 20:14)
Isn’t it amazing that Mary was standing in the presence of the risen Christ and she did not even know it. The key to eternal life is knowing Jesus. More specifically it is Him knowing us. Religion teaches that Jesus is not God. When you strip that away, he is like any other “god” and has absolutely no power at all.
I’ve used the example of “if my lip balm is Jesus, and I follow it my whole life, when I die will I be saved?” Most people will see that this is ridiculous. But now imagine that we dress up a man with long hair in a white robe and put a smile on his face and call him Jesus, but instead of him being the one true God of the Universe we say he is just a good man, a teacher, an example to follow then people find it much more believable.
The FBI learns how to distinguish counter fit by studying the real thing. How much more must we study the Bible to know who Jesus is so that we can discern who Jesus is and even more importantly discern who he is not. On more than one occassion people have said that it is not loving to say that their religion is not true. But I will submit that the most loving thing to do if a man’s house is on fire is to beat the door down and get him out. In the same way, if a man’s spiritual house is on fire the loving thing to do is to show him the truth!
Join us this summer as we reach the lost with the Gospel. Join us for training in Maud, Poplar Bluff and Cincinnati. Join us knocking on doors. Join us at the ballparks across North America. Jesus’ mission was to seek and save the lost. Make it your mission too!