Lesson 181 - IF YOU LOVE JESUS, YOU'RE HIS AMBASSADOR! (PART 1)
By Frank Eiklor and the Shalom Team
The New Testament is the full revelation of God's redemptive purposes—the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. His total rulership yet awaits the future. The command to preach this gospel—good news—can be seen from Matthew through Revelation. For the follower of Jesus, the "Go ye" must always be a "Go me" in sharing God's love with others - whether across the street or around the world.
Every believer has a testimony about why we love our Lord. That’s why we have the privilege of being a witness to others—so they can hear from our lips how much God also loves them. Whether you are a student, housewife, mother, man or woman on the job—you are surrounded by others. Ask God each day to fill you with fresh power and boldness of the Holy Spirit. He will direct you to others who need to hear the good news of eternal life.
The following thoughts attached to the Great Commission—from each of the 27 New Testament books—have enriched my life and my love for the Lord. I gladly share them with you as together we "Go" to our world with the awesome message that "He's Alive!"
Don't merely read the key portion of each scripture verse that I quote. Look up all the references in your Bible so that you get the full meaning of context. We have used the New King James version of the Scriptures except where otherwise noted.
||Go with God's presence ("I am with you always")
||Go with God's protection ("And these signs will follow those who believe")
||Go with God's program ("repentance...should be preached in His nameto all nations, beginning at Jerusalem")
|John 20: 21-23
||Go with God's peace ("Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you")
||Go with God's power ("But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me")
||Go as a debtor ("I am debtor...I am ready...I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ ")
|I Corinthians 16: 9
||Go through every open door ("a great and effective door has opened to me")
|II Corinthians 1:3,4
||Go as God’s comforter of others ("comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God")
|II Corinthians 5:18-20
||Go as Christ's ambassadors ("we are ambassadors for Christ”)
TO BE CONTINUED
"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (I Corinthians 11:1)
The ST. PAUL SCHOOL, with Frank Eiklor, Eileen Young and Cecilia Contreras