We begin by examining some facts about Jesus Christ. Nobody killed Jesus Christ. By the time the soldiers went to the cross to break his legs in order that he would die, he was already dead and nobody resurrected Him (John 10:17-18). On the Sunday morning when Mary and her team got to the tomb, Jesus was already up.
And so dying and resurrecting was done by himself and therefore nobody played a part which he or she can claim that he or she nursed Christ to die.
Jesus was born to die to save sinners. Why did he have to come to die? The bible says, the wages of sin is death and the free gift of God is eternal life. (Roman 6:23)
If he died by himself and resurrected by himself, then as captured in Ephesians 2: 8 “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” we must understand that because no human being contributed to his death and resurrection, we are only saved by the free gift of grace, which is a by-product from the death of Christ on the cross.
We are not saved by good works but rather we are saved for good works.
Hebrews 6:10 tells us “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
Again from an example in the bible, we leant about the mother-in-law of Simon Peter who was suffering from a high fever, and having been healed by Jesus she used her strength to serve the Lord.
As Christian’s, this is what we must do with our salvation. Having been saved, and having contributed nothing to our salvation, we must commit to ourselves to serving the Lord.
In Acts 16:15, we learn about the example of Lydia. The Bible tells us “When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.”
Evangelism is a mandate to Christians and it is in our own interest to get up and go and evangelise.
We have defined evangelism in this church as a beggar showing another beggar where to get free food. What are you doing with your salvation? What stops us from asking somebody to come to church? It is in our interest to commit to soul-winning to build a strong Christian community around us.
There is the need for us to master the ABC of salvation presentation in order to effectively reach out to others with the word of God in a simple way
A= Accept the sinful nature of man (Romans 3: 23, Romans 6:23)
B= Believe that Christ died for us as sinners,(Rom 5:8, John 3:16)
C= Confess that Jesus, raised from the dead is Lord of our life( Roman 10:9-10)
We must learn this in detail and use it to reach out to people wherever we find ourselves to win souls for Christ.
We must first assure ourselves of our own salvation as contained in 2nd Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”
Evangelism is telling somebody about what Christ has done for you hence you must examine yourselves if you qualify. Again we must learn the presentation through prayer and bible study and as for the power of the Holy Spirit to give you enablement and direction so that we can go out to win souls.
We are not saved by good works but we are saved for good works. We must use our salvation to serve God.