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From the Spring 2013 issue of Knowing & Doing:  


Sharing the Good News with Delight

by Gerard Long
Executive Director, Alpha USA

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  Regrettably, we’ve come to a place in our society where we don’t want to hear about hell. It’s uncomfortable and not “politically correct.” Whatever we feel about hell, the key question is, what is the truth? Do we believe Jesus was telling the truth when He warned people about eternal judgment? If we believe hell is a reality, it should fundamentally change how we go about our lives. If we know the end of the story, and other people don’t, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve got an obligation to tell them about it. Not out of guilt, but out of a genuine concern and compassion for people, deep in our hearts. If a blind man was about to walk off a cliff, how hard would we try to persuade him to change course? If he’s convinced he’s on the right path, we’d have to be strategic in how we persuaded him to take another course.
  I believe God wants to give Christ followers a fresh and clear vision of His calling on our lives. When He told Joshua to go in and take the Promised Land, God gave him a clear vision. He defined the area of land to take and told him what he would need to carry out the task.
  The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18 KJV). What is your vision for your life? Why are you living here on earth (assuming you are living)?
  I heard about an old man who was asked what he did first thing in the morning. He said, “The first thing I do in the morning is read the obituaries in the New York Times. If I’m not in it, I get up to face a new day!” What do you get up to do each morning?
  Maybe a better question is what is God’s will for you here on earth? After all, as Christ followers, we’re called to live for God’s will, right? Our fulfillment is to do God’s will.
  The kingdom of God will break out across America if the church is renewed and Christ followers are mobilized once again to evangelize the lost and perishing: friends, neighbors, relatives, and work colleagues.
  What is your vision to obey the Great Commission, to make disciples of all nations? What are you doing about the people God has put in your life?
  Jesus clarified and confirmed His mission on earth when He said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). And He says to us, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you’ (John 20:21).


  The second area that needs renewal is our faith. “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). As we hear God’s message and heart for the lost through Scripture, faith is stirred in our hearts. And faith leads to victory! (1 John 5:4).
  The big question is, are we really hearing the message? When asked what God requires, Jesus replied, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29). Do we believe enough in the things we have seen and heard that we would die in order to tell them to other people?
Mohammed was an Iraqi Muslim who came to faith in Christ. The gospel so impacted his life that he felt compelled to share the Good News with his family. “I have happiness; I cannot stop myself,” he told his wife, Liyla. “I must share this truth with my family.” But his words were not received well, and a family member murdered him for leaving the Islamic faith. Widowed and with a young child to care for, his young wife was encouraged to flee Iraq along with other Christians. But Liyla decided to stay and witness about Jesus Christ for whom her husband had given his life. As a result of her faith and courage, other Muslim women are coming to faith in Christ!3

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