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GROWING IN CHRIST

"You Are Ready"

Date published: 05/12/2012
 
Acts 9:20 “At once, he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.”  (NIV)
 
The Gospel of Mark ends with Jesus saying in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”  Jesus had completed His mission on earth and had now imparted that mission to His disciples.  Jesus died for us so that all might be saved and come into relationship with God.  1 Timothy 2:4 says, “Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”  In Acts 9:7 Paul was blinded by God during his quest to persecute followers of Christ.  For three days Paul was blind until Ananias in Acts 9:18 was sent by God to heal Paul.  Paul had fervently practiced his Jewish faith all his life.  Galatians 1:14 says, “I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.”  Yet upon the restoration of Paul’s eyesight, he instantly began proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ!  Here is a man who was totally immersed and indoctrinated in the Jewish faith, yet immediately without years of training, without a solid church to support him, without a Bible-based Sunday school class, or a mentor to guide him, Paul began preaching.  He started by preaching the gospel to a stranger in the desert – NO!  Paul went right into the synagogues where he had been trained, had worshipped, and had many close friendships and preached that Jesus was a good man – NO!  He preached that Jesus was the Son of God, and that they must follow Him.  Don’t make Christianity timid or be embarrassed by your Savior – NO!  Proclaim Him to all!!  Let Jesus’ life naturally flow from yours.  You do not need one more sermon or one more Bible study to proclaim the good news of Jesus; you merely need to believe He is your Savior, He did live, He died for your sins, He did rise from the dead, He has equipped you with the Holy Spirit, and YES, Jesus will return, but just remember He desires all to be saved!  
 
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (NIV)