In my discussion with some church and denominational leaders, I am hearing the same question asked and discussed. “How Should the Church Respond Considering the Results of November 8th Presidential Election?”

Leading up to this year’s 2016 Presidential election, I developed the framework for a massive prayer rally in Atlanta. I had a team that helped in coordinating and planning to mobilize, promote, and lead prayer groups.  I personally prayed for God’s will to be done.

Many of my pastor friends and Christian brothers and sisters expressed they were burdened for a change of direction for our country. Across the United States, thousands prayed, fasted and cried out to God asking Him to intervene.

In my heart, I feel that God has heard our prayers, He heard our cries. He has given us at least four more years so the church can have the liberty to evangelize, to make Jesus known without additional limitations and barriers.

So how should the church respond in light of the results of the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump.

  1. We need to strategize to evangelize.
  2. We need to pray to God that He guide us as we go and intentionally share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  3. Begin prayerwalking the refugee communities asking God to open hearts and minds, and to tear down spiritual walls so Christians can share the gospel.
  4. Churches should begin teaching Arabic as a second language, buy Arabic language tracts and New Testaments and find out where the refuges are and go evangelize them.
  5. We need to continue to pray God direct us and give us favor with lost people.
  6. The church needs to plan to disciple the new believers.

I know that many Christians feel that within the refugee groups coming to the United States, are some who want to cause us harm. Some individuals have stated, while  discussing this topic, their feelings that “There terrorists want to come here and kill us.” One person commented, that “Ninety-Five percent of Muslims are good people. It is the five percent who want to kill us.”

We must be reminded that Saul of Tarsus was a terrorist. He was in the five percent who was actively looking to arrest and kill Christians (See Acts 7 and 22:20). He was hunting down Christians to kill them. But thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ, who encountered Saul when he was on the Damascus Road to arrest followers of Jesus Christ and eventually kill them. Look at what happened with Saul, who is known as the apostle Paul! He became the greatest Missionary Evangelist of the New Testament.

We do not know who God is going to save in our age, through the Churches evangelistic efforts from these Jesus haters. God might use you to win a refugee to Christ who possibly will become the next great missionary evangelist of our time. This is the time for the Church, followers of Jesus Christ to go an engage our culture with the gospel. Jesus is our only Hope.

The apostle Paul is credited with writing many the New Testament epistles, the Pauline letters. In the book of Romans, chapter 10:9:13 he wrote,

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Further in the letter of Chapter ten, the apostle Paul challenged the church in Rome, with a message, which he personally received from Jesus Christ and that is to go and evangelize the lost. Jesus also challenges every Christian with this same command.

14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who [i]bring good news of good things!”

The apostle Paul makes a profound statement, in Romans 10:17, “17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

Fellow Christian, fellow follower of Christ, this our time, this is a window of opportunity to go a make Jesus known. This election is much more than the appointment of a supreme court justice. It is more about making the King of kings, and Lord of lords, known to the world. And the world in knocking at our front door.

Your next mission trip to reach a foreign people group could be next door, or down the street or across the road. Jesus said, “Go win converts/disciples and teach to obey all things I have taught you.” (literal translation) Matthew 28:18-20. Today is the day of salvation 2 Corinthians 6:2.

 

 

 

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I am teaching a survey of the Old Testament and as I read the Scriptures and do research I am seeing a pattern how God gives provision and how we should respond to His provision.

God promised Israel He would give them the land known as Canaan. In Genesis 12, God called Abram to go west to a land He would give to Abram and his descendants.

God instructs Moses to lead Israel out of captivity in Egypt to Canaan. Then after forty years of wandering in the wilderness because the Israelites rejected God’s provision. They did not want to take possession of the promised land. They believed the 10 of the 12 spies, who lied and misled the Israelites. Because they rejected God’s provision, those people would not see the promised land, but their children would one day.

Once again, Joshua and a new generation Israelites find themselves at the edge of the Promised Land. Before instructing Joshua, God promised Joshua that every place he set his foot, God would give it to Israel (Joshua 1:1-5).  The caveat is they would have to act, take steps and take possession. They had to go out in faith and take possession of land (Joshua 3).

In our present time, God has instructed us that He has established the government (Romans 13). The purpose of government to protect the innocent and convict the guilty. Our response to government is to support it. We support it by exercising our right as a temporary citizen of this world, and country by voting. I say temporary because, for a Christian, our eternal citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20; John 14:2).

So, what if you choose not to vote? Then you are going against God’s plan for government. And like the nation of Israel, who repeatedly went against God’s instructions, His word, leadership, and rejected His word. Rejecting God’s word is a sin, and it always leads to suffering and consequences. The Israelites faced the consequences of their decisions for a generation to come.

So, obey God’s word, get involved in your community by engaging through evangelism, prayer, and exercising your rights as a citizen vote.

The apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Rome made it very clear of the importance of obeying the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20. In chapter 10:13, Paul quotes an Old Testament passage, Joel 2:32, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Robert Mounce wrote, “If everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved, it is important that everyone have the opportunity to hear.” (The New American Commentary: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture- Romans)

“Apart from hearing the message no one can believe” wrote Mounce. He points out Paul’s exposition states clearly that “No one can believe in one of whom they have never heard.” (Romans 10:14) Paul makes a profound statement, “And how can they hear without a preacher?” Paul is reaffirming the Great Commission in this verse and with his statement. Unless, the Christians and the church is intentionally going and evangelizing, that is making Jesus known to the world, lost people will not know, he wrote.

Also, Paul clarifies who is supposed to go. “How will they preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:15). Therefore, it is necessary that a messenger (Mounce), an evangelizer be sent. The New Testament Greek Lexicon, defines the English word “sent” as “I send forth” or send away. The New Testament Greek word is a compound word, “apo” (away) and “stello” (send), and the tense is “passive”.

The passive tense means that the person being sent is not making the initial decision to go. It means a Superior, a leader, is making the decision for him. The structure of the Greek language in Romans 10:15 is best understood as “sent on a defined mission by a superior.” (Biblehub.com/Lexicon) This is clearly understood that God sends us to go evangelize our community and the world.

In verses 14 and 15 of Romans Ten, Paul primarily deals with evangelistic preaching. The Greek word “kerusson,” is the more commonly used verb for preaching. (Mounce) The Lexicon defines it this way as “to preach (announce) a message publicly and with conviction (persuasion).” Evangelistic preaching is supposed to with conviction and persuasively. Paul affirms this thought in 2 Corinthians 5:11, “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences.”

The Greek word for persuade, “peitho’” is also in the passive tense. Which would also mean the messenger is not the one trying to persuade lost people to believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior. No, by no means. The passive tense means that it is God Almighty, God’s Holy Spirit, speaking through you persuading lost people to believe in Jesus Christ.

Again, Paul makes this clear in 2 Corinthians 5:20. “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” It is God who is making the appeal through us. It’s source is from God.

So the question every Christian must answer, “Is God sending me?” Yes, He has, according to Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8. You are sent. Now Go and Tell others about Jesus Christ.

Gospel of Luke 18:13, “13 But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be[a]merciful to me, the sinner!’

Jesus did teach on the sinner’s prayer. Jesus even gave the words ‘God, be[a]merciful to me, the sinner!’   The Greek word for “merciful

ἱλάσθητι ilasthēti 2433 to be propitious, make propitiation for

Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: hilaskomai

The Definition: propitiation, appeasement/satisfaction of divine wrath on sin”) – properly, to extend propitiation, showing mercy by satisfying (literally, propitiating) the wrath of God on sin;

Let’s finish the lesson, Jesus said, “14 I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other;” Luke 18:14. Jesus said because the tax collector who had prayed the words ‘God, be[a]merciful to me, the sinner!’ was justified.

The Greek word justified means:

justified δεδικαιωμένος dedikaiōmenos 1344 to show to be righteous, declare righteous

Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: dikaioó

Justified before God –  ikaióō (from dikē, “right, judicial-approval”) – properly, approved, especially in a legal, authoritative sense; to show to be righteous, declare righteous.

Jesus was saying “The believer is “made righteous/justified“. The Greek Strong’s Concordance number is (1344 /dikaióō) by the Lord, cleared of all charges (punishment) related to their sins.

Jesus is cleared about the sinner’s prayer and He even gives us the “words’. But it is more than just words. It is the through at the core of the heart of a person who is shameful about his sinful nature.

Are the words magical? No. But these words reflect a repentant heart. They are spiritual words. They are life giving. It is words from the heart. They acknowledge God as Supreme Being. They acknowledge us as inferior beings. These words acknowledge us as sinners in need of a Savior.

God, be merciful a Sinner!

 

Luke 12:13-15

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

The man in this passage wanted what he thought was rightfully his. From a legal perspective, he may have had a portion of his father’s estate coming to him. The man was anxious at heart, waiting to receive his desired portion of his father’s possessions.

When the man made an appeal to Jesus for him to instruct his brother, who was probably the administrator of their father’s estate to give him his portion Jesus responded with a caution. “Watch out!” In other words, “examine yourself that your greed has not consumed you!” Greed is like cancer that will eat away at your inner being.

This individual probably had a world view that life without “things” or “without an abundance of possessions” is not a quality of life. “Watch Out!” That your worldview is not crowded with thoughts of wanting what someone else has. The Bible refers to this a covetousness.

Jesus responded with “Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (V 15) Material things, possessions, will eventually deteriorate, wear out, break down. Or materials thing can be stolen or lost. Jesus taught where our focus and treasure should be in Matthew 6:19-21:

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

We can acquire many possessions and wealth. We can store up great wealth. But in the end, at death’s doorway, someone else will eventually get all your possessions. When you die it will not be how much you held in your hands. What will matter is “Who has you in His hands?” Your soul must be in God’s hands. Jesus taught,

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

If you have never given your heart and life to Jesus Christ by repenting of your sins. You can do it right now. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins. Confess He is Lord and Savior. Thank Jesus for dying for your sins and taking your eternal punishment in hell. Thank Him for making a way for you to get into heaven, by His resurrection.

If you want God to have your soul and life in His hands, pray a simple like this.

Dear God, I believe that Jesus is Your Son. That He died for my sin, was buried and rose again from the dead. God, I have sinned against You and I ask You to forgive me. Jesus, I ask you to be my Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus Name.

If you prayed the prayer, and invited Jesus into your heart, Congratulations! I want you to grow in Christ Jesus.

Things to grow in Christ:

  1. You will want to begin reading your Bible every day.
  2. Begin with the Gospel of John. Read one chapter every day.
  3. Pray every day to God in Jesus Name.
  4. Read a daily devotion. To get a free daily devotion go to https://billygraham.org/devotions/
  5. Get the Living in Christ booklet – https://myhopewithbillygraham.org/product/living-in-christ-booklet/
  6. Watch how God has changed other people’s lives. Watch free videos at https://myhopewithbillygraham.org/programs/
  7. Find a Bible teaching preaching church. Go to http://www.sbc.net/churchsearch/

 

 

 

 

A study in the New Testament Greek of the Matthew 28:19-20, grammatical and linguistically and an exegetical exposition gives us a clear understanding of Jesus Great Missionary Mandate to the church to go evangelize the lost peoples of the world.

A Chronological and logical interpretation of Matthew 28:19-20 helps us to grasp the true message. A dear friend of mine, Dr. Thom Johnston, Professor of Evangelism at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has spent numerous years studying in the various translations and languages the verses of Matthew 28:19-20.

Dr. Johnston gives us a profound understanding as written to earlier Greek manuscripts of the Gospel of Matthew passage. Plus, earlier translations of the Bible.

Here is a chronological and logical interpretation of Matthew 28:19-20
(1) Go!

(2) Win disciples to and for Christ! (3) Baptize those who are won! (4) Teach to obey (make disciples) those who are won and baptized!

(3) Baptize those who are won! (4) Teach to obey (make disciples) those who are won and baptized!

(4) Teach to obey (make disciples) those who are won and baptized!

Go! reveals a church that is not stagnant, not staying within the four walls of the church. We are to be a going church.

Win disciples to and for Christ! The church is to be actively evangelizing lost people that are around the church. As the church members are in its normal daily patterns of life, they are to be looking to speak to individuals God sends our way. We are to tell everyone we speak to about Jesus Christ.

Baptize those who are won! Jesus Christ gave us the example, He is our role model for how the church should begin the disciple making process. Baptism is an identification process. Jesus identified with us, sinners before He was crucified through baptism . We identify  with Jesus as our Savior, through baptism, because He was crucified.

Teach to obey those who are won and baptized! The church has an active role in making disciples. By church, this is inclusive of all spiritually mature believers. The church is to teach new believers, make disciples by teaching God’s word, Jesus teachings, teaching biblical principles of the Bible.

 

 

 

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has available a booklet by Dr. Bill Bright that every Christian needs to read.  The booklet is entitled “5 Duties of a Christian Citizen” by Bill Bright.

There are 5 main topics discussed in reference to a Christian and our duty as a representative of TheLord Jesus Christ and our God-given freedom in America.

  1. Pray
  2. Register to Vote
  3. Become Informed
  4. Help Elect Godly People
  5. Vote

Here are some excerpts from Dr. Bill Bright booklet, “5 Duties of A Christian Citizen”

  • “By our actions, God is able to do His will in Government.”
  • “Voting gives us an opportunity to be salt and light in government America’s moral fiber is cut away one layer at a time. “
  • “We are in danger of losing our nation, and our God-given freedom to those who disdain the God of nation’s founders.”
  • “If we lose Christian freedoms to express our faith, we will lose the freedom to fulfill the Great Commission throughout America.”

You can get your copy of Dr. Bill Bright booklet at www.BillyGrahambookstore.org

Or contact vbenavides@billygraham.org  in Metro Atlanta, GA/ Metro Macon, GA.