Summary: Good news always gladdens the heart of both the bearer and the hearers of such news. Such news brings with it a sense of reality and the desire to partake of it. Its’ impart, when shared abroad, is always immeasurable. Such is the good news of Christ
THEME: BEAUTIFUL FEET, ISAIAH 52: 7
TOPIC: A Private in God’s Army
DATE: Sunday, September 2nd, 2007
TEXT: Romans 10: 1-17; 1 Co 6: 9-11
SPEAKER:Dixon Olu. David
Good news always gladdens the heart of both the bearer and the hearers of such news.
Such news brings with it a sense of reality and the desire to partake of it. Its’ impart, when shared abroad, is always immeasurable.
Such is the good news of Christ Jesus we have been called to bear and proclaim to all men.
We shall do well in proclaiming it as we take time to understand our seven roles as a Private in God’s army:
1. A Witness
2. A Messeger
3. A Follower
4. A Missionary
5. A Farmer
6. A Fisherman
7. A Co-labourer with God
God can use you. In fact, he wants to use you. He has sent you.
1. You are a Witness
A witness is somebody who sees something; somebody who saw or heard something that happened and gives evidence about it.
In the Christian context, a witness is somebody who testifies to Christian beliefs; somebody who publicly testifies to strong personal Christian beliefs.
In law, a witness is a signatory of a document; somebody who signs a document to show that it, or a signature on it, is genuine.
Put together, a witness bears witness to prove or be evidence that something is true or that something happened.
In the light of these, may I today know who among us has experienced Christ Jesus as Savior of her soul?
How many of us can show evidence that Jesus has changed their lives and that they are better of for it?
Who among us can truly declare that Jesus is worth having?
Are you a living witness to these facts? Then congratulations. You have been recruited as a captain in God’s army to tell the world just what Jesus means to you. The good news is not about what you were before, but about whom Jesus is, what he has done, and what he has made of you.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul reminded the Christians in Corinth about this:
Read 1Co 6:9-11
9Or don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals,
10nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortioners, will inherit the Kingdom of God.
11Such were some of you, but you were washed. But you were sanctified. But you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the Spirit of our God.
Here Paul takes occasion to warn them against many heinous evils, to which they had been formerly addicted.
In the words of Matthew Henry,
I. He puts it to them as a plain truth, of which they could not be ignorant, that such sinners should not inherit the kingdom of God. The meanest among them must know thus much, that:
1. the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God (1Co_6:9), shall not be owned as true members of his church on earth, nor admitted as glorious members of the church in heaven.
2. All unrighteousness is sin; and all reigning sin, nay, every actual sin committed deliberately, and not repented of, shuts out of the kingdom of heaven.
3. He specifies several sorts of sins: against the first and second commandments, as idolaters; against the seventh, as adulterers, fornicators, effeminate, and Sodomites; against the eighth, as thieves and extortioners, that by force or fraud wrong their neighbours; against the ninth, as revilers; and against the tenth, as covetous and drunkards, as those who are in a fair way to break all the rest.
4. Those who knew any thing of religion must know that heaven could never be intended for these. The scum of the earth are no ways fit to fill the heavenly mansions. Those who do the devil’s work can never receive God’s wages, at least no other than death, the just wages of sin, Rom_6:23.
II. Yet he warns them against deceiving themselves: Be not deceived.
1. Those who cannot but know the fore-mentioned truth are but too apt not to attend to it.
2. Men are very much inclined to flatter themselves that God is such a one as themselves, and that they may live in sin and yet die in Christ, may lead the life of the devil’s children and yet go to heaven with the children of God. But this is all a gross cheat. Note, it is very much the concern of mankind that they do not cheat themselves in the matters of their souls.
3. We cannot hope to sow to the flesh and yet reap everlasting life.