Summary: It a sermon about asking persons to reconcile to God.


Recently in Grenada, we went through a general election and a carnival. These two experiences have forever changed our country, our community, our family, our churches. Most importantly it has changed our relationship to and with God.

I say this mean that: for the first time in my short live I noted the following:

That Ministers of Parliament decided to be preachers and interestingly, Minister of the Gospel became politicians.

That spirit filled Christians chose to campaign for men, while they previously were afraid to campaign for God.

That Christians set up the priorities in such a way that they made time for parties but not time for the people and things of God

That families and friends became bitter enemies including folks who suppose to be called Brothers and Sisters in the Lord.

In the midst of all these God who is omnipotent and omniscience was looking for some persons to be Ambassadors for Christ, but when he looked He only founded a few.

Friends, this morning I want to let you know that God is still searching. God is looking for some one to represent Him on the earth: Someone who is willing to stand up for God, someone who is holy, someone who is willing to bear much fruits and most of all someone who love Him so much as to be willing to turn their life into a ministry, and carry on the Ministry of reconciliation. God is searching for some Ambassadors-people whom He can sit back and boast to His angel about and say to the effect “Look at them, they are Ambassadors for Christ.” Are you that person?!

Ambassador: Definition:

-A good will representation of an organization.

-In everyday usage it applies to the ranking government representative stationed in a foreign capital.

-Usually highly respected individuals as Ambassador at Large who are assigned specific responsibilities and they work to advise and assist their governments in a given area.

-An ambassador is the Second highest ranking Diplomat who represents their country. {First being the Highest Ranking Official in the Country}...

Those who indulge in sin are not led of God [for God will not indulge us in sin]

Steps to Ambassadorship

Accept Christ:

One must first accept Him into his or her life. Friends if you are here this morning and you do not know Jesus Christ, I beg you, I plead with you do not let this opportunity pass you this morning. God is saying “today is the day of Salvation.” The truth about it our life is a wreck without Christ as our Lord. That the reason God had to send Jesus Christ into the world that through Him the world may be saved. John 3:16 –For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting (eternal life) life…God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."—Romans 5:8.

You may say to your self “I know mechanics usually salvage old wreck vehicles, and divers usually salvage old boats, but I didn’t know that Jesus use to salvage lives. The truth is that is His business .Today He has passed that down to us who believe. Thus we are in the ministry of reconciliation. That is what the ministry is about.

We must live For Christ:

The famous speaker -Dr.Tony Evans, Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. President, The Urban Alternative Oaklyn Bible Church USA said: Sinners are suppose to sin! But when people of God practice sin… Lord have mercy. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:13/14

2 Corinthians 5:17-Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold*, all things have become new.

Friends Paul wasn’t just making a statement in this passage, but he was giving us a challenge. He said behold (look at my life, watch my life, see my life) His life wasn’t hidden like some whom claimed to Christians, His life was an open book! Consequently it was easy for anyone to judge .You see many of us claim to be born again, but our lives paint different pictures.

We must be crucified with Christ...Galatians 2:20

God is asking you today to kill that flesh! Dearly beloved, I beseech (I beg, I Plead) you as strangers and pilgrims abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Live decent lives among unbelievers 1 Peter 2:11 Hey friend: He that said abideth in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked-1 John 2:6

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Jim Needham

commented on Mar 4, 2014

Saturnalia was not the the festival leading up to Ash Wednesday. Instead it began on December 17. Some believe that this festival was changed to Christmas, since it ended on the 25th. Also, since this happened in the 4th century, it was not the "Roman Catholic" church that made the change. Moreover Carnival is not a religious holiday but a secular and non-Christian one - a corruption of the meaning of Ash Wednesday and Lent, a time of reflecting on our sin and the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

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