Summary: We are here to represent God on Earth.
Ambassadors of Christ
October 27, 2013 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: We are here to represent God on Earth.
Focus Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Introduction: I was visiting one of our members who was in the hospital this week. While there, two employees of the hospital came in to check on them. One had the title of “Dietary Ambassador” and the other “Patient Ambassador”. They said that their job was to represent the hospital and to make sure the patient got what they needed. They were very enthusiastic about what they did and was quite insistent that the patient contact them if they had any trouble. I was struck with the thought that if we, as Christians, take our job of Christ’s Ambassadors as seriously as these people took their job, the world would be a better place, have a better understanding of Christ, and think of Christians in a far better light.
I. Ambassadors of Salvation
a. The Great Commission
b. Acts 1:8
c. Know HOW to share the Gospel!
II. Ambassadors of Righteousness
a. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NASB)
b. Set an example to those who don’t know “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6 NASB)
c. Practice holiness in your own life!
III. Ambassadors of Love
a. Second “Great Commandment” "The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' (Matthew 22:39 NASB)
b. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35 NASB)
c. If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20 NASB)
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