Summary: The Great Commission is blind to differences -- God sent His Son for ALL and no color, caste, or culture should deter the urgency of the message of the cross.

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The ¡§C¡¦s¡¨ of Evangelism

Central Assembly, El Sobrante, CA

September 5, 2003

Tim Hohm,

Acts 10:34-35 (NIV)

Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism [35] but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.

1. Other Cultures

No difference between Jews (God¡¦s chosen) and Gentiles (Outsiders) ¡V Jesus came once for ALL.

Jesus Christ, Ministry¡X Witnessing: God sent His Word to Israel; He sent Jesus Christ preaching peace.

„± God sent His Word to Israel. Israel was the first nation to receive God¡¦s Word. Salvation is of the Jews

Romans 9:3-5 (MsgB)

If there were any way I could be cursed by the Messiah so they could be blessed by him, I’d do it in a minute. They’re my family. [4] I grew up with them. They had everything going for them¡Xfamily, glory, covenants, revelation, worship, promises, [5] to say nothing of being the race that produced the Messiah, the Christ, who is God over everything, always. Oh, yes!

John 4:22 (NLT) You Samaritans know so little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.

„± God sent His Word to Israel by Jesus Christ, God¡¦s very own Son. It was Jesus Christ who brought the message of God

(see John 1:34 for discussion).

However, God¡¦s Word was not meant for Israel alone. Jesus Christ did not come just for Israel¡¦s salvation. God is no respecter of persons. God accepts people from every nation, all those who fear Him and work righteousness.

Romans 3:29 (NIV)

Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,

Philip. 2:9-11 (NIV)

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

[10] that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

[11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

From Preacher¡¦s Outline Bible Study:

Jesus made known that His message was life-changing -- world-changing : ¡§Christ is Lord of all.¡¨

Not only of...„h the Jews„h the privileged„h the poor„h the religious but of...„h the Gentiles, every nation„h the heathen„h the people who truly fear Him and work righteousness

2. Other Castes

position, rank, social order, status

According to the experts, over a million more Americans slipped into

poverty last year. The numbers nationwide grew from 11.7% to 12.3%.

These figures represent real human beings. All of us need to be extra

sensitive regarding the poor, and especially those who are part of the

church family.

Luke 5:27-32 (NIV)

After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him, [28] and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

[29] Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. [30] But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ’sinners’?"

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