Predisposed Faith

Episode #29

Here’s the thing, there is nothing in the Bible that has ever been scientifically proven to be false. Nothing. 

  • Not archeologically 
  • Not anthropologically
  • Not historically 

Nothing 

Not even evolution. Though evolution is almost universally accepted in the scientific community there is a great deal of disagreement in evolutionary theory. That is, as much as the atheist and agnostic hates to admit it, because there is no scientific proof for it. No one has ever observed or replicated an evolutionary process. 

2 Corinthians 4:1-5 Paul’s Plan for Preaching

2 Corinthians 4:1-5 (KJV)
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

This passage lays out clearly the work of the ministry. Paul had no intention of:

  • Manipulating his message to please people
  • Tweaking the sermon to fit the culture
  • Avoiding topics that would be less popular

Paul’s ministry plan was to:

  • Bring everything into the open,
  • Expose all he could to all of the Word of God he could and
  • Commend the results of that to the Lord

Paul did not preach himself. He wasn’t trying to build himself up as a leader and role model (other than that he did encourage people to follow him as he followed Christ). His only purpose was to clearly, completely and honestly preach Christ and trust that souls would respond. He also trusted that, if they did not, that would be the work of the devil. It wasn’t his place to “make” people believe. He did not concern himself with that. He only preached the truth and gave the results of that truth to God.

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2 Corinthians 4:1-5 Paul’s Plan for Preaching

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2 Chronicles 29:3 Open the Doors of the Church

2 Chronicles 29:3 (KJV)
He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.

What a grand thing it is to open the doors of the house of the Lord.

They had long been closed so that:

  • The priests were out of work
  • The Bible was not known and
  • The people were not clean

Hezekiah opened the doors and got:

  • The priests involved in ministry
  • The people involved in godliness and
  • The Word of God once again being heard and heeded

How needful it is in our day for every Christian to open the doors of the house of the Lord in the sense that they:

  • Bring people to hear God’s Word
  • Encourage preachers to preach Gods Word and
  • Get involved in obeying God’s Word

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2 Chronicles 29:3 Open the Doors of the Church

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Acts 14:4 (KJV) Christians Causing Division

Acts 14:4 (KJV)
But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

A witness for Jesus Christ needs to settle with the fact that his message is going to bring division. He did not cause the division, nor did the Lord, but the devil who introduced the sinful notion “…ye shall be as God’s, knowing good and evil“.

That there is division is no reason to neither quit witnessing nor silence the message. It is merely reason to:

  • Pray more
  • Speak with compassion and
  • Live with a brokenness toward the lost

The truth is still true even if the multitudes disbelieve it. Heaven and hell are still realities even if the majority argues over them. Therefore the commission to go into all the world is still relevant even if we are accused of causing division.

 

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Acts 14:4 (KJV) Christians Causing Division

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Acts 5:35 (KJV) Seize Your Chance to Witness

Acts 5:35 (KJV)
And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

The counsel of Gamaliel was heeded only a short period.

  • Stephen was stoned not long after.
  • Saul of Tarsus campaigned for the imprisonment and deaths of Christians.
  • Peter and James were cast in prison where James was executed.

But for a brief moment attacks on the faith of Christianity was relaxed and the believers seized upon the opportunity. Daily in the temple and in every house they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

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Acts 5:35 (KJV) Seize Your Chance to Witness

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Luke 9:7-8 (KJV) Who Is Jesus?

Luke 9:7-8 (KJV)
Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;
And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.

Luke 9:18-20 (KJV)
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.
He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

We have here two conversations, the topic of which is almost identical but the conclusion is almost opposite.

When Herod hears of Jesus he is told that some say he is John the Baptist or Elias or maybe one of the other prophets.
He knows it is not John the Baptist because he is the one who had him killed. His conclusion; he does not know who Jesus is.

When the disciples return to the Lord who asks them to who men said He was.
They reported just as Herod had heard, that they said he was John the Baptist or Elias or maybe one of the other prophets. Jesus asked who they, the disciples, believed him to be. Peter answered without hesitation, “The Christ of God.”

In a world of confusion the multitudes have no idea who Christ is. Some claim silly things about Him some can’t believe the supernatural truth about him some just ignore questions about Him.

Those who know Him Know Him to be God with us, the Christ of God and our Saviour.

 

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Luke 9:7-8 (KJV) Who Is Jesus?

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Luke 3:7 (KJV) Have You Warned Someone?

Luke 3:7 (KJV)
Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

John the Baptist’s words were accusatory. These multitudes came not for truth the truth. But there is a question here every Christian ought to ask himself concerning those multitudes; “Who hath warned you…?

I see this as similar to “Am I my brothers keeper?” Yes, I should be. I ought to take responsibility to see that:

  • Those multitudes of people have been warned
  • The warning is a true and biblical one and
  • The warning is impressed upon them with proper and sufficient urgency

 

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Luke 3:7 (KJV) Have You Warned Someone?

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Luke 1:1 (KJV) He Wrote History

Luke 1:1 (KJV)
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

I saw today that when Luke took in hand to declare those things believed by Christians he did not write

  • a statement of faith
  • a creed or
  • a confession

he wrote a history.

We have two books of the New Testament written by Luke:

  • Each is inspired of God
  • Each is written to Theophilus
  • Each is historical in content

I am not opposed to confessions and statements of faith; the epistles of the Bible can be viewed as doctrinal rather than historical in content. What I am pointing out is that a great way to share doctrine is by telling the life story of Christ and His churches.

It may not be the place to finish but it is for sure a great place to start.

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Luke 1:1 (KJV) He Wrote History

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Matthew 21:33 (KJV) Tell Them Again

Matthew 21:33 (KJV)
Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

I had a pleasant conversation with a man today. He said his dad was a very strong Southern Baptist who was always digging into his Bible and looked for chances to talk to people about his faith. The trouble is, it apparently did nothing for his son. This man I spoke with is a very kind man, but not a believer and is almost clueless about spiritual things. As we spoke the conversation went from one spiritual topic to the next. There was almost no end to error in his thinking. Although he was pleasant, he was completely unaware of these spiritual things.

Jesus was already teaching in the temple when the chief priests and elders of the people approached and began asking Him questions. The conversation continued on until, in verse thirty-three, Jesus said, “Hear another parable…” There was still more they needed to hear, still new things they should learn, still incorrect conclusions that needed to be corrected.

While I am certain we can “dump” too much on people at one time, I am also certain we should never give up on them. We ought to always be looking for another way to express the truth of the Bible and another opportunity to express it to them until we are finally able to bring them to the truth.

Don’t give up.

Tell them another parable….

To my reader:
Can you name the last person you spoke to about the Lord? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below. (Of course, I am not asking for names. LOL)

 

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Matthew 21:33 (KJV) Tell Them Again

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Matthew 13:2-3 (KJV) Qualities of the Harvest

Matthew 13:2-3 (KJV)
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

I love the contrast in this scene. Jesus is in a boat talking about sowing seed. It is a foreshadowing of what is to come because later in the chapter He will be on land talking about fishing.

Jesus uses these two well-known earthly occupations as parables to illustrate what is both the heart of God and the work of the Christian. We are to gather in produce.

The wheat of the field and the fish of the sea represent the souls of men and women for which the Lord is interested.

  • Both have life but harvesting brings to death
  • Both are harvested only with great effort
  • Both have harvests that include something profitable and something unprofitable
  • Both are really out of human hands.

We use the tools we have and experience we gain to improve our yield but can never guarantee our yield.

 

To my reader:
Are you a Christian? Have you been actively engaged in reaching the souls of men and women for Christ? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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Matthew 13:2-3 (KJV) Qualities of the Harvest

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