As columnist, accredited and commissioned Notary Public, licensed Real Estate Broker (DRE #00635976) and active Evangelist with the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco, California, I received several calls from old clients and regular readers of my weekly column who regretted and apologized for not attending my 76th Birthday celebration and heard my sermon last Sunday, August 20, 2023.
Some were happy to read the first part of my sermon published in the Philippine News Today last week. Here’s part II of my sermon or message for our avid readers and the general public.
Secondly, on W2, every Christian (young and old), must share to every lost soul from among our FRANCS — WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
Gospel is the power of God to salvation. Romans 1:16 said, “ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek or Gentiles.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 explained the historical facts of the Gospel of Christ which can never be denied. “I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures.” This is the gospel- DBR =Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus.
Thirdly, on W3, every Christian (young and old) must tell every lost soul from among our FRANCS – WHY OBEY THE GOSPEL?
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 explained why every alien sinner must obey the gospel immediately after knowing and understanding the Gospel (DBR = Death, Burial & Resurrection of Jesus Christ). “And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.” Every alien sinner must obey the gospel to avoid eternal damnation in hell.
Fourthly, on H1, every Christian (young and old) must tell every alien sinner from among our FRANCS – HOW TO OBEY THE GOSPEL.
On the Day of Pentecost, in Jerusalem during the first century, Apostle Peter first preached the gospel – Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many of the Jews heard, understood the gospel and were cut to the heart and asked:
“Men and brethren what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).
Peter answered in a very simple and straightforward words HOW TO OBEY THE GOSPEL
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
Fifthly, on H2, every Christian (young and old) must reach out to every lost soul from among our FRANCS (Friends, Relatives, Acquaintances, Neighbors, Co-Workers, Strangers)
HOW DO WE EVANGELIZE AND REACH OUT TO OUR FRANCS COLLECTIVELY AND INDIVIDUALLY TODAY? Here are some simple, practical and proven ways:
1.Pray that God will open doors of opportunities to share the gospel to our FRANCS.
2.Invite our FRANCS to the Worship Services.
3.Watch My Angel Radio (MYAR). Invite your FRANCS to watch MYAR with you. Watch also the regular TV Program “IN SEARCH OF THE LORD’S WAY” every Sunday morning.
4.Order some books and magazines through our BOOKS MINISTRY. Read and share the books and magazines ordered to your FRANCS. After they finished reading the books, follow up with WE CARE Gospel Presentation.
5.Wear and show the Fish Bracelet to your FRANCS to generate curiosity and interest. Then, follow-up with WE CARE Gospel presentation.
6.Arrange for WE CARE Gospel Presentation to your FRANCS.
7.Confront and say something to your FRANCS. Examples: 1.” How are you with the Lord today?” 2. “What if Christ were to come right now or if you’ll die tomorrow? Would YOU know for sure, without any doubt, that you would go to heaven?” After the initial friendly and sincere confrontation, you can follow-up with WE CARE Gospel Presentation.
CONCLUSION & INVITATION: To conclude our lesson and message this morning, may I share with you the most unfortunate and tragic event in the life of King Agrippa. In Acts Chapter 26, Apostle Paul had the opportunity to share the gospel to King Agrippa. In verse 27, Apostle Paul asked, “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” In verse 28, King Agrippa replied to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” In verse 29, Paul said to King Agrippa, “I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me today might become both altogether such as I am (a true and plain Christian)”
In the account related in Acts 26:27-29, we find the following: 1. Paul stated that King Agrippa was a believer. 2. King Agrippa stated that he was not a Christian. King Agrippa missed the mark and died in his sins because he refused to obey the gospel in baptism for the forgiveness of his sins due some obvious reasons.
There are millions of people in the world today who are believers and almost become a Christian like King Agrippa. IS FAITH ALONE ENOUGH TO SAVE? The plain answer is NO! Even the demons believed and trembled but they are lost (James 2:19).
Almost a Christian like King Agrippa will not bring you to eternal home in HEAVEN. And yes, almost a Christian like King Agrippa will surely bring you to eternal damnation in HELL!
If you are here today and heard and understood the gospel —- the Death, Burial & Resurrection of Christ, we encourage and invite you to obey the gospel in baptism for the forgiveness of ALL your sins. Don’t be like King Agrippa who missed the mark and died in his sins for refusing to obey the gospel in baptism. Please do not leave this church building today not sure of your ETERNAL DESTINY.
If you are a Christian but became lukewarm, we encourage you to repent and rededicate your life to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Whatever your needs, we invite YOU to come forward as we sing the invitation song – Almost Persuaded.
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(ART GABOT MADLAING is accredited and commissioned Notary Public and licensed Real Estate Broker (DRE #00635976 in California since 1981. He is founder of MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES, FITNESS FOR HUMANITY (aka FITNESS FOR CHRIST. Art is active Evangelist with the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco, California USA.)