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Leading Souls to Christ, Part 5 (Onward Christian Soldiers #115)

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Our key Bible passage is 1 Corinthians 15:1-4: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how 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.”

Our lesson today is titled “Leading Souls to Christ, Part 5”

By way of introduction, Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck said in their Bible Knowledge Commentary, “The gospel Paul had preached in Corinth had not changed; but he feared that just as there had been declension in the church concerning the message of Christ crucified and its implication for believers, the same was happening with regard to the message of Christ resurrected. As the former message was an essential element in the Corinthians’ experience of ongoing salvation (the pres. tense of the verb saved focuses on sanctification), so was the latter. To reject bodily resurrection eviscerated “the gospel” and made faith vain (eikē, “without cause” or “without success”; because it had an unworthy object. Believing the gospel includes holding firmly to belief in Christ’s resurrection. Unless one holds firmly, his belief is “in vain”. Paul included himself in the company of all believers when he spoke of receiving the truth of Christ’s death and His resurrection on behalf of sinful people. These verses, the heart of the gospel, were an early Christian confession which Paul described as of first importance. It was really a twofold confession: Christ died for our sins and He was raised. The reality of this was verified by the Scriptures and by historical evidence verified by time in the grave and out of it, in the presence of the living. The fact that He was buried verified His death, and the fact that He appeared to others verified His resurrection. Peter, the first male witness, was soon joined by the remaining disciples who composed the Lord’s immediate circle. Later a much larger company of believers witnessed His resurrection. The 500 … brothers may have formed the audience who received the commission recorded in Matthew 28:18–20. Since most of those were still living when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, they could be consulted.”

In our last lesson, we talked about how to respond to the objections that some people will have to the Gospel. The Bible commands us to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” We dealt with the following 6 objections and talked about how to respond to them from the Word of God.

1. Some might say, “I am not a great sinner.”
2. Some might say, “I’m a Baptist… Methodist… a Catholic, etc.”
3. Some might say, “There are hypocrites in the church.”
4. Some might say, “I would have to give up too much.”
5. Some might say, “I am waiting until I become better.”
6. Some might say, “I am afraid I can’t live the Christian life.”

Today, we are going to look at 6 more objections that some people will have to the Gospel as well as how to respond to them from the Word of God.

1. Some might say, “I am too great a sinner.”

Answer: Jesus came to save sinners. He will save anyone who comes to Him. The Apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

2. Some might say, “I am doing the best I can.”

Answer: We are not saved by our good works, but through faith in Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

3. Some might say, “I think one way is as good as another so long as you are sincere.”

Answer: You may be sincere, but you may be sincerely wrong. The Bible says in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Jesus is the Saviour—the only Saviour. We cannot come to God except by Him. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

4. Some might say, “Maybe later.”

Answer: It is dangerous to put off so important a matter. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:1, “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

5. Some might say, “I don’t want to give up my sins.”

Answer: Then you will be lost forever. Jesus said in Luke 13:5, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

6. Some might say, “I don’t believe in hell.”

Answer: This does not change the fact of hell. The Bible says in Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” 2 Thessalonians 1:9 says on hell, “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”

We cannot emphasize enough that the key to answering all of man’s objections to the Gospel message is found not in man’s wisdom, but in God’s Word. By knowing ahead of time how to respond to these objections, we are fulfilling the command in 2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!