We are ambassadors of Christ with a message of reconciliation
Scripture Reading: 2 Cor. 5:17-21
Over the past few weeks, we have learned several methods of sharing the gospel with those around us. Can you name them? (Roman Road, Evangicube, The Four Spiritual Laws, Personal Testimony)
Could you use them to lead someone to Christ?
Monday: A New Creation (vs 17)
As Christians, we are given new life. We are not re-formed or re-educated; we are re-created. Brand new people on the inside! Not turning over a new leaf but rather beginning a new life under a new Master. We are now living in vital union with Christ but the work doesn’t stop there. Read Colossians 2:6, 7. You must continue to follow the leadership of Christ by being rooted and built up, established in the faith. Paul uses the illustration of being “rooted” in Christ. A plant draws nourishment from the soil through its roots. We must draw our life-giving strength from Christ. What practices do you put into play in order to strengthen your ‘roots’?
Tuesday: The Ministry of Reconciliation (vs 18, 19)
God reconciles us by blotting out our sins and making us righteous. We are no longer God’s enemies or strangers to Him when we have trusted in Him. Because we have been reconciled to God, we have the privilege of encouraging others to do the same, and thus we are those who have the “ministry of reconciliation.”
Wednesday: Ambassadors Of Christ (vs 20)
An ambassador is an official representative on behalf of one country to another. As believers, we are Christ’s ambassadors, sent with His message of reconciliation to the world. An ambassador of reconciliation has an important responsibility that should not be taken lightly. How well are you filling your commission as Christ’s ambassador?
Thursday: Our Responsibility As Christ’s Ambassador
As we learned in a prior week, we are given specific instruction on what we are to do until the day Christ returns. Matthew 28:19-20 gives us The Great Commission. Jesus assures us that He is with us always and tells us to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them. By fulfilling our ‘ministry of reconciliation,’ we are obeying the last commandment given by Jesus before His ascension. We have recently learned some great ways to share the gospel with others. If you haven’t done so, pray for God to lay the foundation for you to share with someone today. If you have, remember to pray for that individual and continue to be an encouragement to him or her.
Friday: Sunday School Review (Romans 6:23)
The sermon this week focused on WHY it is important to share our faith. Sunday School taught us HOW to share our faith using “One Verse Evangelism.”
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Memorize this verse and practice sharing your faith using “One Verse Evangelism.”
Back to school math fun:
- Start with the number of camels Jacob sent to Esau (Gen. 32:15)
- Multiply by Joshua’s age when he died (Judges 2:8)
- Subtract the number of men and women on the roof when Samson pulled down the house (Judges 16:27)
- Subtract the number of shekels of silver Achan took after the fall of Jericho (Joshua 7:21)
- Divide by the number of sisters Samuel had (1 Sam. 2:21)
- Add the number of changes of garments that Samson promised the Philistines for guessing the riddle (Judges 14:12)
- Subtract Isaac’s age when he got married (Gen. 25:30)
Now you have the number of days that Moses fasted!