As Christians we all want salvation to come to our country, state, city, community, and neighborhood. This is a great desire, but salvation cannot come unless the Gospel is preached. If we truly want salvation to come near to where we live, it is the individual Christian’s responsibility to take the Gospel into the places where they live; the stores where they shop, the schools that teach their kids, and the gyms where they work out.
However, salvation cannot come unless the gospel we preach is believed. Therefore the Christian must live a life that is different from the ways of the world. A life that is so remarkably different that it causes others to ask, “What is different about you?” To which we reply, “A great King rules my life! May I tell you about him?
Before salvation comes there must be repentance. There can be no hypocrisy, or hidden sin in the Christian’s life; it all must be brought to the King’s Cross. Without repentance we will never be believed; we will just be bells without clappers, and parrots repeating words.
Lastly, salvation cannot come unless it is declared that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. There is no other salvation offered to mankind except through Jesus Christ.
If we truly want salvation to break out in our community then it is up to the Christian to make it happen, for salvation is already here if we will just have it.
On May, 7th the Ecumenical Church came together in Anthem’s city park to pray. The denominational walls came down and Christians by the hundreds came and prayed in unison for the family, the church, the sick and homeless, our government, and the schools.
The universal church came together, but it was not Roman Catholic; those present believed in baptism, but they weren’t Baptist; they believed in the Reformation, but they were not Lutheran; they believed in the new methods of teaching, but they were not Methodist; they believed the church was to be led by elders, but they were not Presbyterian; they believed in the teaching of the church, but they were not Orthodox; they believed in spreading the Gospel message, but they were not Evangelical, they believed in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, but they were not Charismatic. Also present was a Jewish synagogue who believes Jesus is Messiah. What were they then? They were just Christians!
Who is a Christian? The person who when asked, “Who do you think Jesus is?” They reply, “I believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
My faith is built on nothing less,