The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


Church of Christ




Bringers... Part Two

"Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matt.7:7).

When the song leader in our services announces that # 555 (Seek Ye First) will be the next hymn, many people don't even open their books because they've committed the song to memory. Of course the words are catchy and the music is upbeat, but the verse is certainly more than a nifty little tune. It is a promise from God, which He is sure to follow through with if we ask in faith. Every time an attempt is made to bring a soul to the Lord, there are at least three (3) parties involved; God, me, and the hearer. It might be a good idea to mentally draw a thick line between each of those entities, which acts as a caution strip of sorts. Each line represents a separation of accountability and responsibility which shouldn't be crossed when trying to bring someone to Christ. Lets start with God, because there is little to explain. Why you ask? Because He fulfills His role in evangelism perfectly and without fail. He is the constant, because He never changes... Lets look at a few characteristics of God, and how they inform our soul-winning efforts: (1) "Opening his mouth, Peter said: 'I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality' " (Acts 10:34). God does not care what walk of life someone comes from, their ethnic backround, their race, or their financial situation. He is no respecter of persons.... (2) "He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber or sleep" (Psa.121:3-4). We can have assurance in this; God never misses a seeking soul. (3) "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth" (1 Tim.2:3-4). God lets us know in very clear terms that He wants all to be saved. (4) "So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth" (1 Cor.3:7). Through whatever effort is made, God is always the one who grants the increase.... When we just think that God has done all the hard and given us His Word too, it should give us a great confidence to reach out to others. We will continue these thoughts next Friday.

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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