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Fear Not I Bring The Gospel

angel Picture yourself in a field outside the small, Judean town of Bethlehem. Your job is to tend sheep. About the only excitement you ever experience is the occasional stray wolf looking for a lamb chop.

Then one night as you and your friends sit out by the fire watching for predators, something truly startling occurs. The sky begins to burn brightly as if it is on fire and then angels begin to descend. Even the best and bravest of us would be freaking out.

So what would it take to calm you down? What thing could these heavenly beings say that would put you at ease? Well, when this scene that I just described actually occurred over 2,000 years ago, the message was pretty straightforward, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

Fear not, that part seems pretty self explanatory, but what about the rest? What was this news and why was it good? To answer that question, you only need look in the mirror. Man is born with a nature that is totally corrupted by sin. We are separated from the creator who made us because we have rebelled against Him. We are lost in the darkness without any light to show us the way back home.

Then enters one man. But He is no ordinary man. He is the very Son of God, come to earth in the form of a baby. His mission is to live a sinless life, die a horrible death, and pay the sin debt that we rightly owed so that if we receive His forgiveness and claim His sacrifice by faith, then we can be welcomed into His family. We can see that light. We can find our way home.

This is what made that evening in Bethlehem so many years ago so special. The message of the angels was a message of hope. A message of deliverance. They might as well have said, Fear not, for I bring you the gospel. The word gospel means “good news” and it was indeed good news that they brought.

I hope that you will ponder this good news and receive it if you have not already. Then you like the shepherds will have the best reason to glorify and praise God.

Merry Christmas from Clapham Community!

Doing A 180

It is amazing how the truth can change hearts and minds when people willingly confront it. I had the privilege of viewing a documentary entitled 180 with evangelist Ron Comfort. In that documentary, Comfort respectfully and patiently confronts people on the street about the Jewish holocaust, abortion, and the need for Christ. I was very encouraged to see many of them come off their preconceived prejudices and consider the message of the truth that is right in front of them.

I strongly urge you to watch the 180 documentary. It only takes 33 minutes but the shocking power of truth will open your eyes. If you know Christ as savior it will encourage you and open your eyes. It will also be a powerful witnessing tool that you can share with your unbelieving friends.

The Gospel Set To Music

daniel renstrom     There is an old Latin phrase that goes, “Degustibus non est disputandum,” which means, “You can’t argue taste”. As true as that may be I am willing to argue that much of what passes for worship music today is very banal. Not so with my friend Daniel Renstrom (pictured left).

Daniel is the Director of College Ministry and worship leader at my home church Providence Baptist. Daniel has to be one of the most refreshingly understated worship singer/songwriters in the business. He is theologically sound in his lyrical expression in a way that conveys the warmth and richness of the gospel message. His use of the English language to convey these deep truths is simplicity itself. I highly urge you if you have never taken a look at Daniel’s repertoire to wisely invest the time to do so. The worship experience that inevitable will result will make your affections glow with gospel fervor.

For your listening pleasure, I include a link to the following song that he wrote to accompany the Treasuring Christ children’s Sunday School Curriculum

http://youtu.be/artaAVw6mvI

Daniel’s music can be found on itunes at the following address: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/daniel-renstrom/id272599021

Kingdom Building Through Football

football closeupUsing Every Situation To Advance God’s Kingdom

I love this time of year. The weather begins cooling down, the leaves begin to change color, and football season begins. I am not alone. According to the Gallup Organization, professional football has more fans than any other sport. Thats not just a useless fact, that is an opportunity.

Consider how social in nature football culture is. Most fans like to attend the game early for tailgating. There can hardly be a better place to share, build community, and share the gospel than over a hot dog, brat, or barbecue plate.

Many times when we think of evangelism, we picture a door to door salesman or someone doing cold-calling. No fun. No fun at all. But football affords a great atmosphere to build the kingdom while enjoying a great American sport.

So go get your game face on, but dont forget to take the gospel. By the time the game-clock runs out, you might have gained more than just a fellow fan, you may have a gained a new brother or sister in Christ.