March 24

The Gospel of John is a plea to accept the truth, to accept that Jesus is the only means of salvation, and to believe. Yet, John realizes and keeps reminding his readers that most people will not believe and that most will ultimately reject Him.

Have you ever felt like it doesn’t matter then? Do you ask yourself, “What’s the use?” since most people are on their way to an eternity in Hell? But, even though John recognized this fact that most won’t get saved, His passion was that people would hear the truth and believe on the name of Jesus Christ.

It’s like the story of the starfish. I’m paraphrasing it here, but in this story a man walks along the beach and sees a boy throwing something in the water. He comes up and sees him throwing a starfish and notices there’s a large slew of them all over the beach that the surf had washed up. With so many on the beach dying, he tries to dissuade the boy from throwing them back by telling him it won’t make any difference. But, the boy chucked another one in and said, “I made a difference for that one.”

Each person you can impact with the Gospel, who accepts it and confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior, is another person you have made a difference with. Remember, John 3:34 tells us that Jesus was sent here to speak the words of God. He made a difference in a small handful of people. But, at the end of His ministry He commissioned them and sent them out to replicate His ministry by making disciples throughout the earth. A dozen men and some women who had followed Him, plus any others who stayed with Him ended up changing the world by making a difference through preaching the Gospel.

In other words, don’t get overwhelmed looking at the mass of people rejecting truth, but be encouraged by those whom the Spirit has convicted and drawn to Jesus. Be encouraged that even if surrounded by naysayers and haters of God, that He has a remnant that He will save, and that He is using you to accomplish this great task.

One way you can use your BlessEveryHome e-mail is to maybe reach out to those on the list. The website link each day gives you their addresses. You could write them or stop by and let them know you’re praying for them, and to see if there’s any needs they have right now. Probably a card in the mail is safest. But reach out, let them know you’re here, that you care, and that you want to be a blessing in the name of Jesus. It may be the door that opens to you sharing the Gospel and to them finding Jesus.

Just think what would happen if every person in our church reached out to their neighbors like this? What would it tell them about you as a follower of Christ? What would it say about the one you’re pointing to: Jesus?

  1. Christianity is an outward-focused family of believers who celebrate their Christ-focused worship by serving each other and serving the lost world around them, all in the name of Jesus.
    1. If you live in a neighborhood or condo, do you know your neighbors? _________________________________________
    2. How have you shared the Gospel with them? __________________________________________________
    3. Have you gotten to know them and have spent time with them on a personal level? ___________________________________________________
  2. There are so many opportunities right now to be light bearers, pointing people to Jesus. What are some ways you can point people to Jesus this week? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • Proverbs 18:24b But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
  • Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
  • Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
  • John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
  1. Do you see a theme in these verses? What is it? ________________________________________________________
    1. Loyalty and unwavering commitment are virtues that you find in the military. “Esprit de corps” is the idea of camaraderie and in the Marines we would stand with each other under the motto of “Death before dishonor”.
    2. Yet, it is said that the church is the only army that shoots its own wounded. Why is that? ___________________________________________________
    3. Still, the church is called to be a light to the world, and that light must be one of true Christian love and unity. A lost and dying world looking in on many churches today would not see Jesus at all.
  • Jude 17-19 But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.
  • Corinthians 1:10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisionsamong you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.
  • Corinthians 11:18-19 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisionsexist among you; and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you.
    1. We are to first be a family. Are you checking in on others within our church family to ensure they’re safe and their needs are being met right now? __________________________________
    2. Do you fight to maintain the unity and love of the church, by:
      1. Praying for one another? __________________________
        1. Hint: Our weekly prayer emphasis is a great means to accomplish this.
      2. Meeting each other’s needs? _______________________
  • Not gossiping about anyone in the church? ______________________________________________
  1. Following Matthew 18 when someone offends you? ______________________________________________
  2. Confronting outright evident sin in other’s lives so as to encourage them to repentance? ______________________________________________
  3. Sharing the Word, singing in psalms and spiritual songs, and encouraging each other to press on towards the mark of the high calling of God? _________________________
  1. When the church is divided over selfish, trivial issues:
    1. Do you think that pleases God? __________________________________________
    2. Do you think He will bless it? __________________________________________
  • Do you think the unsaved world will see the love of Jesus in the midst of infighting, disengagement, cliques, or any other means of being disunified? __________________________________________
  1. Every church suffers in the area of unity and Christ-like love; some more than others. Commit today to being Christ-honoring and to love His church family the way He does. Commit to serve each other whether we have Coronavirus or perfect health. Commit to exalt Jesus in your church since it is His bride which bears His name.

Rescue the Perishing Hymn by Fanny J. Crosby

1 Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,

snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;

weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,

tell them of Jesus the mighty to save.

[Refrain]:

Rescue the perishing,

care for the dying;

Jesus is merciful,

Jesus will save.

 

2 Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,

waiting the penitent child to receive;

plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently,

He will forgive if they only believe.

[Refrain]

 

3 Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,

feelings lie buried that grace can restore;

touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,

chords that are broken will vibrate once more.

[Refrain]

 

4 Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;

Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;

back to the narrow way patiently win them,

tell the poor wanderer a Savior has died.

[Refrain]