Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Antioch Effect: Christ is the ONLY WAY!

Point #2:  We must believe that Christ provides the only access to the Father. 

TRUTH:  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6
TRUTH:  And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.  Acts 4:12.

Hemphill writes in The Antioch Effect that if we believe this, with conviction we must share Christ with others.  The statistics show that there is a low percentage of Christians sharing their faith.  Worse than that, fewer Christians know what the Great Commission is and what it means.  Church, what is our responsibility to share?  Where is our conviction for the truth?  And where is our passion to share the gospel - the good news?

We have been complacent and comfortable for TOO LONG.  Most older churches in America are dying a slow death because of the Holy Huddle they are participating in every week.  Attendance is declining and even worse the number of baptisms go down every year in our denomination.  New church plants across North America are seeing explosive numbers of people confessing and believing in Jesus because they start with a passion of sharing the gospel.  The Great Commission is very real to them and they see the need to share.  

Are we willing to surrender to the command of the Great Commission?  Are we willing to give up our comfort and quit being ruled by our calendar to share the gospel with our friends and neighbors?
What say YOU?

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