How do we give “glory to God?”

One of the most quoted verses of scripture is: I Corinthians 10:31. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

That is a principle that should govern everything in our lives. Is should be our constant driving force and the dominant principle that overshadows our actions.

But… the primary application in the context of this verse is evangelism. The next couple verses say: “Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,
just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.”

It is obvious that God intended this verse to relate to evangelism. The primary way we bring glory to God is through declaring His greatness to the world. So as we quote this verse, we should think primarily about evangelism and doing it.

So how are you doing?

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The Perfect Gift (Part 2)

By: Robert E. Zink
Previously, I wrote of the commencement of the Christmas season which brings the initiation of the search for the perfect gift. Yet, that spectacular search often overlooks Christ, the focal point of our celebration, as the perfect gift for every person (you can read the previous article by clicking here). However, the proposition of sharing Christ this Christmas is often met with intimidation from a fear of both the action and aftermath that comes with sharing Christ. Fearful that one cannot articulate the gospel message combined with anxiety that many will respond with rejection of not only the message but the messenger make many of us reluctant to share with others. How then, can we be intentional in giving this previous gift to others?
Truthfully, the answers to that question is not something that causes wonder because they are very straightforward and well-known. Therefore, there are three ways in which to put attention on the perfect Christmas gift this season, which include the following:
  • Through Accounts: Words can be scripted to form powerful communications and therefore, we have an opportunity to give testimony of Christ with the words we use. In fact, we could say that we have an obligation to give an account of who He is, what He has done for others, and what he has done for us individually. Those words have the propensity to be used by the Holy Spirit to convict hearts.
  • Through Actions: Many will often say, “Actions speak louder than words.” Words are a necessary part of conveying the message of Christ this Christmas, however actions add an additional level of conviction because they come with immediate consequences. As a result, actions towards others can be an outward demonstration of Christ. Actions come with an ability to captivate hearts.
  • Through Affections: Finally, the most receptive way to give Christ this season is through loving others, an activity that involves both the previous two points. A deep, godly love is effective because it is real, but it is also slow because it takes time to show that genuineness. However, the result of such a profound love is a softened heart.
  • So how do we give the perfect give this season? Through our words, through out actions, and through our love. There is no wonder in how we share because it is the same way the message has been shared for generations, but instead wonder comes from the results when we do share.
The perfection of this gift is greatly seen through the imperfection of people. In fact, it’s that imperfection of people that will cause them to deny the beauty and necessity of this gift and result in the rejection that so many fear. However, while our imperfection can help us to understand more of Christ’s perfection (and vice versa)t, that same imperfection does not negate His perfection. The truth is, every person stands in great need for the work of Christ’s perfection in his or her life, and therefore, Christ is the perfect Christmas gift.
By: Robert E. Zink
Missionary to Argentina
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The Perfect Gift

Officially, the season of thanks has completed and the season of spending has commenced. For many the season carries a hurried and frantic pace moving from store to store searching for that perfect gift. Fascinatingly, that search for the perfect gift often neglects the perfect gift, of which we are supposed to be celebrating. If there is something to be considered with giving this Christmas, it is the gift of life through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The results of this gift are so immense while the consequences are so severe that such a gift is deserving of attention and not neglect. Many points in Scripture exalt Jesus Christ and put a right emphasis on him as the object of our faith. However, the author of Hebrews continuously exalts Jesus Christ throughout, and when we come to chapter four, in particular, we can see several points that make the message and work of Jesus Christ the most magnificent gift of all. Exhorting believers to not neglect the promise of God as Israel has previously done, the author compels believers to look to the rest that comes when united by faith (verse 4). In doing these, we see that the message that comes from Christ has four characteristics:

  • It Is Good News (v. 2): The very word from which we get the name gospel, literally means good news because that is what this message is, good news.
  • It Is Available (v. 1, 8-9): The Lord has not withdrawn his promise, but instead, it continues, which means that it is available now and because the opportunity exists, Hebrews warns against neglecting this precious gift.
  • It Brings Rest (v. 1-10): The emphasis is on the rest that God provides. Through Christ, we can rest from our works righteousness, we can rest from our search of vain philosophies and empty religions that leave us unsatisfied, and we can rest in firm confidence in a God who does not change.
  • It Has Eternal Consequences (v.1-3, 6-7): Finally, this gift has eternal consequences. For those who believe it brings eternal sanctification with God, but for those who ignore it brings eternal separation from God. Never have two options been so extreme.

Looking at the stakes, the question becomes, “Why would we neglect such a perfect gift?”

There exists no other gift that has the ability to bring godly rest. There exists no other gift that has the disposition to impact one’s eternity. There exists no other gift that has the propensity to save one’s soul. Therefore, there is no other gift worth giving.

 

 

By: Robert E. Zink, BMW Missionary to Argentina

https://solideogloria.me/

 

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Baptism and the Great Commission

When should a person be baptized? I was recently in a country where they baptized people within minutes of receiving Christ as Savior. Most around the world delay baptism for several months or years after salvation.

There is no debate that a new believer should be baptized but the question is: how soon? The Great Commission makes it plain that baptism is part of the whole package but it doesn’t say “when.”

In the book of Acts, there does not seem to be a delay in baptizing new believers. Philip was evangelizing the Ethiopian Eunuch and the first question he had was can I be baptized? Paul led the jailer and his family to Christ and they baptized them that night. So there seems to be a precedent for immediate baptism. Some however argue that baptism should be delayed until there is sufficient time to teach the new believer about the Christian life or until they prove through their actions that they are truly regenerate. This approach is governed by experiences where false professions were made.

Those who baptize immediately, indicate that it sets the pace for obedience to the rest of the Bible. Those who refuse immediate baptism seem to always struggle with obedience from that point on. There seems to be something about baptism that crystalizes the decision and indicates the new believer will do whatever the Bible says.

This may not answer the question for you but there is one thing sure: baptism is part of the Great Commission (Matthew 29:19).

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