Posted by: Rolf | May 21, 2015

Mission Focus

Mission Focus 01

Here are some scriptures that “inflame” my imagination, and continue to “inspire” my devotion to reaching and discipling men for Jesus. I surmise some of your favorites are on here too…

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. . . . Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. . . . He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities.” Isaiah 53:2-5

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2

“Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16

“But if I say, ‘I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,’ his word is in my heart like a burning fire, shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” Jeremiah 20:9

“I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. . . . ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'” Romans 10:9,13

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

“You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.” Ezekiel 2:7

“I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” Acts 26:20

“My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Jeremiah 55:11

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19

“They (God’s priests) are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.” Ezekiel 44:23

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.” Philippians 1:21-16

“But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will be accused before kings and governors of being my followers. This will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don’t worry about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply! Even those closest to you-your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends-will betray you. And some of you will be killed. And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me. But not a hair of your head will perish! By standing firm, you will win your souls.” Luke 21:12-19

“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, ‘Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38

What is something you really want to “change” about your life, but haven’t been “able” to? You already know this, but if you could have “made” that change on your own, it would have “happened” by now.

On the other hand, we’ve all watched men’s lives “radically” transformed. We’ve seen it with our “own” eyes! Not much will change for the better “apart” from Jesus, but we also know that we have a “part to play.”

Here are some “practical” daily steps you can take, and where to go from here in this week’s Video Bible Study.

Mission Focus 02

In His Grip and Serving Grace…

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