2 Ambassadors for Christ 2 Corinthians 5:20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.What do you expect ambassadors to another country to know? About your country and their’s!Character – act like a Christian! No one is perfect (Romans 3:23) but don’t live in active rebellion against God and call yourself a Christian – drinking, pre-marital sex, cheating, gossiping
3 Purpose Equip Knowledge Tactics Encourage Philemon 6 - I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
4 How many times does the word “love” appear in the book of Acts?
5 How many times does the word “love” appear in the book of Acts How many times does the word “love” appear in the book of Acts? Zero (0)This doesn’t mean the Bible isn’t all about love. But the Book of Acts does tell the story of the explosive growth of the early church and how the Gospel was shared.It wasn’t shared by saying, “Jesus really loves you, so maybe you should follow Him.”It used scripture to explain that Jesus was the predicted Messiah, that He was God, that salvation comes through Him, that He is the one path to true peace, forgiveness and eternal life.Read Acts to see how it was shared boldly (not loudly or abrasively)
7 Historical facts Jesus was a real person who died on a cross The disciples believed He rose physicallyThe Apostle Paul . . .persecuted Christians then convertedwrote at least Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Galatians and Philemon, which record key doctrines and traditions at early dates.We know the original writings of the Bible with 99.5% accuracy, and 100% on major doctrines
9 If you get stumped . . . “I don’t know, but I’ll find out” Humble responseTakes all the pressure off youKeeps you from giving bad answersGives you time to prepare better answersLets you make an appointment to come back later to talk about God
11 Always seek to move people to the right Moving towards Jesus BelieverNon-believer
12 Always seek to move people to the right Faith, from GraceMoving towards Jesus BelieverNon-believer
13 Always seek to move people to the right Faith, from GraceMoving towards Jesus Discipleship BelieverNon-believer
14 Pluralism All religions are equally valid paths to God Seriously flawed thinkingBasic logic: Something can’t be “A” and “Not A” at the same timeJesus as God / MessiahReincarnation vs. die and face judgmentJesus’ death on cross
15 Should we sent out “reverse missionaries? If all religions lead to God and your current religion involves you being persecuted, you should switch, right?Reverse missionaries would convert people from Christianity to their local religion.If that sounds foolish, then perhaps the concept of religious pluralism is as well.
16 Does Christianity allow for other paths? No passages note that Jesus is the only way. One hundred!Old Testament: Only one God!That doesn’t prove we’re right, just that it is an essential Christian doctrine.
17 The difference is grace WorksJewishHinduBuddhistMuslimMormonEtc.GraceChristianityEphesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
18 Just the same? Islam Bible has been corrupted Jesus did not die on the crossAllah leaves sins unpunished (scales)Started and spread through violenceJesus - just a prophetChristianityBible has been transmitted accuratelyJesus died on the crossGod punishes all sinPersecution for first 300 yearsJesus is God
19 And for claiming that they killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of GOD. In fact, they never killed him, they never crucified him - they were made to think that they did. All factions who are disputing in this matter are full of doubt concerning this issue. They possess no knowledge; they only conjecture. For certain, they never killed him. Instead, GOD raised him to Him; GOD is Almighty, Most Wise. Koran, Sura 4:
20 View of the cross Islam One sketchy revelation Over 500 years after the eventChristianityThorough, early accounts in the Bible by many witnessesSecular documentationHistorical factClose to the time of the event
21 Just the same? Islam Bible has been corrupted Jesus did not die on the crossAllah leaves sins unpunished (scales)Started and spread through violenceJesus - just a prophetChristianityBible has been transmitted accuratelyJesus died on the crossGod punishes all sinPersecution for first 300 yearsJesus is God
22 Just the same? Mormon We lived before we came to earth Multiple levels of HeavenGod used to be a manJesus = spirit brother of LuciferSaved by worksGreat neighbors? Yes!Christians? No.ChristianityGod is eternally existentJesus is God and the creator of the universeSaved by grace
23 Comments from a Mormon I can see that we do double speak, trying to stand on both sides of the line and often feign ignorance until called out. I found myself doing it I fully understand that as a Mormon, I am dishonest if I try to make our doctrines sound the same as yours so that we can get along better. They are different and I know that By definition, our church proclaims that yours is wrong. We send out missionaries to say other churches are wrong, come be baptized here instead.
24 Galatians 1:6-9 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
25 Mormons Do they think Galatians 1 is authoritative? Does the book of Mormon teach the same Gospel as Paul, or a different one?If the same, then stick with the Bible, as the book of Mormon would be redundant.If different, then heed warnings of the BibleIf they ask you to pray about the book of Mormon . . .
26 Just the same? Jehovah’s Witness Jesus isn’t God Not allowed to take materialsWorks based144,000 “anointed ones”Annihilation instead of HellChristianityJesus is God – show verses – John 1:1-5John 8:58: “I AM” vs. “I have been”Test everything; hold onto the good
27 John 1:1Real version: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.JW version: “and the Word was a God.”Contradicts monotheistic passagesThey don’t translate it “a God” anywhere else.
28 Just the same? Hinduism / New Age Reincarnation This is an illusion KarmaAll religions are validNo literal Heaven or HellChristianityDie once then face judgment (Hebrews 9:7)This is realHeaven & Hell are realChristianity claims to be exclusive
29 New Age quotes We create our own reality. This is all just an illusion.We are all connected / the same thing.There is no right or wrong.
30 Just the same? Buddhist Goal: Eliminate desire The existence of the individual self is an illusionSelf-reliantNo creator GodNo Heaven or HellChristianitySin is our problemOne GodHeaven & Hell are realJesus is God
31 Other Hare Krishna Wicca Jesus is not God, just an enlightened vegetarianReincarnationChanting / rule following to release bad KarmaWiccaJesus is rejected or just considered a teacher of love and compassion.We’re not sinful / don’t need salvation
32 Why I can’t be an atheist . . . Something came from nothing?Life came from non-life?Evolution to everything we see today?Oxymoronic fine–tuning from chaos?Consciousness from materials?Morality from nothing?
33 Summary Be obedient – share the truth of Jesus in love where possible Faith flagsBe equipped to tell your storyUnderstand their perspective“I don’t know, but I’ll find out”PrayAsk questionsProclaim the Gospel
34 Ambassadors for Christ 2 Corinthians 5:20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.What do you expect ambassadors to another country to know? About your country and their’s!Character – act like a Christian! No one is perfect (Romans 3:23) but don’t live in active rebellion against God and call yourself a Christian – drinking, pre-marital sex, cheating, gossiping
35 Who’s in charge? God is. John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.More specifically, God the Holy Spirit.The Holy Spirit brings all good things to our lives – joy, peace, the ability to understand scripture, boldness to share our faith, and more. He is the one who changes our hearts. Don’t try to do this on your own.
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