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“Outreach Must Be Grounded” by Wylie Comp with Faith Harvest Ministeries

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God has touched us. Our lives have been changed and now we should be
contagious. Our love of God should be observable and be a genuine part
of our everyday life. That takes energy. And that requires an energy source.
Most certainly God is our source, but where do we go to get our batteries
recharged?

 

Our place is to be with believers. “Let us hold unswerving to the hope we
profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may
spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up
meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage
one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
(Hebrews 10.25)

 

Where better to follow God’s leading for our lives than in a local body of
believers?
 A local body of believers comes together in response to God’s
call on the lives of a few in God’s family. Because it is local, this body of
believers is positioned to grow in faith and represent God in getting the
truth out to those who have not heard or who may have rejected God’s
plan of salvation. This position carries the responsibility of being true to
the Word of God and, without compromise, having a good position in the
community. The Apostle Peter made this charge when he wrote, “Live
such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing
wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He
visits us.”(1 Peter )

 

Peter began his first epistle, “To God’s elect, strangers in the world,…who
have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,
through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ
and sprinkling by His blood. Grace and peace be yours in abundance”
( 1 Peter 1.1-2) Obedience is part of the Great Commission. In Calm
Answers for a Confused Church, Charles Swindoll relates that, “… in our
Christian walk we learn best when we’re not only told, but shown—when
somebody pulls us from the church pews, seminar halls, and
bookstores and disciples us one-on-one through the everyday disciplines
of the Christian life.

 

That’s how we become best equipped with the skills to live the good
news of Jesus victoriously. And, consequently, how we are best able
“to spread the good news so that others will decide to follow Him too.”
Regardless of our denominational interpretations or understandings of
Biblical prophecy, being available to do God’s work involves being part of
a local body of believers. And, a large part of that commitment requires a
desire of the local body of believers to be involved.The anticipated and
hoped for result is that our efforts to be involved in outreach, to those who
are so desperately in need of the truth, must be grounded in the local body.

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