WE HAVE DEVELOPED A RELIGION OF CONVENIENCE

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Now those who were scattered went from place to place preaching the word. Acts 8:4

Thought of The Day : We practice mere religion when church attendance has replaced aggressive soul winning and evangelism.

LISTEN : Christ Jesus is the centre of Christianity. Where He is absent nothing could be achieved for the kingdom of God. He came to the world and His mission was clear (to call, cure and clean us). As a matter of fact, He came to save us from our sins and to prepare us for the work of the kingdom of God. The Bible says,

He gave himself for us to set us free from every wrong and to cleanse us so that we could be his special people who are enthusiastic about doing good deeds.

Titus 2:14 (ISV).

Every believer in Christ Jesus is called to advance the kingdom of God in the earth. We are to go all out and make Christ known to the world. The early church demonstrated that level of zeal despite crisis situations. They were worse hit by persecution and tribulations, yet, they gave their time, resources and energy to advancement of the gospel of the kingdom. Our verse of the day says,

But Saul was doing injury to the church, going in from house to house, and dragging away both men and women, and putting them in prison. Therefore those who were scattered went about preaching the word.

Acts 8:3-4 (Logos).

They never practiced religion, rather, they established relationship with God. Beloved, we practice religion when mere church attendance has replaced aggressive soul winning and evangelism. Today, the church of God is cold on soul winning. We have developed a religion of convenience. Beloved, a religion of convenience can never take us anywhere with God. We must be passionate about the interest of the kingdom of God. If what took Christ to the cross cannot take us to the streets of the world, we have fail in the profession of our faith. So, let’s evangelise the world and bring men to Christ. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Never practice religion of convenience; rather, be passionate about serving God.
2. Get involved in aggressive soul winning and evangelism henceforth.
3. The souls of men took Christ to the cross, therefore, let’s go to the streets of the world for Christ.
4. Let’s not forget that, we’ll be judged not only by what we do, but failed to do.

Prayer : Everlasting Father, I know that Christ died to save the world. Therefore, make me a passionate soul winner, in Jesus ’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : Today, I speak on your life, receive wisdom for soul winning. May God cause you to realise the consequences of neglecting the unsaved, in Jesus ’ name, amen.

Reflection : Genuine believers in Christ Jesus don’t practiced religion, rather, they established relationship with God.

Quote : If what took Christ to the cross cannot take us to the streets of the world, we have fail in the profession of our faith.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Prophet Elijah was taken to heaven alive? (2 Kings 2:11).

Stunning Fact : Did you know despite their enormous size, hippos are great swimmers and can hold their breath for up to five minutes underwater?

Bible Quiz : How much was Joseph sold to the Ishmaelites?

God bless you!

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