Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014 “The God Story”

“You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.” (1st Corinthians 2: 1-2)

Good Morning Everyone!

Over the years, I have been blessed to hear some of the greatest preachers of the Gospel in the modern day…Billy Graham…David Jeremiah…James Kennedy, just to name a few. I admire the power, the conviction, and the eloquence that these anointed servants of God were granted to share the Good News of Christ’s saving love with literally millions across the world. No doubt, many have come to know and serve Christ as they have heard these and other great expounders of the Gospel share uncompromisingly the message of salvation. At times, I confess to being somewhat envious of their particular abilities and spheres of influence, for I do not possess such eloquence. But then I stop to realize that sharing Christ with someone is not about eloquence or preaching to churches or stadiums full of people. It is about telling the story of God’s love to someone in words and in deeds. The words may not be polished to perfection, but if they are the truth of the Gospel, they shine with a luster that is unmatched in this world. A simple act of kindness shown to someone may seem trivial at the time, but again, it could prove to be life-changing as God does His work in someone’s heart that has been touched by that act.

Eighteenth century pastor George Whitefield, no slouch himself when it came to proclaiming the Living Lord, once said this of his own preaching eloquence:

“Other men may preach the gospel better than I, but no man can preach a better gospel.”

It’s not about eloquence…it’s about excellence…the excellence of the Message that you share. Those of you who are believers…do not be hesitant in sharing Christ with someone else, erroneously believing that you do not possess the necessary ability to do so. Tell the “God Story” written on your own heart by the “Author and Perfecter of Faith.” Many more than you realize will find it to be compelling and will want to hear more of the story as it is written on their own hearts. Keep it plain and simple:  “first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.” That’s the “God Story”! Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father; You are the Author and the Perfecter of my faith. Continue to fill the pages of my life with more of Your story, and encourage me to share it with everyone I meet, that they might also hunger and thirst for You, the One Who satifies. This I pray in Jesus Great Name. Amen!

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