Onward Christian Soldiers
Key Bible passage, Mark 16:15: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
In our last lesson series we learned some wonderful things about the Church. We learned that the Church is the Body of Christ. Christ Himself is the Head of the Church and all believers are members of His Body.
In the midst of Satan’s evil world system, Christ has a Body through which He can work and manifest His mighty, victorious power. It is through the Church that Christ expresses His life and does His work in the world.
In this lesson series we are going to consider the mission of the Church—what the Church is supposed to do.
The mission of the Church is to proclaim the gospel to every person in the world. Every believer has a part in this. The Lord Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” It has been nearly two thousand years since our Lord gave this command to His disciples; yet today there are still millions of people who are not saved. These unsaved people can be divided into two groups:
1. those who have heard the gospel but rejected it, and
2. those who have never heard the gospel.
We are going to be focusing on the second group—those who have not heard the gospel and have no true knowledge of God. We want to see what their spiritual condition is and what God has told us to do about it.
Those who have not heard the Gospel are in spiritual darkness and under the power of Satan. How do we know this? they worship idols of wood and stone; they live in fear of evil spirits; they are afraid to die. In some countries, mothers throw their babies to crocodiles; others cut themselves and walk on beds of spikes. Why do they do these things? Because they have been told that by doing these things their sins will be forgiven.
In other countries, people are highly civilized; yet they do not know God. They may not worship idols of wood and stone. Nevertheless, they too are in spiritual darkness and under the power of Satan. The Bible describes them as being “without Christ, having no hope, and without God in the world.”
Of course, those in countries where the Christian message has been made clear, but who have rejected the gospel, are no better off than those who have never heard the gospel. Indeed, they will be judged more severely by God because they rejected the gospel.
Did God create people with no knowledge of Himself? No. Man was created in the image of God, but man turned away from God.
In the first chapter of Romans, we read about man’s downward spiral away from God. “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” From this they went into terrible wickedness and immorality. Thus men went from spiritual light into spiritual darkness.
Are those who have never heard the gospel lost? Yes, they are lost. Every person without Christ is lost. Those who die in their sins will be forever separated from God in the lake of fire. The Bible says, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget God.”
Although these people do not have God’s Word, they know that they do wrong things because God has put His laws into their hearts and consciences. They know that lying, stealing, murder, adultery, killings and the other things they do are wrong, yet they do these things. Therefore, they are sinners and they will be judged for their sins. The Bible says, “…the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
Many people believe that if these people are sincere in their religions, God will somehow save them. Is this true? No, it is not.
The Bible makes it clear that a person cannot be saved unless he personally receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour. Christ is the Saviour—the only Saviour. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”
Salvation is in Christ and in Him alone. The Bible says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Those who worship idols may be sincere in their religions, but their worship is not acceptable to God. The Bible says that when people sacrifice to idols they are actually worshipping Satan and his evil spirits! You can see from this why God hates all false religions, and why He will not accept those who worship idols.
Can these people be saved? Yes, of course! The gospel is for all men. The Bible says that the gospel of Christ “is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” It is the mission of the church to preach this gospel to all.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!