The Only Way to Get to Heaven (Gospel Light Minute X #367)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #367 titled, “The Only Way to Get to Heaven.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

“My father was a wise man and he always explained it like this,” my friend began. I had just finished sharing the way to Heaven with him, but it was clear that the philosophies of his father were deeply embedded in his mind. Unfortunately, those thoughts were not according to divine truth.

He went on: “My father said that going to Heaven is like going to New York: there are many ways to get there, and it doesn’t really matter which one you take. As long as you sincerely follow the way you believe, it will get you there.”

“You are right,” I quickly replied, “about going to New York, but you are completely wrong about going to Heaven. The only map to Heaven, the Bible, clearly presents only one way to get there. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” It is not true that there are many ways and He is just one of them. Nor is it true that Jesus plus something else is the way to Heaven. Continue reading “The Only Way to Get to Heaven (Gospel Light Minute X #367)”

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How to Face Constant Conflict as a Christian (Part 5)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #169

TEXT: Matthew 10:16: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

We are in a series of messages on the theme of what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. We are looking at Jesus’ words to His disciples in Matthew 10:16-42 as He sends them out on a missionary journey. Jesus Christ makes it clear that they will face trouble, conflict, and difficulty as they preach that the Kingdom of God has come, and He tells them how to handle the conflict that they will face.

In the first three messages in this series, we looked at the first part of this verse where Jesus says, “I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.” We saw that:

1. Being a sheep in the midst of wolves means being calm despite the conflict.
2. Being a sheep in the midst of wolves means following Jesus amidst the frenzy of this world
3. Being a sheep in the midst of wolves means being peaceful despite the pain we experience.

Last week, we began looking at the second part of this verse where Jesus says, “be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” We saw that when we are wise as serpents, we are wary of the ways of the world. God’s ways and the world’s ways are different, and, as Christians, we must choose to follow God over the world if we want to live victorious Christian lives.

2. When we are wise as serpents, we are winsome in the way we share the Gospel. Sharing the Gospel is the paramount task of every Christian, and it is one of the most difficult things that we must do. It is difficult because of the opposition we face from the devil, from the world, from our own wicked flesh, and from the flesh of the person we are trying to win to Christ. When we attempt to witness to someone, we must use wisdom in our approach, in our tone, in our attitude, and in our words.

3. When we are wise as serpents, we use wisdom in the midst of persecution and opposition. Jesus Christ tells His disciples to be wise as serpents in the context of preparing them to face persecution and opposition.

Jesus used wisdom when dealing with His detractors. When they frequently tried to trap Him with tricky theological questions, regarding such things as paying taxes to the government, healing on the Sabbath day, or loyalty to Caesar, Jesus answered them wisely in ways that left them astounded, surprised, speechless, and often ashamed of themselves.

The apostles used wisdom not only in how they preached the Gospel, but in how they responded to persecution and opposition as well.

To be wise as a serpent, we must be wary of the wisdom of the world, we must be winsome in the way we share the Gospel, and we must use God’s wisdom as we face constant conflict as Christians.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Mighty to Save” by Hillsong and “Down at the Cross” by Bart Millard

How to Face Constant Conflict as a Christian (Part 4)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #168

TEXT: Matthew 10:16: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

We are in a series of messages on the theme of what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. We are looking at Jesus’ words to His disciples in Matthew 10:16-42 as He sends them out on a missionary journey. Jesus Christ makes it clear that they will face trouble, conflict, and difficulty as they preach that the Kingdom of God has come, and He tells them how to handle the conflict that they will face.

In the first three messages in this series, we looked at the first part of verse 16 where Jesus says, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves…” Today, we are moving on to the second part of this verse where He says, “be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

When we think of serpents, we most often associate them with evil. The devil appeared to Eve in the Garden of Eden as a serpent, and throughout Scripture, Satan is referred to as a serpent. When we think of serpents, we think of fangs, venom, and the pain that they can cause. We think of the sickening way a serpent kills its prey — by coiling itself around its victim, crushing the life out of it, and then swallowing it whole.

Why, then, does Jesus tell us to be wise as serpents.

1. First, when we are wise as serpents, we are wary of the ways of the world. The word “wise” in this text means intelligent or prudent. When we think of being as wise as a serpent, we are reminded of Genesis 3:1 which says, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.” The word “subtil” means cunning or clever.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Thank You” by Walter Hawkins and “I Must Tell Jesus” by The Sensational Nightingales