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This week on Reaching Your World, Luis shares the truth about five of the myths that Christians sometimes believe. These myths include that believing in God, going to a church, praying, and living a "good life" will guarantee Salvation.
Warren, our friend Stephanie’s husband, recently sent out an update on his health condition- it was not a good report. His health is seriously deteriorating, and without a miraculous intervention from God, his earthly life will not continue much longer. And yet, he does not view his diagnosis as a reason for despair. It is not a hopeless situation for Warren- Warren has life eternal in Christ. His update included John 11:25-26 where Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
What about you- as you’re listening to this program on your lunch break, or your drive home from work- do you believe Jesus’ words? Do you believe that you will live forever in Christ?
If a man who knows his death is imminent can live with such solid faith, we surely can. And the truth is- we’re all dying. Life on earth is short- even if you’re physically healthy at the moment.
Let Warren’s enduring faith inspire you to reach your world- it inspires me. We do not have to live in fear of death. Share the hope of eternal life in Christ with a friend today. This is Andrew Palau.
On one occasion I asked a young man, “Are you saved? Do you know you are going to Heaven?”. The young man said to me, “well, I don’t know. But I do try to live a good life! I’m a nice person, I do my homework, and I don’t cheat on tests.” I told him that while doing good things is admirable, it’s receiving Jesus into your heart that saves you and gives you eternal life. The Bible reminds us that “All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory”. No matter how many good things any of us do, we will never measure up to God’s perfect standard. And that’s where Jesus Christ comes into the picture!
When we encounter people who believe that their goodness alone will get them to heaven, we can reach them by explaining that there have always been “good” people in the world. If goodness was enough, God would not have needed to send Jesus—His son, to die for our sins!
It is only by declaring with our mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believing in our hearts that God raised him from the dead that we are truly saved. No one will become righteous based on living a good life. So today let’s be encouraged to share that good news with those who are leading a good life but haven’t yet received Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of their life.
This is Luis Palau.
Followers of Jesus Christ certainly pray, but not all people who pray are Jesus followers. There are many religions around the world whose followers pray. In other religions, there are sometimes requirements for prayer: such as facing a certain direction when praying, wearing certain clothes, or praying a specific number of times each day.
The Bible says to “rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances”. As Christians, we believe that prayer is a commandment—-but it is also a gift and a pleasure! Prayer is a way for us to communicate with God! Fortunately for Christians, we are not required to pray in any specific format. We can pray openly or to ourselves; during the day, or in the middle of the night! But, before we are truly saved—we must first believe in Jesus Christ and pray to accept Jesus into our heart!
Do you know someone who prays—but who does not know Jesus yet? Start a conversation with them today about the Good News Gospel. Share with them that Jesus was sent rescue us from our sins, that He died on the cross and three days later was resurrected from the dead, and that He did it so that we may have eternal life! Then, at the right moment, if they are truly ready, lead them in the prayer of Salvation. Their life will be forever changed.
This is Luis Palau.
People go to church all the time—for a multitude of reasons. But that doesn’t make them followers of Jesus Christ necessarily. There are people who go because it’s a social habit. Others go because their family makes them go. There are students who go to church because it’s required for a class. But even though many Jesus followers go to church to grow close to Him and to worship Him, going to church does not make a person a true Jesus follower.
It is dangerous for people to believe that just going to church will save them. The Lord talks in Isaiah about such people, saying, they “come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” These are people who need us to reach out to them with the fullness of the good news of Jesus Christ.
This week let’s hold each other accountable by asking questions that get beyond the surface. But ask wisely, not in a threatening manner. We can ask, “Do you think a person can know for sure that they are going to heaven when they die?” And you’ll get a sense of where our friends are coming from in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Let’s encourage one another and remind each other that going through the motions does not save us. Only Jesus saves us and give us eternal life.
This is Luis Palau.
Eight out of ten people in the United States of America say they believe that there is a God. At first glance, we may see this statistic and think, ‘oh good! A majority of people are believers!’ but this is a common misconception. You see, the top three most practiced world religions are monotheistic—which means, they believe in one God. Clearly, acknowledging that there is a God does not make you a follower of Christ necessarily.
The Bible clearly states in Romans ten, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” It takes more than just believing in God to become a true follower of Christ. We receive salvation through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!
As Christians, we sometimes overlook our peers who believe in God—but not in Jesus. Maybe we think they are already set in their beliefs. But this week, let’s focus on being open about the true Good News Gospel. Let’s challenge each other to share the Good News of Jesus with everybody around us. Let’s become experts in the Gospel so that we can clearly, with confidence, tell others that “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son” to die on the cross—for you, and for me so that we would have eternal life. What a message! What a privilege! This is Luis Palau.
This week, Luis talks about some myths that people believe about what it really means to be a Christian. You can hear more about what it means to be a Christian by listening to the free CD offer, "What Is a Real Christian?". Call 1-800-ASK-LUIS to receive your free copy.
This week on ’Reaching Your World with Luis Palau’ hear about the mission that we’re called to as believers. Be encouraged by the ways we can help spread the Good News Gospel!