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Series: Luis Palau | Five Reasons to Evangelize

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis shares his views on why we should evangelize, starting with the Great Commission. You’ll be inspired to share the Gospel with the people in your life as you listen. 

We've Been Redeemed Friday, July 9, 2021

What do think of when you hear the word “redeem?” To be honest, one of the first things that comes to my mind is coupons. You have to redeem a coupon in order for it to have any value. Until you trade your coupon in for that free cheeseburger or half-off a pair of shoes, all you have is a slip of paper and a promise.

Redemption turns an idea into a result. The Bible often uses the word “redeemed” to describe a rescue: He redeemed the Israelites from Egypt. Luke 1:68 uses the term in words of worship: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.” Yes, past tense! God’s sacrifice of His perfect son Jesus was the catalyst that turned a promise into our salvation. Hallelujah! We have been redeemed; we have been rescued from sin.

Because of Jesus, we are made new and welcomed into God’s family with open arms. We have access to the Holy Spirit in the face of struggles, and an ally who has overcome evil. We are called to live in light of this redemption on a daily basis and share this glorious news with others.

This is Andrew Palau.

Evangelism Strengthens your Faith Thursday, July 8, 2021

There are two main reasons we share the Good News with people who don’t yet know Jesus. One, so that they can be in relationship here on earth with Jesus, and two, for their eternal salvation. But what if I told you that sharing the Good News actually develops you as a Christian? What if I told you sharing the Good News Gospel actually strengthens your own faith? It does! Here’s why: people generally feel timid about sharing the Good News. So many people have approached me and said, “Luis, I’m not a Bible scholar; how will I know what to say when I share the Good News?” To which I respond, “You have to trust that God will give you the right words to say every time.” Sharing the Good News strengthens our faith because it requires us, as believers, to trust that God is already at work in people’s hearts and consciences before we show up. It requires us to lean on God for strength, wisdom, and understanding when we share His message.

Today, pray about who you can share the Good News with. Then, actively look for an opportunity to do so. You’ll be surprised!
Jesus says in John 10:10, “I came to give life—life that is full and good.” So go and share this truth.

This is Luis Palau.

Because Jesus Died for the World Wednesday, July 7, 2021

A Christian author once said, “Churches should not be a museum of good people; instead, they’re a hospital for the broken.” I love that saying, but I think many people don’t realize this. After all, how many of us actually wear our problems on our sleeves when we go to church? Sometimes, it can feel like there’s pressure to have our act together on Sunday mornings. But the reality is, Jesus didn’t come just to save the folks that appeared to have it all together. He didn’t come for the people who worked the hardest, who had the best families, who appeared to be perfect. Jesus came for everyone—including the broken, the sinners, the people who have lied, and cheated, and messed up big time.

Jesus doesn’t require us to be perfect. And unlike anyone on earth, Jesus never runs out of grace for us. All He asks is that we receive Him into our hearts, and then following that, we do our best to live out His love for others. Some people in this nation have never heard that the Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”. This week, think on that, and talk about that. Jesus came for you. For me. For everyone.

This is Luis Palau.

Because there is no Other Way Tuesday, July 6, 2021

In this day and age, people try hard to be politically correct. And, you know, as a well-mannered individual, I don’t disagree with being kind and respectful towards others and their beliefs…but we must not allow ourselves to water down the fabulous message of the Bible, in order to make the masses happy. The truth is, when it comes to eternal salvation, this is the one way to receive eternal life: it is God’s free gift, and it is through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 in the Bible says, “Jesus told them, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” And He wasn’t kidding! It is God’s gift offered to every single person across the world. Whatever the background or philosophy they hold. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ,” God the Father says, “and you shall be saved.” Is that a glorious offer or what?

As you consider your agenda this week, think about whom you can share the Good News of Jesus with. We all know somebody who doesn’t know Jesus, or who has questions about Christianity. Pray about them. Be alert. Be respectful in sharing the Good News Gospel—but be gently bold, and be clearly truthful. Jesus is the only way to receive eternal, everlasting life. And some will repent and believe.

This is Luis Palau.

Because Christ Commanded It Monday, July 5, 2021

If you had the cure for cancer, would you keep it to yourself? Of course you wouldn’t! You’d want to share it with the sick to save as many people as possible. What if I told you the Gospel of Jesus Christ is actually more powerful, even, than a cancer cure? When someone receives Jesus into their heart, they’re promised eternity in Heaven with our Creator. Death is not the final stop for them; instead, eternal life is theirs. And it all starts here on Planet Earth.

Too often we forget about the power of the Good News Gospel to change lives here on earth as well as for all of eternity. We do spend hours volunteering, feeding the homeless, building relationships—but if these things don’t truly lead to us sharing how someone can have peace with God and eternal life, how shortsighted is that?

This week, focus on evangelism—not because I’m telling you to, but because Christ commanded it of all of us. The Bible says in Matthew 28:18-19, in the Great Commission, that Jesus said to His followers, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” This week, do just that. Go! Share the Good News.

This is Luis Palau.

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