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Does Your Life or Ministry need Rescue? The Gospel is Enough!

Why do so many people, churches and ministries fail? It seems we’re always hearing about someone who is “Deconstructing their faith,” or ministries an charities that are removing their Christian roots or values because their donors won’t give to a “Christian Charity,” or preachers falling, failing and falling hard because of extramarital affairs or embezzlement. Why do so many churches close every week? Why do so many church goers and ministries fail? It’s because their work was based on themselves, or based on the work itself, and not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. Etain Bar of One for Israel Ministry (Jewish believers in Jesus Christ) said that when Christians send money to Israel for tanks, and schools and food, but do not give them the Gospel of their very own messiah (Jesus was Israel’s Messiah before we were grafted in), we’re just sending them to hell with full bellies.

The Gospel is this: we’re all sinners, hopelessly lost and doomed to die because of our sin. We broke our covenant with God by disobeying Him. Jesus put on human flesh and became one of us, lived perfectly according to God’s standards, was beaten and nailed to the cross to pay the penalty for Our sin, and by His life our debts to God were paid. Our sins are forgiven! But wait, there’s more! Jesus died, and so was buried in a tomb for three days, but the grave could not hold Him. On that third day, He rose again, showing that death has no power over us! Because He rose again, someday we shall also rise again!

So what does all of this mean for our life or ministry? When we feed the hungry, give them the Gospel. When we give water to the thirsty, give them the Gospel! When we visit the sick, orphan, widow or imprisoned, give them the Gospel! In everything we do, whether working, eating, drinking, marrying, raising children, going to school, or whatever else we may do, do it because of Christ, and share the Gospel! Yes, it will bring trouble, but it did to Jesus, and He was glorified through His troubles! The Gospel is enough to bring life! It is the power of God for Salvation to those who believe! Unleash that power, and know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Enough!

1 Corinthians 15:42-58

So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

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