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Christian Pilgrim

 

121. Talk to the Unchurched Through Creation



In evangelism, do we really tell people:

Acts 16:31 - "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." ?

Most people upon hearing this message would have no idea what we are talking about. This verse in context was a direct response to a question: "What must I do to be saved?" But no-one asks that question these days. Most people are ignorant of the concept of salvation, and even the person of Christ, and this stock phrase will mean nothing to them at all.

Instead we must do what Paul did in Athens and is also mentioned elsewhere in Scripture, i.e. lay the foundations first. The doctrine of God is knowable by all men from Creation and (if someone objects that blind, deaf and dumb people cannot see this) from their inate ability to think rationally to some degree. We must start there if we want people to understand what we are saying, and then go on to speak of the doctrine of Christ once this groundwork is laid.

Jeremiah 27:4,5 - "And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters; I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me."

Jonah 1:9 - "And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land."

Acts 14:15-17 - "And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness."

Acts 17:22-31 - "Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."

Revelation 14:6,7 - "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."