Reaching The Lost
By Rich Carmicheal
This issue of Herald of His Coming focuses on the theme of evangelism. How thankful we can be that our God is a Savior who desires "all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:3-4). He is a God who is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Pet. 3:9). As one of the most beloved passages in the Bible so simply and yet so powerfully states: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
How great the love of our God is, and how great the provision He has made for our salvation – the sacrifice of His own Son! How glorious and precious is the truth that "…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Cor. 15:3-4). We need in no way to be ashamed of the Gospel, "for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…" (Rom. 1:16).
We are called, of course, to join in the work of God by sharing the Gospel of Christ with the unsaved near and far (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8). If you do not have a heart for the lost, how vital it is that you seek the Lord to fill you with His love for the lost, and to empower you by His Holy Spirit to be a witness for Him.
We pray the articles in this issue encourage, equip and help stir you up in your prayers and efforts to help reach the lost. Keep in mind also that the Herald ministry has three salvation papers that may be helpful to you as you share Christ with others. Hear, O Israel is designed especially for outreach to unsaved Jews, and Truth For You is helpful for ministering to those impacted by cults and the occult. The primary salvation herald is RIGHT CHOICE, a small eight-page paper which emphasizes the need for readers to place their trust in Christ and walk in obedience to Him. In addition to good teaching about Christ and salvation, the paper includes a testimony of a transformed life, and also an inspirational story that illustrates the truth that Jesus is our Advocate, and that through Him we are forgiven and restored to our Heavenly Father. Please let us know if you would like copies of any of the salvation heralds to help you as you share the Gospel with others.
Entrusted with the Gospel
While our efforts to reach the lost and disciple them in Christ have always been important, the need for such outreach seems as great as ever. The lost are all around us, and the time to lead them to Christ is short. Added to this is the growing deception that there are other ways to salvation outside of Christ. We know, however, that salvation comes through Christ alone. He is the way, the truth, and the life; and no one comes to the Father, but through Him (John 14:6). What a great responsibility and privilege we have of sharing Him with others! May the Lord fill you with His love, His Word, His Spirit, and with power and boldness to that end!
We hope to hear from you soon!
Herald of His Coming
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Seelyville IN 47878 U.S.A.