Reasoning In Scriptures About Jesus. (pt2)

Published July 16, 2017 by

Acts 17:2-3 says “2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,”

Paul reasoned with the people from the Scriptures: Jesus would die and rise from the dead. He would bring forgiveness and eternal life. He is the messiah, the savior of the world.

Acts 17:4 says, “Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.”
Three different kinds of persons believed in Jesus Christ; as their savior: Some of the Jews believed and joined Paul and Silas, a large number of God-fearing Greeks, and a few prominent women.

Paul “reasoned” from the scriptures with all these folks, on why, they should believe in Jesus Christ; as their Savior.

The word “reasoned” in the Greek: means to have “dialogue.” “It is to respond back and forth and listening to the other person.”

One of the mistakes Christians make is they don’t listen. Instead, they are more concern on salvation numbers.

Let me explain,
you meet someone and they share their concerns about Christianity. Instead of addressing the persons concerns, we launch into our prepared and memorized Romans Road to Salvation verses.

Or the other issue, here I am going to step on some toes!
why we don’t “Reason” with others about Jesus Christ is that Christians really don’t care.

People can tell if you really care about them.
So, let me ask you, “Do you care about people who do not know the Lord?”

Pastor Greg Laurie, from his book “Tell Someone” on sharing your faith to others. He says,
“Far too often we see them as the enemy when, in fact, they are under the control and influence of the real enemy, Satan.”

Scripture says, we are to be patient in our dealings with unbelievers,“Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devils trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants”
2 Tim 2:26. So, effective sharing of one’s Faith starts with a concern, a burden.

Recently,
I was at a wedding this past week and a young 26 yr old woman sat next to me and my wife.
The others at the table in their early thirties and friends from the same Church, never once in the evening did anyone speak to this young 26 yr old woman. As I spoke to this young woman,  It turns out, she was not a Christian. This young woman was  friends with the bride since elementary school. I was able to share the Lord to this young woman.  We had a great conversation and I learned about her wonderful and loving family.

Let me tell you, these folks at the table lost the most awesome opportunity to tell this young woman about the Lord.
But, they missed out!

Pastor Greg says, I know, “Sharing starts with caring!” sounds like something cheesy like a Care Bear would say, but, it’s true!
So, effective evangelism starts with a God-given concern for the person you are speaking with.

Paul “opened” the scriptures.
Opening means “to expand or force open.”  It has the idea, “to put alongside or to compare spiritual things with unspiritual.

So, Paul was having dialogue and responding to the persons, and listening to what they had to say. And showing how the bible relates in life. It’s important to know what a person
–thinks
–knows and questions
So, a believer can respond to the other person and their needs.

As we engage in conversation:
we can present the Pitfalls verses Truth.
We want them to know the Truth of God.

Jesus was a great example of opening the scriptures such as
On the Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-21

“13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.
14 They (disciples of Jesus) were talking with each other about everything that had happened.
15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;
16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”They stood still, their faces downcast.

18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

(Here the disciples are saying to Jesus, “Really, are you for Real, you don’t know what happen to Jesus! We thought he was the messiah, the Redeemer of Israel. Instead, Jesus messed-up,
and got himself; killed!).

19 “What things?” he (Jesus) asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.
20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;
21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.”

Luke 24:22-27, goes on,
22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.
24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.” 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”

So, Jesus was a great example of listening to the needs and concerns of others. And opening the scriptures.

People can tell if you really care about them.
So, let me ask you, “Do you care about people who do not know the Lord?”

If you don’t have a burden for the salvation of others, pray and ask God to give you a concern and burden for others; Salvation.
Then Go out into your sphere of influence, and tell someone about Jesus Christ,
and His Salvation.
Blessings pastor Ben

 

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