R5 Reach 
Lesson 9  

    

Reach others!       

  The first 3 R's were for us personally.  The 4th R, Reconciliation, is for others (yet it benefits us as well). But this next R, Reach, is the fruit of the first 4 R's. In other words, because we have Repented, Renewed, Rested in Christ, and Reconciled with others, we now can minister to the lost. We can reach out and tell them about this God we know, how he sent His son, Jesus,  to die for their sin. No other god or religion has done that. All other religions are about how people can work to get to their God. But our God reached down to us and reconciled with us, even though we are the ones who rebelled and offended Him.


  We must realize that people are lost, dead, and going to hell. While I won't take responsibility for another's salvation, I will take responsibility for those in front of me whom God has placed in my sphere, and I will share Him with them. I want others to have what I have - LIFE!  Without Christ they are dead people walking, just as you and I were. So we want to reach the lost.


Preach the Cross 

  We want to preach the cross. Paul said in 1 Cor 1:17 (KJV), "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect."  In 1 Cor 1:18 (NKJV) it says, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."


  The following are more verses to consider:


Gal 5:11:  And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.


Gal 6:12:  As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these [would] compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.


Gal 6:14:  But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.


Eph 2:16:  ...and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.


Phil 2:8:  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.


Phil 3:18:  For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.


Col 1:20:  ...and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.


Col 2:14:  ...having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

         

   You can see that cross and defending the cross is what is important to Paul, so we want to preach the cross. Some so-called religious groups do not like the cross. They won't put it on their buildings or wear jewelry with a cross. Let me tell you, they're wrong, and I will defend the cross to these people, every time, boldly. They say that the old testament said that it was a curse to hang on a tree, and it does say that. (Notice, they put a lot of emphasis on the old testament, the LAW, which they live under). BUT in Galatians 3:13 Paul writes, "Christ has redeemed us from the  curse of the law, having become a curse for us..." Christ on the cross shows us how much God loved us and how far Jesus would go to save us. Christ the holy, anointed One was willing to be that sacrifice, that curse, for you and me. If you go to another country and wear a cross, you better believe they notice it. In today's times you can be beheaded for it! Paul says in Titus that preaching God's word was committed to him and he was commanded to do so. By who? Jesus. Jesus was Paul's teacher directly after He had gone to heaven.

   

   Tit 1:1-3:  Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;


  To preach means to proclaim. We all are called to proclaim Jesus no matter what we do for a profession. I have seen men and women who have insurance jobs proclaim Jesus as much or more than pastors. I have seen housewives talk about and share the Gospel more than many so-called professionals. Proclaim Jesus!  


Teach the Word


  We need to teach the church, the Body of Christ, the Word:  who God IS, what God has done,

who Jesus IS, what Jesus has done, and who we are through Them. In other words, we need to teach believers their identity. What does the Word say about this? We need to "rightly divide the word" (2 Tim 2:15) paying attention to what is written to us and what is not; what is "time past," "but now," and "ages to come" (past, present, and future); and what brings righteous freedom, and what puts us in bondage.


   One of the best ways to do this is to go through the bible verse by verse, starting in Romans and going through Philemon. Then go through all the bible, understanding where we are now compared to the times of the old testament and gospels.


   Now the best way for families to learn is for the dad to read through the bible everyday with them.  I TEACH and PREACH this to every believer. The man is the head, so he is the teacher. The wife and kids are the disciples. Nothing touches a woman more than her husband leading, and reading scripture is the first thing he should do spiritually. 


  The best thing any believer can do is READ, READ, READ.  Don't try to figure everything out, just read. Let the Holy Spirit do the work. Your job is to read.