Ambassadors for Christ

I love to hear stories and examples of how God works in people’s lives. I love to hear how He provided for a need or how He worked a mighty healing. I love to hear how God orchestrated daily events and circumstances for someone to be able to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Over the past weeks, I’ve been privileged to hear such stories and to give thanks and praise to God. 

It is undeniable that God is the one doing the work in these lives. But it is equally undeniable that God has chosen to use His Church to be the instruments with which He works. As His Church, we are called to serve. We are called to put the needs of others way above our own needs and desires no matter what the cost is to us. 

I see the apostle Paul attesting to this in 2 Corinthians 5. Paul is talking to the Corinthian church about the need of reconciliation with God. We have to understand that because of sin, we are at war with God (James 4:4), which separates us from Him and the relationship that He created us for in the first place. But because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, paying the penalty of our sin and restoring the relationship of all who believe, we can be reconciled to God. 

There is an important question that Scripture poses—if no one tells the message from the King, who will be able to be reconciled? That’s why Paul reminds us in v. 20 that, “we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” As believers in Jesus, we have been given a message to give to the world—be reconciled to God. We are His Ambassadors. 

We have a calling here at CDAC for every person to be an ambassador for Christ as you take the message of the gospel to those we love. It is important to understand just how this is done and what your role in this mission of service you have. 

  • Talk about Jesus with your friends and neighbors, family and coworkers—let them see Jesus in you and hear why you have hope in Christ.
  • Serving in outreach opportunities that take this message to the community—through VBS, Fall Festival, or our booth that was set up at the Arts and Music Festival—the Church provides opportunities for being an ambassador. 

Please be in prayer about how God would desire you to be His Ambassador specifically. 

My friends, we have been given a message to the world from our King. Let us be determined to deliver it and see Christ do mighty things in the lives of this world. 

Connect with Christ

“Can you sum up the entire Bible in one sentence?”  This question has been asked of me before and I’ve also posed it to others.  I’ve heard many interesting answers, such as “God’s instructions to us so that we can live,” or “God’s plan for the redemption of mankind from their sins.”  These are some of the better answers that I’ve been given—some weren’t thought out very well, so I won’t share those.  I want to give you an opportunity to answer this question before you continue to read this article.  Can you sum up the entire Bible in one sentence?

So what was your answer?  When I answer this question, I see the Bible revealing the heart of God to connect with His people.  When we start in Genesis, we notice that God created Adam and Eve in order to have a relationship with them.  Even after the fall, God continues to give people opportunities to connect with Him, and even paying the price Himself for this connection to take place.  God longs to connect with you!

We spent time in the month of June dealing with the steps that are necessary to take in order to accomplish our vision of “Living for God: Loving His People.”  We need to understand that our greatest purpose as a church is to make sure that people connect with Jesus.  While this is a simple phrase, we need to understand what this looks like, and how we plan to connect people with Jesus.

First of all, we connect people with Jesus through the message of the gospel.  A.B. Simpson, the founder of The Alliance, spent incredible amounts of time reaching for the disenfranchised and outcasts of society on the boat docks of New York City.  We need to be a people who are doing the same things. 

We are working with our ministries to develop strategies to equip people to talk about Jesus.  We also realize that connecting people with the message involves getting the message to the masses.  We do this through personal relationships (talking about Jesus with your friend or coworker).  We also use the benefits of technology to share the truth of Christ with our community, and even the world!

We also connect with Jesus through our worship services.  We are working hard to make sure that the music, Scripture passages, preaching, technology, and other creative outlets are leading people into the presence of our Lord Jesus and helping them connect with the Savior!

Jesus longs for a deep relationship with the people He created.  Some know Him, some do not.  My friends, we need to be in the business of seeing people connect with Jesus in deep, meaningful ways.