Topic: Our Gospel Mandate [August 19, 2016]
Text: Luke 5:27-39
Key Verse: "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Luke 5:32).
During our Lord's physical stay here on earth, He led the way and pointed out the urgency of preaching to the sinner. The huge success of the Lord's work thereafter is seen in the response of sinners like Levin (Matthew) who left worldly wealth behind for spiritual fortune.
This is an indication that if today's soul winner follows in the footsteps of the Lord, he shall likewise record resounding achievements in the field. We are expected to give our all so that when Christ returns, He will find a teeming righteous church to take home. He is expecting to meet a global congregation which would not have adulterated His biblical teaching of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord with modern doctrines of eternal security and ecumenism.
He is hoping to meet His church imbibing the wine of old-time religion that sustained the faithful prophets and the early apostles. Since we know the time is short for the undertaking of these responsibilities, committed Christians would do well to let evangelism be their meat and to "take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares" (Luke 21:34).
Thought for the day: Soul-winning is the core of the Christian enterprise.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.