Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Different Needs in Unbelievers

Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Jude 22, 23 (NIV)

Here are three extreme means of evangelism, on three different needs in unbelievers.

1.Doubters:

-Be merciful
-Show mercy
-Preach mercy

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 (NIV)

Doubt is removed by faith and faith is caused by the preaching of Christ.

2. In the fire—those on the brink of death. Snatch them from the fire. This is urgent preaching and insistent on repentance.

3. People in filth—Mercy and fear

Mary sings of the mixture of mercy and fear in her song.

His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. Luke 1:50 (NIV)

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