Lack of Sharing Christ

Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.

Lack of Sharing Christ

We know that the only way to be forgiven of sin, saved from hell, and given eternal life is through the “gospel” of Christ.  Gospel is from the Greek euangelion, “good news,” and euangelizo means “to share the good news.”[1][1]  Paul says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16a).  We are saved through the “good news” about Jesus Christ which is God’s power.  The only way to be saved is through the gospel!  This is why we say that sharing the gospel is ultra-important and absolutely essential for salvation.

If you are saved, it is because you responded with a repentant faith in the good news of Christ. And I was saved in the same way.  It is no wonder that Jesus wanted the gospel to spread around the world.  He said in His parting words after the resurrection, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16).  The Lord also declared, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:46-47; cf. Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).

This pertains to you and it pertains to me.  Some may say that surely the command to share Christ must be a command to the apostles alone or maybe to preachers alone, but there are indications that all the early Christians were expected to make Jesus known to others.  In Act 8:1, Luke tells us that there was “a great persecution” in Jerusalem, and “they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” Therefore, these were non-apostles who were scattered because of the persecution.  Luke then says, “Those who had been scattered went about preaching the word” (v. 4).  This says that the common, ordinary, everyday believers considered it their responsibility to preach the word about Jesus.  Every Christian is to let his light shine to others (Matthew 5:13-16), and every Christian is to appear as a light in the world and hold fast (or hold forth) the word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16).  God “manifests   through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

But not every person sees others as needing salvation and not every person recognizes that the responsibility to share the gospel rests on each Christian.  Paul writes, “The grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 4:15).  How does this grace spread?  Specially chosen and sent preachers (or proclaimers), sometimes called “evangelists” can’t do it all (Ephesians 4:11; Acts 21:8; 2 Timothy 4:5); it takes the diligent effort of every child of God.  God saves a person so that person can serve and save others.  Paul said, “I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22).

If a person knows enough to be saved, he knows enough to share that with others so that they too may be saved.  This is not to overlook the fact that some men are chosen to be especially active in the proclamation of the good news of Christ (cf. Acts 13:2-3), but you may be the only person that can reach your family, friends, and acquaintances.  God may use you to reach these people with the good news of salvation.  If you refuse to do anything, God will hold you accountable for what you could have done but refused to do.

Do you remember the special work that God gave to the prophet Ezekiel?  Notice God’s commission to him:

Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me.  When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.  Yet if you have warmed the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself (Ezekiel 3:17-19; cf. vv. 20-21; 33:13-16).

Granted, this is the prophet’s special commission, but isn’t there a lesson here for us as well?  We must warn others of the lostness of their condition because of sin and the deliverance that God offers through Jesus Christ the Lord.  We will be held accountable if we do nothing to offer the good news of salvation to others.

But how can you do this?  You can simply talk about the condemnation of sin and the salvation God offers in Christ.  You can lovingly converse with your loved ones about their need of Christ and how vital it is that he or she escape the wrath to come (cf. Matthew 3:7).  You can hand a tract, pamphlet, or booklet to someone you are wanting to reach for Christ.  You can distribute to large numbers of people on the street, at the convention center, in the city park, or at civic gatherings.  You can hand out tracts outside churches or organizations or sports stadiums.  You can write letters to others about Jesus—something that could take hundreds of hours over the months.  I once knew a man who mailed a tract or tracts to ten different people each day, with an effort to reach 3,650 people a year!  I’ve also known others who would distribute hundreds and maybe thousands of tracts in huge gatherings of people.

You may also reach people one by one—your neighbor, your uncle or aunt, your fellow-worker, or your fellow-student. Everyone you know needs the knowledge of his lostness and the means of salvation in Christ through faith and repentance.  Whatever way you choose, we need to get the word of salvation to those who are lost in sin and will spend eternity in hell if they refuse to repent and come to Christ!  If God wants us to reach people, motivated by the love of God and a love for the sinner, can we not conclude that if we refuse to share the message of salvation, we don’t really love others?

 

[1][1] Richards, Expository Dictionary.

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