SHARING THE GOSPEL IS LIKE GARDENING OR PLANTING

During this COVID-19 pandemic lockdown my wife and I were able to plant flowering plants (roses, orchids, etc.) and fruit trees (plums, lemons, cherries, etc) in our backyard garden. Before planting, we have to prepare the soil, dig some holes and bought some potting mix soil with fertilizers. These are all part of the preparation. After planting, we need to water the fruit trees and flowering plants regularly. We need to do some pruning (like pruning of our roses) and removing weeds which will hinder the growth of our plants in the garden. 

In gospel sharing, we need also to prepare the “soil of the soul”, which is the heart. These include developing friendship and trust; asking pertinent and friendly questions to generate interest and curiosity (e.g. “What if Christ were to come right now or if you’ll die tomorrow? Would you know for sure, without any doubt, that you would go to heaven?”);  telling the FISH STORY using the Fish Bracelet to generate gospel conversation ( Henry, one of our Chinese neighbors visited us and saw my wife wearing the FISH BRACELET and asked about it.

My wife shared the Fish Story which started the series of gospel presentations in our home on Thursday evening. Henry subsequently obeyed the gospel in baptism; Rachel Parks attended our worship services at Golden Gate. She saw me wearing the FISH BRACELET and asked about it. I shared the FISH STORY and then invited her to have WE CARE Gospel presentation during the next Wednesday Prayer & Fellowship.

After the Gospel Presentation with my wife, Rachel decided to obey the gospel in baptism. Bro. Marcus Dancer officiated her baptism that evening.);  giving books as gifts like the “HISTORICITY OF JESUS” subtitled “Facts and Evidences for Agnostics, Atheists, Believers and Christians”  and the new book of Bro. John Jeffrey “Jesus Christ” subtitled “The Final Days on Earth Before His Return to Heaven” as a door opener for gospel presentation; praying that the Holy Spirit will touch and move our prospects to become receptive to the gospel.

At WE CARE Ministries, we do visitations and After CARE to help and motivate the new “babes in Christ” grow and mature in the faith. 

On Baptism

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 WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED? 

 All who want remission or forgiveness of sins – Acts 2-38     

 All who want to enter the one body – 1 Corinthians 12:13 

The taught – Matthew 28:19 

Those who believe – Mark 16:16 

Those who receive God’s word -Acts 2:41 

Those who repent -Acts 2:38 

Those who confess Christ -Acts 8:37 

All who want to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit – Acts 2:38 

HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE BAPTIZED? 

Go to water  – Acts 8:36 

Much water -John 3:23 

Go down into the water-Acts 8:38 

Be planted  -Romans 6:5 

Be buried- Colossians 2:12 

Be washed –   Hebrew 10:22 

A birth  –  John 3:5 

A resurrection  –  Romans 6:4-5 

WHY BE BAPTIZED? 

Jesus said to be baptized   – Matthew 28:19 

Baptism is a command – Acts 10:48 

To be saved –  1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16 

For the remission of sins –    Acts 2:38 

To be cleansed  -Ephesians 5:26 

To be regenerated  -Titus 3:5 

For the remission of sins  –  Acts 2:38 

To walk a new life-   Romans 6:4-5 

To answer a good conscience  – 1 Peter 3:21 

To enter the one body  -1 Corinthians 12:13 

To be born again of water -John 3:5 

To get into Christ -Romans 6:3 

To put on Christ –  Galatians 3:27 

The likeness of His resurrection –  Romans 6:5 

To enter the Kingdom of God – John 3:5 

To seek those things above   –  Colossians 3:1 

To not reject the counsel of God   – Luke 7:30 

God operates in baptism  –   Colossians 2:22 

Baptism is part of faith  –   Acts 19:14 

To receive the gift of the Holy Spirit  –    Acts 2:38 

To be justified by God    – Luke 7:29 

Invitation

by Art Madlaing

 As a former Roman Catholic during my elementary grades, a former Methodist during my high school years, a former agnostic during my college years at the University of the Philippines, and now a plain Christian and active Evangelist with the GOLDEN CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco; I would like to personally invite and encourage  our agnostic and atheist friends, our Roman Catholic friends, our Methodist friends; our Baptist friends, our Adventist friends, our Lutheran friends, our  Mormon friends our INC friends, our Jehovah’s Witnesses friends, our born again friends and friends from all other denominations to  seriously search the Scriptures daily like  the noble Christians in Berea (read Acts 17:11)     

I earnestly plead with our friends from the various denominations to seriously obey and follow the invitation of Peter when he first preached the gospel on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem and those who heard the gospel asked, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?:, Peter answered, “Repent and  let every one of you be baptized  in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins; and you’ll receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (read Acts 2:37-38

I also earnestly plead with our friends from the various denominations to seriously obey and follow the invitation of Ananias through Paul when he said “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins calling on the name of the Lord,” (read Acts 22:16

Finally, I earnestly plead with our friends to seriously obey and follow what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said: “He who believed and is baptized will be saved.” (read Mark 16:16

Remember what I said earlier: “The real tragedy is not that we die with COVID-19; the real tragedy  is if we die WITHOUT JESUS  because we didn’t know, understand and obey the gospel.” 

Jesus Christ said: Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28).  

The wisest King Solomon concluded, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”( Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) 

Today my friends, you have the opportunity to obey the gospel in baptism before it’s too late. You can do it now, come trust and obey as we sing the invitation song “TRUST AND OBEY.” 

*Message delivered by ART GABOT MADLAING during the Virtual Worship Services at the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco, California last Sunday, August 16, 2020, to celebrate his 73rd Birthday. The same message was published in his column “HEALTH & WEALTH” (two-part series) in the weekly Philippine News Today as evangelism and outreach to the Filipino and Asian communities.

 

CHALLENGES

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I would like to offer TWO CHALLENGES in sharing the gospel so that we can GROW COLLECTIVELY as a congregation and PERSONALLY as individual Christian: 

CHALLENGE 1 : COLLECTIVELY AS A CONGREGATION:  

1. NEIGHBORHOOD VISITATION AND GOSPEL SHARING ALL YEAR ROUND 

2. NEIGHBORHOOD BOOK LAUNCHING 

 3. NEIGHBORHOOD WE CARE EVANGELISM CAMPAIGN & WORKSHOP INVITING JON ROWE AND/OR STEVEN PRINE AS PRESENTORS – (Binalonan Church of Christ, in Binalonan, Pangasinan, Philippines, my first home congregation when I was “babe” in Christ, hosted the WE CARE Evangelism Campaign & Workshop last February this year before the COVID-19 lockdown. More than 40 precious souls initially obeyed the gospel in baptism. Members kept on sharing the gospel using the We CARE Approach. Today the number of active members more than doubled (150 plus) and growing all year round. I challenge the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST and the sister congregations in California and other states to follow the example of the BINALONAN CHURCH OF CHRIST by hosting a weekend WE CARE Evangelism Campaign & Workshop). 

 4. NEIGHBORHOOD POWER POINT GOSPEL PRESENTATION WEEKLY OR MONTHLY USING THE ONE PREPARED BY OUR SIS. DEBORAH Q. MARCOS 

CHALLENGE 2: PERSONALLY AS INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN 
  1. Write a list of 7 or more prospects from among Your FRANC (Friends, Relatives, Acquaintances, Neighbors, Co-Workers) for gospel sharing all year round 
  2. Share copies of “HISTORICITY OF JESUS” and “JESUS CHRIST” as gifts all year round (e.g. Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries, Graduation, Christmas, Etc.) 

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  1. Invite prospects to our Gospel Presentations and in our Worship Services 
  2. Join and watch evangelistic programs like Angel Radio, In Search of the Lord’s Way together with friends and relatives all year round. (My wife and I had been watching the evangelistic program Angel Radio through Facebook every morning 8-9:30 am Monday to Friday for a few months now. Angel Radio is anchored by Bro. Ed Bacani, now Evangelist with the UNIVERSITY CHURCH OF CHRIST in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Angel Radio has a Hispanic speaker, an African-American speaker, a Caucasian speaker, and guests like young members of AIM (Adventures in Missions) from the Sunset International Bible Institute (SIBI) in Lubbock, Texas. After just one year of anniversary, Angel Radio is now participated and watched globally with brethren and friends from Hongkong, Canada, Middle East, Far East,  Nepal, Philippines, California, Washington D.C., Texas, Maryland, and other states.  Sister Dholly Jale from Washington, D.C. invited her friend Marlyn Mendoza from Maryland to join and watched Angel Radio with her. Last Thursday morning, Marlyn Mendoza (a Roman Catholic) and her son Javier decided to obey the gospel in baptism after a few weeks of joining and watching the message of Bro. Ed Bacani in Angel Radio. I challenge our brethren at Golden Gate and the other sister congregations to follow the example of Sis. Dholly.  Join and watched Angel Radio together with your friends regularly.) 
  3. Pray regularly without ceasing that the Holy Spirit will touch and move your prospects 

Remember, the late Evangelist Jule Miller said: “Every Christian MUST be a soul-winner.”  The Bible says, “All who win souls are wise.”  (Proverbs 11:30, Living Bible) 

Grow by Sharing the Gospel

By Art Madlaing

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:18-20 Mark 16:15-16 

GREETINGS:  HAPPY SUNDAY! I would like to thank Bro. James Quitoriano for scheduling me to share a message on Grow by Sharing the Gospel to celebrate my 73rd Birthday today and for preparing the PowerPoint Presentation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, we can’t meet at the church building but have this Virtual Worship Services. The COVID-19 lockdown is a blessing in disguise for me because I was able to invite brethren and friends from the Philippines, Canada, Hongkong, and from several states like California, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, and other states to join us today for like a global Virtual Worship Services. 

INTRODUCTION: Last month, I received sketches of the WE CARE Gospel presentation of Mark John Distor, a young Evangelist with WE CARE Ministries Philippines who my wife and I are partly supporting financially every month. He is now working in the Lord’s vineyard in the province of Isabela, Cagayan Valley and vicinities in the Philippines. 

In the first sketch, he showed the word BIBLE in bold letters, as acronym of Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.” YES, the Gospel, in its purity and simplicity, is the basic information every alien sinner must know, understand and obey before leaving this earth. It is, therefore, imperative that every Christian and every congregation must fulfill the Great Commission by sharing the gospel in its purity and simplicity. Preachers from various denominations are adding and subtracting from the Word of God and are preaching different gospel. (to save time please read our Scripture Reading verses in Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-16 and Revelation 22:18-19, Galatians 1:6-8

WHY SHARE THE GOSPEL? 

Millions are dying, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic without knowing, understanding and obeying the gospel.  Bro. Marcus Dancer explained in his message last Sunday that we must prepare, learn and have the skill and take or use every opportunity to share the gospel to every alien sinner because it is the power of God to salvation (read Romans 1:16). THE REAL TRAGEDY IS NOT THAT WE DIE WITH COVID-19; THE REAL TRAGEDY IS IF WE DIE WITHOUT JESUS BECAUSE WE DIDN’T KNOW, UNDERSTAND AND OBEY THE GOSPEL. (read Matthew 10:28, Revised Standard; and Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, King James) 

 HISTORICAL FACTS OF THE GOSPEL 

The Gospel is simply the historical facts on the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus (please read  1 Corinthians 15:1-4) which can never be denied by agnostics, atheists or unbelievers. The apostles and early disciples were eyewitnesses to these historical facts. 

WHY OBEY THE GOSPEL? 

Apostle Paul gave warning on why every alien sinner must obey the gospel in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 as follows: “To give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with eternal destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.” 

HOW TO OBEY THE GOSPEL 

On the Day of Pentecost, Peter first shared the gospel to a big crowd in Jerusalem. Many were touched and cut to the heart and asked, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”  Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  (Acts 2:37-38, NKJV) Paul also mentioned in Romans 6:3-4 how to obey the gospel: “Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into His death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in the newness of life.”  (read also Acts 22:16, NKJV)