Our Life with God, Lesson 15: Evangelism, Part 3

The Evangel is the “good news” of what Jesus did and does to save us.  Evangelism is the speaking (and bringing) of what Jesus did and does to save us.  Pastors and laypersons both do this, each according to their vocations. Understanding the nature of salvation (was saved, being saved, and will be saved), one […]

1 Timothy, Lesson 12: Paul’s Final Words to Timothy

Paul now finishes with his first letter to Timothy.   Personal words from Paul to Timothy as an overseer, continued  Read 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (starting on 12b) What had Timothy done “in the presence of many witnesses?”   What does “confess” mean? How does Paul describe that confession?   Why did Paul say that Timothy […]

Fishers of Men

What a strange miracle: a miracle of catching many fish.  That was a miracle tailor-made for fishermen.  And that’s who Jesus’ first disciples were; they were fishermen. Peter, Andrew, James, and John were all partners in a fishing business.  One day, Jesus was teaching a crowd that converged at the Sea of Galilee.  Running out […]

Confessing Christ to Someone Near Death

Someone in my parish asked, “Pastor, how do I confess Jesus Christ to someone dying in hospice?”  This is what I shared. With someone in hospice, there’s no need to dance around the subject of death.  Most likely, the person knows something is seriously wrong with him and that he is dying.  See this as an opportunity […]