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Sharing the Gospel with Everyone

 

 Sharing the Gospel with Everyone

Missionary Jim Kilgore

 

There is an adage that says that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. But when you think about it….this familiar cliché’ is not entirely accurate. With the right deductions and a good accountant, many people have managed to avoid paying any taxes at all. But everyone will face the ultimate certainty that we all die. Death is an unavoidable reality for all people. 

The rich die as well as those that are poverty-stricken.  The rich man in Luke 16  died just as the beggar Lazarus had died. The educated as well as the illiterate face death.  Children died as do the elderly.  According to the following website,  https://www.quora.com we learn these facts about death. 

  • 3 million people die each year
  • 151,600 people die each day
  • 6,316 people die each hour
  • 105 people die each minute
  • This means that each time your heart beats, TWO people slip off into eternity.

 

I often ask people I meet what I consider to be the most significant and important question in the world. “If you were to die today, are you 100% certain that you would go to Heaven, or would you honestly say, I just do not know?”    Why ask a such a question?  Because of the clear teaching of Scripture on the CERTAINTY of death, yet the uncertainty as to WHEN each person will die.   Hebrews 9:27 warns us of death and facing God in judgment. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”  I firmly believe that Jesus could remove all Christians from this world at any second (I Thessalonians 4:13-18), but until that happens, man will continue to die.  Therefore, God cautioned us to “…Prepare to meet thy God…” in Amos 4:12.   

 

Death is No Respecter of Persons

I have seen the young as well as the old die.  No one knows the day nor the hour of their death, so God implores each person to make the spiritual preparations today.  II Corinthians 6:2, “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation.)”

  • The following message was sent to me by a godly friend in India.  “One of my students, a 10-year old girl went to be with the LORD for eternity today, just now. She trusted and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior during the VBS (Vacation Bible School) conducted in our school last year, (Nov.6-10, 2017).”  I asked the cause of her death, and his reply was “Cause of death is unknown! A sudden death, black spot spotted all over her body.”  Her funeral will be tomorrow, January 6, 2018, in India.

 

  • This is the second 10-year-old to die in the last 12-months that I am aware of.    In the Philippines, I was soul-winning with a pastor when we came upon a casket.  I asked to go and have prayer with the family. As we approached the home, we noticed there were two caskets.  The one we saw was the 38-year-old husband and father.   The second coffin was for his ten-year-old son that died that tried to save his father’s life.  The son tried to rescue his father from the electrocution.  But the young man was likewise electrocuted while pulling the wires off his dad.   Both died from the incident.     I am uncertain as to the spiritual condition of the father and his son, but at the casket, God allowed me the opportunity to lead six adults one of whom was the wife and mother, to Jesus Christ.  The events of that day led me to thank God for all the parents, grandparents, godly teachers, and youth-workers investing in the spiritual welfare of our young people. 
  • We seem to think that death only invades the ranks of the elderly and aged.  Yet at the age of 38 death wrapped its ugly arms around my first wife, Cathy Kilgore.  I am so grateful that as a CHILD Cathy had made her decision to accept Jesus Christ as her only hope of going to Heaven.  II Corinthians 5:8 reminds us of a blessed and comforting truth.  “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 

 

  • I was in Bohol, Philippines four years ago when I took three people to go soul-winning with me.  The first house closest to the church had three people sitting in their yard.  We were invited to sit and talk with them when I turned the conversation to spiritual matters.  All three made their decision to accept Jesus Christ as their only hope of going to Heaven.  None of us sitting there knew that the elderly lady would die just three weeks later.  I learned of her death from her Grandson that is a Baptist Pastor in Cebu, Philippines.  He wrote, thanking me “For doing what he SHOULD be doing, sharing the Gospel with my family.” 

 

  • Three years ago, in Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA, I went to visit a man in the hospital and was honored to lead him to Jesus Christ only to learn that he died two weeks later.  We just do not how much time a person has so we must share the Gospel daily.  The opportunities surround us to evangelize those that may not know how to prepare to meet God.  They are crying out as the Philippian jailer in Acts 16:30-31, “…Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

 

  •  She Died 24 Hours Later.  Over one year ago in Hong Kong (2016), I had scheduled a meeting with a 35-year-old lady that was a friend of one of our Church members.  This meeting was to take place on Skype at 10:30 am Asian time.   At 10:15 some of her friends came to her asking her to attend a birthday party celebration with them.  She agreed and told our church member the following, “Please  tell the Missionary that she will meet him the following Sunday at 10:30 to hear How to go to Heaven.” 

 

  • I was flying to Tokyo’s Narita Airport during 2017 when our plane nearly crashed due to the severe weather and high turbulence.  People were screaming lime one would in a horror movie.  I looked into the faces of many screaming and hysterical people.  The lady sitting next to was doing the sign of the cross.  We had seconds before the crash that seemed inevitable. But God in Glorious Grace spared each life aboard the plane.  As we landed roughly, the Pilot did a magnificent job of preventing the plane from crashing.  Once we were safe, all of the passengers on board that I could see was clapping like their favorite team had just won a championship.  I turned to the lady sitting next to me and asked her if she had died would she had gone to heaven.  She said, probably not. I asked her if I could tell her how she could know, but she said she was okay. 

She represents so many people.  She had just stared death in the face, and God allowed her another opportunity to make her decision for heaven.  Like King Agrippa, she was ALMOST persuaded to become a Christian but chose to reject the Son of God for Salvation.  Acts 26:28, “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS CHRIST?  

In Romans 10:13 God has made you a PROMISE.  The promise is conditional upon your willingness to sincerely call upon Jesus Christ in simple faith, receiving what He has done for you while on the Cross, to pray your sin debt.  Romans 6:23b, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

 

 

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Jesus Was Constantly In Pursuit Of Lost Souls, Are You?

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Jesus Was Constantly In Pursuit Of Lost Souls, Are You?

Luke 19:10,   Romans 10:1

Missionary Jim Kilgore

Romans 10:1, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” In this verse of Scripture Paul reveals his love of lost souls. It is what he lived for, and ultimately was worth dying for. His love for lost souls consumed his heart and mind each day. II Corinthians 5:11: “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”

Paul had the same passion for souls as he knew to be true in our Lord. In Luke 19:10 Jesus said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” This was the reason for Jesus leaving the splendors of Heaven and coming into this world of woe. It was to pay the sin debt of a guilty world, and to open up Heaven for any and all that will sincerely call upon Him (Romans 10:9-13).

The Call of Evangelism

On December 14, 2014, I prayed and asked God if He would help me to share the Gospel with at-least one person every day, for the rest of my life. I realize that my time is short, and therefore I must do all that I can while I can to reach this world for Jesus Christ.

To become like Jesus is to focus on what Jesus focused upon during His earthly ministry.  He cared about the unsaved.   Jesus Christ desires that all people come to repentance.  The proof is that Jesus tasted death for every man, Hebrews 2:9 states, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”

The Bible states in 1 Corinthians 7:29: “But this I say, brethren, the time is short.”   This means that your time is short and that my time is short.  The time is short!  It also means that in light of this truth, you and I MUST do all that we can while we can for the cause of Christ.  We must not delay; we must not meander;  we must not approach the work of Christ as though we have many years left .

We have a Biblical obligation to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to each unsaved man, woman, and child.  But why the urgency?

  • Did you know that each time your heart beats two people have slipped off into eternity?   
  • This means that 125,000 souls died every day!
  • Furthermore, this means that 875,000 enter either Heaven or Hell every week.

Again, the Bible says, “the time is short.”  I once heard a godly preacher reveal a rather startling fact he had read from a magazine article.  It said, “only 2% of the world’s population claims to have placed their faith in Jesus Christ and expect to go to heaven on the basis of what Jesus has done for them. If this article is accurate, it would mean that 98% are going to hell when they die!!  John 14:6 says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” 

What a tragedy to reject Christ and spend eternity separated from God when it does NOT need to happen.  The Bible emphatically states in II Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

At the rate the modern Church is winning the lost to Christ, it would take over 4,000 years to win each person IF we had the ability to stop all births and all deaths during those 4,000 years. What a shameful fact. Ezekiel 33:8 says, “When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”

Scriptural Motivations To Be A Soul-Winner

The Desire of Jesus Christ is a great motivator to win souls.    Luke 19:10: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost

The Love of Jesus Christ is a great motivator to win souls.    II Corinthians 5:14: “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died  for all, then were all dead:”

The Teaching of Hell is a great motivator to win souls. Paul was willing to go to hell for his country if it would have saved them, which of course, he could not. Romans 9:1-3: “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”  

It was Charles Spurgeon that once said, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and un-prayed for.”  Oh dear God, create this deep agony of soul into our lives.”  

How Committed Are You To Spreading the Gospel?

It takes passion and commitment to move a cause forward. Others have to vividly see this in you or they simply will not believe you and follow your persuasion. We often go about our mission in life in a routine manner.  In what do you believe?  Is there a Hell? Is there a Hell? Is there REALLY an honest to goodness place where right now, people are burning, and begging, and falling, and screaming?   Is there a Hell?

If so, How committed are you to your cause?  Will your present level of commitment be enough? These are important questions to ask yourself.

 

The Story Of Charles Peace

“Sir, I do not share your faith.  But if I did – IF I believed what you say you believed – then although England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast, I would crawl the length and breadth of it on hand and knee and think the pain worthwhile, just to save a single soul from this eternal hell of which you speak.” ~Charles Peace

Charles Peace was a career criminal in England in the 1800s.  He committed frequent burglaries and was eventually convicted and hanged for assassinating a man. 

Charles made the statement above to a preacher that visited him just prior to his execution.  It was the preacher’s job to give Mr. Peace the opportunity to confess his crimes and save his soul prior to his execution.

Apparently, the preacher provided this type of service for the prison regularly.  It might have become somewhat routine to him.  Apparently, this was obvious to Charles Peace.  The reverend’s passion and commitment to his faith obviously did not shine through to Charles.  He was not convincing.

My Question To You Today Is Simple: Would You Crawl Across Broken Glass In Order To Share the Gospel?

 

Hell is a PLACE
  • It is as real as heaven.
  • If you knew a restaurant’s food was poisonous, you would start up a campaign to warn people against the danger! Hell is as real as any restaurant, and the danger is much greater!
  • If you knew a road in this town had a drop-off in it that would always result in certain death, you would take steps to warn people! Hell is as real as any road a person may travel, and the danger is greater!
Hell is PAINFUL

Look at the horrors of that place! Look at the flames! Look at the tormented souls! Look at them scream and gnash their teeth in pain!

Do you want people to suffer there because you are too scared or too tired to go soul-winning?

Hell is PERMANENT

There is no escape once a person goes to hell.   It is forever! There is no rest! There is no refreshment! There is no retirement! There is no review of one’s sentence! Imagine the agony, the utter horror, the perpetual pain from being in eternal torment.

Hell is PREVENTABLE

No one HAS to go to hell, but MOST people WILL go to hell! We must warn them!

 

The Beginning of My Evangelism Journey

I faced the stark reality of this truth when at the tender age of 20, God spoke to my heart about rising from my bed and going to the local hospital in order to witness to a man.  I had worked hard all week long and quite frankly, I was exhausted.  I promised God that I would visit this man in the morning.

God again pressed this man upon my heart.  I knew God what god wanted me to do, but I was lazy and did not go.  I went to the hospital the next day as I promised God I would do, but when I asked to see the man, I was told that he had died just a few hours before my arrival.

Ezekiel 33:8 screamed out at me as clearly as if you had screamed it at me.  I looked at my hands and became overcome with emotion as I knew that I now had to live with the blood of a lost man forever.

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All I could do was to cry out to God for forgiveness and it was then that I made a solemn vow to pass out Gospel tracts and witness to anyone He led me to.

Will You Witness? Or Will You Support Someone That Is?

What about you my dear brother and sister in Christ?  Will you look at your hands and ask yourself the question, “Do I have the blood of those in hell upon my hands?”  Will you not also commit your life to the winning of the unsaved to Jesus Christ?

My question to you is: how long, if ever, has it been since you have personally won a lost soul to Christ?

Another personal question, would you know how to win an unsaved person to Jesus if one asked YOU to?

If not, I would like to help you.  Please leave me a contact number and I can teach you how to win a soul to Jesus.

JimKilgoreMinistries@gmail.com
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The Glorious Grace of God

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THE  GLORIOUS  GRACE  OF  GOD

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Luke 23; 42, 43: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

We once again return to Calvary. Calvary, the most sacred and significant place in the world. Calvary is the place where Jesus Died that you might Live. Calvary is the place where we see Man at his Worst while seeing God at His Best. Calvary, where the royal, rich, and red blood of our Sinless Saviour was shed so that wicked, vile sinners could make peace with God through His Son Jesus Christ.   Calvary, the place where the Angels in heaven wept while the Demons in hell were rejoicing.

Let us remember the first words of Jesus while hanging upon Calvary’s cross. We strained to listen as Jesus prayed for those that had just clamored for His crucifixion; then they placed the crown of thorns upon His head, and drove the thorns deep into His scalp.

Listen as the Son of God prays for those that spit upon Him; He prayed for those that had pummeled their fists into His face; He prayed for the one that thrust the spear into His side. In Luke 23:34: Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do …”

As the crowd stood gazing upon the One they had wanted to hang and suffer on the Cross, they stood beholding the excruciating pain of God’s only Son (Luke 23: 35). They had now started the mocking, the ridicule, the gambling for His clothing, the taunting to save Himself.   But this was NOT in plan of our Gracious God.

Finally the crowd heard a small conversation taking place between all three that were hanging on the cross. What were they saying? Each wanted to get closer to hear this monumental conversation that would have eternal consequences for both men on either side of Jesus (Luke 23: 39-43).

These words speak loudly and unmistakably of the Glorious Grace of God. Neither man had a right to ask Jesus to forgive them. They were both guilty, condemned men. They were convicted thieves.   Yet, God in His grace listened to each man and responded accordingly to each one.

The Clearest Picture Of Salvation By Grace In The Entire Bible

Grace is the unmerited, and the unmeritable favor of God. Grace is God NOT giving to man that which he deserves. If you and I received that which we deserve, we would all be burning and suffering in hell this very minute.   No, these men did NOT deserve God to even listen to them, let alone answer their prayers.

An Example Of God’s Grace

When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day’s pay for his time, that is a wage.   When a person competes with an opponent and receive s a trophy for winning, that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high achievements and good performance, that is an award.

But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award, yet receives such a gift anyway, it is a good picture of God’s unmerited favor. This is what we mean when we speak of the Grace of God.

 

Throughout His ministry, Jesus had been “the Friend of Sinners” (Matthew 11:19). His antagonists derided Jesus for this. They mocked Jesus by saying, Since Jesus loves sinners so much, and they were His companions in life, we will give Him the privilege of dying with them. Little did they realize that Jesus was actually dying FOR them and not merely WITH them (II Corinthians 5:21).

 

Let Us See What Each Person Represented While Hanging On The Cross

  • We see one man dying IN his sin; one man dying OUT of his sin, and of course Jesus dying FOR sin.
  • We witness one man Scoffing Jesus; another man Seeking Jesus; and Jesus Sacrificing Himself as the ONLY sacrifice for sin His Father would accept.
  • We witness one man making a decision to go to Hell; the other man making his decision to go to Heaven; whereas Jesus is providing the only HOPE that any will have in gaining entrance into Heaven.

 

Placing Your Faith in Jesus Christ is Your ONLY Hope of Going to Heaven

  One man went to heaven because he placed his faith Completely in Jesus Christ.   He finally understood the truth found in John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”   This man did not deserve to go to heaven any more than you and I do, but he made the correct decision. He placed his faith in Jesus Christ as his only hope of going to Heaven.

While in India in May of 2014, I realized just how big idol worship was in this great land. There are over 330 million false gods various people worship.   Yet, 1,287 came to Jesus Christ during this missionary journey, understanding that Jesus Christ is the ONLY name whereby men MUST be saved (Acts 4:12).  What made the difference? Simply preaching and presenting Jesus Christ, and His atonement for man’s sins.

 

Jesus Christ Wants EVERYONE To Go To Heaven

Now there were two sinners hanging beside Jesus while He was paying for the sins of the world (John 1:29). As joyful as Jesus was in one responding to His sacrificial work on the Cross, He was just as broken for the one that literally saw what the Son of God was doing for all people, yet chose to reject the Work of Christ.  

I Timothy 2:4 reminds us that God wants YOU to be saved and go to heaven. “Who will have all men to be saved , and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:6 teaches us, “Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

There is no one that Jesus will not forgive and thereby save and take to Heaven. I Timothy 1:15: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

 

Here What The Repentant Sinner Understood And What He Did To Go To Heaven

 

  1. He understood his Condition  He knew that he was a sinner. He knew that he deserved his punishment, both in this life, and the life to come.   He knew that he deserved hell. Romans 3:10 reminds us that that: “There is NONE righteous, no not one.” Romans 3:23 is clear about the spiritual condition of us all when Paul declared that we have ALL sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

 

  1. He understood God’s Provision. He finally grasped that Jesus Christ was doing, not only for him, but for any and all that might call upon Him in faith. Luke 23:41: And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds : but this man hath done nothing.” God’s PROMISE is found in Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED”! This is a promise from God.

 


  1. He understood that HE must make his Decision  It was his decision to call upon Jesus Christ. It was His decision to place his complete faith in Jesus and Jesus alone.  It was HIS decision to ask Jesus to save him.  II Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”  

 

In light of this, what was the response of Jesus towards this sinner calling upon Jesus for salvation? Luke 23:42, 43, And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Jesus promised to take him to heaven.

The same promise by Jesus is offered to you as well. Romans 10:13 is a promise from God to you, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED.”

 

Will You Call Upon Jesus Right Now, Placing Your Faith In Him; Trusting In His Grace?

 

If you do, please email me at: JimKilgoreMinistries@gmail.com and I will send you some free Bible Study materials to help you as a new Christian.

Untold Billions REMAIN Untold: A Case For Global Evangelism!

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Untold Billions REMAIN Untold: A Case of Global Evangelism!

 

The unreached are dying without ever hearing the good news! Why? Romans 10 provides the Biblical basis for our vast failure. Romans 10:12-15: “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard, and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach , except they be sent as it is written , How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Consider the Following Facts About Missions

The facts I am quoting come from a great missionary Book, written by my friend, Jon Nelms. The book is titled: “The Great Omission.”   He says on pages 53 and 54 the following: “This planet, at least in missionary terms, has been divided into what is called “The Three Worlds”: World A, World B, and you guessed it–World C. Allow me to define them:

World A

• The truly “unreached world” of people who have never even heard the name of Jesus.
• Percentage of the global population: 28 percent.
• Percentage of missionaries targeting World A: 2.5 percent.

World B

• The “unevangelized world” of people who have limited access to the Gospel but are not yet considered Christian nations. The Gospel has penetrated their borders but has not reached the majority of the people. Given time, the majority of the people will be reached—perhaps within two or three generations.
• Percentage of the global population: 39 percent.
• Percentage of missionaries targeting World B 17.5 percent.

World C

• The “evangelized world” of people who have full and unrestricted access to the Gospel, regardless of whether or not they choose to hear or accept it.
• Percentage of the global population: 33 percent.
• Percentage of missionaries targeting World C: 80 percent.”

Does God still love the Lost? Has He changed or abandoned His plan for Global Evangelism? These are obviously rhetorical questions. God loves the World and every single person in it. He desires that all might hear the truth of the Gospel. God desires that EVERY person know that there is only one way to Heaven, and this way is ONLY through His Son, Jesus Christ. John 14:6: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Acts 4:12 likewise makes this very clear, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved .”

Amazing Statistics Showing the Trail of Those Trying To Get To the Field

The last 15 years has revealed a 50% reduction in Americans ENTERING the mission force. “Of those who answered the call, 43% NEVER completed fund-raising “deputation.” WHY? There are many “Reasons.” Sometimes the Missionary grows frustrated and discouraged by what they face while on deputation. 75% of those who made it to the field came home within three years, and only 17 of every 100 who began the process, actually arrived and remained,” Gil Anger, Researcher. This of course greatly concerns me.

Yet, the latest estimates suggest that approximately 7,000 people groups are considered unreached. That means over 43% of the world’s people groups have no indigenous community of believing Christians able to evangelize the rest of their people group. Over 41% of the world’s population live in these over 7,000 people groups.

It is important to note that this does not mean every individual within an unreached people group has never heard of Jesus or understood the message of salvation. There is often a small percentage (less than 2%) Christ-followers in these groups, but the vast majority of the group has minimal, if any, exposure to the person of Jesus Christ and the Good News of God’s free gift of salvation.

In spite of lots of excitement about large numbers coming to Christ around the world, the fact is that 25% of the world which historically has had little or no contact with the gospel, (made up of mostly Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists) has not changed, and is not anticipated to change, unless something changes in the way we do things. The reasons for this are numerous, but the following statistics surely have something to do with it:

• “Only 2-4% of Christian Missionaries go to serve the 2 billion least reached”
• “Of foreign mission funding: 87% goes for work among those already Christian, 12% for work among already evangelized, but Non-Christian, 1% for work among the unevangelized and *unreached people. (Baxter 2007, 12).

Why Are So Few God-Called Missionaries, Actually Getting To the Field?

The easy answer is that they were probably never called in the first place. Or, that it “must not” had REALLY been “God’s will” for the Missionary to go in the first place. Really? Are we truly serious by accepting these shallow explanations? Let me share some of the “reality” that faces the average missionary trying his best to get to the place of God’s calling.

Missionaries often face an avalanche of non-returned phone calls while seeking to introduce themselves, and their ministry. Of the relatively small amount of those reached, there is an overwhelming number of church leadership that will immediately say, “Brother, I would love to help you, but the economy is tight and we just cannot take on any more missionaries.” A Missionary simply wants the opportunity to come and share God’s calling for their life.

Our ministry is a Global ministry in which we travel all over the world, evangelizing, and we then start Churches from those saved. Last year God graciously allowed us to also help start two Bible Colleges as well. I can truly say, that without generous support, and those that are giving financially each month that this type of ministry would not be possible. God knows how to bring people together to accomplish HIS ministry.

I thank God that He has provided different Churches and Families that have helped me get to the field to win souls. They have come from the most unexpected sources. Three Families from Indiana and Georgia have purchased flight tickets and most, if not all the expenses of the Missionary Journeys. At other times, Sunday School classes from our sending church have raised money. We have a few different individuals that faithfully give each month, as well as three Churches. At other times, a one-time gift that was exactly what we needed was given to make the difference. We have even had three Facebook friends faithfully assist our ministry as they are able. Truly I can say as one great missionary once said, “God’s work, done in God’s way, will not lack supply.”

Missionaries are so varied in their looks, schooling, and church size they are coming from. Even their personalities are diverse. Some are shy and introverted, which may actually become a barrier in getting selected to share their call in a church. While others are very out-going and extroverted and may find a much easier time to receive “the invitation” to present their calling in a local church. Yet God is able to use us all for His Glory!

Yes, God uses many different personalities in missions and ministry. He used Peter that was quite the extrovert, while using Moses that had a speech impediment. He used a Jack Hyles that was often loud and highly motivating, yet he used a Jonathan Edwards that was a man that had poor eyesight and held his sermons close to his eyes as he read them. All were greatly used of God, yet we may make a decision to have or not to have a Missionary based on his personality.

No missionary I know of, is expecting a church to completely understand their exact calling, or be as ecstatic and exhilarated as they are with the call. However, they do expect each local church to give prayerful consideration of this calling, so they might present the need and their call.

The Great Commission has long become the Great Omission! Imagine the shame Hudson Taylor felt when a new Chinese convert raised the question, “how long ago did you say Jesus died??? NONE of my ancestors had ANY idea.”   This is completely unacceptable and we must ALL work together to reach the World for Jesus Christ!

We That Possess the Truth MUST Become Possessed By the Truth

 Here is what the Bible teaches that we must allow our hearts and minds to become possessed with, as we strive TOGETHER to win the multitudes to Jesus Christ.

1. We must really believe that all people are sinners. Romans 3:10; 3:23.

2. We must really believe that all people deserve to die and go to hell. Romans 6:23.

3. We must really believe that Jesus Christ died in every person’s place, shed His blood as the only payment of man’s sin, died, and was buried, and three days later, Jesus rose from the grave. Hebrews 9:22, I Corinthians 15:1-4.

4. We must really believe that Jesus Christ desires every single person to hear the Gospel and come to salvation which is only through him. II Peter 3:9; I Timothy 2;4; I John 2:2.

5. We must really believe that God has called each Church and Christian to take this Gospel of Salvation and teach it to the World. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8.

6. We must really believe that if any person will come to Jesus Christ, that He will saved them and take them to Heaven. John 3:16-18; Romans 10:9-13; I Timothy 1:15.

7. We must really believe that EVERY one without Jesus Christ WILL spend eternity apart from Jesus in the Lake of Fire. Revelation 21:8; Revelation 20:14-15.

8. We must really believe that God Takes No Pleasure in The Death of the Unsaved. Ezekiel 33:11.

9. We must really believe that God will hold the Believer, as well as the Church accountable for failing in Global Missions. Romans 14:11-12; II Corinthians 5:10.

10. We must really believe that our time is short. II Corinthians 7:29. Therefore, we must do all that we can while we can for the Cause of Christ!

The Calling and Command is clear and concise: Take the Gospel to the Entire World. What reason will you use for not Giving or Going in obedience to the Commands of Jesus Christ? Yes, Untold Billions REMAIN Untold!   This is not an Option to Consider; it is an Order to be obeyed!  

Will you allow the TRUTH to grip your heart this day so that it leads you to do more for Missions?  You possess the truth, but does the truth really possess you?  Until it does, the sad plight of those without the Gospel will continue to plunge into an everlasting hell.

 

The Mission of Jesus is to be the Mission of the Church!  

 

Look at Your Hands: How Much Blood Is Dripping From Your Hands!

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Ezekiel 33:1-8

Look at Your Hands: The Blood Is Dripping From Your Hands!

Ezekiel was a prophet that was a watchman to the house of Israel. His business was to warn sinners of their misery and danger. He must warn the wicked to turn from their way, that they may live. If souls perish through his neglect of duty, he brings guilt upon himself.

Ezekiel 33:7 reminds us that it was God that gave Ezekiel this responsibility of watching and warning: “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.”

The business of every Christian to remains the same. We are to share the Gospel (I Corinthians 15:1-4).   The last words of Jesus Christ, as He was about to ascend into Heaven was to take the Gospel to the entire world (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8).

Every believer will one day stand before Jesus Christ (Romans 14:12; II Corinthians 5:10), and will be held accountable for the opportunities that one had to win the lost to Jesus Christ.

God made it clear concerning the personal accountability of each watchman (Christian) with regards to soul-winning. Ezekiel 33:2-6 says, ” Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:  If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;  Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning ; if the sword come , and take him away , his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning ; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.  But if the watchman see the sword come , and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned ; if the sword come , and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”

 

We Can Draw Two Lessons From This Passage 

First, If he sounds the warning and is not heeded, then he is not responsible for defeat. Then he would be free from the blood of this man. When we share the Gospel, the unbeliever has a decision to make. They may either receive the Gospel or they may in fact Reject it, (John 1:11,12). Our responsibility is to share the Gospel.

The second lesson we find is for the Believer to fail to sound the warning makes the watchman accountable for defeat or death. This is when their blood will be upon our hands. Oh the bloody hands that we must all have. Look at your hands. See the blood dripping from those hands that could had witnessed to so many souls that died, or will one day die without Jesus Christ.

 

Paul made a bold assertion in Acts 20:26 when he could honorably say, “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.” How could he make this claim? Because of Acts   Acts 20:31 tells us how he could make such an unflinching proclamation, “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years, I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”  Paul further said in Acts 20:27: For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Paul reminded the people in Ephesus that for over two years he had shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them, Acts 19:8, 10 says, “ And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.   10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks”.

 

Paul could truthfully say that he believed in what I call, “Everyday Evangelism.”    Acts 20:20 says, “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house.”     Notice the broken heart Paul had for the souls of men in Acts 20:19, “Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears…” Truly his desire is best seen in Romans 10:1: “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”  Daily Paul was teaching the Word of God. Daily he was preaching the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. Daily he was out soul-winning.

Christian, how often are you out sharing the Gospel? Preacher, how many times a week are you out trying to bring the lost to Jesus Christ? Christian leader, when was the last time that you asked God to break your heart for the lost people that you know? Sunday School Teacher, have you asked God to help you witness to EACH student in your class to ask them personally the most important question that could ever be asked? That question is, “If you were to die today, are you 100% sure that you would go to Heaven, or would you have to admit, I just do not know?”   Then you could share the glorious Gospel with them.

 

Paul clearly understood that warning in Ezekiel 3:18 where it reads: “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die ; and thou givest him not warning , nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life ; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”

 

A lady recently visited a Church and during the invitation, she raised her hand saying that she would like to know that she was going to Heaven when she died. However, she did not come forward to have someone take the Bible to guide her through God’s plan of salvation.

The pastor approached this lady following the service and asked her the following question. “Do you know the Lord?” Her immediate reply was, “I am working on that.” The pastor then said, “If I can be of any help, let me know.” And with that, he let that that young lady walked into his Church not knowing that if she were to die , that she would go to heaven. And he let her leave the same way!  

She provided the pastor with a golden opportunity to win her to Jesus Christ, yet he for whatever reason, let her walk out of his church without asking if he could have a few extra minutes of her time to help her to KNOW that she was going to Heaven.

She did not leave a visitor’s card and he may never have this young lady come back. Ezekiel 33:8 says, “When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”

 

Who do you need to go to before this week is over and present the Gospel to? Do you really want them to go to hell?  Do you really want their blood staining your hands spiritually? My dear Christian, remember there is no escape from hell once a sinner dies without Jesus Christ.    Preacher, will you commit to “Everyday Evangelism?”   Can you not schedule 2 hours each day to winning the lost in your field of service?

Charles H. Spurgeon said, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justified: How Can A Holy God Justify Sinners? (Part Three)

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Justified: How Can A Holy God Justify Sinners?

(Part Three)

 

In our last two articles, we discovered how God justifies sinful man by His Grace, (Romans 3:24); God also justifies man by Faith in Jesus Christ,  (Romans 3:26 – 28).
 
Comparing the two above verses, we see that we have been justified by Grace and by Faith in Jesus Christ.   Paul made it very clear that a person cannot be saved by good works such as keeping the law.  Romans 3:20 says, “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
 
We learned that Man’s FAITH Must Be Completely In Jesus Christ To Gain Entrance Into Heaven.   Our faith must rest completely in Jesus Christ, and Him alone!  Our faith in Jesus means that we are trusting in what He has done on the cross to pay our sin debt rather than trusting in what we can do. 
 
So we have learned that we are justified by Grace and not because we Deserve justification; we have been justified by Faith and not because of  our works or good lives.
 
 However, there is yet a third method involved in the justification process.  Paul teaches us that we have been justified by the Blood of Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:9 says, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” 

How Did God Deal With Our Sin Problem?

God is a just God that HAD to deal with our sin problem.  He could not overlook our sin.   
 
Leviticus 17:11 is clear on this matter when it says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” 
Ephesians 1:7: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”

Romans 4:25: “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

What we must understand to fully appreciate our magnificent salvation is that God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, willingly subjected Himself to the death of the Cross in order to pay our sin debt for us.  It was a debt that He did not owe, yet was willing to pay so we could go where we really do not deserve, Heaven! 
 

Jesus Christ became our substitute.    This means that He took OUR sins in His sinless body.   II Corinthians 5:21: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”      I Peter 2:24: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we , being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed .”       
 
I Peter 3:18: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

Without the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ,  we would not have salvation;  nor the forgiveness of our sins; neither an eternal home in heaven.  Hebrews 9:22, “… and without shedding of blood is no remission.

What Does Justification Look Like in Real-Life?

Someone recently had brought up something they had done to me.   They came to ask my forgiveness.    When they tried to remind me of the wrong, I simply asked, “What are you talking about?    They tried to remind me by saying, You know, the time that I…   I replied,  No I cannot remember it   Sure you do, was their response.  I really blew it!  No, I replied once again, I honestly cannot remember you ever doing this against me..  And I couldn’t.”
 
This is a picture of what happens when Stan tried to accuse us before God (Revelation 12:10).  Satan says, “How can you ever forgive him?  Jesus simply says, Because of my Blood.   Jesus, he is a sinner.   Because of my Blood.   But ole Jim is far from perfect.  How could you ever justify him? Because of my Blood.   Because of My shed blood, and His faith in my sacrifice for him, I now have no record that Jim was EVER a sinner in the first place. 

If you have ANY doubts about your salvation, please contact me at: JimKilgoreMinistires@gmail.com  and I will help you from God’s Word immediately.

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Justified: Our Slate Wiped Completely Clean!

Justified: Our Slate Wiped Completely Clean!

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The two images tell a story of anguish and forgiveness. The parents of a young man who had been killed in a street fight stop the execution of the convicted killer tin April of 2014 — mere seconds before he was to be hung in front of a large crowd.

It took place in Iran, where hangings are still accepted as a form of public execution. The news agency ISNA identifies the man who was to be hanged as Balal.  In 2007, at the age of 19, he killed 17-year-old Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, ISNA reported.  As he was about to be executed, the Mother of the victim came and publicly forgave her son’s killer.  You will notice her in the photo on the right.   She forgave the one that killed her son.

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This is what God does to each person that seek Him for salvation.  God forgives us completely and allows us to live in Heaven with him.   He then justifies the new Believer and frees him from the guilt and punishment of his sins.

Job 9:2 asks a thought-provoking question, “I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?” How can a person really be justified before a holy God? Such a question deserves a great answer from God. This is the question the Apostle Paul writes from the city of Corinth as he was writing to those at Rome around the time of A.D. 57-58. Paul would soon be going to Rome to teach on the great doctrines of glorious grace of God and how man could be justified to God.

Moving forward now to Romans 3:21-31, we read where the Paul had uncovered every man for what he is: A Sinner that has been found guilty, and under the sentence of Divine judgment (Romans 3:19, 23). During the first part of Romans, Paul in no uncertain terms reminded fallen and sinful man, that each one were deserving of God’s punishment and likewise deserving of eternal separation from God. The same is true of every person today.

This tragic truth of man’s inherent sin nature that had been received from Adam (Romans 5:12), relates to the whole world because there is “no partiality” with God  (Romans 2:11).

Paul further exposed the moral man who thought that God would accept him on the basis of his morality. He continued to render those that had never heard the Gospel as likewise guilty before. God.

Paul then changed his focus to tell sinful man that although he could do nothing to save himself from this Divine sentence, that there was still hope of his going to Heaven when he died.

The theological word Paul used was justification. Once you understand this word, it will likely become one of your favorite doctrinal words. The word in its true theological form means, “The gracious act of God whereby He declares righteous those that place their absolute faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and then frees them from the Guilt and Punishment of their sin.”

What Exactly is Justification?

1. Justification is an Act and not a Process. There are not any degrees of justification as there are in the Christian’s growth process. Because of this understanding, no one is any more justified than another. God sees each Christian (The Christian’s Position in Christ), as He sees His only Son, Jesus Christ. God is able to declare man righteous only as a result of God’s provision through the substitutionary death and shed blood of Jesus Christ.

What does this mean? First it means that you were justified or declared righteous before God the moment you received Jesus Christ as your only hope of Heaven. Instantly you were given a righteous standing before God because of Jesus Christ. No amount of self-effort or morality could ever produce this standing before God by sinful man. We are incapable of justifying ourselves; rather it is God that justifies us.

2. No Believer is any more justified than another Believer. Why? Because justification is unchanging! Once a sinner accepts Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the Cross as he places his faith in what He did, the sin question is settled once and for all.

It matters not how long you have been saved. Whether you have been a Christian for 40 years or four days, you have the same righteousness. Hebrews 10:10 makes this truth clear, “By the will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Romans 3:24 teaches us that “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” Grace is God not giving to us that which we so rightly deserve. We deserve hell, yet He gives us Heaven. We deserve punishment for our crimes against God, yet He offers complete forgiveness.

Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” God has made a promise to you in Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Will YOU receive this gracious gift of Eternal Life THROUGH Jesus Christ?

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