MISSION OF THE LOVING SHEPHERD

"We Dare To Believe"


 


Daily Bible Verse


Summer 2017


Why are you a Christian?

I know it's a personal question, .. but why are you a Christian? Do you have a reason, experience, or evidence for your Christian belief? What is it?

You might say, “Well I've always been a Christian.” Or maybe you'd say, “Because the Bible tells me so.” Or you could say, “I was going that way and Jesus convinced me to go this way.”

These are reasons of blind faith, accidental faith, or emotional experience. These are OK. These are a part of why you believe, but do you have evidence for what you accept as genuine? Could you say, “Because Christianity is true based on the evidence.”

And what proof would you offer the atheist, agnostic, or skeptic?

Would you present a cosmological defense for your Christian faith? How about a teleological argument? Or perhaps evidence that supports a universal Moral and Ethical system? These are three possible rational, credible reasons for why you are a Christian.

In our current world where science is king, questioners won't settle for less than sound and sensible evidence. As a Christian are you prepared to provide this for them?

If not, you might want to train yourself to give a sensible reason as to why you are a Christian. I read J. Warner Wallace's book "Forensic Faith". (Good summer reading). And reading this book led me to Apologetics Press (http://apologeticspress.org/) where you'll find a ton of evidence for why you are a Christian.

Why should you care? Because someone's eternity is at stake.

P.S. I hope this makes sense. If you have questions please call me when you're able.

God bless your day.

Lee Escobedo


Co-Labors

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He is truly amazing, and His love for us has no boundaries. His desire is to be an important part of our lives, and for us to be co-laborers, or co-workers with Him.

Every Sunday here in Sacramento, for the last four months, we have been studying the Gospel according to John. It has become so evident that we are to be active in our relationship with Christ.

From the beginning of John's Gospel, Jesus allows others to be a part of His miracles, especially that of turning the water to wine. He asked the servants to physically fill the stone pots with water (2:7).

Remember John's account of the feeding of 5000? Jesus allowed His disciples to work with Him and feed them all. They were physically active in distributing the food (6:11).

How about when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead? Lazarus had been dead four days and Jesus said to His disciples, "Nevertheless let us go to him" (11:15). When they arrived, others were allowed to be a part of this amazing miracle. Jesus had the people physically "take away the stone" (11:39). We both know Jesus did not need their help, but it was His choice to allow the people to physically get involved. He desires for you and me to work with Him!

This Sunday we will close our sermon series on the Gospel according to John with his recording of the final miracle that occurred following Jesus' resurrection. You know the story well. The disciples have been out in the boat fishing all night and have caught nothing! I know about fishing and not catching anything! The next morning you can imagine their fatigue and frustration. Suddenly they see a Man on the shore; He, Jesus, asks if they'd caught any fish. They respond, "No." Remember now, He wants them to be a part of His work, His miracle. So He tells them to throw their net on the right side of the boat, and the net is immediately filled with fish! They try to physically bring the net in, but cannot!

"His desire is to be an important part of our lives, and for us to be co-laborers, or co-workers with Him."
He so desires for us to work with Him, for us to be co-laborers with Him. He could easily have performed all His miracles without our help, but He chose to include those around Him. His desire is for us to be physically active and involved with His work.

Peter was so excited, so physically active that he jumped off the boat and into the sea, and swam to shore!

"It is the Lord!" (21:7) John spoke. He recognized the Man on shore was Jesus!

When they all reached the shore, they saw that Jesus had already gathered some wood and made a fire; He had also prepared some fish and bread for them. (21:9).

What really struck me were these words spoken by Jesus. He said to His friends, the disciples, "Bring some of the fish which you have just caught." He does not need our fish! His desire is for us to participate with Him. He wants us to be co-laborers with Him!

It is an amazing privilege to participate in the work of our Lord Jesus Christ every day! Jesus doesn't need our help for anything! But He loves us so much that He wants us to be a part of His work, His plan, His eternal Kingdom. His desire is to be an important part of our lives, and for us to be co-laborers with Him.

If you haven't recommended the book of John to your loved ones, please consider it.

“These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name (20:31).”

May Gods blessings abound in your life.

Louis Escobedo Jr.

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