One Man’s Story

A  Christian who had done mission work in South America told me about a man there who picked up a leaflet from the church and liked what he read. He requested a Bible correspondence course, and after completing it asked for someone to visit him.

So the missionary made contact, and during the two hours they studied the Bible together, he would start to quote a verse and the man would finish it. This happened over and over. To say the least, the missionary was amazed.

The man told him he believed everything those passages taught. When asked if he had been immersed for the forgiveness of his sins, he said he had. He then told his story.

Dissatisfied with his religion, he began studying the Bible in earnest—all by himself. As a result he realized his christening as an infant was not scriptural baptism and that his church was not the church of the New Testament.

He approached a religious group that practiced immersion and asked to be baptized, which he was. He was then encouraged to consider himself a member of their group.

“No,” he said, “I am just a Christian.” He did not wish to be aligned with a denomination but yearned instead to be in fellowship with others like himself who were trying to go by the Bible only.

Because his family and friends thought he was crazy, he concluded he must be the only Christian in the world since no one else he knew shared his understanding.

When he finally found the church associated with the missionary, he was thrilled and began worshiping with them.

The missionary told me that as a result of this and other experiences, his own faith was strengthened in the validity of the plea to go back to the Bible and be Christians only.

He and his brethren had always taught that if all that people have is a Bible, and if they study it and do what it says, then they will be Christians only.

The truth-seeker he met was proof of this. He had studied the New Testament and had come to the same conclusions as those who believed in going by the Bible only.

The Restoration Plea is valid!

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Better Than That!

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Limited benefits

Term life insurance provides benefits to the family after one’s death. But not until. Fire, auto, and health insurance are great to have. But if you have no claim, you get absolutely nothing, no matter how much you’ve paid in.

In contrast, a sound financial investment pays dividends now—and hopefully for years to come. A good investment pays back much more than you put in! And yet you can’t take it with you.

Unlimited benefits

What about our faith as Christians? Is it good in case of loss? Is it a sound investment for this life? Is it of benefit for the next life? All of the above.

The Christian life is totally comprehensive. Properly used, our faith is of value to us every moment we live—and for eternity! Could anything be better than that?

Fully guaranteed

As with investments and insurance, there is a price. Is it worth it?

Once Peter asked Jesus, “. . . we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?”

Jesus replied, “. . . there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions, and in the age to come, eternal life” (Matthew 19:27; Mark 10:29-30).

Any loss we experience because of our commitment to Christ He will amply compensate—both now and in eternity. He also provides us with tremendous resources such as the Holy Spirit, prayer, the Scriptures, and the fellowship of believers—all of which strengthen us now and help us toward heaven.

Comprehensive coverage

Name one thing the Christian faith does not affect. You can’t do it! It’s designed to govern the choices we make, our family life, our work, and our leisure time. It covers youth, the middle years, and old age. It helps us deal with both life and death—and it enables us to come out victors in the end.

No wonder the writer of Hebrews calls it “so great a salvation” (2:3)!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Christianity is Not Natural!

Which is more natural:

To resent someone who’s hurt me, or to pray for my enemy, returning good for evil?

To love those who love me, or to love even those who are different from me or hostile toward me?

To be interested primarily in my own affairs, or to be genuinely concerned about the needs of others?

To spend my waking hours totally involved in the things of this world, or to invest considerable attention in a world beyond time and space that I cannot detect with any of my five senses?

The two choices

Christianity is not natural. It is supernatural in its origin and its orientation.

Doing what comes naturally or living by faith? Which shall we choose?

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