Battle Log

Woodridge Team

Tuesday, 1 November, 2016

Posted by Posted 4 November 2016, 11:22 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We had a great afternoon of evangelism in Woodridge yesterday. Sometimes you'll encounter people who profess to be Christian, and instead of just assuming it must be true, it's important to find out what they believe will save them.

One lengthy conversation we had yesterday was with a young man named Geoffrey. When I asked him why he will be let into Heaven, he quoted Ephesians 2:8-9. That was a great response and so I thought this man understands the gospel. But as I was talking further with him, he began to start saying that faith and good works bring salvation.

So I gave him an example, "Let's say you're walking home and you sin in some way and ten minutes later you die, would God let you into Heaven?" He replied, "Yes." "Why?, I asked. He said, "Because God will see that I have been faithful in my life."

So I spent some time explaining that that is not the gospel. It's not our faithfulness that saves us, but it's what Christ has done for us in dying for all our sins (our sins past, present and future) if we trust in Christ.

For there is a big difference between having faith in Christ and being faithful. If it's our faithfulness, then we would be saved by works, the very opposite message of Ephesians 2:8-9. Good works will simply naturally follow if we have faith in Christ.

It was great to see this man really thinking about what he was hearing and he said he would investigate whether what I said was true.

Please pray for all who heard the gospel yesterday or received a gospel tract. To God be all the glory!

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