Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Cheerful Giver (Yanping Cheng)

Tonight is another entry from my wonderful friend, Yanping Cheng. Yanping, who is working on her Masters in accounting, has a fresh perspective on the Christian life. She tries to be like Jesus every day. Plus, she is a terrific cook! Prayers for me in Vietnam, please!


Right before I got off work last Friday, I received a text message from a friend of mine, Linda, a new convert. She asked if I had a scale because she wanted to weigh her luggage. She’s preparing to return China next week, along with her husband, Qiang, and their two and half year old daughter, Shanshan. (Her husband received a one-year Visiting Scholar Visa last year from University of Houston to do research and the family came along). I told Linda I have one but wouldn’t be able to make it to her apartment until seven o' clock. She said that was fine. It was around seven when I arrived. Not only were they happy to see me, they had a bowl of hot noodle soup waiting, knowing I wouldn’t have time to eat dinner after work. How did she know a bowl of noodle soup was just what I wanted? That showed how much they care about me and how thoughtful they are.


We had a good time catching up with each other while I was eating. After they weighed the luggage, I told them I needed to leave. As I was about to go, Linda asked if I could pick them up for worship on Sunday. I was honored and gladly said yes! You might recall that it was raining this past Sunday morning. I was afraid they would cancel as some people don’t like to go out in bad weather, especially some Chinese folks who don’t have the routine of going to worship. I kept checking my phone but didn’t see a message from Linda saying they couldn’t make it. I left my apartment, trying to be there at the agreed time, but with a worried heart. I called on arriving and was cheered when I heard they were coming out to meet me!

As we approached the church building, Linda asked if she could give the offering in cash as she had forgotten to bring a check. I told her of course! Once again, I was encouraged. I didn’t know how much she would put in the offering tray but that’s not important. What was important is that I knew she was giving it with a cheerful heart. Second Corinthians 9:7 reads: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” I know our dear Lord will bless them abundantly as He promised. Linda has received the greatest gift in the world while in the US. Her life has already changed and I believe when she returns to China, she’ll share the Gospel with the lost. That’s what keeps me going in fulfilling His work on earth. When I see the faith of the saved ones grow, my own faith is strengthened as well!


God bless, Steve Luke 18:1
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Steve Finnell said...

CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD? BY STEVE FINNELL

On the Day of Pentecost Peter quoted the prophet Joel (Acts 2:21'And it shall be that everyone who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.')

To call on the name of the Lord is to acknowledge the authority and power of the Lord, and follow in obedience by meeting the terms of pardon.

The apostle Peter did not tell those on the Day of Pentecost to say the "sinner's prayer." Saying the "sinner's prayer" is not calling on the name of the Lord.

Peter preached the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Peter declared the Jesus was Lord and Christ. (Acts 2: 22-26) They obviously believed Peter's preaching because they asked the question(Acts 2:37 ....."Brethren what shall we do?")
Peter did not tell them to say the "sinner's prayer." What was Peter's response to their question? (Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.)


THE NARRATIVE OF CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
1. FAITH: Believe in the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
2. CONFESSION: Acknowledge Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God.
3. REPENTANCE: Make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God.
4. WATER BAPTISM: Be immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.


HOW DID THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD? (Acts 8:25-40


1. Philip preached Jesus to him. (Acts 8:35)
2. He confessed Jesus as The Christ the Son of God. (Acts 8:37)
3. He was baptized in water. Immersed by Philip. (Acts 8:38-39)
The Ethiopian eunuch did not say the sinner's pray nor was he asked to do so by Philip.


Romans 10:13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."


Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.


To call on the name of the Lord is to acknowledge His power and authority and confess Him as Lord and Christ . (Acts 2:26,Acts 8:37, Romans 10:9-10) To call on the Name of the Lord is to repent and be baptized. (Acts 2:38)


WE ARE TOLD TO CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD TO BE SAVED.


We are never told we are saved by "faith only." We are never told that saying the "sinner's prayer" is calling on the name of the Lord.


IF SAYING THE "SINNER'S PRAYER" IS NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION? THEN WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION.


THE REQUIREMENTS!
1. Faith: John 3:16
2. Belief and baptism: Mark 16:16
3. Confession and belief: Romans 10:9-10
4. Born of water and Spirit: John 3:5
5. Grace and faith: Ephesians 2:8
6. Buried through baptism: Roman 6:4-5
7. Water baptism: 1 Peter 3:20-21
8. Baptism: Acts 22:16
9. Baptized into Christ: Galatians 3:27
10. Believe: Acts 16:30-31
11. Repentance and baptism: Acts 2:38
12. God's mercy, water baptism, and the Holy Spirit: Titus 3:5
13. Water baptism: Colossians 2:12-13
14. Repentance: Acts 3:19


IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED THESE REQUIREMENTS---THEN YOU HAVE CALLED ON THE NAME OF THE LORD!

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