Share the Good News of salvation
As we pass through this world we are to carry the gospel message with us, sharing it with those we meet along the way.
In fact, according to Bishop St Clair Howell, we must share the message with those in our offices, schools and neighbourhoods. We must share the Good News of salvation, while performing our daily duties.
Speaking during the 64th Annual Convocation of the Barbados District of the United Holy Church of America Inc. at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre last Sunday, Howell reminded a packed sanctuary that we can share Christ through our lifestyles.
“Our lives should create a desire for others to know Christ,”?he said. “Jesus says we are the salt of the earth and if we are functioning as we should, men and women whom we meet would have a thirst for Jesus Christ.”
He based his message on Matthew 28 Verse 18-20 (The Great Commission) and preached on the theme God’s Mandate, Our Mission.
He said: “When Jesus spoke these (parting) words to His 12 disciples and indirectly to us, He was giving the Church marching orders – what we should do in His visible absence.”
He added: “There is interest in the last words of each person as they transition from time into eternity.
“For the believer we think about the joy of going into God’s presence – the peace and tranquility of Heaven. When a believer leaves this life rejoicing it seems unlikely we will ever forget their last words.
“The parting scene of an unbeliever going into an eternity without God is different. Imagine those who felt there was not a Heaven or Hell – those who never established a relationship with God.”
Howell said the need to spread and share the Good News “is vital in this age”.
“We can lose track of the Great Commission if we keep looking to Heaven and talking about Heaven.
“There can be no mandate of greater significance than that given to Jesus as He was about to return to Heaven.
“Jesus declared: ‘All power is given unto me in Heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I command you and lo I am with you alway even unto the end of the earth’.”
Howell said the disciples took Jesus’ words literally and went into the world to save many.
“God has mandated that those who come to Him through Jesus Christ have a responsibility to tell everyone with whom they come into contact that the same thing He did for us, He can do for them,” he reminded his listeners.
Howell also said our lives should be a spotlight which directs its beams toward Jesus Christ.
He declared: “We are preaching all the time through our actions and words. We are either pointing people to Jesus Christ or pointing them away from Him.
“Our message is not one of our church or denomination, standard of dress, music or style of worship. They are important but none can save a lost soul.
“Our message must be one of hope to the hurting; life to the (spiritually) dead and peace to the tormented. Our message is called the gospel – the power of God that leads to salvation, a message every person in the world needs to hear.”