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Adventures Around the World - The bad news first
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister, Covenant Community Church on Jun 3, 2003, 08:19

Make sure you take the time to visit us on-line for the CCC Biblical Discoveries Conference. The conference theme was "Things He Did That I Wish He Did Not!" Ken Smith was our guest teacher.

Now on with the adventure....

As missionary Jim Sheffield taught Bible lessons to the Landumas of Guinea this past winter, he spent a lot of time on the Law, and especially on the Ten Commandments.

"Why would we do that?" wrote Jim’s teammate, Kirk Rogers. "After all, ‘you are not under law but under grace’ (Romans 6:14). The same Paul who wrote those words also said, ‘Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith’ (Galatians 3:24), and ‘by the law is the knowledge of sin’ (Romans 3:20).

"Without understanding the law, people cannot adequately understand their position as hopeless sinners before a holy God.”

The missionaries used illustrations to make the nature of the Law clear. One illustration was a doll suspended by a string over a bucket. The string had ten knots in it, each representing one of the commandments.

Jim explained that the doll represented a good person who worships only the true God, loves others, is morally pure, and so on.

"As Jim listed the ways she obeyed each commandment, I moved a pair of scissors from one knot to the next," Kirk wrote. "When we got to the ninth knot, Jim said, 'But then she told one lie.' And I snipped the string.

"The people saw that when someone breaks one law, he has broken all (James 2:10). Lying is very common among the Landumas, so the point really hit home.”

That’s the bad news. True, it’s a bad news-good news situation, as Paul noted in Galatians. But we often want to skip past the bad news part. We want people to just place their faith in Christ – to just get saved – without us ever having to deal with the sin thing. Who wants to tell someone, “You’re a sinner”? And who wants to hear that?

But if someone doesn’t understand that they’re a sinner, why do they need a Savior?

The key is developing a relationship that’s strong enough so you can help someone see that they are a sinner, and they’ll still talk to you. That’s going to take time – more time than I’ve often been willing to invest. But it’s an investment that pays off in eternal dividends.

Take the time and make the investment
The adventure continues....






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