A Short Open Letter to the Christian Church

oneI simply want to encourage the church, meaning my brothers and sisters of the faith. I want to challenge and encourage us to work together for Him.

We all believe in God. We all believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We believe He died, rose from the grave and is seated at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:33). Lets spread this word of His word…His word outside the church.

Christians are persecuted n many parts of the world. While in other parts, they are discriminated against. Jesus reminded us we must take up our cross and that they (those who don’t like us or His message) will persecute us (John 15:20). Lets encourage, uplift, pray and support our persecuted brothers and sisters. We are not the minority. There are countless Christian churches throughout the world. Lets act like we are more than conquerors!

We must remember to “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you one Lord, one faith, one baptism; were called; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Eph 4:4-6 NIV). It’s unlikely that any time soon we will all come under one denomination. Instead of harping on the slight differences we have, lets focus on our commonalities in order to strengthen the body of Christ for the work of the ministry.

All church members can and should be evangelists for Christ at their schools, on their jobs, in their homes and everywhere they go. Therefore, lets not worry about putting more people in the pews. Rather, lets effectively train those in the pews to live Christ-like. Then they will be able to defend, as well as effectively share the Gospel. Perhaps, it will encourage others to want to be like Jesus.

The time is now  for us to unite and transform the world for Christ. This dying world, full of lost people needs to know our Savior. We have a mandate. Jesus told us to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:19-20). Collectively, we can help bring people to the knowledge of Him so that they can proclaim Him (Phil 2:9-11). Our mandate is simple, it’s hard and it is necessary. Together, we can do this.

Thank you for all that you’re doing for the Kingdom. Now let’s go make disciples for Christ!

Elder Yves Johnson

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