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The power of the gospel

17 Jul

God can use any part of Scripture to accomplish his plan and purpose. He can use any verse to communicate the gospel. I was reminded of that truth this week as I was preparing a message on prayer from James 5:13-20.

I remembered an event that took place almost 40 years ago when I was in high school. I had been sharing the gospel with Renee, a friend in our high school band. She had come to church with me on a couple of occasions. One evening, she went home and read through the book of James. When she got to 4:13-14, she was struck by the shortness of life.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”–yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

She kept reading and got to the end of the letter in 5:19-20.

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

She stopped reading and asked God to forgive her sins and to save her.

Not exactly the Four Spiritual Laws or the Roman Road, but God used his word to bring Renee into the kingdom of God.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2010 in Evangelism, Scripture

 

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