In our two previous Facts we made the points: 1. TRUTH: What we as a people have commonly held to be the truth is now out the window, and 2. IDENTITY: Today, many young adults have become a temporary and accidental collection of conflicting forces and impulses; confused as to who they are, why they are here and where they are going.
Our Facts today focuses on issue 3. PURPOSE: Common among young adults today is the feeling that there is no purpose in life. One reason is because they have thrown out the Judeo-Christian values upon which our society was built; values which they believe have proved to be oppressive, imperialist and self-serving. Consequently the common perception for many is that we are out there somewhere, floating in space, void of purpose, the product and victim of chance.
The fact is that just the opposite is true for the follower of Christ. From all eternity God has had a purpose for mankind in which he intends to involve us. The purpose is that we partner with God in bringing the lost people of the world into his Kingdom. Beginning with Abraham, God commissioned him and his descendants (and thats us if we have Christ) to get the Gospel out to the world. (Gen. 12:1-4; Gal. 3:16, 29) Based on the authority given him, (Matt. 28:18) Christ entrusted us with his precious message and commanded us to make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching them all that he taught. (I Tim. 6:20; 2 Tim. 1:12-14; 2 Cor. 4:1, 2; Matt. 28:19).
Our challenge is to communicate the message of Christ in a winsome manner that captures the hearts and minds of our hearers. This presents a unique challenge because the Gospel in the Scriptures is not packaged in a neat formula but is presented in a rich and diverse tapestry of truth.
Following are Scriptures that encapsulate the Gospel that you may find useful as you reach out to others:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (Jn. 3:16)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)
Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture; that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (I Cor. 15:3b4)
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. (2 Cor. 5:19a)
Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit. (I Pet. 3:18)
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. (I Jn. 3:15)
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (I Jn. 4:10)
Whatever your situation in life, God has purposed you to be his ambassador to a dark, confused, and lost world. We are talking here about your world of friends and associates that you are uniquely qualified and positioned to reach.
Godgave us the ministry of reconciliation that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us… (2Cor. 5:18 -20 – Selected) (See Matt. 5:13, 16)
QUESTION: Are you willing to rise to the challenge?