Romans 10:14 - Send A Message.
Romans 10:14: Send A Message.
Romans 10:14 (NLT) But how can they call on him to save them
unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they
have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless
someone tells them?
Here's a ?4U. Do you have any friends who text more than they
talk? Some studies say the average teenager sends over eighty text
messages a day. That's more than 3,000 a month Texting seems to be the
way a lot of kids communicate - and they're good at it.
Thirteen-year-old Morgan Pozgar won the first National Texting Championship in
2007. Since that time, teens have claimed every title, including
Wisconsin's Austin Wierschke who notched back-to-back wins (and $100,000) in
2011 and 2012. Austin isn't just fast at texting - he's also
accurate. To win the title in 2012, he had to text a line from "Twinkle,
Twinkle, Little Star" while blindfolded and also send a phrase that was
You probably text under less stressful circumstances (and not
in front of cameras and a live audience). But accuracy is equally
important in your messages. You want to make sure the correct information
gets communicated. And when you hear the familiar whistle of your
cell phone alerting you about an incoming text message, what do you
normally find? Most likely, it's a message from a friend or family
member. But sometimes you see a spam message: "Your number was selected
as our iPad winner of the day! Enter 'IPad to redeem." Some
messages are more important than others. What happens to the spam?
Examine The Case
As followers of Christ, we're called to tell others about
Jesus. God wants us to be his witnesses. Maybe you're afraid to spread
the good news about Jesus because you feel everybody has heard it
before and you don't want them to hit delete. But you can't give up.
The case for Christ is solid and reliable. More people need to hear
The book of Romans asks a good question: "How can they
believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear
without someone preaching to them?" (Romans 10:14). As you text your
friends, make sure you're not ignoring your faith. Tell them you're
praying for them. Text an encouraging Bible verse to somebody who's
down. We need to keep sending out Christ's message of love. With some
persistence and creativity, the life-changing message of Jesus Christ will
catch someone's eye and help bring them into God's family. Now that
sounds 2G2BT (to good to be true), but it is true.
"How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" Romans
10:14. [Case For Christ For Kids by Les Strobel]
Of all the elements of a worship service, the early believers in
America held preaching to be the most important. Those coming to
worship were encouraged to listen to the preacher, not the man, but the
words he spoke. Because the words the preacher preached were the
words of life, the very words Jesus had shared with the people of
Israel, and later the same words the Holy Spirit brought to mind to the
disciples. And today, when we attend worship, we too must remember that the
words being spoken in Bible preaching/teaching churches, are Jesus'
words. Begin to form a new habit today of listening to your preacher
with awe, attention and expectancy. Awe because these are Jesus'
words; attention because this is the message God has for us today; and
expectancy that this living message will accomplish its purpose in the
world, and in us. [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]
In telling others about Christ, an effective witness must
include more than being a good example. Eventually, we will have to
explain the content, the what and the how of the gospel. Modeling the
Christian life is important, but we will need to connect the mind of the
unbeliever and the message of the gospel. There should never be a debate
between those who favor lifestyle evangelism (one's living proclaims the
gospel) and confrontational evangelism (declaring the message). Both
should be used together in promoting the gospel. [Life Application SB]
Why did Israel stumble over Christ and reject Him? Because
they did not understand the kind of righteousness God wanted or how
to get it. Like the Pharisees (and many people today), they thought
only of righteous works and could not comprehend a righteousness that
comes by faith (v. 13; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21).
The missionary heart of Paul comes out in verses 14-17.
Salvation is by faith, and faith comes "by hearing ... the word of God"
(v. 17). But unbelieving sinners (including Israel) cannot hear
unless we tell them. God needs people with beautiful feet (Isa. 52:7)
to carry the gospel to the lost.
Despite Paul's broken heart (v. 1) and God's outstretched
hands (v 21; Isa. 65:2), Israel did not believe; but the Gentiles did
believe and God saved them! When you feel discouraged in your
witnessing, remember Paul; continue caring, praying, and sharing the good
news. Keep those feet beautiful! [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary
by Warren Wiersbe re Rom. 10]
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY AND APPLICATION
The Great Commission:
The Great Commission [addendum]: