A PETITION OF PRAYER FOR VENEZUELA

The following is petition of prayer for the people of Venezuela written by BCMS mission partner Rafael Rodriguez in Maracay, Venezuela. The current President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has been recorded making public threats of a “blood bath” if he does not win in the upcoming elections. Please join us in prayer with brother Rafael for his people. Grace and peace.

“Dear beloved brothers and sisters,

On July 28, 2024, Venezuela will once again hold presidential elections. The situation in our nation is well-known; millions of Venezuelans have left their country seeking better opportunities abroad.

For 22 years, socialism has intensified, tearing families apart, fueling poverty, and fostering corruption and insecurity. Our country desperately needs change. We require a government dedicated to its fundamental responsibilities: security, lawmaking, and protecting private property. As Romans 13 and other scriptures teach, these are the core functions of government. Unfortunately, the current regime has overstepped its bounds, mirroring the behavior of other socialist and communist governments that prioritize state control over individual liberty and faith.

We humbly request your prayers for Venezuela’s liberation from this dictatorship. May God’s will be done, enabling us to continue serving and preaching amidst adversity. Regardless of the election outcome, we pray for joy and gratitude.

We believe that a change in leadership will bring immense joy to Venezuelans, especially those living abroad who yearn to reunite with their families. May the Lord grant this joy to our nation.

Please do not cease praying. President Maduro has hinted at a refusal to relinquish power peacefully if defeated on Sunday.

May the peace of Christ be with us all.”

Sincerely,

Rafael Rodríguez BCMS Missionary, Venezuela 🇻🇪

Translated by Antonio Salgado

¿QUE ES EL EVANGELIO?

¿Qué es el Evangelio? 

El contenido de este artículo es de la reciente conferencia virtual de BCMS “¿Qué es el Evangelio?”

Escrito por Jared Duncan, Traducido por Antonio Salgado

Una de las verdades más tristes es que si caminas por muchas de las iglesias en Estados Unidos y preguntas “¿Qué es el evangelio?”, la mayoría no podría responder. Bueno, eso es lo que mi experiencia me ha enseñado. He preguntado a muchos cristianos esta pregunta y la mayoría no puede responder. La mayoría solo me miran fijamente.

Pero ahora permíteme hacerte esta misma pregunta ¿Qué es el evangelio? ¿Puedes responder? Deberías poder hacerlo. ¿Por qué? Porque como dice Pablo, el evangelio es “el poder de Dios para salvación a todo aquel que cree”.

 

Y como maestros de la palabra de Dios, si no tienes una comprensión clara del evangelio, tampoco la tendrá tu iglesia. El evangelio es el fundamento de nuestra fe… de nuestra salvación. Si nosotros (líderes de la iglesia) no tenemos claridad aquí, los ministerios sufrirán, la formación espiritual y el crecimiento de los miembros de nuestra iglesia se verán perjudicados, toda la iglesia sufrirá.

 

Ilustración: En Italia hay una torre llamada la torre inclinada de Pisa. Fue construida en la década de 1170, pero los constructores no compactaron adecuadamente la tierra sobre la que se construyó, por lo que los cimientos se asentaron de manera desigual y la torre con el tiempo comenzó a inclinarse. Cada año un poco más. Se hubiera caído hace mucho tiempo si no fuera por los arquitectos y constructores que llegaron más tarde para asegurar la torre. Todavía permanece en pie, pero inclinada de manera muy notable. Al igual que esta torre de Pisa, inclinada por una mala base, nuestras iglesias y ministerios estarán desequilibradas, torcidas, no fuertes ni rectas si no enderezamos el fundamento de nuestra fe, que es el evangelio.

Tema: ¿Qué es el Evangelio?

En este artículo, quiero explicar primero qué es el evangelio según la Biblia.

Analizaremos dos pasajes: Marcos 1 y 1 Corintios 15. Busca estas páginas en tu Biblia. Con suerte, después de discutir estos dos pasajes, podremos construir una definición bíblica del evangelio. En el siguiente artículo , hablaremos sobre cómo explicar el evangelio a los no creyentes y, cómo se relaciona el evangelio con los creyentes. Sí, ¡el evangelio es también para los cristianos, no solo para los no creyentes! En esa última, discutiremos cómo predicar el evangelio en tus sermones y enseñanzas a la iglesia, ya sea los domingos por la mañana o en grupos pequeños.

 

Bosquejo: Por ahora, nos centraremos en: ¿Qué es el Evangelio? Tres puntos guiarán esta discusión: Primero, la persona de Cristo. Segundo, la obra de Cristo. Y tercero, nuestra respuesta a Cristo.

 

  • La persona de Cristo

Volviendo a la pregunta inicial: ¿Qué es el evangelio? Primero, abran sus Biblias en Marcos 1:15. Dice: “Se ha cumplido el tiempo, y el reino de Dios está cerca; arrepentíos y creed en el evangelio.”

 

Piensen en esto… el evangelio se predicaba incluso antes de la cruz y la resurrección. Interesante, ¿verdad?

 

Ahora, pasemos a nuestro otro pasaje, uno de los más famosos sobre el evangelio: 1 Corintios 15:1-4. Dice: “Os recuerdo, hermanos, el evangelio que os prediqué, el que recibisteis, en el que estáis firmes, y por el que sois salvos, si retenéis la palabra que os prediqué, a no ser que hayáis creído en vano. Porque primeramente os entregué lo que yo mismo recibí: que Cristo murió por nuestros pecados conforme a las Escrituras, que fue sepultado, y que resucitó al tercer día conforme a las Escrituras.”

 

Esta es la mención más habitual de la muerte, sepultura y resurrección de Jesús cuando se habla del evangelio. Sin embargo, el punto que estoy haciendo ahora es que el evangelio se predicaba también antes de los acontecimientos de la crucifixión y la resurrección. La implicación, por tanto, es que el evangelio es más que la muerte, sepultura y resurrección de Jesús. En otras palabras, es más que las obras y logros de Jesús porque se predicaba antes de que estos logros se dieran a conocer.

 

Ahora, si alguien me dijera que el evangelio es algo más que la muerte y resurrección de Jesús, me preocuparía mucho que esa persona me fuera a decir algo no bíblico. Espero que ustedes también estén un poco preocupados ahora. Pero escúchenme.

 

Entonces, ¿qué podría haber, además de la muerte y resurrección de Jesús, que sea parte del evangelio bíblico? ¿Qué se podría añadir a las obras de Cristo? La persona de Cristo. Jesús podía predicar el evangelio antes de su muerte y resurrección debido a quién era: Su persona. “He aquí que yo estoy con vosotros”, dijo. “El Rey está aquí, y por lo tanto, el reino de Dios está aquí.”

 

El significado de “evangelio” es buenas noticias. Entonces, “¡Buenas noticias, Israel! ¡Tu Rey tan esperado está aquí! El Rey prometido del linaje real de David está entre vosotros. ¡El Rey cuyo reino no tendrá fin! ¡Yo soy Él!”

 

Es por esta razón, la persona de Cristo (quién es Jesús), que Marcos puede decir que Jesús predicó el evangelio incluso antes de morir y resucitar, y aun antes de enseñar acerca de esos eventos. Simplemente, el hecho de que Él estuviera entre ellos era buenas noticias, era el evangelio.

 

Ahora, incluso cuando miramos las palabras de Pablo en 1 Corintios 15 (esto es después de la cruz, después de la resurrección, después de la obra de Jesús), este pasaje de 1 Corintios se centra en las obras de Cristo, pero Pablo aún llama la atención del lector sobre la persona de Jesús también. ¿Cómo lo hace? Diciendo dos veces “según las Escrituras” (v. 3, 4).

 

Entonces, Cristo murió por nuestros pecados “según las Escrituras” (v. 3). Y fue sepultado y resucitó al tercer día “según las Escrituras” (v. 4). Esto a menudo se pasa por alto, ¡pero es muy importante! La obra de Cristo (Su muerte y resurrección) no sucedió de la nada (en un vacío). Se habló de eso desde la antigüedad. En el Antiguo Testamento se decía que cierta persona sufriría y moriría. Y que resucitaría. Uno piensa en textos como el Salmo 2 o Isaías 53. En Isaías 53, es el alma de este Siervo de Yahvé la que fue “derramada hasta la muerte” (Isaías 53:11). Sin embargo, Dios “prolongará sus días” (53:10), una referencia a la resurrección del Siervo.

 

Ahora bien, realmente no puedes dividir la persona y las obras de Jesucristo. Van juntos. Por eso no quiero separarlos, quiero que veas que van de la mano y que al hacerlo constituyen el evangelio. ¿Cómo se comparte el evangelio? Cuenta la buena noticia de Quién es Jesús y Qué hizo. Entonces, diríamos que Jesús es el Mesías de Israel, el que completa la historia de Israel. Es el rey tan esperado del linaje de David. Es la simiente de Abraham. Jesús es el único mediador entre Dios y el hombre. Jesús es el último y más grande Adán, el más grande Jonás, el más grande David, Jesús es el templo mayor, el cumplimiento de la ley y el antiguo pacto, Jesús es el Hijo de Dios y Dios el Hijo, el segundo miembro del Dios Trino que se hizo carne para convertirse en hombre. El gran juez que juzgará todas las cosas al final y que incluso ahora sostiene el universo por la palabra de poder porque Él es la Palabra de Dios.

 

“¿Cómo se comparte el evangelio? Cuenta la buena noticia de Quién es Jesús y qué hizo”

 

Ahora, ¿tienes que decir todo eso? ¡No! Por favor, no lo hagas, especialmente si testificas a un incrédulo, ¡pero algo de eso debería decirse! Hablaremos de lo que se debe decir la próxima vez, pero ten en cuenta por ahora que el evangelio es compartir las buenas noticias de la Persona de Jesús: quién es Él.

 

  • La Obra de Cristo

Entonces, hemos visto la persona, veamos más de cerca su obra. Creo que estamos más acostumbrados a la obra de Jesús, así que no dedicaré tanto tiempo a este punto… pero la obra de Jesucristo es que moriría por los pecados, sería sepultado y resucitaría. Eso es lo que nos dice 1 Corintios 15:3-4. Esta es la obra expiatoria de Jesús en la cruz, donde sería obediente al tomar carne, obediente en la vida y obediente hasta la muerte, muriendo una muerte sacrificial en lugar de los pecadores que creen en Él. El evangelio también es la obra que Jesús aún no ha hecho. Su segunda venida, como señala la última parte de 1 Corintios 15.

 

Entonces, juntando todo lo que hemos estado hablando, esto es lo que el evangelio es según la Biblia. Es la buena noticia de quién es Jesús y lo que logró, lo que hizo. También, lo que va a hacer: volver y establecer su reino. El evangelio es la buena noticia de la persona y la obra de Jesucristo.

 

Entonces, ahora llenemos esto con lo que sabemos de Jesús y lo que Jesús hizo. Jesús, el Hijo de Dios, que es el Mesías tan esperado de Israel, es ahora Rey de Reyes y Señor de Señores, porque vino a la tierra, se hizo carne, murió por el pecado y resucitó de entre los muertos, conquistando la muerte y la tumba, y vendrá otra vez para establecer su reino por completo.

 

Su persona: Jesús, el Hijo de Dios, quien es el tan esperado Mesías de Israel, es ahora Rey de Reyes y Señor de Señores. ¿Por qué? Por Su obra: Porque vino a la tierra, se encarnó, murió por el pecado y resucitó de entre los muertos conquistando la muerte y el sepulcro. Y vendrá otra vez para establecer Su reino.

 

  • Nuestra respuesta a Cristo

Ese es el evangelio. Pero hay un aspecto más del evangelio que me gustaría mencionar antes de terminar. Y esa es nuestra respuesta a Cristo. Volvamos a Marcos 1. Leamos los v.14-15: Después que Juan fue arrestado, Jesús vino a Galilea, proclamando el evangelio de Dios, y diciendo: “El tiempo se ha cumplido, y el reino de Dios está cerca, arrepentíos y creed en el evangelio”. Esa es la respuesta que pide el evangelio: arrepentimiento y fe. 

 

Nuestro otro texto principal, 1 Corintios 15. Aquí Pablo en 1 Corintios 15:1 le dice a la iglesia que les predicó el evangelio y ellos lo “recibieron”. Eso es lo mismo que creerlo. Continúa diciendo que el evangelio los está salvando en el v2, si se aferran a él. Si no lo hacen, han creído en vano. Ves la respuesta: recibirla creyéndola.

 

A lo largo del libro de los Hechos, cuando lees que el evangelio es presentado por Pedro o Pablo, o quien sea, piden una respuesta. Hechos 2:38 y Hechos 17:30 por ejemplo. Por eso, parte de nuestra presentación del evangelio debe ser un llamado al oyente a responder al Rey Jesús, a arrepentirse y creer en Él para el perdón de los pecados.

 

  • Conclusión: ¿Por qué Jesús y sus obras?

Quiero concluir con un punto final, ¿Por qué Jesús? ¿Por qué la muerte y resurrección de Jesús? ¿Por qué Su Persona y Sus obras? Ahora, ha habido mucha discusión sobre si “cómo funciona el evangelio” es en realidad el evangelio. Creo que hay buenos argumentos de cada lado. Creo que en realidad esta explicación del evangelio no es el evangelio. En otras palabras, puedes predicar el evangelio sin explicar todos los detalles del mismo. Jesús realmente no explica el evangelio en su tiempo en la tierra. Pero Pablo lo hace más tarde, al igual que el escritor de Hebreos. Y esta explicación del evangelio es la justificación por la fe. En pocas palabras, Jesús tenía que ser Dios y hombre para pagar por los pecados contra un Dios santo. Tenía que ser hombre para morir por el hombre, porque el hombre pecó. Tenía que ser Dios para ser el sacrificio perfecto sin mancha y también capaz de absorber toda la ira de Dios. Bebió la copa de la ira de Dios hasta la última gota. Ningún simple hombre podría hacer eso. Entonces eso explica por qué Jesús.

 

Ahora bien, ¿por qué la muerte y resurrección de Jesús? Bueno, la paga del pecado es la muerte. El hombre que pecó debe morir. Entonces Jesús se hizo hombre para morir, y para morir en sacrificio por todos los hombres y mujeres que creyeran en Jesús. En la cruz, cuando sufrió la ira de Dios y luego murió, cargó con el pecado de los que creerán en Él y al mismo tiempo imputó Su justicia a los que creerán.

 

Doble imputación. El Gran Intercambio.

 

Nuestro pecado va a Jesús, su justicia va a nosotros. Entonces Él condenó a Su Hijo, pero nos acepta. ¿Por qué? Por la sangre de Jesús que lavó nuestro pecado. Porque Dios nos considera como si estuviéramos “en Cristo”. Estamos cubiertos de la justicia de Cristo. Qué cosa más hermosa fue la cruz, y qué cosa más terrible. ¡Entonces Dios resucitó a Jesús de entre los muertos! Esto significa que el sacrificio de Jesús fue aceptado. Y ahora la nueva vida que Jesús tiene, la comparte con aquellos que vienen a Él con fe.

 

 

Bosquejo: ¿Qué es el Evangelio?

Introducción:

El Evangelio es el mensaje más importante que se puede compartir. Es la buena noticia de la salvación de Dios para la humanidad. En esta noche, nos centraremos en tres puntos clave para comprender mejor el Evangelio:

La Persona de Cristo:

  • ¿Quién es Jesús?
    • Jesús es el Hijo de Dios, el Mesías largamente esperado por Israel.
    • Es el Rey de Reyes y Señor de Señores.
    • Es Dios encarnado, perfecto y sin pecado.

La Obra de Cristo:

  • ¿Qué hizo Jesús?
    • Jesús vino a la tierra para morir por nuestros pecados.
    • Murió en la cruz como un sacrificio perfecto por la humanidad.
    • Resucitó de entre los muertos, conquistando la muerte y el pecado.
    • Ascendió al cielo y ahora intercede por nosotros ante Dios Padre.

Nuestra Respuesta a Cristo:

  • ¿Cómo respondemos al Evangelio?
    • Debemos arrepentirnos de nuestros pecados 
    • Debemos recibir a Jesús, creyendo el evangelio
    • Reconocerlo como Rey y Señor de nuestras vidas

Conclusión:

El Evangelio es la única esperanza para la humanidad. Es un mensaje de amor, gracia y perdón. Al recibir a Jesús como nuestro Salvador, recibimos el perdón de pecados que desesperadamente necesitamos, y el regalo de la vida eterna y una relación personal con Dios.

 

Llamado a la acción:

¿Has recibido a Cristo como tu Salvador? Si no lo has hecho, te invito a que lo hagas hoy mismo. No hay nada más importante que puedas hacer en tu vida.

 

Versos de referencia

Marcos 1:14-15

Después que Juan había sido encarcelado, Jesús vino a Galilea predicando el evangelio de Dios. «El tiempo se ha cumplido», decía, «y el reino de Dios se ha acercado; arrepiéntanse y crean en el evangelio». 

1 Corintios 15:1-4

Ahora les hago saber, hermanos, el evangelio que les prediqué, el cual también ustedes recibieron, en el cual también están firmes,  por el cual también son salvos, si retienen la palabra que les prediqué, a no ser que hayan creído en vano.

Porque yo les entregué en primer lugar lo mismo que recibí: que Cristo murió por nuestros pecados, conforme a las Escrituras;  que fue sepultado y que resucitó al tercer día, conforme a las Escrituras; que se apareció a Cefas y después a los doce. 

 

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? 

Written by Jared Duncan 

 

One of the saddest truths is that if you were to walk around many of the churches in the United States and ask, “What is the gospel?” most would not be able to answer. Well, that’s what my experience has taught me. I’ve asked many Christians this question and most cannot answer. Most just stare at me.

But let me now ask you this question. What is the gospel? Can you answer? You should be able to. You need to be able to. Why? Because as Paul says, the gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”

And as teachers of God’s word, if you do not have a clear understanding of the gospel, neither will your church. The gospel is the foundation of our belief…of our salvation. If we (leaders in the church) are not clear here, ministries will suffer, spiritual formation and growth in our church members will suffer, the whole church will suffer.

Illustration: In Italy there is a tower called the leaning tower of Pisa. It was built in the 1170’s but the builders did not properly pack the dirt it was built upon and so the foundations settled unevenly and the tower over time began to lean. Every year a little bit more. It would have fallen long ago if it not were for architects and builders who came later to secure the tower. It still stands to this day, but leaning very noticeably. Just like this tower of Pisa, leaning because of a bad foundation, so our churches and ministries will be off kilter, askew, not strong and upright if we do not get right, the foundation of our faith, which is the gospel. 

Theme: What the gospel is according to the Bible.

Reference: And we are going to answer this question from the Bible. We will look at two passages. Mark 1, and 1 Corinthians 15. Hopefully, after we discuss these two passages we will be able to construct a biblical definition. Then in a future article I’m going to talk about how to explain the gospel to unbelievers, and then lastly how the gospel relates to believers. Yes, the gospel is for the Christian too, not just the unbeliever! Here, we will discuss how to preach the gospel in your sermons and teachings to the church, whether it be Sunday morning or in small groups. 

Outline: But for now, What is the Gospel? Three headings will guide us through this topic: First, The Person of Christ. Second, the Work of Christ. And third, Our response to Christ.

 

  • The Person of Christ

So, the question I asked in the beginning: What is the gospel? First, open your bibles to Mark 1. Mark 1:15 says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

So think about this…the gospel was preached even before the cross and resurrection. Interesting.

Now, let’s turn to our other passage, one of the most famous passages on the gospel, 1 Corinthians 15.

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 says, “Now I would remind you, brothers of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

 

Here is the more standard mention of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus when talking about the gospel. But, the point I’m making right now is that the gospel was preached before the events of the crucifixion and resurrection as well. The implication, therefore, is that the gospel is more than Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. In other words, it is more than Jesus’ works and accomplishments because it was preached before these accomplishments were made known.

Now, if I heard someone tell me the gospel was something more than the death and resurrection of Jesus I’d be very worried this person was going to tell me something unbiblical. And I hope you are concerned right now. But hear me out.

So, what could possibly be in addition to Jesus’ death and resurrection that would be part of the biblical gospel? What could be added to the works of Christ? The person of Christ. Jesus could preach the gospel before His works of death and resurrection because of who He was: His person. I am here, he said. The King is here, and therefore the kingdom of God is here.

The meaning of “gospel” is good news. So, “Good news, Israel! Your long awaited King is here! The King promised from the kingly line of David is in your midst. The King whose kingdom shall have no end! I am Him!”

It is for this reason: The person of Christ (Who Jesus is), that Mark can say Jesus preached the gospel even before he died and rose, and even before he taught about those events. Simply, that He was in their midst was good news, was the gospel.

Now, even when we look at Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 15— this is after the cross, after the resurrection, after the work of Jesus—this 1 Corinthian passage is focused on the works of Christ, but Paul still draws the reader’s attention to the person of Jesus also. How so? By saying twice, “According to the Scriptures” (v. 3,4).

So, Christ died for our sins “according to the Scriptures” (v3). And He was buried and was raised on the third day “according to the Scriptures” (v4). This is often overlooked, but so important! The work of Christ (His death and resurrection) did not just happen out of nowhere, or in a vacuum. It was told of old. It was told in the OT that a certain person would suffer and die. And that He would rise again. One thinks of a text like Psalm 2 or Isaiah 53. In Isaiah 53 it is the soul of this Servant of Yahweh that was “poured out to death” Isaiah 53:11. Yet God would “prolong His days” (53:10), a reference to the Servant’s resurrection.

Now, you really can’t divide the person and works of Christ Jesus. They go together. So I don’t want to split them up, I want you to see they go together and in doing so, make up the gospel. How does one share the gospel? Tell the good news of Who Jesus is and What he did. So we would say Jesus is the Messiah of Israel, He completes Israel’s story. He is the long awaited king from David’s line. He is the seed of Abraham. Jesus is the one mediator between God and man. Jesus is the last and greater Adam, the greater Jonah, the greater David, Jesus is the greater temple, the fulfillment of the law and old covenant, Jesus is the Son of God, and God the Son, the second member of the Triune God Who took on flesh to become a man. The great judge who will judge all things in the end and who even now upholds the universe by the word of power because He is the Word of God.

Now, do you have to say all that? No! Please don’t, especially if witnessing to an unbeliever, but some of that should be said! We will talk about what should be said next time, but know for now, the gospel is sharing the good news of the Person of Jesus— Who He is.

 

“Now, you really can’t divide the person and works of Christ Jesus. They go together. So I don’t want to split them up, I want you to see they go together and in doing so, make up the gospel. How does one share the gospel? Tell the good news of Who Jesus is and What he did.”

 

The Work of Christ

So, we’ve seen the person, let us look more at His work. I think we are more accustomed to the work of Jesus, so I won’t spend as much time on this point…but the work of Christ Jesus is that he would die for sins, be buried and rise again. That is what 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 tells us. This is the atoning work of Jesus on the cross where He would be obedient to taking on flesh, obedient in life, and obedient unto death, dying a sacrificial death in the place of sinners who believe upon Him. The gospel is also the work that Jesus is yet to do. His coming again as the latter part of 1 Corinthians 15 points out.

So, putting all what we’ve been talking about together, this is what the gospel is according to the Bible. It is the good news of who Jesus is, and what He accomplished, what he did. Also, what He’s going to do—come again and set up His kingdom. The gospel is the good news of the person and work of Jesus Christ.

So, let’s now fill that in with what we know of Jesus and what Jesus did. Jesus, the Son of God Who is the long awaited Messiah of Israel, is now King of Kings and Lord of Lords because He came to earth, took on flesh, died for sin, and rose from the dead conquering death and the grave, and will come again to establish His kingdom in full. 

 

His person: Jesus, the Son of God Who is the long awaited Messiah of Israel, is now King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Why?

Because of..

His work: Because He came to earth, took on flesh, died for sin, and rose from the dead conquering death and the grave. And is coming again to establish His kingdom.

 

Our Response to Christ

That is the gospel. But there is one more aspect of the gospel I’d like to mention before we finish. And that is our response to Christ. Let’s go back to Mark 1. Let’s read v14-15: After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel.” That is the response the gospel calls for: Repentance and belief. Our other main text , 1 Corinthians 15. Here Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1 tells the church he preached the gospel to them and they “received” it. That is the same thing as believing it. He goes on to say the gospel is saving them in v2, if they hold fast to it. If they don’t, they have believed in vain. You see the response: receiving it by believing it.

All through the book of Acts, when you read of the gospel being presented by either Peter or Paul, or whoever, they call for a response. Acts 2:38 and Acts 17:30 for example. And so part of our gospel presentation needs to be a call for the listener to respond to King Jesus, to repent and believe on Him for the forgiveness of sins.

 

Conclusion: Why Jesus and His Works

I want to conclude with a final point, Why Jesus? Why Jesus’ death and resurrection? Why His Person and His works? Now, there has been a lot of discussion as to if “how the gospel works” is actually the gospel. I think there are good arguments on each side. I think actually this explanation of the gospel is not the gospel. In other words, you can preach the gospel without explaining all the details of it. Jesus really doesn’t explain the gospel in his time on earth. But Paul does later, as well the writer of Hebrews does. And this explanation of the gospel is justification by faith. Simply put, Jesus had to be both God and man to pay for sins against a holy God. He had to be man to die for man because man sinned. He had to be God to be the perfect sacrifice without blemish and also capable of absorbing the full of God’s wrath. He drank the cup of God’s wrath to the last drop. No mere man could do that. So that explains why Jesus.

Now, why Jesus’ death and resurrection? Well, the wages of sin is death. Man sinned man must die. So Jesus became man in order to die, and to die a sacrificial death for all men and women who would believe in Jesus. On the cross when He was suffering God’s wrath and then died He bore the sin of those believing in Him and at the same time imputed His righteousness to those believing.

Double imputation, the great exchange.

Our sin going to Jesus, His righteousness going to us. So He condemned His Son but accepts us. Why? Because of Jesus’ blood that washed away our sin. Because God looks upon us as being “In Christ.” We are covered with the righteousness of Christ. What a beautiful thing the cross was, and what a terrible thing. Then God raised Jesus from the dead! This means Jesus’ sacrifice was accepted. And Now the new life Jesus has, He shares with those who come to Him in faith.

 

Outline: What is the Gospel?

Introduction:

The Gospel is the most important message that can be shared. It is the good news of God’s salvation for humanity. Tonight, we will focus on three key points to better understand the Gospel:

The Person of Christ:

  • Who is Jesus?
    • Jesus is the Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah of Israel.
    • He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
    • He is God incarnate, perfect and sinless.

 

The Work of Christ:

  • What did Jesus do?
    • Jesus came to earth to die for our sins.
    • He died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice for humanity.
    • He rose from the dead, conquering death and sin.
    • He ascended to heaven and now intercedes for us before God the Father.

 

Our Response to Christ:

  • How do we respond to the Gospel?
    • We must repent of our sins
    • We must trust Christ for our salvation
    • We must recognize Him as Lord and King.

Conclusion:

The Gospel is the only hope for lost humanity. It is wonderful news, a message of love, grace and forgiveness. By accepting Jesus as our Savior, we can have our sins forgiven, receive the gift of eternal life and enjoy a personal relationship with God.

Call to action:

Have you trusted in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If you have not done so, I invite you to do so today. There is nothing more important you can do in your life.

Reference Verses

Marcos 1:14-15

After John had been imprisoned, Jesus came to Galilee preaching the gospel of God. “The time is fulfilled,” he said, “and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Now I make known to you, brothers, the gospel that I preached to you, which you also received, in which you also stand,  by which they are also saved, if they hold fast to the word which I preached to them, unless they have believed in vain.

For I delivered to you first of all the same thing that I received: that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures;  that he was buried and that he rose again on the third day, according to the Scriptures; who appeared to Cephas and then to the twelve.

 

The content of this article is from the recent BCMS virtual conference “What is the Gospel?” Written by Jared Duncan, edited for this article by Antonio Salgado.

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” – Philippians 1:3-5

Please pray for our BCMS workers serving faithfully in hard places. May the Gospel continue to go forth, to God be the glory.

If the Lord so lies on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry, you can easily donate online through PayPal. Click the donate button below to send support of any amount directly to the ministry. This is the fastest option to get funds to the mission field.

 

 

 

Also,

CENTRAL MISSIONARY CLEARINGHOUSE
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228
1-800-CMC-PRAY (1-800-262-7729)
Office: 281-599-7411
Fax: 281-599-7511

The ministry of (CMC) serves hundreds of missionaries, but they ONLY receive the funds for us and in no way have control over how the funds are to be spent or what we are to do as a ministry, which gives room to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and the liberty in making needed adjustments.

You may begin sending your support to the BCMS (Antonio Salgado) at any time at the address above. (Checks should be made payable to Central Missionary Clearinghouse or C.M.C.)

You can also now give to the ministry here in the DR online through the new giving solution called “click and give” at the CMC website.

To get started, you just need to click on the link below and register the first time. Just a simple click on the donate button on their page (see link below), and then click the “click and give icon/button”.

https://www.cmcmissions.org/donate

For tax exemption, you must send your donation through Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC) at the address above. But the PayPal option is the fastest way to get funds directly to the field.

We do not use a sending agency that gets a percentage of the money donated, so you can be sure that your gift goes directly to the mission field.

Whatever you decide, thank you so much for praying for us. Grace and peace.

 

THE BIBLICAL MODEL: A 6 PART SERIES ON MISSIONS

I pray that these resources edify and educate God’s people on the mission at hand given by our Lord. It is especially for those brothers and sisters who support missions, serve missionaries or have the desire to serve or are already serving the Lord on the mission field. Soli Deo Gloria.  – Antonio Salgado

 

“Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of[e] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28: 18-20

 

“They asked only that we would remember the poor, which I had made every effort to do.” – Galatians 2:10

 

 

THE BIBLICAL MODEL PART 1: THE ACTUAL MISSION OF MISSIONS

THE BIBLICAL MODEL PART 2: THE PHILOSOPHY OF MISSIONS

THE BIBLICAL MODEL PART 3: THE SUPPORT SYSTEM OF MISSIONS

THE BIBLICAL MODEL PART 4: THE BALANCE OF FAITH AND FUNDRAISING IN MISSIONS

THE BIBLICAL MODEL PART 5: CHRIST IS EVERYTHING IN MISSIONS

THE BIBLICAL MODEL PART 6: SENDING AND RECEIVING IN MISSIONS

Antonio Salgado serving in the Dominican Republic

 

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” – Philippians 1:3-5

Please pray for our BCMS workers serving faithfully in hard places. May the Gospel continue to go forth, to God be the glory.

If the Lord so lies on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry, you can easily donate online through PayPal. Click the donate button below to send support of any amount directly to the ministry. This is the fastest option to get funds to the mission field.

 

 

 

Also,

CENTRAL MISSIONARY CLEARINGHOUSE
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228
1-800-CMC-PRAY (1-800-262-7729)
Office: 281-599-7411
Fax: 281-599-7511

You may begin sending your support to BCMS/Antonio Salgado at any time at the address above. (Checks should be made payable to Central Missionary Clearinghouse or C.M.C.)
You can also now give to the ministry online through the new giving solution called “click and give” at the CMC website. To get started, you just need to click on the link below and register the first time. Just a simple click on the donate button on their page (see link below), and then click the “click and give icon/button”.

 

https://www.cmcmissions.org/donate

 

For tax exemption, you must send your donation through Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC) at the address above. PayPal option is the fastest way to get funds directly to the field in case of emergencies or urgent needs. We do not use a sending agency that gets a percentage of the money donated, so you can be sure that your gift goes directly to the mission field. Whatever you decide, thank you so much for praying for us. Grace and peace.

BCMS UPDATE FROM THE MISSION FIELD

The group I Laguna Prieta is steadily growing and receiving the message and the teachings very well. Pray that soon we will be able to purchase more chairs and prepare the area a little better in order to continue teaching there whether rain or shine.

 

A few of the people attending have expressed their gratitude for the Bible study. Others come broken and just seeking help and hope. Some seem to come out of curiosity, since they see us there weekly setting up chairs and inviting others. There are people in the group with different  backgrounds. Some have visited churches or have been churched sometime in the past, but when asked, they admit they do not have Christ. Some have not been churched at all. A few are vulnerable believers who have  little to no resources to get around, or even decent clothes to attend a church if they wanted to.

 

In general, the Haitian church culture takes going to church dressed as nicely as possible very seriously. Many who would go, but do not have the appropiate attire according to cultural standards, simply will not go. This is to not be shamed or judged by those who are able to present themselves differently. I have heard this from countless individuals in vulnerable situations. Of course it is ok to want to look nice for church, that is a good thing. But, when this breeds favoritism, it becomes sinful and legalistic (in any culture or tradition for that matter). This is unfortunate, but we are clear in saying to them, that although it may be a cultural view, it is not a biblical one.

 

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,”  have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? -James 2:1-4

 

But their concern  is certainly understandable if you could put yourself in their position of vulnerability and under the same cultural norms just for a moment. This is one good reason why taking the Gospel to the vulnerable and doing ministry in these contexts, although challenging, is so important.

 

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.  But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. – James 2:5-9

 

 

The Bible studies in Laguna Prieta are going well, praise the Lord. We continue with the basics of salvation. We spent time in Epehesians 2 explaining our condition apart from Christ and how we were separated from God and dead in our sins, yet, by God’s grace, we have been made alive in Christ.

 

 

The text reads:

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient. We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.” – ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬-‭10‬ ‭

 

 

Main Point: The passage emphasizes salvation through God’s grace in Christ Jesus, despite our previous state of sin and separation from Him.

Humanity’s Condition (1-3)

    • The text describes a state of spiritual death due to “trespasses and sins.” (v.1)
    • People followed “the ways of this world” and the influence of a evil. (v.2)
    • Born in this condition we were “by nature children under wrath.” (v.3)

 

God’s Intervention Through Grace (4-6):

Despite our condition, God’s “great love” and “mercy” led Him to make us “alive with Christ.” (v.4-5)

    • The text emphasizes being “saved by grace” and not by works. (v.5)
    • Being “raised up with him and seated with him in the heavens” means we have a new immediate spiritual position. (v.6)

 

God’s Purpose and the Gift of Faith (verses 7-9):

    • The passage states God’s desire to display “the immeasurable riches of his grace” through Christ. (v.7)
    • “Saved by grace through faith” is presented as God’s gift, not something earned. (v.8)

 

A New Identity and Purpose (verse 10):

  •  The text refers to us as God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” (v.10)
  • These “good works” are not presented as a means of salvation but the result of being “created” in Christ. Good works cannot in any way unite us to Christ, but once we believe, the good works are evidence that we are in Him..

Key Points:

  • The text focuses on God’s initiative in offering salvation through grace in Christ.
  • Our past transgressions are acknowledged but not a barrier to God’s grace.
  • Good works are a consequence, an evidence, not a cause of salvation.

 

Pray for us. That the Lord would bring salvation to these individuals and that they would grow in the knowledge of Christ. Soli Deo Gloria.

 

Antonio Salgado serving in the Dominican Republic

 

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” – Philippians 1:3-5

Please pray for our BCMS workers serving faithfully in hard places. May the Gospel continue to go forth, to God be the glory.

If the Lord so lies on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry, you can easily donate online through PayPal. Click the donate button below to send support of any amount directly to the ministry. This is the fastest option to get funds to the mission field.

 

 

Also,

CENTRAL MISSIONARY CLEARINGHOUSE
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228
1-800-CMC-PRAY (1-800-262-7729)
Office: 281-599-7411
Fax: 281-599-7511

You may begin sending your support to BCMS/Antonio Salgado at any time at the address above. (Checks should be made payable to Central Missionary Clearinghouse or C.M.C.)
You can also now give to the ministry online through the new giving solution called “click and give” at the CMC website. To get started, you just need to click on the link below and register the first time. Just a simple click on the donate button on their page (see link below), and then click the “click and give icon/button”.

 

https://www.cmcmissions.org/donate

 

For tax exemption, you must send your donation through Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC) at the address above. PayPal option is the fastest way to get funds directly to the field in case of emergencies or urgent needs. We do not use a sending agency that gets a percentage of the money donated, so you can be sure that your gift goes directly to the mission field. Whatever you decide, thank you so much for praying for us. Grace and peace.

 

WONDERFUL NEWS!

Pray for César Augusto. Through Pastor Francisco, we began helping this man with food and clothes and he has been sharing the Gospel with him. He began attending the Bible study at the church.

 

Last night after a study on our union with Christ out of Ephesians, Cesar told Francisco that he believes the Gospel and trusts Christ for his salvation. Pastor Francisco is already setting time and dates for his discipleship. Soli Deo Gloria.

Pray.

 

“Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

– James 2:12-18

Antonio Salgado serving in the Dominican Republic

 

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” – Philippians 1:3-5

Please pray for our BCMS workers serving faithfully in hard places. May the Gospel continue to go forth, to God be the glory.

If the Lord so lies on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry, you can easily donate online through PayPal. Click the donate button below to send support of any amount directly to the ministry. This is the fastest option to get funds to the mission field.

 

 

Also,

CENTRAL MISSIONARY CLEARINGHOUSE
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228
1-800-CMC-PRAY (1-800-262-7729)
Office: 281-599-7411
Fax: 281-599-7511

You may begin sending your support to BCMS/Antonio Salgado at any time at the address above. (Checks should be made payable to Central Missionary Clearinghouse or C.M.C.)
You can also now give to the ministry online through the new giving solution called “click and give” at the CMC website. To get started, you just need to click on the link below and register the first time. Just a simple click on the donate button on their page (see link below), and then click the “click and give icon/button”.

 

https://www.cmcmissions.org/donate

 

For tax exemption, you must send your donation through Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC) at the address above. PayPal option is the fastest way to get funds directly to the field in case of emergencies. We do not use a sending agency that gets a percentage of the money donated, so you can be sure that your gift goes directly to the mission field. Whatever you decide, thank you so much for praying for us. Grace and peace.

 

B.C.M.S. UPDATE FROM THE MISSION FIELD

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

After spending the last 4 months visiting and speaking with several Dominican and Haitian brothers from different towns and cities from different parts of the Dominican Republic, I was confident about wanting to pursue ministry partnerships with four godly men. I spent that time visiting several small towns surrounding Santiago, different barrios within Santiago and even the deep south in Pedernales. The trip to Pedernales to visit with pastor Frantzdy was further than I anticipated, but it was well worth it. Although several men were considered, all very good brothers. I was looking for certain kind of men. Men with tough skin, yet with soft hearts. Men with sound doctrine, but that are not too comfortable just teaching once in a while. Men who are bold enough to be willing to go out to the despised and rejected with the Gospel, who are not paralyzed by the fear of man and are willing to help the poor and, at times, even take risks for the Lord. Let’s be honest. It is far too easy to be bold from a pulpit in a controlled environment with a program. Anyone can do that. Our Lord commands us to go, to make disciples “as we go”. Not simply wait until they come to us. I am thankful that the Lord has given me the privilege to know these brothers and this opportunity to work with them. 

 

Pray for our evangelism efforts and Bible study Thursday evenings in Laguna Prieta with Pastor Job. This past Thursday we went out in the community and spoke with several men, women and adolescents. We shared the Gospel with many and about ten of them were willing to attend the Bible study the following week. Pastor Job is very experienced with evangelism and bold yet is kind and loving in his approach.

 

I spoke with Pastor Victor from the church plant in Hato Mayor. They are just in the process of constructing a new building, the old one has some issues that has compromised the integrity of the structure. He told me that when they finish the building and prepare the office space, the church desires to have a space for the BCMS office there as well. They are excited about the new doors the Lord has been opening and also want to be involved in the mission work we are doing. Praise the Lord.

 

This church is dear to me and  I feel quite honored by such a gesture. I was their Pastor. We laughed and cried together through many things. Some of those brothers and sisters have gone with me to preach the Gospel in many different towns over the years. I am very thankful.

 

The team has already begun our bi-weekly meetings. So far, in accord with our work plan, we have a series of teachings online for the team and invited guests. Our expositor for those teachings will be Pastor and former missionary to the Dominican Republic, Jared Duncan. The topic is, of course, the Gospel, and the first session will be on July 20th. It is a 3 part series:

 

  1. What  is the Gospel?

  2. The Gospel for the lost

  3. The Gospel for the church

 

We have begun a Bible study in a vulnerable area, also in accord with the work plan. It is an area on the outskirts of Santiago called Laguna Prieta. It is a mostly Haitian population, but we have begun evangelizing and inviting the Dominicans in the area to the Bible study as well. We have also begun an evangelism plan we are executing on Tuesdays, and we go on Thursdays for the Bible study and question and answer session. We also sing a few hymns, and all the teaching is in Haitian Creole. My Creole is improving, and thanks to Pastor Job, Frantdzy and brother Leonel’s help, we have begun translating our articles into Creole as well. Lord willing, all of our articles and theological reflections will be in all three languages, English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. I see French versions coming in the near future as well, Lord willing. Here are the links to what we have translated so far.

 

Christ is Everything

https://salgadodrmission.com/2024/07/kris-se-tout-pou-misyone-christ-is-everything-haitian-creoel-version/

 

The Father of Mercies and Comforter In Our Afflictions

https://salgadodrmission.com/2024/06/papa-bondye-a-papa-san-pitye-ak-sekou-nan-tout-moman-sa-nou-gen-difikilte-the-father-of-mercies-and-comforter-in-our-afflictions-haitian-creole-version/

 

Jesus, Friend of Sinners

https://salgadodrmission.com/2024/06/jeszikri-yon-zanmi-pou-peche-mak-213-17-jesus-friend-of-sinners-haitian-creole-version/

 

 

In just a few weeks, the group in Laguna Prieta has grown. We have already purchased some chairs for that, but we will need to buy more soon and put up a tarp. Some of the men there are going to help us cut some of the tall grass there and put in a few posts for the tarp. They seem very helpful and willing, and seem to know that we come with good intentions. We even bring snacks and refreshments for after the Bible study. Yeison is good at reminding me to take plenty of repellant to that place. As always, he is my little helper and sets up the chairs for us. 

 

By God’s grace, much of what was planned and prayed for is now happening, and it is pretty exciting. We have an evangelism training in August that I will be teaching. It will be hosted at Pastor Francisco’s church and we will have brothers and sisters from Pastor Victor’s and Job’s congregations, as well as brethren from a few other churches in the area that were invited. It will be on a Saturday from 10am-3pm with a break for lunch and fellowship. It is titled “Cultivating a Culture of Evangelism in the Local Church.” Please be in prayer for these things.

 

In Juana Mendez, Leonel keeps preaching the Gospel and helping the vulnerable faithfully. We have begun helping a nursing home with many elderly there. Leonel has befriended the Director and she is very thankful. Unfortunately, they often don’t have the resources to always feed them daily. We began helping with a two week supply of basic food items. But, with a little support from our donors, we could do a monthly donation. Three hundred US dollars covers some staple food items for almost a month. It is also an opportunity to minister to a group of people who are reaching the end of their journey in this world. They need the Gospel. Pray for Leonel, for them and consider helping towards this cause.Be on the lookout for another update from brother Rafael’s efforts as well. There is  much more that can be said, but we want others to read the update, so I will keep it short.

 

 Please feel free to share this ministry update with others. We are extremely grateful for the doors that the Lord is opening and for what the Lord is doing among us. We ask that you pray for us and consider giving towards this ministry to help us do even more. May God bless you for your prayers and generosity. Grace and peace.

 

In Christ,

Antonio Salgado serving in the Dominican Republic

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” – Philippians 1:3-5

Please pray for our BCMS workers serving faithfully in hard places. May the Gospel continue to go forth, to God be the glory.

If the Lord so lies on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry, you can easily donate online through PayPal. Click the donate button below to send support of any amount directly to the ministry. This is the fastest option to get funds to the mission field.

 

 

Also,

CENTRAL MISSIONARY CLEARINGHOUSE
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228
1-800-CMC-PRAY (1-800-262-7729)
Office: 281-599-7411
Fax: 281-599-7511

You may begin sending your support to BCMS/Antonio Salgado at any time at the address above. (Checks should be made payable to Central Missionary Clearinghouse or C.M.C.)
You can also now give to the ministry online through the new giving solution called “click and give” at the CMC website. To get started, you just need to click on the link below and register the first time. Just a simple click on the donate button on their page (see link below), and then click the “click and give icon/button”.

 

https://www.cmcmissions.org/donate

 

For tax exemption, you must send your donation through Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC) at the address above. PayPal option is the fastest way to get funds directly to the field in case of emergencies. We do not use a sending agency that gets a percentage of the money donated, so you can be sure that your gift goes directly to the mission field. Whatever you decide, thank you so much for praying for us. Grace and peace.

 

 

KRIS SE TOUT POU MISYONÉ (CHRIST IS EVERYTHING, HAITIAN CREOLE VERSION)

Kris Se Tout Pou Misyonè

Leksikri sa a ap pale sou yon bagay enpòtan anpil pou tout moun ki rele kretyen: mete Kris nan sant tout bagay. Men, poukisa nou dwe fè sa?

Evangelik Lilik 24:25-27  fè nou wè jan Jezi te esplike bagay sa apot yo apre l te releve. Li te di yo: “Mesye yo san konprann san pèdi gròsè, poukisa zot pa kwè nan tout pawòl pwofèt yo te di? Eske Mesi a pa te dwe soufri bagay sa yo pou li ka rantre nan glwa l? Konsa, Jezi te komanse eksplike yo ekritid yo depi nan liv Moyiz rive nan liv tout pwofèt yo. Li te montre yo nan tout Ekritid yo bagay ki te pale sou li menm.”

Jan 5:46  fè nou konprann menm bagay la. Jezi te di: “Paske si nou te kwè nan Moyiz, n a te kwè nan mwen tou, paske se li menm ki te ekri sou mwen.”

Jodia nou wè anpil kretyen sou rezo sosyal yo, nan liv, nan preek, nan chante ki pale de “santre sou Kris”. Men, sa vle di egzakteman epi poukisa nou sèvi ak ekspresyon sa a? Poukisa nou mete tèl aksan sou sa? Petètèt kesyon ki pi enpòtan an se: Èske selon Bib la li bon pou nou mete tèl aksan sou pèsonn Kris ak sou sa li te fè?

Sije sa a se yon bagay ki parèt senp men li vrèman pwofon. Li gen rap ak teyoloji “akòmplisman” an, e se yon bagay ki vrèman enpòtan nan Testaman Ansyen an. Se mesaj Jan Batis la te preche, se mesaj Jezi ak apot yo te preche tou. Se tèt tem nan Evanjil la.

Apot Pòl te di nou lè tan an te rive pou Jezi vini. Sa vle di, te gen yon peryòd preparasyon. Yon preparasyon pou yon bagay enpòtan ki te gen pou rive. Nan plan progresif Bondye a, tout bagay ki te pase te gen yon objektif ak yon bi: montre moun pou Kris e pou fè lwanj li.

Epok Moyiz la te anonse moman sa a epi li te mete aksan sou moman sa a ki te gen pou rive. Rivè Pitit Gason Bondye a te make fini pou tan sa a. Jis nan moman sa a nan istwa, sa te objektif tou sa ki te pase nan tan lontan an.

Plisye fwa Seyè a te promette yon Liberatè, yon Sovè, Mesi a, pwofèt ki pi bon an, pi gran an, e moun ki te bay lalwa a. Tout tip ak tout bagay ki te gen pou rapèl nan Testaman Ansyen an te sèlman bagay pou rapèl pou Moun ki te gen pou vini an. Nou ka di pa tja janm te gen yon vrè wa, yon vrè pwofèt, yon vrè jij, yon vrè anseyan. Paske nan yon sans, tout bagay nan tan lontan an te pa t pi pase bagay pou rapèl pou Vrè Moun nan, pou Seyè Jezi Kris la!

Depi nan liv Jeneze rive nan liv Malachi, gen plis pase 353 pwomès sou Kris ki te akonpli nan Testaman Nouvo an!

Bib la te ekri e rezerve pou nou, men li pa pale de nou, Ekritid yo temwaye sou Kris! Tout pwomès yo se pou li, pou Kris, e nou se eritye pwomès sa yo gras a lafwa nou gen nan li.

2 Korentyen 1:20  fè nou konprann sa menm: “Paske tout pwomès Bondye yo gen repons yo nan li (Kris) ‘Wi’. Se poutèt sa, se atravè li nou di ‘Amen’ pou glwa Bondye a nan men nou.”

Sen Ogusten te konnen pou li te di: “Ansyen an revele nan nouvo a, e nouvo a se kache nan ansyen an.”

Depi nan liv Jeneze, nou wè premye pwomès liberasyon an, nan “protoevangelium” an, ki te akon

pasaj sa a soti nan liv Jeneze epi li montre nou jan Bondye te fè pwomès yon liberatè ki ta vin delivre pèp la:

“Mwen pral mete yon delè ant ou menm ak fanm nan, ant desandans ou yo ak desandans li yo. Li pral kraze tèt ou men, epi ou pral blese talon li.” (Jeneze 3:15)

Sa vèrsè sa a, rele “protoevangelium” an, se premye pwomès liberasyon an nan Bib la. Li pale de yon batay ant mechan tet ak Bondye. Mechan tet la pral blese Mesi a, men Mesi a pral gen viktory final la.

Nan liv Detrònòm la, nou wè yon lòt pwomès ankò sou yon pwofèt tankou Moyiz, men pi bon, pi gran pase li:

“Seyè Bondye ou a va chwazi pou ou yon pwofèt tankou mwen pami frè ou yo. Se pou ou koute l.” (Detrònòm 18:15)

Nan Testaman Nouvo an, nan liv Matye, pandan Transfigirasyon an, Papa Bondye te repete menm pawòl sa yo nan yon nwaj glwa:

“Epi gade, Moyiz ak Eli te parèt devan yo, ap pale avèk li. Pyèt te pale ak Jezi, li te di: ‘Seyè, li bon pou nou se pou nou rete la a. Si ou vle, mwen pral bati twa tant la a, youn pou ou, youn pou Moyiz, ak youn pou Eli.’ Pandan l te kontinye pale, yon gwo nwaj klere te kouvri yo, e yon vwa soti nan nwaj la te di: ‘Sa se Pitit mwen byen renmen an, mwen kontan avèk li nèt. Se pou nou koute l.’ Lè disip yo te tande sa, yo te tonbe sou figi yo pè. Men, Jezi vin touche yo, li te di yo: ‘Leve kanpe, pa pè.’ Lè yo te leve je yo, yo pa t wè pèsonn lòt pase Jezi menm.” (Matye 17:3-8)

Nan moman trè enpòtan sa a, Moyiz ak Eli, ki te toujou reprezante lalwa ak pwofèt yo, disparèt. Tèks la di disip yo te leve je yo epi yo pa t wè pèsonn lòt pase Jezi. Se pou nou koute Li! Se sa mesaj Bib la vle di. Jezi se vrè Pwofèt la, vrè Wa a, vrè Ansèyman an, vrè Jij la, Gran Prèt alyans an ki pi bon an ak pi nouvo a ki baze sou pi bon pwomès yo, ak vrè ak pi gran moun ki bay lalwa a, Lalwa l!

Tout bagay montre nou Kris: sakrifis yo, tanp lan, tabènak la, jou repo a, ak nou ka kalkile anpil lòt egzanp sou bagay ki te fè nou sonje Kris nan Testaman Ansyen an. Men, Testaman Nouvo an fè bagay sa yo pi klè.

Kris se pi wo pase tout otorite, tout pouvwa, tout fòs, tout dominasyon, ak tout lòt non yo ki egziste, pa sèlman nan tan nou an men tou nan tan kap vini an. (Efezyen 1:21)

Li se limyè glwa Bondye a ak imaj natirèl Bondye a. Li kenbe tout bagay nan linivè a ansanm pa pawòl pouvwa l lan. (Ebre 1:3)

Se Kris ki kenbe tout bagay nan kreyasyon an! (Kolosyen 1:16-17 ak Jan 1:3)

Kris se tout bagay! Papa Bondye te deside sa a nan sajès l san limit lan, Lèt Sen Lespri a glorifye Kris epi li gide nou nan direksyon l.

Nou menm kòm kretyen, nou dwe mete Kris nan sant lavi nou tou. Se pou sa, paske Kris se sant pou tout bagay, menm Pawòl Bondye a ladan l. Si se Kris ki nan mitan Bib la (ak linivè a), li dwe nan mitan lavi nou tou. Nou se disip li kounye a, epi nou dwe adore l epi remèsiye l pou lanmou l te demontre pou nou. Li te mouri pou nou menm nou te pecheur. Repanti pou peche ou yo, e pou konfyans ou te gen nan tèt ou. Vin jwenn Kris, goute nan li, epi mete konfyans ou nan li. Si ou mete Kris nan mitan lavi ou, ou pral gen lapè ak Bondye, Bondye va pardonne peche ou yo, epi ou pral jwenn repi pou nanm ou. Mete lavi ou nan men Kris paske se li menm ki nan sant tout bagay.

Li te ajoute de vèrsè nan Bib la tou pou fè mesaj la pi klè:

Romans 5:8 (ESV) – Men, Bondye montre nou gras li gen pou nou menm pandan nou te peche, Kris te mouri pou nou.

Repanti pou peche ou yo, e pou konfyans ou te gen nan tèt ou. Vin jwenn Kris, goute nan li, epi mete konfyans ou nan li. Si ou mete Kris nan mitan lavi ou, ou pral gen lapè ak Bondye, Bondye va pardonne peche ou yo, epi ou pral jwenn repi pou nanm ou. Mete lavi ou nan men Kris paske se li menm ki nan sant tout bagay.

Leksikri sa a ekri pa Antonio Salgado ki ap travay nan Repiblik Dominikèn.

 

PAPA BONDYE A PAPA SAN PITYE AK SEKOU NAN TOUT MOMAN SA NOU GEN DIFIKILTE (THE FATHER OF MERCIES AND COMFORTER IN OUR AFFLICTIONS, HAITIAN CREOLE VERSION)

Papa Bondye a Papa san pitye ak Sekou nan tout moman sa nou gen difikilte

Nou dwe admèt li, tout moun gen pwoblèm yo ap fè fas avèk. Epi li ka difisil, tèlman difisil. Si se yon move nouvèl sou sante ou an, yon dyagnostik ki chanje lavi ou yon maladi fatal, oubyen yon moun ki trè pwoche de ou. Li ta ka pwoblèm konpòtman yon pitit timoun oubyen yon adolesan rebèl, batay maryaj, pèt travay oubyen yon lòt kriz finansye ki ka vin agrave anpil epi pi mal chaka youn nan pwoblèm sa yo. Pou asire w, sa ka rive nan anviwònman ki sanble pi an sekirite. Konbyen plis li pral rive nan jaden misyon an, nan yon kontèks diferan de kontèks ou an, byen lwen de tout sa ki te chè ak abitye pou ou yon jou. Kote estrès ak danje yo miltipliye epi difikilte vin yon fason pou lavi a. Li jis vini ak teritwa a. Difikilte sa yo pafwa yo ka rasin nan peche nou an, neglijeans nou an oubyen iresponsablite nou an. Oubyen nou ta ka jwenn tèt nou nan mitan bal ak peche yon lòt moun. Oubyen li ka sèlman efè yon lemonn ki tonbe sou moun ki pi pwoche de nou yo. Li ka toujou afekte nou pwofondman.

Li ka ase pou voye yon moun nan depresyon oubyen yon lòt eta psikolojik ki pa an sante oubyen yon desann espirityèl ki santi tankou yon vale dezespwa ki fè nwa epi ki parèt san posiblite pou soti ladan an. Pandan moman sa yo, Bondye ka sanble byen lwen e priyè nou yo ak grinyan doulè nou yo anvan syel la ka menm santi tankou yo pa tande. Mèsi Bondye se pa sa ka a! Men, si nou onèt, li ka santi tankou sa pafwa. Kòm moun ki kwè, nou ka vrèman fè konfyans Seyè a nan tanpèt la, men li pa toujou fè li pi fasil, humanman pale. Nou menm ka jwenn tèt nou nan limit nou yo, ap kriye nan pè tankou disip yo te fè nan bato a “Seyè, sove nou! Nap mouri!”

Menm si yon sezon lapè ak trankilite ta ka rive apre (petèt), nan moman an, li ka santi kraze epi prèske twop pou nou sipòte. Gen moun ki soufri pou yon sezon, gen lòt moun ki fè fas ak li pou tout lavi yo.

“Menm lè mwen pase nan vale ki pi fè nwa a, Mwen pa pè nan anyen danje, Paske ou avèk mwen; baton ou ak baton ou pou mouton yo – yo soulaje mwen.” – Sòm 23:4

Anpil “tanpèt” nan lavi detwi tout bagay epi kite yon chemen destriksyon dèyè yo, menm jan tanpèt reyèl yo ye. Epi menm jan nan yon tanpèt reyèl, anjeneral li pran tan pou “rekonstwi” apre domaj la fin fèt. Gen kèk tanpèt ki ka chanje lavi e pou kèk, menm lam ap fini lavi yo. Anpil moun jwenn tèt yo nan chòk epi boule nan fon yo, jis rete pou yo fè dezyèm sou sitiyasyon yo an ak rasanse moso yo pandan y ap avanse bolope apre eksperyans sa a ki te traumatize epi blese yo. Sa rive chak jou pou kèk moun, pou peryòd tan diferan, yon kote kèlkeswa. Nou pa ta dwe sezi. An reyalite, nou ta dwe aprann espere pou li rive nan yon moman done si nou konprann sa Ekriti di sou nati moun ki tonbe a nan lemonn nan kote nou rete epi efè peche yo poutèt tan tout tan nou pral rete la a.

Bonnye bagay la verite se Bondye bay nou plis pase sa nou ka sipòte. Tanpri, pa fè pati moun sa yo ki di Li pa fè sa, oubyen ke Li sèlman fè sa paske Li konnen nou ka pran li (tankou si nou te vrèman gen pouvwa konsa nan tèt nou ak nan fòs pwop nou an). Si nou te ka fè bagay sa yo pou kont nou ak nan fòs pwop nou an, nou pa ta bezwen Li. Gideyon vini nan tèt mwen. (Epi pèmet mwen mwen di sa rapidman, vèrsè popilè a nan 1 Korentyen men anpil fwa yo malsite sa vle di pa sa ou ka panse li vle di.)

Seyè a pote soufrans nan lavi nou an pi souvan pase sa nou ta renmen. Men, Li gen rezon Li yo, epi nou dwe fè L’ konfyans pandan nou ladan l’. Nou dwe fè konfyans. Wi, nou ka konnen plan Bondye ak volonte Li an jeneral, men souvan plan Li yo pou nou menm kòm individi nan detail lavi nou chak jou yo pa sa fasil pou wè oswa pou konprann. Plan Bondye yo pou nou souvan byen diferan de plan nou yo.

Men, si nou tèt nou vrèman nan batay pandan nou soufri, nou ta dwe mande tèt nou sa a. Lè bagay yo vin difisil, ki lòt kote nou ka vrèman ale? Ki kote sekou nou vrèman soti? Wi, Seyè a ap sèvi ak moun kòm yon mwayen pou soulaje nou ak pou ede nou, men finalman se sèlman Li menm ki ka bay nou lapè. LAPÈ vre. Ki kote nou pral jwenn fòs nou pou nou sipòte si se pa nan nati Seyè nou an ki pa chanje, nan pwomès fidèl yo nan Kris ak lanmou Li a?

Li se Fòt Tounen nou an, Roche nou an, Boukli nou an ak Fòterès nou an kote nou kouri pou jwenn rekonfò, pwoteksyon ak lapè. Se sèlman nan Kris nou vrèman an sekirite, epi apa de Kris nou pa ka fè anyen.

Seyè a se bèje mwen an; Mwen gen sa mwen bezwen an. – Sòm 23:1

Mwen sonje sou yon imn modèn byen koni ki di bèl pawol sa yo:

Se sèlman nan Kris espwa mwen jwenn Li se limyè mwen, fòs mwen, chante mwen Kònè pye sa a, tè solid sa a Li fèm pandan sechrès ki pi chofe ak tanpèt ki pi fò Ki wotè lanmou, ki pwofondè lapè Lè pè yo kalme, lè efò yo sispann Konsolatè mwen, Tou sa mwen genyen an Isis la nan lanmou Kris la mwen kanpe

Bèl pawol ki touche, nès pa? Men, kesyon an se, èske nou kwè l’?

Èske nou vrèman kwè Li?

Èske nou vrèman fè L’ konfyans?

Èske nou vrèman kwè Li bon?

Èske nou vrèman kwè Li ap travay sou tout bagay pou byen pou moun ki renmen Li, menm lè nou pa ka wè l’?

Li enpòtan pou nou sonje ke kèlkeswa sa nou kwè, Li pral glorifye. Menm nan mitan sikonstans ki sanble pi terib yo. Men, nou ka tou repoze pandan nou rapèl Li se yon Papa byenveyan, konpasyonè, ki pa chanje e fidèl e nou ka vin pi pre Li. Nou dwe aprann pou rete nan Kris. Men souvrèn Li ak lanmou Li pou pèp Li yo pral se zòrey la kote nou pral poze tèt nou ki fatige yo.

Seyè a se fòs mwen ak boukli mwen an; kè mwen mete konfyans mwen nan li, e mwen jwenn sekou. Se poutèt sa, kè mwen kontan, e mwen remèsye L’ ak chante mwen. – Sòm 28:7

Nat ki pa chanje nan Bondye a se yon lank ki kenbe nou atache ak Roche la ki pap janm pèdi nou oubyen chase nou pandan moman difisil sa yo, ni pou jamè menm si ou nan Kris. Pandan mwen ekri sa a, anpil moun ki chè pou mwen vin nan tèt mwen. Manm fanmi proch ak fanmi nan lafwa ki ap fè fas ak kèk nan menm bagay sa yo mwen te mansyone nan kòmansman an, oswa menm pi mal nan moman sa a menm. Priez pou mwen ak pou lòt misyonè ki konnen sou tanpèt sa yo trè byen. Men, tou priez pou moun nan legliz ou an ki ap soufri. Yon vwazen, yon zanmi, oswa petètèt menm yon moun nan pwop kay ou an.

beni Bondye a ak Papa Seyè nou an Jezi Kris, Papa san limit la ak Bondye tout rekonfò a. Li soulaje nou nan tout afliksyon nou yo, pou nou menm tou nou ka soulaje moun ki nan nenpòt kalite afliksyon, gras a rekonfò nou menm nou resevwa nan men Bondye. – 2 Korentyen 1:3-4

Pou yo, se sèlman sa mwen ka di: fè L’ konfyans, fè Lwanj Li, pase tan pou kont ou an ak Pawòl Li an epi priye. Li se Papa san limit la ak Bondye tout rekonfò a, ki soulaje nou nan afliksyon nou an. Seyè a se Bèje nou an, nou gen sa nou bezwen an. Si nou pèsever, nou pral pi plis tankou Jezi lè sa fini. Epi kwè l’ oubyen pa, nou pral menm rekonesan pou tanpèt difisil men pou transformasyon sa yo nan lavi nou an. Priye.

Mwen te aprann pou mwen baze ba vag la ki pouse mwen kontre Roche nan Lajan – Charles Spurgeon

Ekri pa Antonio Salgado

JESZIKRI: YON ZANMI POU PECHE / MAK 2:13-17 (JESUS FRIEND OF SINNERS, HAITIAN CREOLE VERSION)

Jezikri: Yon Zanmi Pou Peche / Mak 2:13-17

Lè Jezikri te soti ankò bò lanmè a, tout foul moun yo te vin jwenn li, epi li te ap anseye yo.

Pou Kris, anseyete te enpòtan paske Pawòl Bondye a enpòtan.

Bagay ki te enpòtan pou Kris yo dwe enpòtan pou nou (anseye, preche Evanjil la pou moun ki pèdi yo)

(v. 14-16) E pandan l te pase bò kote, li wè Levi, pitit Alphaeus la, chita nan biwo kole taks la, epi li te di l, “Swiv mwen.” Lève kan epi li swiv li. Epi li te rive pandan Jezikri te repoze sou tab nan kay Levi a, anpil kolektè taks ak pecheur te manje ansanm ak Jezikri ak disip li yo, paske te gen anpil moun nan yo ki te swiv li. Lè eskrib Farizien yo te wè l ap manje ak pecheur ak kolektè taks yo, yo te di disip li yo, “Pouki l ap manje epi bwè ak kolektè taks ak pecheur?”

Moun yo ki te enpòtan pou Kris yo dwe enpòtan pou nou

(v. 17) Lè Jezikri te tande sa, li te di yo, “Se moun ki an sante ki pa bezwen doktè, men se moun ki malad yo; Mwen pa t vini pou rele moun ki dwat yo, men se pou rele pecheur yo.”

Kòm disip Kris, nou dwe swiv egzanp Kris la

Remak Anplis:

pasaj sa a mete aksan sou dezire Jezikri a pou asosye ak aksepte moun sosyete te konsidere kòm moun yo pa vle yo, tankou kolektè taks ak pecheur yo. Menm si sa prezante defi li pou kèk moun, se yon modèl klè nan ministè Kris la, kidonk nou dwe imite Met la nan fason l la pou l apwoche moun.

Aksyon Jezikri yo te konteste otorite relijye yo nan epòk la, ki te kwè ke li pa dwe asosye ak moun sa yo. Pafwa, evanjelik frijid ak legalis yo ka pi gwo kritik nou yo. Lè kritik yo rive, nou dwe prepare pou pou nou se sèvitè Kris, pa sèvitè moun. Souvan yo te kritike Jezikri epi yo te bay li move non. Èske ou te panse li ta dwe diferan pou nou?

Mesaj Jezikri a se yon mesaj konpasyon ak konpreyansyon pou moun ki prizonne nan peche yo, epi yon rele pou repanti ak transfòmasyon atravè lafwa nan Li.

Nou gen pouvwa pou swiv egzanp Kris la pa montre konpasyon nan yon fason pratik nan ekspresyon lanmou Bondye a pou moun ki nan bezwen, ak espere pou yo jwenn Evanjil la atravè moun ki nan marj sosyete a, san nou pa eksize peche yo ak konpòtman destruktif yo

Konklizyon:

Jezikri, nan ministè l la, te demontre yon lanmou radikal e li te envite pecheur yo, li te montre yo amitie malgre peche yo te fè yo. Mesaj sa a mete yon defi pou nou pou n swiv egzanp Li, pou n montre konpasyon ak konpreyansyon pou moun ki nan marj sosyete a, san nou pa eksize konpòtman destruktif yo. Gras la ak konpasyon ke Jezikri te ofri pou moun ki te pi rayi yo ak pi pa vle yo nan sosyete a te eskandalè nan epòk sa a, epi li eskandalè kounye a toujou.

Moun ki te grandi nan legliz la ak nan kay kretyen pandan tout lavi yo ak ti konnen sou “lemonn nan” oswa ” lari yo ” a nòmalman ap pè kontèks sa yo nan yon sèten limit. Epi petèt pou kèk bon rezon, gen yon lagè ki ap pase la deyò epi se pa yon jwèt sa a!

Sepandan, si w pa ase brav pou pran risk pou Seyè a, ou pap janm fè anyen gwo poukont li. Konsantre sou pwoteksyon tèt ou a se yon bar pou Evanjil la. Soti ale nan kat miray bilding ou an ak soti nan zòn konfò ou a. Pa fè sot pase anyen mwayen, men pa pè tou. Peye.

Paske si mwen pwoklame Evanjil la, mwen pa gen anyen pou mwen fè gròs tèt, paske mwen oblije fè sa – e malè mwen si mwen pa pwoklame Evanjil la!

– 1 Korentyen 9:16