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Ways One Can Adorn the Gospel (adapted from Frankin Camp)

 
1.                  By having good works (Matt. 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12; Gal. 6:10).
a.                   Opportunities for good words may be present daily: tending to the sick, helping a neighbor, teaching the lost, and encouraging the fainthearted (James 1:27; 2:14-16).
b.                  Many lost people are reached with the Gospel through good works; these good works can prepare their hearts to be receptive to the teachings of the Gospel.
2.                  The Gospel can be adorned by showing love (John 13:34-35).
a.                   God has used love to beautify Christianity (John 3:16; 12:32).
i.                    Notice these three passages:
(1)               “And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.” (1 Sam. 18:9, 11).
(2)               “And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good:” (1 Sam. 19:4).
(3)               “And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.” (1 Sam. 20:17).
ii.                  Which of these attitudes is more appealing?
b.                  Strife, bitterness, or hatred among Christians will not make the gospel attractive for we are to, “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain” (Phil. 2:14-16).
3.                  Our words can adorn the gospel for, “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Col. 4:6).
a.                   Always: not part-time or occasionally.
b.                  With grace: is that which causes pleasure, delight, and favorable regard (Luke 4:22).
c.                   Seasoned with salt: wholesome, preserves, purifies, uplifts (Eph 4:29).
4.                  Unity among saints makes the Gospel appealing (John 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10).
a.                   The greatest plea for unity is unheeded if we are divided in doctrine or practice.
b.                  Nobody wants to have friends who are constantly bickering.
c.                   Yet, sometimes in the church you have much arguments and for what?
            d.                  99% of the time it is because most refuse to study the Scriptures whereby they forget to adorn the Gospel. 
5.                  Demonstrating that we have peace of mind also adorns the Gospel.
a.                   The world is looking for peace of mind and happiness.
B.                 Drugs, liquor, wealth, social standing, or fulfilling lusts will not give it.
C.                 These are vain and empty, and vex (annoys) the soul.
D.                Only the true Gospel gives real peace (Ph. 4:6-9, 11-13).
E.                 The peace the Gospel provided lifts up the downtrodden and unhappy spirit (Heb 13:6).
F.                  It gives purpose to living, provides hope, and results in a clear conscience.
G.                To have peace of mind, we must believe and trust in God (Ps. 37:3-7a, 37).
VI.             Having dedication and devotion to God beautifies the Gospel.
A.                When reading in the Old Testament we read about how Ruth was devoted to Naomi: "And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me" (Ruth 1:16-17).
B.                 The apostles were dedicated to the Lord: "But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:19-20).
VII.          Another attractive quality that makes one adorn the Gospel is the stability and dependability of it.
A.                Read Dan. 6:3-5: “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”
1.                  Later, we see how Daniel was thrown in the den of lions (Dan. 6:16), however because God’s Word is stable and Daniel knew that he could depend on it, so God had shut the lion’s mouths.
2.                  Whereby, “King Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” (Dan. 6:25-27)
B.                 Some saints are like an old car: they run today, but may not run tomorrow.
1.                  Thus, if we are unstable or spasmodic (meaning to move abruptly every once in a while), we are an unattractive example of Christianity.
2.                  One man said in regards to how we are to adorn the Gospel, “It may be observed . . . A man who becomes voluntarily a servant, binds himself to obey his master cheerfully and quietly, without gainsaying, and without attempting to reason the matter with him, or propounding his own opinions, even though they may be much wiser than those of his employer. He makes a contract to obey his master, not to reason with him, or to instruct him” (Barnes, p.277).
VIII.       When we adorn the doctrine of God in all things even includes being a Christian worker in the workforce by being a trustworthy employee.
A.                Notice how Joseph the son of Jacob is an excellent example of one who faithfully served Potiphar, despite the fact he had been sold into slavery to that Egyptian by his own brothers (Gen. 37-50).
            B.        Thus, we do these things because our God is the Savior of all things.
Robert Notgrass

 

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