10/9/2016 – It’s a Matter of Life or Death – Pastor Steve Blayer

A Matter of life or death


Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

  • Pendulum swing: too heavy handed w/ hellfire & brimstone à too mercy and helps oriented
  • “friendship evangelism” be a friend, but do not  neglect the evangelism part!
  • All are born with a death sentence…only those in Christ have hope of eternal life.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Ecclesiastes 7:20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

How does a God of love condemn people to hell?

  • It was not made for man!

Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;

  • Now it is also for all those who joined in the rebellion
  • Jesus made some clear lines in the sand:
  • Hint: They are not republican or democrat; conservative or liberal; green or black…

Matthew 12:30 “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

  • Our mission is ALWAYS to work with Jesus – gathering His prodigals back home!
  • EVERYTHING else is secondary… EVEN saving the United States

2 Cor 5:11-21

11  knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men

  • We KNOW what lies on the other side of the grave! It’s truly a matter of Life or death

15  He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves

  • THAT’S US! We LIVE for the sake of the Lord, and for those still under a death sentence

if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature

  • IN Christ – not merely improved by the teachings of Christ!

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself

  • GATHERING all together in Christ — building the family of God

we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

  • Appealing…begging – this is the desperation of our tone!