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A.  God's plan through the church - to those in the world

 Above all else - First priority! - Salvation of the lost

Mark16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Please notice:

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

The Gospel message MUST be preached to the lost. Paul said that the gospel was the power of God unto salvation.

Every church should have some type of gospel outreach to it's community.

This can be accomplished in many ways.

One of the most cost effective ways is:

Giving out gospel tracts; door to door, to the people on the streets, putting them in various places, etc.    for free Gospel tracts - http://www.fellowshiptractleague.org

A lady in my home town of Ohio USA, put a gospel tract in a shopping bag; she received a letter from a lady in New Zealand, wanting to know more about Jesus Christ. The gospel tract left the United States and ended up in New Zealand.

We must remember, this is God's work and He works with us.

1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

The gospel message is the gospel message and it is the power of God for salvation to all who will believe and accept Christ. Whether it be delivered by radio, TV, or as simple as a piece of paper, God will bless this work.

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Christ is the Savior NOT the church.

The purpose of the church is not to meet peoples temporal needs but spiritual eternal needs,
not that there is anything wrong with helping people. Many times the love shown to people through helping them is a witness to them of Christ's love. The problem is that we tend to get our priorities mixed up. When a church is involved only with the temporal needs of a community, it just becomes another organization that people will take advantage of.

Just where can we reach people at for Christ?

A few examples:

Nursing homes
On the streets
Door to door

The church must regain the vision - the people of this world are lost and on their way to an eternal hell, their only hope is Jesus Christ.

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Act 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

Act 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

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