Mat 4:4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'
We believe that spiritual poverty is one of mankind’s greatest problems. Food fills an empty stomach, clothing protects from the cold and shelter keeps out the elements, but none of these efforts rescues a lost soul. Only the word of God through the Holy Spirit reforms the heart, giving eternal life.
There great need need for evangelism in Europe today. This may come as a surprise: A recent study, the European Spiritual Estimate, indicates that a large percentage of Europeans (Over 72%) would consider themselves Christian by affiliation to a church but just a little over 4% claim to be Christ Followers. As it turns out the former home of the Christian Faith has now joined the ranks of countries with the least Christians per capita in the world today.
What role does Romania play in meeting this current mission opportunity? Firstly, Romania has the fastest growth of protestant churches and the largest number of practicing Evangelicals in Europe. Secondly, since joining the European Union, many Romanians have the freedom to work outside of the country. There are currently many Romanian Christians now working and making their homes in countries such as Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal and Austria, to name a few. These Romanians are establishing churches and in many cases using the vacant church buildings left empty by the rapid decline of church attendance in these countries. The exciting thing is that these newly formed congregations are reaching out into the communities and bringing revival. Romania also has a unique advantage to share the Gospel to former Soviet Union Countries because many Romanians are able to speak Russian.
As reported in the U.S. Center for World Missions publication ‘Mission Frontiers’, the World Missionary Conference, Tokyo 2010, took place this May, with 967 delegates from 73 countries. Almost all top leaders of the largest mission associations were represented, making the following declaration and pledge: “We set forth this declaration in obedience to Christ’s final command, as a means of calling Christ–followers everywhere to whole–heartedly embrace and earnestly engage in making disciples of every people in our generation”…
The most moving and powerful part of the conference was a lecture from Stefan Gustavsson of Sweden who appealed on behalf of the European delegates: “come over and help us”. (The vast majority of Europeans are turning to secularism, atheism and agnosticism.) The organizer of the conference, Yong Cho, responded tearfully, inviting all European delegates to come forward. The entire conference spontaneously prayed for their brothers and sisters in Europe to regain their faith. Delegates from Korea and Africa, representing two of the strongest centers of Christianity, led the prayers. Who would have imagined the former birthplace of the Christian faith has now joined the ranks of countries with the least Christians per capita and today needs to be evangelized by the very people they introduced to Christ a century ago. Perhaps North America needs to take heed.
Romans 14:11,12 … For it is written, As I live , says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give Praise to God. So then each one of us shall give an account of himself to God
Why Jesus Christ?
Acts 4:12 … and there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.
Salvation comes by a New Birth.
John 3:3 … Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (This is a Spiritual rebirth – not a physical birth.)
These are the steps we need to take to become born again
Admit… to God that we are sinners and need to be saved – we cannot save ourselves. (Often we don’t realize the extent of our sins, so we need to ask God to reveal our sin.) Theologian Matthew Henry said ' Sin is like shaking your fist in Gods face.'
(Sin is missing the mark—it is all unrighteuoness—all lawlessness, a violation of moral laws)
Romans 3:23 … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Believe … that Jesus is who He said He is; the Son of God and in fact God Himself in human flesh, and that He died on the cross as a sacrifice for mankind's sins , was buried, and on the third day He came back to life. His Resurrection Power overcame death, and when we Believe we have this same power. Believing in God requires more than knowing who He is— Even the Devil and his demons know that. Believing in Jesus is to Place our Confidence in Him—to Trust, Obey and Rely on Him
Acts 16:31 … and they said, believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.
Confess … Jesus as Savior and Lord of your life, and be willing to Repent (turn away-change direction) from your sin. (The sin of unbelief is often a major stumbling block to accepting Christ. Sin can be anything that separates us from God.)
Romans 10:9,10 … that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in Salvation.
1 John 1:9 … if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Eph. 2:8,9 … for by Grace you have been saved through faith: and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: not as a result of works, that no one shall boast.
Assurance of Salvation
Once you have accepted Christ as savior you may not feel any different at the moment. How can we be sure Jesus is in our life? Feelings change, they are up and down, so we must rely on the Holy Spirit and God’s Word which never lies or changes.
Here are some of God’s promises assuring us of our salvation
1 John 5:13 … I write these things to you who believe in the name of the son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
John 1:12 … Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
1 John 5:11-12 … and this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His son. He who has the son has life: he who does not have the son of God does not have life.