In this sermon our Youth Director, Mike Bittenbender, talks about what it means to be ambassadors of God. He defines his terms and based on 2 Cor. 5 explains how we do this. Here are some excerpts:

Ambassadors of God

“…This morning I invite you to turn with me to the second book of Corinthians chapter 5, starting at verse number 16.

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors…”

This passage in 2 Corinthians sheds some light and guides us as to what this means, to be an ambassador for God…

How to be an Ambassador of God

The question is then asked, “How do we do this?” And I know people start to make excuses such as, “I don’t have the gift of evangelism”. And I don’t believe evangelism is a gift. Evangelism is a command. Christ says go. He doesn’t say if you have the gift of evangelism go, but commands all His believers to go and Jesus says if you love Me you will obey My commands. If we love Jesus, we will go and make disciples of all nations.

Here are some keys to consider when doing this:

  1. We must know whose ambassador we are, and have an intimate relationship with Him. We must know God, know His voice, know His nature, know His will, know His character. If we do not know God, we cannot be His representative. We can’t represent someone we don’tknow.
  2. We must know the message. Jim Byrnes, Former Youth Pastor at Falls Church said this,“You cannot give what you do not have.” You can’t give the message if you don’t even have the message. 1 Peter says we must be ready to give an answer for the hope we have.
  3. We must love one another. Chris Moreman, Pastor at Grace Capital City said this: “God’splan A for revealing Himself to the world, is the way in which we love one another. Anyone here love apologetics? All of those arguments for the existence of God, whether it’s the ontological, transcendental argument, the existentialism argument all of these wonderful and beautiful arguments. There is a place for these, but I believe Love is one of the greatest tools and arguments for the existence of God.”

We, who are in Christ are God’s ambassadors co-working in the ministry of reconciliation. We are to look for those future citizens in the kingdom of God, and work, on behalf of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to reconcile them to God.

Let us, you and me, make a new year’s resolution to become better ambassadors for God, spreading the Good News to those around us. Let this church be a church of ambassadors for God to our neighbors here in Kingstowne, the Northern Virginia area, the U. S. and to the ends of the world.

December 31, 2017

2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2

Mr. Mike Bittenbender

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