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SermonSharing Salvation Grace
An all-creatures Bible Message

Sharing Salvation Grace
 
A Sermon Delivered to
The Compassion Internet Church
 
19 April 2015
 
Frank L. Hoffman, Pastor

Scripture References

Proverbs 11:30
Proverbs 21:10
Matthew 6:24
Matthew 28:19-20
Luke 1:76-79
Acts 28:28
Ephesians 2:8-10
Philemon 6

Sharing salvation grace is something God did for us, and something that we should be doing for every other living being upon this earth.
 
We can help other humans by sharing salvation grace with them that will hopefully lead them to Jesus Christ, and hopefully change them into loving, compassionate peacemaking children of God who reject the corrupt ways of this world with all its pain, suffering, bloodshed, and death; thus, also helping to save billions of animals from suffering and death from humans who live in the corrupt ways of this world.
 
This is also what we are told in Philemon 6…

6. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
NIV

The key here is that we are to be active in sharing our faith, or in sharing salvation grace, because there is no such thing as passive faith, for faith is an active word, or to say it in another way, faith is acting upon our belief.
 
With these things in mind, let’s take a look at Ephesians 2:8-10…

8. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
 
9. not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
 
10. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
NASB

Grace is unmerited favor, or receiving something that we don’t deserve, and something that we can’t earn or work for, but it’s what we do after we are saved that really counts.
 
These are the things that God has prepared beforehand for us to do, such as living in the peace of Eden, which is very similar to living in the heavenly will of God where there is no pain or suffering or death.
 
Let’s look at an example:
 
If we don’t eat any animals or their bodily secretions such as eggs and milk, or wear their skins, then we are also sharing salvation grace with them, for there is really no way that they can know what we are doing, nor is there any way they could repay us.
 
However, by this very act, for each and every person who lives a plant food vegan lifestyle, approximately 100 land and sea animals are saved from a life of human caused suffering and death every year.
 
But we can’t stop here, for we also need to share this faith with everyone we can, which is all part of performing the good works that God prepared beforehand for us to do.
 
This is also part of what Jesus commanded us to do in Matthew 28:19-20…

19. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
 
20. teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
NASB

A disciple is someone who follows the teaching and lifestyle of their “master” or leader, and in essence walks in their footsteps, living a life that reflects their lifestyle.
 
For if we don’t follow the teachings and commandments that Jesus gave us, then we cannot be His disciples.
 
This is the problem that many churches have; they lead people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and leave them there, while the church continues to live in the corrupt ways of this world, where they have church dinners of the tortured remains of some animals or they continue to promote hunting or fish killing, all of which are out of the heavenly will of God.
 
We cannot have two masters (Jesus and the devil), as we are told in Matthew 6:24…

24. "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
NASB

Mammon means riches or material wealth, or in this context the corrupt ways of this world with all its pain, suffering, bloodshed, and death.
 
In other words, we cannot serve Jesus and the corrupt ways of the devil and this world, for if we live in the ways of this world, and claim to love Jesus, we are liars.
 
This is similar to what we are told in Proverbs 21:10…

10. The soul of the wicked desires evil;
His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
NASB

If we don’t sincerely serve the Lord our God with all our heart and soul, then no matter how righteous we may try to sound with our speech, others will see our true nature; they will see the evil.
 
We are not to be this way.
 
Listen to what Zacharias prophesied about his son, who became John the Baptist in Luke 1:76-79…

76. "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;

Like John, we are to be doing the same things, but there is more…

77. To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,

This is all part of our sharing salvation grace with everyone we can, and bring them to repentance as John the Baptist did.
 
Some may ask: “Repentance from what?”
 
Repentance from the worldly ways in which most people live, for if we are truly sorry for the corrupt ways in which we were living, and truly desire to never live that way again, then the Lord is faithful to forgive us.

78. Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high shall visit us,
 
79. To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace."
NASB

This is what our sharing salvation grace is all about.
 
It’s not about lying to people about how easy God is about forgiving us over and over again for our willful sin, because there is no such thing as cheap grace.
 
Sharing salvation grace should bring about changed lives in the heavenly will of God, but the unfortunate problem is that most people who claim to be saved seem to be serving the worldly ways of the devil and his minions.
 
And we all too often forget that Jesus came because God loved the whole world (John 3:16) and not just certain people.
 
This is why we are given another reminder in Acts 28:28…

28. "Let it be known to you therefore, that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will also listen."
NASB

If we who are truly born again and live in the heavenly will of God really begin sharing salvation grace with the world around us and live openly as God’s ambassadors, setting the example of how God wants us to live in love and peace for all humans and animals, then we will also see more people from all over the world listen and repent of their worldly ways and seek the Lord our God with all their heart and soul.
 
This is similar to what we are told in Proverbs 11:30…

30. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who is wise wins souls.
NASB

But as we have discussed, winning souls is more than having a person say “the sinner’s prayer”; it is having a profound change in their lives that turns them into loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God, who care about the whole of creation (humans, animals, and the environment in which we all live), and actively do something to free it from its present corruption.
 
This is truly sharing salvation grace with the world around us.
 
If we did this, then all our lives would be better: we’d be healthier, happier, and have the absolute assurance that we are truly saved and are going to heaven.
 
Amen.

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