While I still have the opportunity, I want to take a few minutes to summarize in writing the values and life lessons I have attempted to live out before you and most want to pass on to you…
Foremost,it is the message of the Gospel that brings salvation to all who believe! This Gospel really is good news when see that Jesus came to this earth sent by the Father to rescue mankind from his selfish, sin cursed, enslaved life. The Gospel message is a message of God reconciling mankind to himself by His initiative and work. Salvation is found by faith in the work of Jesus on the cross and not by our own initiative or works. We must fight for this message. This message must not be added to or subtracted from.
Secondly, the unity of the church must be protected. Jesus said, “they will know you are my disciples by your love for one another.” We must be known for our love! Not by what we are against, but what we are for! We cannot tolerate backbiting, quarreling or gossiping within Christ’s church. We must fight to keep the peace!
Thirdly, we must be doers of the Word. Not only must we preach the Gospel, but we must live the Gospel. The Gospel is not just a ticket to heaven, but the very power that brings life transformation! When we live by faith our lives will produce the fruit of the Spirit. Our lives should represent Christ. We should look like Christ in our speech, actions and attitudes.
Because of Jesus,