Theme: We are Chosen Generation
Scripture 1 Pet 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
by Chad Browne
I am a student of the Bethel Bible College and apart of Project P.R.O.B.E as an upcoming apologist trained to defend the faith in Jesus Christ and explain the hope that we have through Jesus Christ. I have been asked on their behalf to address the church especially the youth in regards to evangelism, to help encourage you about how you can share your faith. In my address, I will share what PROBE is, what it does, what is Apologetics, briefly define and share about opposing religious views such as Evolution, Black Israelite and LGBT agenda, I will share how God chooses us to be his agents of salvation, hope, inspiration, evangelism, love and deliverance.
PROBE presents Biblical and natural evidence for God, salvation and Judgment against world views that oppose God and his mission. PROBE provides literature, seminars and other resources available to Christians and the Barbadian public on topics such as; LGBT agenda, Evolution, 3rd wave feminism, should we fear Artificial Intelligence, Black Hebrews/Israelites and much more.
Apologetics Defined and World View
Apologetics is found in 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…with gentleness and respect. Our goal as agents of S.H.E.I.L.D is to give an objective reason and the evidence that shows that Christianity is the truth and to communicate this truth to the world. The chosen race in 1 Peter 2:9 is humans who would place their faith in Jesus Christ as in John 15:16, where Jesus says He chose you, and place not only the disciples but to us to be doing the good work. This is a very exciting time because we have the power of technology being able to share the gospel through Hologram ( shares video- https://interestingengineering.com/video/watch-microsofts-new-ai-hologram-speak-fluent-japanese). Imagine being able to share the message across the globe faster than Paul did in three years and seeing millions come to Christ in one moment because of the way it is shared. Or use Soularium, Perspectives or even through Jesus films and these can used on applications on the mobile phone to share the gospel. And more persons are in a period of searching for the truth so therefore we should share. Along the way, we may encounter the Evolutionist, the Black Israelite and the LGBT group on our conversations.
Evolution is the process where the first cell evolved into the diversity of life-based on natural selection and natural process even the earth and all non-living objects due to the big bang. The big bang says that natural process created the universe over billions of years and this means that Adam which based on their story comes after the Dinosaurs. However, since such creature can be defined as a reptile which can be like the alligator, for instance, this immediately opposes the Bible since Man existed with the animals especially land animals on Day 6 according to Genesis 1. Also, the stars were made before the earth in the evolution story and the universe will come to the same temperature heat death which is different than the future God has for the earth. Even how the order of the animals is different.
This group believes that black people or African Americans are descendants of the tribes of Israel and all other persons are descendants of Edom. They believe in keeping the Law of Moses for salvation and the real Jews are not the Jews and that our bible or the gospel was used by white masters during the slavery times in America and don’t see Jesus as God. And the curses in Leviticus 26 identifies them. According to their website, Jesus name is not the Messiah since the name of Jesus there no J in the Hebrew, it’s not the original name. However, this can be easily refuted since the English translation similar in the Hebrew and Joshua is the literal transliteration of Jesus and note that it says Jesus of Nazarene which means there were many Jesuses in that day since it was a common name.
This group believes that there is more than one gender and that we should allow them to educate us about marriage being open to same-sex and even children as well. They believe we are born gay and as soon as you are not sure about your sexual attraction you should get a sex change with hormones. All children should decide their gender not the parents and if we teach differently the courts should lock anyone up. Obviously, there is something wrong here, persons want to believe in a lie rather than the truth according to Romans 1:26-28.
How God chooses us to be a part of S.H.E.I.L.D
Agents of Salvation
In the series Agents of Shield, Skye was discovered by the shield team when working for the Rising Tide which places her on SHIELD’s radar. Phil Cousion the leader recruited her due to her skills of hacking and then she eventually became an inhuman a person with alien-based powers and a valuable part of the team. Before she joins, she was assessed to be a potential threat or asset of the team however the leader made the best call done since she saved the earth. At this point, you are wondering what this has to with the Bible, God before the foundation of the world with the knowledge that we would betray him decided to see the value and chose to save us by offering salvation which allows us to become children of God. We become a part of God’s team with the mission and purpose of declaring the good news of the salvation of Jesus on that He died for all sins and rose from the grave so all we need to do is trust him to be free with the task of finding others who would do so. Because of Galatians 3:7 we are blessed because of the promises of Abraham and included in God’s family.
God calls to salvation by the drawing of the spirit of God and then use us to call others, the story of Paul is akin to Skye who was an enemy of God but yet He was chosen by God to be the light of the gentile community to share the gospel to them and look at the potential of Paul who wrote almost half of the Bible.
Agents of Hope
“…to whom God wanted to make known the glorious riches of this secret among the gentiles which are the Messiah in you, our glorious hope (Colossians 1:27) that “whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” Simply, we have the hope that when we have Christ, we have the testimony of Him in us to offer to others which helps those who don’t know to become a part of the family.
We are the only faith that offers hope now with complete surety…this should excite us to have faith and be bold in sharing the gospel, I recall when I was at UWI, I encountered an atheist. When he shared with me about his view had to do my research especially when he showed me the passage where God kills children in the story of Elisha going up the mountain and even discussing evolution and Christianity. Eventually, after much research and conversation, I got to the point where I almost persuade him for God since I shared with him about Josephus where he refers to the half-brother of Jesus who comes to following God after the resurrection. This experience helps me to understand that I need to know other religious views otherwise I could have fallen away from the faith and forsaken the hope that I have. We need to know why we believe and the evidence but also what others will say to challenge us as well.
Agents of Evangelism
Must every Christian evangelize? The scriptural answer is “yes.” There are two main reasons for why some argue the answer is “no.”
- The Great Commission was only given to the apostles and therefore does not apply to us today.
- Since only some people have the “gift of evangelism,” not everyone is obligated to witness.
However, the Word of God encourages us that once we are reconciled to God that he called us to reconciliation which means bringing us back into a relationship with God.
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Cor. 5:18-20)
Agents of Inspiration
I want to share an inspiring story that would help us understand how important our role is. I share from:
A Call from God -Variety Reading/Carl’s guide.com/Christian-stores
One Saturday night, a pastor was working late and decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00 PM, but his wife didn’t answer the phone. The pastor let it ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn’t answer but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again, she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn’t answered before, and she said that it hadn’t rung at their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways.
The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he’d used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he’d called on Saturday night. The pastor couldn’t figure out what the man was talking about.
Then the man said, “It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.”
The pastor remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he’d intended to call his wife.
The man said, “That’s okay. Let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, ‘God if you’re there, and you don’t want me to do this, give me a sign now.’ At that point, my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, ‘Almighty God’. I was afraid to answer!”
The church that the pastor attends is called Almighty God Tabernacle
Every day, we have a chance to inspire persons to want our God yes God works with the person to draw them, but he gives us the strength and the command to inspire persons to their best selves which can only be found in Christ Jesus. You might think my testimony is not that great, but God calls us special people. We are set apart with the Spirit of God in us to be the representation of the Word of God to inspire and give hope to others through our testimony and how we love God.
Agents of Love
By this, all men will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). God is love and because He is in us and is with us, he gives us the capacity to love, to be patient and kind, to seek the best for others, not keep count of who did us wrong, to protect the defenceless with the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
We can be filled with the power of love through the Holy Spirit and operate in the fruit of the Spirit of Christ and because of this power that works in us, we can display the love of God. Only if we love God first which allows God to show us how we are loved by him then we love ourselves can we fulfil the command love your neighbour as yourself.
Agents of Deliverance
Deliverance is defined as a rescue from bondage or danger, God is the one who delivers us from the bondage of sin and demonic forces as well so how can we be agents of deliverance. In the Bible, we have been given the authority to heal the sick, to cast out demons in Jesus name and more importantly to share the gospel to a people who need this deliverance. God does the work yes this is clear however we have the command and the authority to act on God’s behalf to do the work of deliverance. In the aspect of sin, we share the gospel which will deliver the person from the darkness.
A lot of times, we refer to Ephesians 6:10-18, to state as Christians we need to pray against this and that demon without realizing that the power of the gospel hinders the enemy influences in the world. You ever wondered why in the past there was not as much known activity of persons doing witchcraft, there were fewer killings, every person saw the church as a place to be respected back in the old days. This was because in that period the gospel was shared accepted and change the hearts of men in the nation so that effect could occur. Of course, now that the world is getting more sinful and we are being less effective by being silent about issues such as LGBT and so on., we cannot expect the same results nor expect to say we need to get back to the old days. We need to get back to God yes, but we need to get with the times and see opportunities to share the message.
You are saved so you may proclaim the virtues of God
As royalty, they may consider you as odd
Yet the fullness of time chose you to be a part of something greater
Looping back messages of grace like a repeater
Reporting in for a work that so many people wish to run from
You have been given a mission to bring sight to the blind and speak to those who are dumb
Dumb-folded by the glorious gospel that makes fools wiser
…Blast off with the power of a Geiser
Releasing life-giving water so persons can never thirst again
All because you have introduced them to the Master