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Radio transcript for the week of August 06, 2017

John Allan speaks on "Choosing God Over Family" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Joshua is a man who chose to serve God throughout his life. Near the end of his life he challenged Israel to chose who they would serve (Joshua 24).

One of the things we learn from Joshua 24 is that choosing the Lord means we must be willing to set aside family history. Israel's forefathers had served false gods (Joshua 24:1-2). For Israel to choose God meant they would have to do something different from their forefathers.

Sometimes choosing the Lord means rejecting the beliefs of loved ones. Matthew 10:37 shows that our relationship with the Lord must be the most important. If we put our family ahead of him, we have a problem. We admire people who have obeyed the Gospel even though it made things difficult with their family. For example:

  • Some have obeyed the Gospel knowing this wouldn't be welcomed when they returned home from being baptized into Christ.
  • Some have obeyed the Gospel knowing that a deeply-loved relative never did.
  • Some have obeyed the Gospel knowing their family might try to harm (or even kill) them.

Family members might forsake you, but God never will. If we can aid you in obeying the Gospel, please let us know.


What does the Bible say about salvation?

  • All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
  • Not everyone will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  • Only those who obey God will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:21).
  • Obedience means believing that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6).
  • Repenting of sins (a change of life) (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
  • Confessing your faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).
  • Being baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21).
  • Live as a faithful Christian until death (Titus 2:12; Revelation 2:10).

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