While visiting Lesotho last week, we kept a journal with the hopes of sharing about all of the exciting things we were seeing, learning, and experiencing. One of the things we learned about during the Marketplace meeting on Friday was how to share the Gospel with people from Lesotho.
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Friday, January 8th, 2016
The Two Kingdoms is a Gospel presentation that begins with the description of two separate kingdoms. The Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness.
The Sesotho people truly connect with the idea of kingdoms because their own country is a kingdom as well.
To begin the story you compare the Kingdom of Light, God’s kingdom, to the kingdom of darkness, Satan’s kingdom.
In the Kingdom of Light you experience love,
But in the kingdom of darkness there is only hate.
In the Kingdom of Light there is freedom,
But in the kingdom of darkness you live in slavery.
In the Kingdom of Light you are filled with peace,
But in the kingdom of darkness you feel anger.
In the Kingdom of Light you know the power of God,
But in the kingdom of darkness fear is everywhere.
Lastly, in the Kingdom of Light there is life,
And in the kingdom of darkness there is death.
Once these two kingdoms are clearly established, you begin by sharing the story of Adam and Eve. These two people were created by God and lived in the Kingdom of Light with God. But because of their choice to disobey God, they were kicked out of the Kingdom of Light and forced to go to the kingdom of darkness. They were no longer a part of God’s Kingdom.
“For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie”
So man traded the things of the Kingdom of Light for the things of the kingdom of darkness.
Love for hate,
Freedom for slavery,
Peace for anger,
The power of God for fear,
And life for death.
Every one of us in born into the kingdom of darkness. We are stuck and we can’t get back to the Kingdom of Light on our own.
We need to be rescued.
Thankfully, God had a rescue plan all along. He sent His only Son Jesus to bring us back into the Kingdom of Light.
Jesus came to Earth and lived a life without sin. He lived an obedient life, never falling for the lies that come from the kingdom of darkness. He told people that he was God. This made some happy, but others very mad.
The religions rulers of the day were upset by the things Jesus was saying, so they had Jesus beaten and crucified.
He could have stopped the punishment because he truly was God, but he willingly went to die on the cross for each of our sins.
If we place faith and trust only in him, we will be forgiven and can once again be a part of the Kingdom of Light.
They buried him but he rose on the third day showing his victory over sin, death, and hell.
Jesus is the only way for us to return from darkness to the Kingdom of Light.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
If we desire to be a part of the Kingdom of Light, it must be through faith in Jesus Christ only. When we place our faith and trust in Jesus only, the Bible says we are rescued from darkness and transferred to the Kingdom of Light.
We traded our hated for love,
Our slavery for freedom,
Our anger for peace,
Our fear for the power of God,
And our death for life.
Are you happy living in this darkness and fear?
Tyler & Rachel