By Dale Grissom
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16). This verse of scripture demands that one must make a choice either to believe and be baptized, or choose to not believe and be lost. This is where faithful Christians play an important part in the decision of those who are lost. We can teach them the word of God that they may learn the truth. Then they will be able to make an intelligent choice based on knowledge of the gospel of Christ
Those that love the souls of men are grieved to see lost souls going blindly on doing the things of the world. I can't think of a life being more profitable than to be saved and to lead others to Christ. It seems clear that this is the real purpose of life.
Husbands and wives must help each other be faithful, and together they must lead their children to Christ. They then must continue to reach out to souls that are lost. This is the way the church is to grow. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them int he name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." We must obey the commands of the Lord if we are to be pleasing to Him.
- Dale Grissiom has for many years served as an elder and minister for the Dexter church of Christ in Dexter, MO. Travis L. Quertermous preaches for the congregation. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.dexterchurchofchrist.com/