The title of this sermon is: There Is No How.
We are a culture that is used to being told how to do something. From the time you are a little kid till you become an adult, you are taught how to do something. How is the system that is used when trying to accomplish a task. We know a lot of systems.
Your dad teaches you how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and toast bread
Your mom teaches you how to clean your room and make your bed
You wake up at a certain time, eat lunch at a certain time, go to school at a certain time, go to bed at a certain time.
You are taught how to do algebra, geometry and other types of math
You are taught formulas for solving formulas and for solving other types of problems
When you get a job, you are taught how that organization accomplishes its goals so that you can help the organization be successful
These are all systems.
I believe that in the church, we are a slave to systems. Because systems work in most other areas of our lives, we jump to believing that they should work within all areas of our spiritual life too.
When you ask a person why they do not share the gospel or why they are not serving, the first answer you will most likely get is that they don’t know how.
Our people need to realize that there is no how.
When Jesus told us to Go and Make disciples, he did not tell us how. When the disciples started the church in Jerusalem, they did not record for us how they did that. When Jesus told us give, fast, love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul – he did not tell us how.
If Jesus told you how to go and make disciples, you would be prone to believe that is the only way to go and make disciples. If the Bible told you how the disciples started the church or even what a service was like, we would tend to limit ourselves to making our service an exact copy of what the disciples did.
We are not called to copy the way another church does outreach. We are not called to copy how another church does worship. We are not called to copy how another church does their children’s program. The pastor is to be himself not a copy of somebody else.
What works for one church may not work for another one. The context is different. What works in Seattle or Texas may not work in Georgia.
Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, We are called to walk by faith and not by sight.
This means that we actually trust that God will allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. Not only just in our lives but in our church as well.
Jesus is on a mission to rescue people, he wants to include you on that mission.