I look forward to being with you again this coming Sunday. After the past two days at the REACH 2015 conference, God has been stirring something up inside me. So much so, that this is going to change the immediate direction that we are headed.
I believe that God has given me something else for FaithPoint for the rest of this year. We have cleaned the calendar. Everything that was planned has been changed and we will begin a new series this Sunday.
The new series is called: DNA.
Here are the notes from the sermon this past Sunday:
The title for this sermon is: You Were Created For Evangelism
This is the last sermon in our series: Living On Purpose
1 John 3:8 says, “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil.”
Jesus even says in John 8, “Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil and your will is to do your father’s desires.”
Charles Spurgeon, in his book, The Soul Winner says, “Numbers of persons think that the Lord Jesus is available for the pardon of past sin, but they cannot trust Him for their preservation in the future. They trust for years past, but not for years to come; whereas no such subdivision of salvation is ever spoken of in Scripture as the work of Christ. Either He bore all our sins or none; and He either saves us once for all or not at all.
Another proof of the conquest of a soul for Christ will be found in a real change of life. If the man does not live differently from what he did before, both at home and abroad, his repentance needs to be repented of and his conversion is a fiction.”
There is a great need for evangelism. There is a great need for disciples to share the message of their Master. There are many gospel conversations waiting to be had.
What does it mean to be an evangelist?
An evangelist is a person who gives a presentation of the gospel with the goal of bringing the hearer to faith in Jesus Christ.
You may never be asked to speak about John Wycliffe and his unwavering faith. How he was persecuted and ridiculed until his death. Even years later after his death, he was so hated for his faith that his bones were dug up and burned.
You may never be asked to lead a panel on the Council of Trent. 450 years ago the Catholic Church took a stab at condemning and refuting the reformers such as Martin Luther and John Calvin. For example, the reformers taught that you are saved by grace alone through faith alone. The Catholic Church said that was a heresy.
You don’t have to lead crusades that sell out football stadiums.
You don’t have to write books or start a podcast.
You don’t have to have a show on TV.
You can have godly, gospel centered conversations.
2 Corinthians 5:20
When is the last time that you tried to implore anyone to do anything?
When is the last time you talked to the person throwing their life away in unrepentant sin and pleaded with them to repent and come to Jesus. Or…do you just sit back on your couch with your popcorn and peanuts so passively watching this person’s life unravel and disintegrate right before you?
You will not be blameless for not sharing the gospel.
There is something beautiful that happens with every gospel-centered conversation that you have. As you point the other person to Jesus, you are also pointing yourself to Jesus.
It is like the pastor when he studies, and prepares the sermon, he gets up to declare the word of the Lord and he is preaching to himself just as much as he preaches to the congregation.
By speaking the gospel to yourself every day, you are speaking life into your spirit.
By speaking the gospel to others as often as you can, you speak life into both their life and yours.
If your heart does not break for the lost and broken, tell God to break it.
If you do not feel compassion for the lost, tell God to compel you.
If you do not feel moved to go and have these gospel conversations, Acts 1:8 says, You WILL BE my witnesses. Tell God to MAKE YOU His witness.
Do not harden your heart towards the Word of the Lord.
I pray that these Scriptures did not fall on hard hearts and deaf ears but that they fell upon fruitful and fertile soil and that God would cultivate this so that you may bear much fruit.
What did the Holy Spirit say to you today?
What are you going to do about it?
Here is a video of some of the worship that we had at the REACH Conference.
I hope you enjoy it!
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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