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Evangelism Corner - April 2019

A Weak Heart

 

2 Corinthians 12 v 9

 

Jesus said this to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

 

Approximately 22 years ago I was running a large stone quarry. My life was totally absorbed in our worldly, self-serving cultural. There was no time for God in my life. I was confident that I was in complete and total control of my life. Jesus was about to show me a better way of living. I suddenly found myself lying on the ground one day, dizzy and short of breath with my heart racing out of my chest. After a trip to the emergency room and a three day stay in the hospital I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) and a weak heart that only pumped about 60% of the volume it should. As I lay in the hospital bed feeling scared and very frail, God spoke to me just like a doctor to a patient. He told me, “I am not going to let you keep living the life you are. I have different plans for you.” Although the future path was long and wide due to my sinful nature, God has taught me many things on this journey which I would like to share along with some of my own observations.

 

The first thing that I realized was when we are young, strong and healthy we have a tendency to feel like there is no need for Jesus in our lives. We are in control of our both destiny and our decisions. Why should we pray and ask Jesus for direction? We have zero humility and are full of ourselves and can’t be bothered by wasting our time on worthless spiritual matters that threaten to steal our time and money. I’ve had one of my sons say, “I am the lord of my own life and in control of every decision. I only answer to myself. I don’t need a crutch like you old people who believe in these fairy tales you call religion.” I think this is one of the main reasons the church has very few young people serving in it today. Many of us have failed to realize how the world has stolen our children away from us right under our noses and made it almost impossible to get them back until much later in their lives, if ever. What I find even more tragic is it takes some of us almost our entire lives to realize that by rejecting Christ and making these weak, fragile, decaying bodies our foundation for living, we have set the course for future generations. This course moves us ever further towards a godless society that uses God like an ATM machine. Whenever something comes up in their life that’s more than they want to deal with they call out to Him, not ever really knowing Him, and then cast Him aside once their circumstances improve, or blame and curse Him when they don’t. If you think this is a voice of experience speaking, you are absolutely correct. Many of us have missed God’s blessings and peace He freely offers us in the prime of our lives and the opportunity to share all of this with our children as well.

 

This is the very reason that Jesus tells Paul, “My strength is made perfect in weakness”. The world’s definition is the exact opposite of what God’s definition is. When we are physically and spiritually broken, this is the moment that Jesus can step in and begin to use us for the very purpose he has created us for. In this state of brokenness and humility, His word and love can penetrate our hard worldly heart and we can experience the joy of being His children. This becomes the start of our new life in Christ as we cast out the old man and the new one takes over. As Jesus becomes more of us and the world becomes less we mature in our faith and become a living reflection of Christ. As we spend more time in His word and in worship we become His disciples and can begin the process of teaching our children and others of God’s purpose for their lives. It is our responsibility as Christians to pass on His teachings to our children and to raise up the next generation of God fearing disciples and servants. The church is just a small part of this journey and we must realize that most of the responsibility lies on the back of the parents that raise their children to know and love God. We can’t sit on the sidelines and watch as the world devours our younger generation of believers. Your testimony, just like the small picture of mine I have given, can be one of your most powerful tools in accomplishing this most urgent task. We must always remember that the weakness of our worldly flesh can be our greatest strength in winning souls to Christ. Let Jesus replace your weak heart with His strong one.

 


Evangelism Corner - February 2019


Words

 

Matthew 12 v 36-37

 

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement.  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

 

Jesus tell us in Matthew how powerful words are and how important it is for the believer to understand this.  I sometimes marvel at the fact that when we get together as believers how little our conversations reflect this in what we say to each other and also to the lost in this world.  Often times we talk about our work or maybe what we watched on TV last night.  Some of us will talk about our children or our grandchildren and still others about our pets or our aches and pains.  Others of us will give each other the latest rundown of our favorite sports team or what our weekend plans will be.  Here’s the question, would all these things fall under the category of idle words?  Not that there is anything wrong with any of these things, but where in our conversation did we make room for Jesus and are these worldly things more important than he is? 

 

In Matthew 22 v 37 when the Pharisees asked Jesus which is the great commandment in the Law he said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”  In this verse Jesus paints us a portrait of the life of a believer.  Shouldn’t our conversations with each other and the lost mirror that picture?  The question we have to ask ourselves is, are we fulfilling this great commandment? That being said when we stand before Christ will we be justified or condemned?  When we direct our focus off the world and on this question the result could be life changing for many of us and the beginning of an amazing opportunity for spiritual growth in the church. This could also become a powerful arm which reaches out to the lost in this world.  Can you just imagine if we set our worldly conversations aside and put Jesus at the front of the line?  We could get together and talk about scripture that we have read during the week and just can’t wait to share with others.  We could talk about Christian movies we have found on TV and how we can share them with our friends and neighbors.  We could talk about the challenges of raising our children to know the Lord and some of the ways we are accomplishing this in our families. When we attend sporting events we can tell others about how we shared our faith with people at the game when the opportunity presented itself.  During our time together we could share our stories of how God created opportunities for us to witness to the lost and how we went about sharing Gods love for them.  By making the word of Jesus the priority in our lives we can take those everyday idle conversations we have, weave in his Holy word, mix it with his love for the lost and have conversations that change hearts and save souls from outer darkness. 

 

Let us follow our Savior’s commandment and understand there is great power in his words.  Let’s use them to encourage each other and to reach the lost instead of the purpose of just pleasant conversation.  Time is short, let’s not waste it

 

 

 

 

Sermon Notes for Evangelism Sunday

2/10/2019

Matthew 28 v 18

All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Mark 16 v 15

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. This is a command from Jesus to believers. Another command is

Luke 14 v 23

Then the master said to the servant, Go out into the highways and edges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Matthew 4 v 19

Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

 

These scripture readings are in a nutshell our sole purpose for the believer’s existence on Earth. Unfortunately for us it is probably the thing we spend the least amount of effort and time on. We waste our time on the things of this world that are all passing away as Jesus has told us. The world is Satan’s time vacuum which sucks the life and time away from believers. This time vacuum renders us useless and ineffective for the very purpose we exist and were created. Sadly our Lord says one day we will give an account for the time we had and what we have done in our lives. Some of us will have a long list of worldly accomplishments and a very short list of eternal treasures. How does this happen in a believer’s life when Jesus lays out so clearly our purpose and responsibilities as a believer to share our faith with others to win souls for Him.  

 

I think that question has a simple answer. Who do we serve? The God of this Earth or the God who is in Heaven. For the bible says we cannot serve two masters for we will either love the one or hate the other. Let me give you some examples and see if you can relate to any of them. During the course of the day how much of your time is spent thinking about the lost people on this earth and what you could do to reach them. During the course of your day when you have conversations with believers how much of the conversation is about reaching the lost for Christ. When you plan your free time activities or weekends plans how much of that time is devoted to reaching others for Christ? I think it could almost be said if you’re not fishing you’re not following.

Proverbs 11 v 30

He who wins souls is wise.

Daniel 12 v 3

Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those that turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.

Jesus says, “What should it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet losses his soul?” When Jesus makes this statement he is telling us one human soul is worth more that everything in this entire world. Let that sink in for a minute. Jesus laid down his life for this reason for us. What could be more valuable than that? What are some of the things that make a soul so valuable? It’s durability. A soul will last forever and ever. Heaven and earth will pass away but your soul and those of the lost will remain. The question is where they will remain, either in heaven or in hell.

Revelations 20 v 10

The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

We know through scripture the value of the soul. We also know that there are only two places the soul can go after death. Why do we put such little value on them because we are not thinking eternally or spiritually? If we were, our hearts would be broken for the lost in this world. The bible says - They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. When was the last time you wept over a soul that was lost to Satan? Tears touch the heart of God. If you don’t have a broken heart, I recommend you go to God and confess as a sin. Many people say that our witness is the way we live our lives. People are not saved by your life, but by his death. The lost will never know Jesus unless you tell them. Jesus says, Go and sow the seed. The problem is you don’t go and sow the seed in the barn (which would be the church). We need to go sow the seed in the field. The field is the world we are in and we are to sow those seeds in our everyday life.

In church today we have too many hugs and kisses and halleluiahs and not enough heartache for those on the outside. We are like a sacred society for snubbing sinners. You will never find a single shred of scripture where it tells the lost to come to church. But there are many that command the church to go out to the lost.

They that sow in tears will reap in joy. The seed is the word of God.

Hebrews 4 v 12

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piecing even to the division of soul and spirit.

What good is seed if you do not sow it? It’s not what you know, but what you sow. Know it in your head, stow it in your heart and sow it in the world. Many times we hear believers say how the lost are unreachable and hard but the truth is it’s not our job to analyze the ground. It is our job to sow the seed.

So what have we learned from scripture today:

  • We are commanded by God to share our faith with others.
  • It is our sole purpose for being here on earth
  • We need to have a broken heart for the lost.
  • We can’t expect them to come to us. We are commanded to go to them.
  • Our failure to share our faith can be a revelation to our relationship with Jesus. We have to decide who we are going to serve. Are we going to fulfill the great commission he has put before us?

 

Will we make the choice to fulfill his command of fishing for men or will we choose to serve the world that is perishing before us instead?

The greatest joy we will ever have in our lives is sharing Christ with the lost. I pray we will not deny ourselves that privilege.

 

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Evangelism Corner - January 2019

Our Last Day

 

          Have you ever thought of how you would feel and respond in everyday life if you knew you only had days to live. Would you hold your loved ones a little tighter, would you reach out to friends you haven’t seen in many years or even offer forgiveness to those who have hurt you. Would you share your faith with family and unbelievers bravely knowing that the pain and possible rejection of you would soon become irrelevant? The sad part about not living this way is the reality that every day we live could be our last day. And because of this simple fact the lifetime of opportunity that God gave us to share the good news of Jesus has been squandered by fear of rejection and a false sense of having time we never really had. When we live our lives as Christians and have a firm understanding of God’s word we begin to realize just how precious and fleeting that time is. Once we realize this we can begin to reprioritize what our daily activities are and focus more on the ones that have eternal value and less on the ones that the world tempts us to pursue. Jesus tells us to strive for the imperishable things instead of worldly possessions and the lusts of this world. Possessions can be replaced with personal relationships that lead people to the savior and the desire for wealth can be replaced with the desire to serve the Lord and further his kingdom. Jesus commands each one of us to go unto all the world and share the good news about him. Let’s not waste any more time waiting for the right time to share our faith with others and sharing the good news. Someday we will give account for this time we had. Let’s give our savior a good report. Time is precious and so are the lives of millions of people who need him, let’s not wait for our last day to tell them how much he loves them. This is the sole purpose that we have been created for.

 

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