THE MISSION OF EVANGELISM
I Corinthians 9:16
by Cooper Abrams
Introduction: Missions is evangelism and is taking the Gospel to lost souls who have never heard of the love of Christ.
I. BEING A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN IS TO BE A SOUL WINNER!
2. A disciple is one who follows, who devotes his very life to the one to who he follows.
2. What may not be as easily seen are the false teachings and practices of the Protestant religions, modern non-traditional movements, health and wealth "ministries, and the Pentecostals and Charismatics. Yet, each of these groups are also following the false teachings of their leaders. Yet, their false gospel can deceive and damn a soul to hell just as effectively as any cult or pagan religion. For example most Protestants believe their confirmation, baptism and church membership will assure them of going to heaven. Yet, God says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
3. It seems also to be harder for us to see those that are religious yet lost even in our Baptist churches. Folks who so are close to the truth, yet have never submitted themselves to it.
2. He died for all the lost and deceived by their false beliefs.
3. Jesus said, "Whosoever, believeth in him, should not perish but have everlasting life." That includes everyone and all who can hear and believe.
E. In Acts 1:4, Jesus had to tell His disciples to wait; wait till they received the indwelling and subsequent empowering of the Holy Spirit.
They were could hardly contain themselves. They did not have to be told to "GO". The wonderful news itself compelled them to go and tell others of salvation ...God's offer of grace and forgiveness of sins.
2. Do you see this matter of telling a lost and dying world about the Lord Jesus in this light...do you see it as Paul did?
3. We surely ought too.
2. Romans 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
3. Paul said "And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain." (1 Corinthians 9:20-24).
To win the lost to the Lord Paul sets the example:
2. 1 Corinthians 9:27, Paul's says he kept his body under submission, that he not be a castaway, one who was cast aside because he was not being used of God.
2 Tim. 2:15 states, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
3. To all who have received the Love of Christ, is the call to share it with others.
There is no record of who was the first to preach the Gospel in Roman yet, before Paul went there, there was a large number of Christians in that city. Acts 2:10 says there were Roman Jews saved on the day of Pentecost. It seems logical that probably these who were saved on the Day of Pentecost when they returned home witnessed to their families, friends and neighbors. Clearly, there witness bore fruit and people were saved.
Acts 6:8-8:3 Stephen or Steven, preached and was stoned to death. Paul was there holding the coats of those doing the stoning. Did you know that Steven was a deacon (an appointed servant) in the Jerusalem church. You see some of the first to preach and witness for Christ were deacons.
Acts 8:4 records that God raised up Philip and he faithful preached Christ to the Samartians. Philip too was a deacon in the Jerusalem church. The Jerusalem church then sent Peter and John to them to teach them. (see Acts 8:14)
Acts 8:26, 40, states that Philip is sent of the Holy Spirit to a black man, the Ethiopian eunuch and he was saved and carried the Gospel to Africa.
Acts 9: records how that the Apostle Paul was saved on the Damascus road. Paul about twelve years later became the great missionary to the Gentiles.
In Acts 10, Peter is sent to Cornelius and a Roman Centurion is saved and his family. When Peter returned to Jerusalem and told the believers there the Bible says they rejoiced that Gospel was going to the Gentiles. (Gen. 11:18)
2. Acts 11:19 records that there were some men from Cyprus and Cyrene who were fleeing the persecution in Jerusalem and they were the first to preach Christ to the Jews and Greeks who lived in Antioch, Syria. This was 300 miles north of Jerusalem.
Today among many in our churches is the idea that if things are not going great and there is no controversy, no trouble of any kind then people will be saved. If trouble comes and there is opposition to the Gospel every one is discouraged and upset. Dear friends, everywhere the Gospel has been preached it has cause controversy and opposition. That is the normal way of the propagation of the Gospel. If the Gospel that is preached is unopposed it is probably a false gospel.
But opposition does not, nor can stop the Gospel from being preached if God's people will be faithful. Persecution does not keep people from being saved. The greatest revival in history took place during the persecutions of Christians by Rome in the first three centuries. Yet, in spite of the threat of being killed by wild animals, crucified on crosses, burned alive, or killed before thousands of people for sport...men, women, boys and girls believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior and refused to recant or dishonor the name of Christ. They gladly gave their lives and became martyrs for the name of Christ. What keeps people from being saved is when God's people are silent and refuse to share Christ with others.
3. Note Acts 11:21. Just like Christ said, "The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord."
2. Verse 24, says Barnabas was a good men, full of the Holy Spirit and of FAITH! It was surely an act of faith for Barnabas to leave his home in Jerusalem and go to Antioch to preach.
3. Paul was the third missionary. Verse 25 says Barnabas went to Tarsus and got Paul and they both returned to Antioch and preached and taught there for on whole year.
4. Is it not interesting that Paul had an unusual part in starting the church at Antioch. It was started by men fleeing the persecution he was perpetrating!
By witnessing, in life, deed and telling, in supporting our local church, in giving and having a part in sending others where God has called them to Go.
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