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“Arise and Go” Evangelism Conference: Night Two — Matthew 28:18-20, “What Are We to Do With the Gospel?” — Pastor Alan Carr

28 Apr

Last night we looked at what the gospel is and why we should be so thankful that God saves all who trust in His Son Jesus. Tonight we looked at how those who have trusted in Jesus should share the good news that saved them with a lost world.

Matthew 28:18-20 is the Great Commission. It is an authoritative command from the Lord Jesus. It is the Church’s Marching Orders.

The disciples of Jesus obeyed this command (they turned the world upside down with their preaching according to Acts 17) and people noted that these disciples had been with Jesus (see Acts 4).

But 2000 years later the state of evangelism in our day might often rightly be called “The Great Omission.” Most professing believers never share the gospel. We have a lack of motivation to follow the foundational command of the Church.

Jesus established a Church that was to enter into battle with the forces of evil for the sake of the gospel (Matthew 16:18). But we are happy to be comfortable in our churches and reluctant to enter into the spiritual battle of sharing Jesus with a lost world.

It is true that evangelism is becoming more difficult in America. But Jesus’ command to us has not changed and if we love Him we will keep His commandments.

SO why do we not fulfill the Great Commission?

We Have REJECTED God’s MANDATE

God told us to “go” and we have said “no.”

We are to live and teach the gospel. Not just show it but say it.

Not all are called to be vocational ministers but every Christian is called to preach the gospel in this world.

God saved us to make us like Jesus.

God wants others to see the power of God in your life and hear the gospel in your words.

God gives us multiple opportunities to share the gospel every day. Ask Him to open your eyes to those opportunities.

We Have REPACKAGED the MESSAGE

Jesus is the only way.

Jesus paid it all.

It is not about church or preacher or denomination or dress or music or worship or baptism. All of these things have their place but the commission is to share the message of Jesus.

First invite people to Jesus, then invite them to church.

Everybody needs the gospel.

Sharing the gospel on one level is simple: Our sin, Jesus’ sacrifice, a call to believe, but when we live an unholy life or get away from this clear gospel message we will miss the mark.

We’ll never win the world by being like the world.

We Have REFUSED God’s MISSION

God may or may not lead you overseas.

But we are all called to be witnesses where we are.

We are called to reach out to everyone and make no exclusions because of race or background or lifestyle.

We Have REBUFFED God’s MEANS

God has given us His presence and His power.

We need have an outgoing personality we just need to be faithful and trust God to work.

Rely on God He will empower, enliven and energize our witness.

There are plenty of people who need Jesus even in our own city. Thousands within a five mile radius of our local church are lost. Will we care enough to go to them? Nothing will change until we are gripped by the value of the gospel and broken by the lostness of those around us. Let’s be a people who obey the Great Commission for the glory of God.

“Arise and Go” Evangelism Conference Day One: What is the Gospel? (Romans 1:16-17) Pastor Alan Carr

27 Apr

We were blessed in our first night of the “Arise and Go” Evangelism Conference with a stirring message from Pastor Alan Carr of Calvary Baptist Church in Lenoir. Below are my notes on the sermon. Please join us tomorrow night at 6pm for the second night of the conference. You will be blessed.

Romans 1:16-17  What is the Gospel?

 

Our theme “Arise and Go” comes from Mark 16:15 “Go and preach the gospel to all creation.” This is a simple command but a daunting task.

If we are going to obey Mark 16:15 and preach the gospel we have to know what the gospel is and this is the purpose of tonight’s message, to make sure we are all clear on what the gospel is and what it is not. Romans 1:16-17 gives us a great starting point for understanding the gospel . . .

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Now the question comes as we read this: why would anyone be ashamed of the gospel?

There were many reasons in Paul’s day for being ashamed. Paul’s Jewish background was looked down on by many he was trying to reach. Paul had been rejected and mistreated repeatedly in his ministry. Paul’s message of the death of a Jewish man bringing salvation was regarded as foolishness. To top it off his proclamation of this Jesus’ resurrection, ascension and return was ridiculous to his Gentile hearers (see 1 Cor. 1:18 and 1:22).  We face many of these same obstacles today in our world. But in spite of these obstacles, Paul was still willing and ready to share the gospel. The question is why? And the answer is found in Romans 1:16-17.

Paul was willing to preach the gospel because the gospel is POWERFUL.

God could have expressed His sovereignty in any number of ways but He chose to express it through the sacrifice of His Son for His people.

There are many false gospels: Religion, Materialism, Liberalism (I’m ok, you’re ok), Pleasure and the Social Gospel of good works but all of them are characterized by two things: the are all POWERLESS to save and NONE of them are good news.

The gospel on the other hand is the good news of God’s powerful working through His Son Jesus to bring about reconciliation of ourselves to God, transformation and abundant life. Paul knew the power of the gospel by firsthand experience through his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus Road (see Acts 9).

Paul was willing to preach the gospel because of the gospel’s good PURPOSE.

God sent Jesus to save (to deliver, rescue). Because the end of all sinners apart from Christ is eternal hell God sent Jesus.

“God gave Himself to Himself as a sacrifice to Himself to save us from Himself.”

Because of the depth of God’s self-giving love, we need not fear that if He saves us we will ever be lost (see John 10:28).

Paul was willing to preach the gospel because of the PLAN of the gospel.

To everyone that believes. Salvation is not through ritual or through good works but by grace through faith (see Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; John 3:16; John 6:47).

Paul was willing to preach the gospel because of the PURPOSE of the gospel.

to everyone who believes (see John 1:12-13; John 6:37). No distinction. The gospel is for young and old, rich and poor, black and white, morally upright and morally suspect.

Paul was willing to preach the gospel because of the PRODUCT of the gospel.

In the gospel the righteousness of God is manifested (see Galatians 3:22 and Romans 3:10). We are not righteous. We are not good. We are destined for wrath and judgement. But God is so good that He sent Jesus to die in our place and to bear the wrath of God as our substitute. God counts the righteousness of Jesus to our account and then over the course of our lives He makes us righteous in our actual experience. Salvation makes us different people (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Salvation is by faith from first to last and that life of faith produces a changed life.

So the question for all of us tonight is: what have we done with this gospel? Are we believing in God’s gift of His Son Jesus or have we rejected His gift? And if we have believed, do we have an unashamed passion like Paul to share the gospel with others? Tomorrow night, we’re going to talk about how to share this great gospel with others all around you.

Come back and join us tomorrow at 6pm. You will be blessed as we join together to “Arise and Go.”

 

 

 

 

 

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