Posts Tagged ‘Evangelism

23
Jan
17

Choose Your Road

Jesus provides a sort of spiritual GPS for us when it comes to the road of life that we’re on in Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV):
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
If we are going to follow Him, we need to know a couple of things. First, we’re going to have to make a choice to follow Him. We have to choose the narrow road. A narrow road is harder to stay on and we must be more careful when navigating our way through life. Second, we’re going to have times when we are lonely. Jesus said that few find it. It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to reach people who are on the road to destruction. We must plead with people to join us on the narrow road for after all, this road leads to eternal life. Jesus is our guide on this road. He walked it before us. He’ll lead us down the road and through the gate that leads us home. Let us listen to His voice and follow His lead.
17
Jan
17

Investing Your Time Wisely

Good Tuesday morning to you!  While we are to be careful how we judge our brothers and sisters, there are some judgments that we have to make when it comes to those who will not receive the good news of Jesus. He said in Matthew 7:6 (NIV):

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Some people will not only treat the good news with contempt, but they will actually be hostile and violent toward those who attempt to share it. Jesus said that we must make a careful judgment and we need to know when enough is enough. We must continuously pray for those who need to hear the good news, but at some point we must move on when it comes to sharing that good news. Not every seed that is sown will bear fruit. So keep praying for those who have yet to accept the good news, but be wise about the time you invest in sharing it. Some will respond, but tragically many will reject it.
19
Dec
16

The Angels And Shepherds: A Joyful Worship

The latest talk from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Luke 2:8-20.

16
Sep
16

The Fields Are Ripe For A Harvest

John 4:31-38 (NIV)

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

The fields are still ripe for a harvest. There are over 7 billion people on this planet and over 300 million people in this country. Many of these people have yet to hear the good news about Jesus and His love. Many of these people have no clue about the God who sent His one and only Son to die for our sins. Many of these people have no idea that they’ll spend eternity separated from God in Hell. How can this be? How can we sit idly by and let this happen? How can we pretend that it’s no big deal? It is a big deal! We need to take this so seriously!
Jesus has done the hard work. He has done everything it takes to save us. We cannot add anything to the good news of the Gospel. We must simply proclaim it to the world. Jesus suffered and died for our sins. God the Father raised Him from the dead on the third day, just as Jesus said He would. Jesus ascended into Heaven and will one day return to bring an end to history. He will judge the living and the dead. He will bring His own into His Kingdom and those He does not know will be sent away to eternal punishment.
This is not a game. This is not a joke. Billions of people are destined for destruction. As followers of Jesus, we must show them in word and deed that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We must get out into the harvest fields and love people into the family of God. So let’s get out of our pews and into the fields for they are ripe for harvest.
PRAYER: Father God, give Your people a heart for those who are lost. We know that Your heart beats for those who are far from You. May we get out of our buildings and into the fields to reap a great harvest for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ saving name, amen.
15
Sep
16

Thirsty For The Messiah

John 4:27-30 (NIV)

Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

There are people that we know who are looking for the Messiah and they don’t even know it. The Samaritan woman at the well wasn’t looking to meet the Messiah on this particular day. She was going about her everyday life when she had an encounter with Jesus. It was an ordinary day that ended in an extraordinary way.
We who follow Jesus have to change the way that we view evangelism. Jesus didn’t go to this woman and tell her to clean up her act. He didn’t berate her. He didn’t put her down or act as if He was so much better than her even though He was the perfect Son of God. He knew everything that she had ever done. He gently offered her something for which her soul thirsted – living water.
People we know are thirsty for the living water that Jesus offers. They’re hungry for the bread of life that He gives. They are looking for meaning and purpose and life and that is exactly what Jesus gives. And He gives so much more! Instead of lectures and finger pointing and looking down on people, we need to love people and point them to Jesus. We need to be reminded of what makes grace so amazing. We need to be reminded of what makes the good news so good. We need to remember that we were once lost in our sins and destined for destruction. That’s when Jesus came into the picture. That’s when Jesus changed everything. He still changes lives today. He’s the same Jesus who changed YOUR life and He wants to change the lives of many more. Get out there and tell someone about His love and grace today.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, give me an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus and His love today. Help me to see and to seize the opportunities that You put in my way so that others may hear the good news and trust Jesus for salvation. Thank You for saving me by Your grace, amen.
28
Jul
16

Bring Them To Jesus

John 1:35-42 (NIV)

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).

After spending some time with Jesus, Andrew knew. He knew that he had found the Messiah. He had heard John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus and started following Him immediately. The Apostle John says that the first thing that Andrew did was to find his brother, Simon and tell him the good news. They had actually found the Messiah. Andrew brought his brother to Jesus and Jesus changed his name to Cephas or Peter. Not only did Jesus change Peter’s name, but He changed his life.

Jesus still changes lives today. We who follow Jesus must remember this. When we are ready to count someone out and say, “Oh, they’ll never follow Jesus,” we need to be like Andrew. Our job isn’t to change anyone’s life. Our job is to bring people to Jesus in order that He can change their lives. Jesus does the transformation. We just have to get people to Him. Because once people spend time with Jesus, they’ll know that He is who the Bible says He is. He is the Messiah. He is the Friend of sinners. He is the Son of the Living God. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Savior of the world. He is Jesus and nothing is impossible for Him.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I pray today for the people I know who aren’t following Jesus yet. I pray that You would stir in their hearts a desire to hear about Your Son. I pray that You would give me an opportunity today to tell people about Jesus. Help me to be bold and courageous that I might share the good news with them. In His name, amen.

01
May
16

God For Everyone

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on Luke 5:17-32 and is the last message in our series, “God For The Rest Of Us.”

 




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