EVANGELISM 2

 
Reading: Luke 14:16-27
 
 

      INTRODUCTION

 
    [a]  One  of  the  problems   of    evangelism  is  'preaching  to  the
    converted'!
    [b] One of the difficulties   Christian   ministers face, is that often
    in our Gospel meetings,  we   find   we   are   preaching  to Christian
    folk.
    Often in our meetings,  the  message    of    the   Gospel  is blunted,
    because the preacher is  not  convinced  that  there are unsaved people
    present.
    [c] Sometimes, Gospel meeting  preparation   is difficult, because it
    is not possible  to  prepare  with   conviction,    if  you  don't know
    whether or not unsaved  people   will  be   present.   Some  Christians
    have not invited an unsaved person to a meeting for years!!
    [d] Sometimes the only  meeting   some   Christians attend, for their
    own spiritual food, is a meeting that should be meant for the unsaved!
    [e] It often  means  that  a   kind   of   bland  mixture of ministry
    ensues, which neither meets one need or the other to the full!
    [f] If we are to be  successful  in  the work of evangelism, the only
    way is to redress  that  balance,  so   that    we  will  see the right
    ministry  to  the  right  people,    thereby   through    the   Spirit,
    accomplishing the right results.
    [g] It  is  insufficient  on   it's   own,   that   we   come  to our
    meetings, enjoy them, are a   blessing   one   to   the  other,  and go
    home again, having received  our  little  heavenly  pep-pill  to   keep
    us going over the next week!
      SELF PRESERVATION IS NOT WHAT THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IS ABOUT!!
      WE ARE RAISED UP BY GOD TO BE A MISSION TO THE UNCONVERTED!!
      WE SHOULD BE ABOUT  THE   BUSINESS   OF   EXTENDING   AND BUILDING UP
      GOD'S KINGDOM!
    During the Welsh revival  at   the   turn   of   the  century, it was
    said, "Every Christian is becoming an  evangelist!"   And  so it should
    be, for  the Bible states very   clearly,  that   we   are,  every one,
    "put in trust with the Gospel!" (1 Thes. 2:4)
 

    POINT 1    SERVICE

 
    [a] There  are  many  ways  of   service,   and  none  of  them  must
    be belittled, or thought to  be   beneath    us!   Every   work for God
    has it's place!
    [b] BUT LET ME  SAY,  THAT  VERY   FEW   OF   THOSE   FORMS  OF SERVICE ARE
    DIRECTLY LINKED TO THE WINNING OF  THE  LOST   -  UNLESS THEY HAPPEN TO
    WANDER INTO OUR HALL!
    [c] PERHAPS I COULD  ON   THIS   OCCASION   HIGHLIGHT   ONE  OF  THE, NOT
    VERY POPULAR MINISTRIES, WHICH IS VERY PRECIOUS TO ME!
    [d] I   am   always   thrilled   when   I   hear    of    a   convert
    through public house  ministry,   or   perhaps   read   about   it   in
    the War Cry, because it is   a    form   of   witness   directly to the
    unsaved where they are!
 

POINT 2  THE SHARP END

    [a] To me,  the   pubs    have    GOT    TO    BE   A   MINISTRY   TO
    THE  UNCONVERTED!  I  never   thought,   before    coming    into   the
    Salvation Army, that I would be able  to  go  into   pubs  - I hate even the
    smell of alcohol - it used to turn my stomach!!
    [b] But I don't think in all  conscience    I    could  go, if it were just
    to sell papers or collect money!
    I have always gone to perform a ministry that is very special to me!
    [c] When I’ve  gone  into   a   new   appointment   for  the  first  time,
    many  have thought it most   peculiar    that   I   wouldn’t   start  pubs
    each  week, without having a prayer first!
    [d] Maybe sometimes you're tired  after  a   hard  day, and you've to
    stop and spend   time   speaking    to   someone,    or  singing,  EVEN
    PRAYING WITH PEOPLE in a crowded bar  as on occasions I have been asked
    to do!
    BUT THE VALUE OF THEIR SOULS IS TRULY WORTH ANY EFFORT PUT IN!
    [e]  What   a   wonderful   privilege   it   is   to   go   into  these
    places with the Gospel!
 

POINT 3   UNSEEN RESULTS

    
[a] We do not always  see   results   -  but  it doesn't mean nothing
    is happening!
[b] Before going to Bible  College,  I  was  out  selling  the War Cry at
    public houses in our local area,  and   I   met    a   young man in one
    bar, who used  to  go  to   the   Sunday    School    and   the   youth
    movements  in the Elim Pentecostal Church in  which I grew up.  
[c] I   was     asked to sing a verse of 'The Old Rugged Cross' before  leaving,  which
    I  did. 
[d] What I  didn't  know  until  years  later,  how God had used that simple act.  
    David  gave  his testimony  in the church,(by that  time  as a youth leader) and 
    He told how hearing me sing  the  song,  had been a turning point
    in   his   life.   God had used it to turn his life around.
[e] I REALLY  DO  BELIEVE  GOD  WILL  JUDGE  US  FOR  OUR  NEGLECT OF
    SOMETHING WHICH IN A VERY SPECIAL WAY  HE   HAS   ENTRUSTED  TO YOU AND
    ME, WHO ARE HIS INSTRUMENTS!
[f] There  is  nothing  in   this    whole   wide world that   is   a
      substitute for personal witness directly to the unsaved!
    IT IS EVERY CHRISTIAN'S TASK, TO BE AN EVANGELIST!
[g] Without effective evangelism, THE CHURCH DIES!
 

    CONCLUSION

 
    [a] Why did Christ send out His evangelists TWO BY TWO??
    [b] I would suggest it was because THEY NEEDED EACH OTHER!!
    [c] IF WE ARE TO EXPECT GOD   TO   DO  GREAT  THINGS IN THE DAYS AHEAD,
    WE NEED TO  COMMIT  OURSELVES  TO   MISSION,   AND    TO  WORK WITH ONE
    ANOTHER FOR THE GOOD OF CHRIST'S KINGDOM!
    [d] WE NEED TO BE MORE 'UNSAVED CENTRED' IN OUR THINKING!
    [e] Let us grasp  every  opportunity,   we've   got  TO KEEP  AT  IT,
    like the spider in Robert  the   Bruce's   cave,  and  go out  and  win
    many more souls for Jesus!
    [f] Every Christian has been ENTRUSTED WITH THE GOSPEL!
    Are we willing to take God  literally,   and   lay our all on the alter
    for  the salvation of  the   world.   That    was   the  vision  of the
    early Church,
    and REMEMBER!  WE ARE  GOD'S   HANDS!   WE   ARE   GOD'S FEET! WE ARE
    GOD'S MOUTHPIECE!
    [g] IF  WE  ARE   FAITHFUL,    in    prayer    and   in   action,   and
 
    we ALREADY KNOW GOD IS  FAITHFUL,  then   there    is NO LIMIT to  what
    can be accomplished!
 
             IS THERE PERHAPS A NEED FOR A RENEWED COMMITMENT JUST NOW?
 
 
 
         SALVATION ARMY SONG BOOK
 
         SONG                TUNE
         279                 551
           PRAYER CHORUS 'CHANNELS ONLY'
           CHORUS 'LORD USE ME'
           SINGING COMPANY
         679                 481
           COLLECTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS
         "LIGHT UP THE FIRE"  (SOLO)
           BIBLE READING
           SONGSTERS
           MESSAGE
         649                 108