How do we reach those people who are looking for something, who have not found New Testament Christianity and have an abundance of options out before them?
1. We must care
Hebrews 10:24 – We’re to prod, we are to stir within each other this desire to do what’s right, to love like Jesus loved us.
There are people every day who are living and dying without the Gospel, who have not yet learned and known Christ, and as they die and they go out to eternity they are unprepared to stand before the King of kings and Lord of lords.
If we are to reach our culture, we need to include people who don’t know Christ in our prayer lives.
If you don’t care, you’re not going to feel the sense of urgency to pray for others.
We are going to have to strengthen and build relationships with people outside of Christ. We are going to call them by name in prayer and we are going to pray for the courage to speak up.
If we are going to care, it is going to be built by healthy prayer lives where we pray for the loss in a specific way.
If we are going to care, we need to envision the future of the church. We need to think about what the church of tomorrow look like. What we do as church today is directly impacting the church of tomorrow. We need to envision the future of our families as they live in this society. We want our children to be members of the church of the New Testament. It doesn’t take very long for there to be a decline if we are not sharing and if we are not planting the seed, if we are not demonstrating our care.
Apostasy—abandoning a belief or an obedience to God—is only one generation away.
If we are going to reach our culture, we have got to have the care and the courage to speak up.
2. We must strengthen our ability to reason
We’ve got to read God’s word carefully and prayerfully.
I Thessalonians 5:21. We have to hold fast to what is good.
I John 4:1, We’re not to believe all spirits. We are to test the spirit.
Acts 17:11 We are to study the scripture daily.
We’ve got to be able to engage people in the reason of scripture.
3. We have to be willing to endure ridicule
John 15: 18 – The world hated Jesus first before it hates us.
I John 3:13 – Do not be surprised if the world hates you.
Galatians 3:1-3 - We’ve got to rise above the world and share Christ.
Don’t look at the ridiculer. Keep your eyes on Christ.
I Tim. 3:12, “All that live godly will suffer persecutions.”
4. We must be ready to take advantage of the opportunities that we have
We have got to see the opportunity, and to see the opportunity, we’re gonna have to care, and to seize the opportunity, we’re gonna have to be confident. And to stomach the opportunity, we’re gonna have to be courageous. That requires a ready mindset, and we’re gonna have to have a ready mindset if we have an incorrect view of ourselves.
I will not have a ready mindset if I think incorrectly about others, if I am afraid of them, and if I’m indifferent to them.
I will not have a ready mindset if I think incorrectly about God.
However much or however little you have, you have opportunities to do something important that touches eternity.
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