Saturday, May 14, 2011

We Keep Asking God To Bless America. He Already Has. Now It's Our Turn - pt. 3

We Must Evangelize Fervently

1 Tm. 2:1-6

Vs. 3-4 "This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

God wants all people to be saved, not just a select few. And evangelism is presenting the gospel of Christ to folks with the idea that hopefully they will come to believe in Him, trust and obey Him and be saved.

Leighton Ford, one of Billy Graham’s associate, said one time, "I was speaking at an open-air crusade in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Billy Graham was to speak the next night and had arrived a day early. He came incognito and sat on the grass at the rear of the crowd. Because he was wearing a hat and dark glasses, no one recognized him.

"Directly in front of him sat an elderly gentleman who seemed to be listening intently to my presentation. When I invited people to come forward as an open sign of commitment, Billy decided to do a little personal evangelism. He tapped the man on the shoulder and asked, ‘Would you like to accept Christ? I’ll be glad to walk down with you if you want to.’ The old man looked him up and down, thought it over for a moment, and then said, ‘Naw, I think I’ll just wait till the big gun comes tomorrow night.’

"Billy and I have had several good chuckles over that incident. Unfortunately, it underlines how, in the minds of many people, evangelism is the task of the ‘Big Guns,’ not the ‘little shots.’"

Evangelism or leading people to Christ is the job of every Christian! It matters not whether we are considered to be a "big gun" or a "little shot."

Have you ever heard of Rockin’ Roland Stuart? How many of us have ever watched a football game on TV and have seen a giant sign reading "John 3:16" in the end zone?

Rockin’ Roland Stuart was responsible for that. At one time, Roland Stuart was a drunk, an alcoholic. Somehow he was introduced to Christ and became a Christian. God healed him of his alcoholism.

One day, the idea struck him that if he could just get into TV broadcasted major sporting events and put the Word of God before the hundreds of thousands of people watching, it might do some good.

So Rockin’ Roland Stuart and his wife, Margaret, and a friend named William James, lived a very strange life. They drove 55,000 miles a year in an old beat up van, using their money to buy tickets to major sporting events in order to hold up a sign reading, "John 3:16."

I don’t know if what he did has done any good to help lead people to Christ or not. BUT HE DID SOMETHING!

One time many years ago preacher Dwight L. Moody was criticized because of the evangelistic methods he used. Moody replied, "I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it."

The sad truth is most Christians do little or nothing to share Christ with others. While the unbelieving world is shouting out its message, we go to church but do little outside church to spread the message of Christ.

And if all we’re doing is saying "Amen" to the sermon inside the church and doing nothing outside the church building then we’re not accomplishing much in the way of evangelism.

I have read that 95% of all Christian never try to lead anybody to Christ in their entire lifetime! That means that 5% of all Christian people do 100% of the work of evangelism. IN WHICH GROUP ARE YOU?

The Lord doesn’t expect us to do everything, but He does expect us to do something. He expects us to be more alert to the opportunities around us to share the gospel of Christ.

I Pet. 3:15 "In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have..."

One Sunday as they drove home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, "Mommy, there’s something about the preacher’s message this morning that I don’t understand." The mother said, "Oh? What is it?" The little girl replied, "Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. He said God is so big that He could hold the world in His hand. Is that true?"

The mother replied, "Yes, that’s true, honey."

"But Mommy, he also said that God comes to live inside of us when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. Is that true, too?" Again, the mother assured the little girl that what the pastor had said was true. With a puzzled look on her face the little girl then asked, "If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?"

If God is on the inside of us, He will show through to the outside! If the fire of Christ is burning on the inside of us, then that fire will spread to the outside and to those around us. We must constantly look for opportunities to point people to the testimony found inside this Book, to invite & encourage folks to obey the gospel.

So we must:
Pray Unceasingly
Live Righteously
Evangelize Fervently

If we do these things we will be a blessing to America.