Text: Colossians 2:6-7
Introduction: Hindrances of Not Evangelizing:
- Lack of knowledge (clarity and definition)
- Lack of prayer (faith and discernment)
- Lack of confidence (fear of failure)
- Lack of compassion (apathy and indifference)
Main Idea: Setting Up on the Gospel Foundation
- Biblical Mindset:
- > Agricultural Images: “Some sow the seed of the gospel, others water the seed others have sown, and even others reap where people have already sown and watered.” ~ Greg LaurieRead 1 Cor 3:5-9*
- > Building Images: someone lays the foundation, and someone builds upon it. But Who already laid the foundation? Christ himself. Read 1 Cor 3:10-11*
Our Challenge: Many see serving others and obedience to God as a burden instead of joy. Others do it as virtue signalling than a model of faith. // The world’s religion (v. 8) vs the gospel (v 9; 13-15). We just need to point them to Christ. Lead them. And tell them about him.
- Commit to “each one reach one” (write their names) next week we will give them books, gc, fellowship, more
- Building Upon the Sufficiency of the Gospel of Christ (Col 2:13-15).
- Just do the first-step of obedience.
- Let God show you the next steps after.
- “Your job is to be faithful. Your job is to do your part and leave the results in the hands of God. // You cannot lead everyone to Christ, but by God’s grace you can lead someone to Him.” – Greg Laurie
Don Whitney says, “Evangelism is a natural overflow of the Christian life. We should all be able to talk about what the Lord has done for us and what He means to us. But evangelism is also a Discipline in that we must discipline ourselves to get into the context of evangelism, that is, we must not just wait for witnessing opportunities to happen.” Later Whitney says, “Unless we discipline ourselves for evangelism, it is very easy to excuse ourselves from ever sharing the gospel with anyone.” Whitney believes that the point of disciplining ourselves for evangelism is to plan for it—for Christians to actually put it into their schedule.”
Ptr. John Paul Arceno
UCBC New Jersey
November 20, 2022