#7: JESUS BUILT THE CHURCH AND WANTS YOU TO BE A MEMBER.
The only lasting institution from Jesus’ life is His church. He promised, “On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). The promise was fulfilled on the Pentecost following His resurrection (Acts 2:1–47). The church of Christ grew rapidly in Jerusalem, Judea, and throughout the Roman Empire.
The same church still exists today. Jesus adds every person He saves to it (Acts 2:47). In fact, that is the only way to become a part of it. He invites you to accept the facts of the gospel
(1 Corinthians 15:1–4), obey its commands (Acts 2:38), and then enjoy its promises (Mark 16:16). He will add you to His church where you can worship and work until He comes, or you pass over to His side in death.
#8: JESUS REIGNS OVER THE WHOLE WORLD—EXCEPT ONE PLACE.
Yet there are pockets of resistance—places where His rule is not recognized. Those places are human hearts where He stands at the door and knocks (Revelation 3:20). Does He rule in your heart? He wants you to take Him with you on your life’s journey. He has high expectations. He requires certain behavior and attitudes. He lays out what is right and wrong in Scripture, and He must be given preeminence in all things (Colossians 1:15–20).
Like an engagement proposal, the choice is up to us. He will not make us follow Him, but life is better with Him in it. And eternity without Him is unthinkable.
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- 35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”Introduction:The last of 3 stages in our Natural Evangelism is EncouragementWe’ve lessons preparing us for the fieldand lessons once entering the field[now let’s discuss what Jesus told us to pray for…]The need for laborersWe ought to understand that we are the called to bring the good news to our worldYou and I are sent (give example of lazy workers, which we ought not be…)14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”[let’s take a brief look at the work of the laborers work…]The work of laborersThere is a job goal,that when responded to favorably brings about belief and obediencewhen responded to negatively brings about opposition and disobediencethese are your target goalsProclaim the Good News12 But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.We ought to equip ourselves to be persuasive in helping people turn to GodCalling people to turn to God19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.We have to give out the warning that danger approaches in judgement and the judge...Announce judgement42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.Our work en-tales making Disciples, teaching all the righteousness of God...Teaching and Baptizing new believers19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Because the harvest is so great we must also consider ways to increase our capacity to assist in that field...Expanding the Mission field15 We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, 16 so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence.As laborers we must also consider strengthening one another assisting congregations of the Lord’s Body where we can...Strengthening one another23 After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.Conclusion:There is a need for many laborers, will you be one of themLaborers job descriptionProclaim the Good NewsCall people to turn to GodAnnounce JudgementStrengthen one anotherWhen you become a Laborer in the FieldAmbassadors for Christ 2 Co 5:20Evangelists Eph 4:11; 2 Ti 4:5Fisher of Men Mt 4:19; Mr 1:17Messenger of the Church 2 Co 8:2-3Ministers of God 2 Co 6:4Ministers of the Gospel Eph 3:7; Col 1:23Ministers of Righteous 2 Co 11:15Preachers Ro 10:14; 1 Ti 2:7Servants of God, the Lord, the ChurchSoldiers of Christ Php 1:1; Jude 1:1Stars Re 1:20; 2:1Living Stones 1 Pe 2:5Stewards of the Grace of God 1 Pe 4:10Stewards of the Mysteries of God 1 Co 4:1TeachersIsa 30:20; Eph 4:11Watchmen Isa 62:6; Eze 33:7Witnesses Ac 1;8; 5:32; 26:16Workers together with God 2 Co 6:1God’s Salvation InvitationHear - Believe - Confess - Repent - Be Baptized - Be FaithfulMatthew 7:24 ESV24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.Matthew 7:24 ESV24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.John 1:12 ESV12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,John 1:12 ESV12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,1 John 2:23 ESV23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.1 John 2:23 ESV23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.Luke 13:3 ESV3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.Luke 13:3 ESV3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.Galatians 3:27 ESV27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.Galatians 3:27 ESV27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.James 1:3–4 ESV3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.James 1:3–4 ESV3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
2 Corinthians 5:19–20NIV2011
2 Corinthians 10:15–16NIV2011
1 John 2:23NIV2011
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