January 26, 2013
WERE MADE FOR A MISSION”
you sent Me into the world I have sent them into the world”
John 17:18 NIV)
Last week we looked at how God wants us
to have a Ministry in the church where we serve other believers. This week we’ll look at how God has given us
a MISSION in the world where we share with unbelievers.
EVANGELISM: This is a word that sometimes scars other
believers. Hopefully, after we’ve
discovered its true meaning and our God given responsibility, we will overcome
EVANGELISM: Means “Good News” in the Greek.
“The same mission that Christ had in
helping people find God, He now has given
to us. Your Mission is to pass on to
others the same Good News about God’s love that somebody did to you. Since someone brought the Good News to you,
God now wants you to share that Good News with others. That’s your Mission.” (Warren)
REQUIRED FOR YOU TO DO THIS?
1ST - Your own personal relationship with Jesus.
2nd - Loving people enough to share God’s Good
You are not to do this alone. We as a church are partners in this endeavor.
(See: I Corinthians 3:9)
Let’s look at how our Sunday School
group and our church as a whole can reach out in love to those who don’t know
Jesus. (See: Luke 5:17-26
KEYS TO REACH OUT TO OTHERS
became concerned for their hurting friend.
They cared enough for a helpless friend to do something about his pain.
Compassion is not just a feeling it’s
love in action. Love is an absolute must
in sharing the Good News.
“People don’t care how much you know,
until they know how much you care.”
When people know you genuinely care for
them, they are far more open to hear the Good News about Jesus Christ. (See:
Spend time around and with non- Christians. “The longer you are a Christian, the fewer
non-Christians you tend to know because you spend most of your time around
You have to be intentional and reach out
to people who are not believers.” (Warren)
AN EXAMPLE: There is a Sunday School group that likes to
go to football games together. They each
brought season tickets. The group
pitched in and bought two extra season tickets.
They would invite a non-Christian couple to join them in going to the
game. At the end of the game when everyone
prepared to go home they would invite the couple to join them at their Bible
Study class. This group has introduced
twenty couples to Christ in this way.
STORM’S EVANGELISM IDEAS
some time to do this and see what you come up with)
1st : Pray that God will soften your heart and give
you a real love with unbelievers you come into contact with.
2nd: Pray that God will give you and your group
opportunities to invite others to your church events and to share the Good News
3rd: Pray that God will soften the unbeliever’s
heart. (Many times he does this through
problems and pain.
believed that Jesus would save their friend. (See:
Jesus saw their faith…”
This man was paralyzed. He needed others to bring him to Jesus. He couldn’t get there on his own. This is the way it is for many others.
“There are people all around us who are
paralyzed by fear, or loneliness, or guilt, or their circumstances and problems. They cannot get to Jesus on their own. They need us to bring them to Jesus.”
FAITH THAT JESUS CAN SAVE THEM!!
brought him to Jesus. This is a
principle of action. (See: Matthew 9:2)
(See: Colossians 4:5)
the most of every opportunity.
QUESTION: Do you look for opportunities to share your
faith? Do you look for opportunities to
invite people to church, to your small group or ministry?
One Christian said this: “My life is my witness. I don’t talk about it. I just live it.”
Do you realize that even Jesus had to
tell people how to be saved and He was perfect.
“God wants us to be audio-visual
Christians.” He wants you to walk the
walk and talk the talk.” (Warren)
You must live it and you must say
it. You must be audio and you must be
See: Luke 14:23
We’re not to sit back and wait for
people to come to church. The Bible says
go after them and bring them in.
PRAYER FOCUS IDEA FOR YOUR CLASS
Suggest a name of a non-believing
co-worker, friend, neighbor, or relative who you would like for your entire
group to pray for. Begin to pray for
them also pray for the courage to invite them to church this week.
As a group plan a special event you can
invite them to.
didn’t let difficulties discourage them.
The door was blocked by the crowd.
Their efforts were risky, bold, unused,
and costly because someone would have to pay for the roof but it was also worth
QUESTION: Are you willing to do whatever it takes to
reach people for Jesus Christ?
Jesus they have no hope in eternity.
“As long as there are those who don’t
know Jesus Christ, your church must reach out and grow! We don’t grow a church for our benefit, we
grow a church because Jesus wants everyone to know Him.”
The church that doesn’t want to grow is
saying, “we don’t care about you. You
can go to Hell!”
2 Peter 3:9
Don’t be discouraged, don’t give
up. Keep praying, keep inviting, keep
caring and keep working towards helping someone get into heaven it’s the
greatest thing you can do for them.
Father, I want you to use me and our
group to reach out to others for Jesus.
Help us to be concerned about those who don’t know you yet. Help us to be consistent in praying for their
salvation. Believe you can save anyone,
no one is beyond your hand of love. So
help us as a class to make plans to bring people to you. Help us Lord not to get discouraged when
people don’t initially respond but help us to keep believing and caring and
sharing your Good News. We want people
in heaven because of our class. In Jesus
name we pray, Amen.