Preparing for Worship // December 3, 2017

Preparing for Worship // December 3, 2017

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We all know that we are called to participate in the work of evangelism. Matthew 28:19 clearly says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Unfortunately, knowing that we are called to evangelism doesn’t change the fact that evangelism is hard. But what makes it so hard. I’m sure there are many factors, and for each of us, it’s probably a little bit different. But one of the big reasons that we don’t share the gospel is that we have bought into the lie of the world that says that the gospel is actually bad news. We know it’s good news for us, but we let the culture convince us that it’s not good news for everyone else. It’s true that in order for the gospel to be good news, there has to be bad news first. We have to convince people that they are wicked people in need of salvation. But the bad news is there whether we tell them or not. And we get to tell people that they have been welcomed into the family of the creator of the universe. What could be better than that?!

Have you ever gotten a letter in the mail from a credit card company that says “Pre-approved” on it? (It seems like all I get in the mail these days.) It means you’ve been “pre-approved” for some credit card or bank loan, but it feels like they’re just trying to sucker you into something you don’t need. Even though we would never say it, sometimes this is how we view the gospel when we’re trying to evangelize. We’re telling people that they’re welcomed into the family of God, they’re included, they’ve been “pre-approved.” But the whole time we’re wondering whether they really want to be included? Often we fail to share the gospel because we’re afraid that this is how people view us.

But the reality is that sharing the gospel is much more like a doctor delivering news to a patient. “You have cancer, but there’s a cure.” When I was eight, my mom got cancer. Fortunately, they caught it early and it was treatable, so she made a full recovery. She’s still alive and healthy as ever. But what if the doctor, instead of diagnosing the problem and telling her she had cancer—what if instead he had said, “Oh, I really don’t want to give her bad news, so I’m not going to tell her”? She would have died. He wouldn’t have been able to offer her the cure and return her to health.

So take the gospel to your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family. It’s good news. You’re telling them that they have been included, welcomed into God’s family, their sins and their guilt have been wiped away. We deserve to be cut off from God because of our sins, but instead, we are welcomed into God’s family. God share this with your neighbors. It’s the gospel. It’s the power of God for salvation. It’s good news.

THE WORD

Scripture: Romans 1:16-17
Sermon: Our Motive for Evangelism: The Gospel is Powerful

SONGS

Song of Ascent: Zion (Ordinary Time)
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Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Red Mountain Music)
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Go Tell It On the Mountain (Traditional)
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Hear the Call of the Kingdom (Keith and Kristyn Getty)
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Savior of the Nations, Come (Cardiphonia)
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Song of Preparation: Jesus Son of God (Passion)
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Song of Response: Let Your Kingdom Come (Bob Kauflin)
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