Monday, July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012 - Pros vs Joes

Ok I am admitting from the start this week that I will be on a little bit of a rant… I will write about things I have written about before (and will again I am sure.) I am writing about things that were present in my message yesterday as I shared with a church about the concept of missions.
The church was winding down a series entitled “Go” in reference to the call to missions. And as I typically do, I had to step in and rock the boat a little bit. My conclusion while preparing for my message was one that I come back to over and over: the title should be “Going” in order to be Biblical.

In a nutshell I reminded the church that all believers are “called” to share the Gospel (Mt. 28:18-20 / Mk. 16:15) and that all believers are “Ambassadors” for Christ. I simply stated that we have made excuses for far too long for not sharing the Gospel as we are “going” through our lives.

The church is partially to blame. Leadership began at some point in our history telling their congregations that their job was to invite people to church instead of leading people to Christ. Maybe it was because they thought the pressures of life were so great that the Gospel needed professionals to help face the adversary. (Or maybe it just helped fill pews with more butts…)

Basically we viewed evangelism like the powers-that-be viewed the Olympics back in 1992 when they decided that we needed to use professionals in order to be able to win at basketball.

The Olympic powers had the right idea. Basketball is based upon the players’ abilities and athleticism, and quite frankly the world was catching up in hoops in both categories to the point that it was difficult for our college players to compete. In today’s hoops world many of the international squads boast multiple NBA players. (And I personally still love to watch our pros put a whipping on the other countries’ teams.)

Yet the error of church leadership is in ever thinking that evangelism is based upon the abilities or strengths of the “players.” The power of evangelism is found solely in the message of the Gospel itself. (See Romans 1:16)

Church Team, it is time to fulfill our duty to be missionaries in this world. As a believer your mission trip began at the point you trusted Christ as Savior. It is time to stop letting the “pros” take our place. It is time for action! Even the “average Joe” is called and will be used by God. (Remember that Christ’s Dream Team of Apostles were not anything special – just average Joes.)

1 Thessalonians 2: 4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.

Share John 3:16!

Share Romans 3:23, 5:8, and 6:23!

Share Ephesians 2:8-9!

There is power in those verses!!!!!!!!

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