April 3, 2016 Sermon Excerpt

“Restore the kingdom to Israel,” the disciples said to Jesus.  Jesus' response, “Don’t worry about that right now, I’m sending you on a mission to take my Gospel to the nations, but you won’t be alone I’m giving you the power of the Holy Spirit!”

These disciples would soon be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and they would serve as Jesus’ witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (1:8).  

Gospel + Mission + Power = Lives Changed.  That’s what happened in the early church.  And my friends that can happen along the shoreline.  Do we believe this?  

I love this quote by Henry Martyn who was a missionary to Muslims in the 1700-1800’s, “The Spirit of Christ is in the spirit of missions, and the nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.”  

Jesus calls us to be missionaries, not necessarily across the world, but where you live, where you work, where you eat, and where you shop.  And the more we pursue Him, the more you will serve Him.

Are you a Christian?  Yes.  Than you are missionary for Jesus.  No more waiting.  84,000 people within a ten-mile radius of the church, 97.5% of them are spiritually dead, they are confused, they want hope, they’re longing for real community, will we take the Gospel to them?  Will we give them the only message that will set them free?

If not you, who?  If not now, when?  They need the Jesus and He’s called you, yes you, to be on mission for Him.  We cannot be ok with these tens of thousands of people being spiritually dead!  Some are your family members and friends.

Listen to this quote by Charles Spurgeon, “Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you're not saved yourself, be sure of that!”  If your heart is not stirred to save the lost, maybe you are not saved yourself.  

You see, as a Christian, you’re not alone, He has given you the power of the Holy Spirit to go forth….

You see, Jesus told the disciples, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses...  You need this power.  I need this power.  Without this power the shoreline will not be changed, sin will continue to have dominion, and the devil will continue to deceive.  

Pursue Jesus.  Surrender your life to Him.  Serve as His missionary.  The power will come…