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Don't Wait for the Lost to Come to You

Natural Evangelism: Entering the Field  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Christians are called on to evangelize the world, be compelled by the message and don't let circumstances deter our efforts.

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Mark 16:15–16 ESV
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
(see the UBS Greek text’s critical apparatus—Aland, et al., 1983, p. 189).
This point alone is insufficient to demonstrate the genuineness of a passage, since manuscripts may perpetuate an erroneous reading that crept into the text and then happened to survive in greater numbers than those manuscripts that preserved the original reading.
Nevertheless, the sheer magnitude of the witnesses that support verses 9-20 cannot be summarily dismissed out of hand.
Though rejecting the genuineness of the verses, the Alands offer the following concession that ought to give one pause: “It is true that the longer ending of is found in 99 percent of the Greek manuscripts as well as the rest of the tradition, enjoying over a period of centuries practically an official ecclesiastical sanction as a genuine part of the gospel of Mark” (1987, p. 287, emp. added).
Such longstanding and widespread acceptance cannot be treated lightly nor dismissed easily.
Mk 16:15-16
It is, at least, possible that the prevalence of manuscript support for the verses is due to their genuineness.
Introduction
What do I want them to know?
We should know that God commands for us to go to all the world and proclaim the Good News.
We must go to the world literally and figuratively.
Figuratively the world is our immediate surroundings and circumstances.
What do I want them to feel?
We should feel Evangelism is our responsibility and that if we don’t do it no one else will.
If no one will do it then living Christian will become more difficult as we refuse to do our responsibility.
What do I want them to do?
We must begin a plan of action corporately and personally.
We can begin both digitally through our social networks.
How many friends do we have collectively?
Repeat/Re-tweet messages and invites to our world.
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The call to Go is on all God’s people

The call to go has always been a responsibility of God’s people...
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Psalm 96:2–3 ESV
2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
The Great Commission is for all the Church, you and I...
Matthew 28:19 ESV
19 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,
The whole world cannot come to us, so we must go to them...
See also ; ;
Mark 16:15 ESV
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
We see the world did not come to God, God came to the world...
John 20:21 ESV
21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
It is God’s Power that will allow us to go to the world...
Acts 1:8 ESV
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Corporately and Personally let’s count up our friends and connections to the world and start repeating and re-tweeting every message that comes from Brookfield’s lecterns.
[What are we waiting for? Convenience and perfect timing are made and not waited on…]

Those sent to their own people

Isaiah 6:8–10 ESV
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 9 And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “ ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10 Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
See also Noah; Jeremiah’s ministry extended further but was primarily to his own people, Judah; Ezekiel

Those sent to other peoples

A priest from Samaria returns to teach the resettled population about the Lord.

God’s servant is to bring salvation to the whole world:

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Amos, from Judah, is sent to the northern kingdom of Israel.

Jonah is sent to the city of Nineveh:

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Missionaries in the NT

John the Baptist

John 1:6–7 ESV
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
See also ; ; ; ; ;

Jesus Christ’s disciples

Healing and deliverance accompanies preaching as part of the disciples’ mission.
See also During Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry the disciples’ mission was limited to Israel; ;

Other believers

Acts 11:19–20 ESV
19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus.
See also Philip; Apollos; Paul

The call given by God

Jeremiah 1:4–10 ESV
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” 9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
See also Peter and Andrew; Philip; Paul

The call confirmed by the church

Acts 13:2–3 ESV
2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
See also ; ; Paul’s call to be a missionary to the Gentiles is communicated through Ananias; Paul’s mission to the Gentiles is recognised by the other apostles.

Don’t let circumstances stop us

Persecution drove the early church to wider mission.
Acts 8:4 ESV
4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
See also Joseph sold into slavery in Egypt; Daniel among those taken into exile in Babylon;
Priscilla and Aquila left Rome because of persecution.
Acts 18:1–2 ESV
1 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them,

Be compelled by the message

Acts 4:18–20 ESV
18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
See also ;
1 Corinthians 9:16 ESV
16 For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
2 Corinthians 5:14 ESV
14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;
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Conclusion
Don’t wait for the World to come to us
All of us are called to Evangelize our world with the good news the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Do not let contrary circumstances keep you from fulfilling your responsibility
Fall in love with the Gospel Call and make it your own
Know the Truth You Speak

God’s Salvation Invitation

Hear - Believe - Confess - Repent - Be Baptized - Be Faithful

Matthew 7:24 ESV
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 ESV
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 ESV
23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.
Luke 13:3 ESV
3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Galatians 3:27 ESV
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
James 1:3–4 ESV
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.
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