Heaven & Hell by Pastor Bruce A. Shields

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Sharing the Gospel Part 1 – Introduction

Sharing the Gospel
Part 1 – Introduction
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
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  1.  Introduction

Today is Sunday. May 28th, 2023
            Our last series looked at the differing responsibilities of the local and global church as well as what we as followers have been called to do.
            Keeping this in mind, this series will break down the different ways we can serve the Lord and reach the lost who are in desperate need of forgiveness and salvation in the name of Jesus Christ.
Jesus becomes our Lord and Master when we become His servants
If you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, then you should be doing this!

SCRIPTURE READING (Legacy Standard Bible)
Acts 1:8
“but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
a.      What does this mean?
                                                 i.      “…of all nations…”
                                              ii.      Mathew 25:31-36 ““But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. “And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom, which has been prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’”
                                           iii.      Luke 24:45-49 “Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. “You are witnesses of these things. “And behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you, but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
                                            iv.      …”all nations…” means, make disciples of every race, every color, every person, no matter where they are born, where they come from, what nationality they claim.
1.      Even ignore any belief they may have, for the Gospel and Good News of Repentance for Forgiveness of sins proclaimed in His Name is for ALL PEOPLES.
b.     How can we personally achieve this?
                                                 i.      There are so many ways we can serve as sheep to our Shepherd.
1.      America is the Great Melting Pot
a.      This phrase was popularized by the 1908 play by Israel Zangwill
                                                                                                                         i.      Melting pot. (2023, May 24). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melting_pot
2.      Just a few of the differing ethnicity in America are
a.      Hispanic or Latino
b.     Black or African American
c.      Native American
d.     Alaskan
e.      Asian
f.       Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
3.      There are MANY nations right here, all around us!
                                              ii.      This is GREAT for sharing the Good News face to face with other nations!
                                           iii.      Not to mention the Internet!
1.      Which allows through social media and websites to communicate with people all around the world!
2.      Creating posts about faith
3.      Ministering to others with love and scripture
4.      Encouraging comments and prayers
                                            iv.      There has never been a EASIER time in our history to reach ALL NATIONS with the Good News of Jesus Christ!
c.      The stages of answering the command of Jesus
                                                 i.      Who did Jesus give the command to?
1.      Disciples (not the typical follower – new believer)
2.      That does NOT discount new believers from sharing the Good News
3.      But relieves new believers from the responsibility of “making disciples”
                                              ii.      What did He tell them to do?
1.      Make disciples
                                           iii.      How did Jesus prepare them beforehand?
1.      These disciples walked with Jesus for nearly 3 ½ years
2.      They were NOT new believers
3.      They were seasoned followers who had been trained and educated in the “discipline” of Christ
4.      THIS is what made them “disciples”
                                            iv.      Are you a disciple?
1.      Or a “new” believer?
2.      You can still share the gospel and good news with others!
3.      You don’t have to feel the pressure or responsibility to “making disciples,” until you, yourself, have been seasoned and trained in the way of Christ.
a.      Serve in your home
                                                 i.      Remember who builds the house - Hebrews 3:1-13
                                              ii.      Be on alert for evil – 1 Peter 5:8
                                           iii.      Follow God’s direction – Psalm 119:15, 54
                                            iv.      Live in unity – Psalm 122:9; Mark 3:25
                                               v.      Ask Yahweh to bless your home – 2 Samuel 7:29
                                            vi.      Choose to serve the Lord – Joshua 24:15
                                         vii.      Remember, the Master of the home will return! – Mark 13:34-35
b.     Serve in the church
                                                 i.      Sunday school / bible study teachers
                                              ii.      Children / youth leaders
                                           iii.      Administration
                                            iv.      Janitor / Maintenance
                                               v.      Grounds keeping
                                            vi.      Outreach
                                         vii.      Music director
                                       viii.      Audio / Video technician
                                             ix.      Website / Social Media coordinator
                                                x.      If you say, “We don’t need those, do we?” it is only because you do not realize these things are being done already by someone else.
c.      Serve in your community
                                                 i.      Participate in church events
                                              ii.      Join bible studies and classes hosted by the church
                                           iii.      Invite others to church services and events
                                            iv.      Host community events with church members
                                               v.      Join community programs and events as a representative of your church
                                            vi.      Volunteer for community services as a representative of the church
a.      Regardless of where you serve, you are called to serve
                                                 i.      And the Lord will say, “well done, good and faithful servant.”
b.     What we will cover in this new series
                                                 i.      How to share the gospel
                                              ii.      How to serve at home
                                           iii.      How to serve in the community
                                            iv.      How to serve in the church
c.      The most important decision of your eternal life
                                                 i.      Calling on the name of Jesus to receive forgiveness and Salvation
                                              ii.      But we MUST remember, this is not the end, rather, the beginning of our walk with the Lord and into eternity!
The Lord has Called You, and will Empower You to Serve Him
For this reason the Lord has not only given you forgiveness, and the blessed hope of eternity in His presence, but the power through the Holy Spirit to serve Him here and now!
Next week: There are many ways to serve the Lord
Part 2 – Every day life
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