Sometimes, things change, such as the location where we gather for worship. But some things never change, like the mission and message of the church. In this message delivered on our inaugural Sunday in our new space, I’m casting a vision for the future and challenging us to throw a party for sinners like us.
With whom are you doing life? What I mean is, with whom do you spend time hanging out and talking about the deepest things of life? Whom do you sharpen, and who sharpens you?
Most believers understand the “ought to” side of sharing our faith. We know we ought to do so. Some of us understand the “how to.” In fact, churches have been quite good at equipping and educating believers in the finer points of the gospel and the act of sharing it. But on a daily basis, I think very few understand the “can do” side of witnessing. This is something you can do, and you can do it in what Adrian Rogers often called a “supernaturally natural” way.
When I hit dating age, I was afraid to ask girls out on dates. Until I met Angie. I asked her repeatedly, and she repeatedly said no, until she finally said yes, and the rest is a beautiful history. Sometimes we view our relationship with God as though we asked God to save us and, as if it was the first time the thought had even occurred to Him, He reluctantly and finally said yes. But the opposite is actually true.
There is no feeling on earth like the feeling of helping someone find Jesus and trust Him for the very first time. Sometimes, in our talk about “missions,” we forget that this is really what missions is all about. Going to every nation starts with going to the next person with the good news.