We are living in very uncertain times. An age where good is seen as evil, evil is seen as good, war is waged over the smallest of grievances, and a man was given an award for being woman of the year.
In this sort of environment, what are we as the church to do? Is there anything we can do? How are we to react to things that happen around us?
Well, I believe in a three fold mission that the church has in this time. We need to remember that we are at war:
“And the dragon was angry at the woman and declared war against the rest of her children – all those who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus.” – Revelation 12:17
Our mission is what we do in order to fight and undermine the plans of the devil, or the dragon as Revelations calls him. I’m going to be splitting this into three separate messages:
- Souls saved
- Saints Sanctified
- The Church Strengthened
Our first calling is to reach the lost. This is the primary mission of the church as our means if fighting against Satan and his plans. It was the last instruction of Jesus as He ascended into heaven; to go and make disciples of all nations. The people of this world are lost, they are dead in their sins and we are the ones who need to point them to Jesus.
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” – 2 Peter 3:9
God wants all of humanity to come to repentance, to know His love and mercy, but they’re not all going to simply wake up one day and decide for themselves, “Hey! I want to know God”. God has given you and I His truth, not just to keep to ourselves, but to give to every person we come across.
I want you to imagine yourself sitting at a fork in the road. You see a person walking down the path towards you and it looks like they are going to turn left and go down that road. However, you know that the left path leads to a dangerous cliff that a person would be unable to see until the last second, too late for them to be able to do anything. You know that this person walking towards you is headed for their death if they do not change course. What do you do about it?
Anyone of any sort of decency would warn that person! How much would you have to hate them not to warn them? And yet why do we not warn the unsaved? They are headed for destruction and so many of us do not warn them for fear of being embarrassed or ashamed.
God has given all we need to preach His truth:
“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes – the Jew first and also the Gentile.” – Romans 1:16
We have nothing to be ashamed about. We need only remember that we are not better than the people we speak to. We were all once like them, dead in our sins, and God has given us the power of His salvation, the power to preach His gospel to the lost and show them the light. So do not be afraid of sharing the Gospel! God will equip and annoint you to do so whenever you feel led to.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self – discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
Author: Justin Berrisford
For this sermon series I’ve taken a sort of inspiration from the mission statement of Todd Friel at Wretched.com