Get Plugged In Sermon Series
Get Plugged In To the Mission
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Intro: So far in this series, we have looked at: Get Plugged In To…
A. The Membership – This is the Family of the Church
B. The Meeting – This is the Fellowship of the Church
C. The Message – This is the Feeding of the Church
D. The Ministry – This is the Fulfillment of the Church
Today – Get Plugged In toThe Mission – This is the Future of the Church
Jesus left the church a very specific mission to accomplish.
All of these things have their function and their place, but…
The mission of the church is very simple – Seeing people SAVED, BAPTIZED and ADDED TO THE CHURCH.
Someone said, “I thought the main mission of the church was to bring God glory.”
It is! But when the mission of the church is accomplished, God will be glorified.
Charles Peace, a notorious criminal in England, was executed on February 25, 1879. Just before his execution, an Anglican minister halfheartedly read to him from The Consolations of Religion: “Those who die without Christ experience hell, which is the pain of forever dying without the release which death itself can bring.” Charles Peace stopped the minister and said, “Sir, if I believed what you and the church of God say that you believe, even if England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast, I would walk over it, if need be, on hands and knees and think it worthwhile living, just to save one soul from an eternal hell like that!”
David instressed the goal of revival and repentance in the life of the believer.
Why should we stay right with God, clean and holy and keep the lines of communication open between us and God?
I. By Following what Christ Illustrated
We have no greater example of Someone who was 100% committed to the mission than Jesus Christ.
If we would just look at His heart, His burden, His focus – we would never need another person to motivate us.
Jesus lived and breathed “the mission.”
There wasn’t a day that went by that He wasn’t completely engrossed in the accomplishment of “the mission.”
As a 12 year-old boy in Luke 2 he explained to His mother: “Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business.”
The woman at the well in John 4 – “I must needs go through Samaria…”
He replied to his disciples when they returned with food – “I have meat to eat that ye know not of…”
Jesus was motivated DAILY by a need to see people saved.
Jesus Christ saved us with the full expectation that we follow His example.
II. By Fulfilling what Christ Instructed
When was the last time you went fishing?
When was the last time you left the house, driven by the desire to catch some fish?
Notice what Jesus said – FOLLOW ME, AND WILL MAKE YOU fishers of men.
Can we honestly profess to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and not let Him make us FISHERS OF MEN?
The Great Commission
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
QUOTE – The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.
A. The Unreceptive – Jerusalem
B. The Unworthy – Judaea – barren, lonely wilderness
C. The Unwanted – Samaria – signify crossing racial barriers and prejudices
D. The Unreached – uttermost part of the earth
III. By Finishing what Christ Initiated
A. He gave us the Spirit
B. He gave us the Scriptures
C. He gave us the Solution
The last thing Jesus spoke of before being taken up was to impress upon the hearts of his disciples the need to tell the world who He was and what He had done for them.
Conclusion: The gospel is not the good news if it doesn’t get there in time!!
It is the duty of every member of Calvary Baptist Church to GET PLUGGED IN to the MISSION of this church.