THE GREATEST NEED

INTRODUCTION 

   A.     The greatest need today is for the church to get back to its mission and "seek and save the lost" (Luke 19:10)

  1. God could have done anything He wanted with His Son but He made Him a soul-winner! 

  2. The first twelve men Christ chose were soul winners except Judas  - and he was a traitor to the cause. 

   B.    The church as many capable workers in the huddle but is in desperate need of personal workers out in the field (Luke 10:1-2). 

  1.  Christ needs you. He is the head but you are His hands and feet (Ephesians 1)

        a. He can't get His work done unless you do! 

        b. Let's not betray that converted trust He gives us  - to teach the lost               (Hebrews 5:12). 

​   2. We are to be the light and salt of the world (Matthew 5:13-14)

        a. Salt both seasons and preserves. 

        b. We need personal contact. How can we preserve anything sitting                 on a shelf? 

  C.    What we all need is more genuine concern for the lost. 

  1.   Paul's heart had "great grief and unceasing sorrow" over those lost (Romans 9:1-3). 

  2.    Illustration - If anyone was terminal ill with the coronavirus and you found the cure, would you share it or keep it to yourself? Over 2 million people has been infected how urgent would you be? 

  3.  Walk down the street in your neighborhood and look at the houses. How many are lost  (Jude 22; Matthew 7:12)? 

I.  The Need is Fulfilled through the Lord's Plan of Evangelism

  A.   The early church carried out the great commission in 29 years

  1. Jesus spoke Mark 16:16  in A.D. 33

  2. Paul wrote Colossians 1:23 in A.D. 62

  B.    The Lord's plan is most effective. 

  1. Obviously,  the Lord adds people to His church as they are saved (Acts 2:41; 47), but in regards to church growth (as those who are converted teach others, who teach others, etc.) the Lord's plan is multiplicative. 

  2. If just one individual converted (or lead) five per year, and after a year each of these converts did the same, at the end of the second year there would be 25, the third year 125, the fourth 625, the fifth 3,125, the sixth 15,625, and so on until the fourteenth year when SIX BILLION people would be reached. Since the whole world has less than 6 Billion adults of "believing age" , in just 14 years the whole world would have at least heard the gospel to have an opportunity to be a Christian. 

  3. If every member of the church of Christ lead just one person a year to Christ (assuming we begin with 2,000,000 members) and they in turn lead just one, in just 18 years the whole world would be converted to Christ.

        a.    Teaching is the second half of Christianity 

        b.     Evangelism is not complete until the evangelized become the                      evangelist (2 Timothy 2:2). 

    4. This is only a theoretical example of course, (Matthew 5:13-14)                        shows that since not all have honest hearts, in actuality many will                reject the gospel message! However, if more had an opportunity to              hear, no doubt countless more would respond! ). 

II.   The Scope of the Need 

                        - the Field is the World (Matthew 13:38). 

  A.   We use to sing a song "Red, yellow, black and white, they are                          precious in His sight. 

  1.   We are to teach every creature (Matthew 13:38). 

  2. Opportunities are unlimited  (John 4:35-38). 

        a.  The Great Commission did not limit who we were to teach. ​

        b.  When Jesus said "the fields are white unto the harvest," he was                      not referring to white and middle class! 

   B.   I would like for each of you to take out 3 sheets of blank paper. On               your 1st sheet list 10 people that you are close to that you would                 love to see become a Christian. On the 2nd sheet list 10 people                    that you associate with that you would love to see become a                      Christian. On your 3rd sheet list 10 people that you do not know                 or just met that you would like to see become a Christian. 

III. Five Reasons WHY "I" 

                                   - YOU - Need to be a Personal Worker. 

   A.  It is a direct command (Matthew 28:18-20). 

  1. We'd never dream of forsaking the Lord's supper or lying or stealing,  yet we think very little of disregarding our Savior's last words to go teach. It is not an optional thing (See Hebrews 5:12). 

  2.  The Great Commission stipulates all who hear and believe are to be baptized and then tell others. (though originally given the twelve this is certainly implied)

  3. Let's not make the great commission, the great omission                 (Acts 4:19-20)!                                                                                                                      a.  "Go ye" means "go me".                                                                             b.  Christ said "go" not "invite". Instead of an outreach we have an indrag!

  4. Remember, all of us, male and female, are priests. We are part of a "royal priesthood" (I Peter 2:8). What did the priest do? They studied the law and taught (blessed) the people! If we are to be more that priests in name only, we must study God's word, and bless people with the gospel so they can receive the forgiveness of their sins!

  5. Is our model physical Israel (which had a national focus, mainly concerned about keeping the lineage pure so Christ could come) or spiritual Israel, the church, (which had an international focus). 

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS

MAY 10th, 2020 

God is looking for personal workers in His vineyard. How are we doing? 

What was the assignment that I asked everyone to do last week? 

  

A. What is PERSONAL WORK? 

  1. Is it debate, a battleground, a place to win an argument or a contest or talents? 

  2. It is teaching the Gospel by individual contact, before and after conversion. 

B. What are some METHODS? 

  1. Marked Bibles and studying one on one 

  2. Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, etc).

  3. Business Cards .."My name is ____ I would like to invite you to the Bouldercrest church of Christ. Services Worship 9:00 am Bible study 10:15 am. 

  4. Websites 

  5. Give out Bible tracts or lay them around

  6. Powerpoint presentation 

  7. Call or text 

  8. Flyers, church publications (Name 2), Post cards, ad in publications

  9. Church bulletins

  10. Bible class and/ or zoom 

  11. Door knocking

  12. Gospel Meeting

  13. Car tags and other conversational pieces 

......your LIFE!!!!

C. Who is commissioned to teach? 

  1. Matthew 28:19, "Ye", means you and me.

  2. 2 Timothy 2:2, "You are taught in order that you might teach." 

D. Some requirements, or necessary items, for personal work. 

  1. Matthew 28:19-20, Teacher 

  2. Matthew 28:19-20 Pupil (creature) 

  3. Matthew 28:19-20, God's Word.

  4. John 7:24, Ability or knowledge to judge righteously. 

Any further questions???

We must get back to extending the LORD'S Invitation 

How  Does One Become a Christian? 

Hear the Gospel. "so then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:14)

Believe. "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently see Him" (Hebrews 11:6)

Repent of past sins. "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:" (Acts 17:30)

Confess Jesus as Lord.  "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 10:32)

Be baptized for the remission of sins. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38)

Remain Faithful.  "...be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life" (Revelation 2:10). 

       

PRAYER REQUEST