To the Ends of the Earth—Matthew 24:14
A certain courthouse in Ohio stands in a unique location. Raindrops that fall on the north side of the building go into Lake Ontario and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, while those falling on the south side go into the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. At precisely the point of the peak of the roof, just a gentle puff of wind can determine the destiny of many raindrops. It will make a difference of more than 2,000 miles as to their final destination.
The spiritual application is clear. By the smallest deed or choice of words we might set in motion influences that could change the course of others' lives here and now, and could also affect their eternal destiny. (Our Daily Bread, June 12, 1994). I would add it is important to intentionally choose share one’s faith in Jesus with others.
We have looked at the theme of Jesus our Soon Coming King in the last few weeks. The study of Jesus’ Second Coming has inspired many Christians throughout the ages to be faithful in their walk with God. Over the last few weeks we looked at the “End Times” fervour that can be a blessing or a plague in light of Jesus’ return. In light of today being “Mission’s Sunday” I was reminded of this passage from Matthew’s Gospel - “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt 24:14)
Matthew gives us others strong exhortations in light of Jesus’ Imminent Return.
- Watch out that no one deceives you (Matt 24:4)
- Keep your love strong (Matt 24:12)
- Stay strong until the end (Matt 24:12)
- Keep watch (Matt 24:42)
To All Nations
The “good news of the kingdom” is the proclamation of a Jesus’ World Order. Many people fear a “one world government” when they study the end times. There already is a “one world government and it is called the “Kingdom of God”; a kingdom that is not of this world but is divine and supernatural and that is accessed by grace and through faith in Jesus Christ. AMEN!
In light of this several other passages of speak to me of the importance of being fully involved in the sharing our our faith in Jesus Christ. Firstly, Matthew 28:18-20 is a classic mission’s Scripture - Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Thereforego and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
We are commanded to GO and make disciples in light of Jesus’ New World Order… His New Kingdom is to spread through out the entire world.
Secondly, the Apostle Paul after his supernatural conversion fulfilled Jesus' command to Go! The Books of Acts records his missionary journey's. One of his converts was Timothy and Paul takes time and care to teach and disciple him in God's ways. In 2 Tim Paul brings several thoughts to encourage Timothy on this journey of sharing one's faith.
- Do not be afraid (2 Tim 1:7-8 - For God did not give us a spirit oftimidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God...).
- In the last days... Do not be godless be biblical(2Tim 3).
- Preach the word in season or out of season (2 Tim 4:2)
- Do the work of an evangelist (2 Tim 4:5 - But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry).
Thirdly, this preaching, proclaiming, announcing or heralding the “good news” is a team effort. Just like we studied in Nehemiah, it took many to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem, the same is true in sharing our faith. We are individuals with gifts and talents, just like the bricks on the wall. Sharing our faith does not necessarily require a “public speaking” gift. It simply means that whatever spiritual gift or talent or passion you have can be used by God to share the good news. Let me give you a few examples from previous churches we have pastored in:
- In one church we pastored there were four doctors, so we did medical missions trips.
- We had a group of people who like to do BBQ’s in the park, we called it “church in the park”.
- In the same church we had an alcohol and drug counsellor, so we had recovering addicts.
- In another church we had a group of teens who loved to play soccer, so we had summer soccer camps and taught kids soccer skills and shared the gospel with them. It started small, the first year there was about 20 kids who signed up, five years later there was over 100 kids.
- In one church we had several building contractors, so we did a mission’s trip and literally built a wall about 100 feet long and six feet high behind a school…
This morning we want to carry on with Nehemiah’s wall, so to speak, and discover more specifically the obvious talents we have but also the hidden ones as well. As we studied Nehemiah is was clear that everyone had a part to play in the destiny of Jerusalem. The same is true here at Courts of Praise.
Here is a questionnaire or resume that we would like to use to help us define what are some of the strengths, talents and passions we have as a church for evangelism...
Courts of Praise Outreach Assessment - Part 1
Circle the way you prefer being contacted:
Text Messenger Phone Call Email Other:
1. Is there something you love doing so much that you would pay to do it? Is it something you could do with others?
2. What are some practical skills you could see yourself bringing to an evangelism team? (Please circle and or comment)
Soloist Group Singer Instrumentalist (Specify) Dance (specific type/s)
Drama Director of Play or Musical Choreography
Teacher (add specific area of teaching - can be practical i.e. Drivers Ed, Cooking or Music Lessons or other i.e. Raising Kids)
Storyteller Carpentry Gardening Housekeeping
Bilingual (specify what language/s) Sign Language
Short Story Writer Book Writer Editor Graphic Arts
Photography Making Videos Building or Fixing or Maintaining Things (specify)
Painter (i.e. house, fence) Artist (specify discipline) Crafts (please specify)
Mechanic Electrician Plumber Public Speaking
Babysitting Service Baking Cooking Cake Decorating
Party Planning Decorating Coaching (specify sport)
Counseling (specify area) Day Care Early Childhood Education
Hairdressing Giving Spa Treatments Mentor
Door to Door Visitation Street Preaching Street Witnessing
I’ll do anything, just let it be practical…
Other (please specify)
3. In light of the fact that the Great Commission is the only mission Jesus left His church, how much time are you willing and able to give for extending that mission together as a church family? (I.e. once a week, monthly, quarterly, yearly)
4. What time of year are you most available for serving in Evangelism?
Please circle all that apply:
Summer Fall Winter Spring