Summary: Constructing a people not a building, vision, life evangelism.
A VISION OF THE POSSIBLE
Matt 4: 19 (p677), 28: 18-20 (p698) June 2, 2013
“Come follow me Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people”
I want you to close your eyes for just a moment and imagine the church….Please don’t picture buildings or the inside of the sanctuary….don’t envision programs or activities just the people. People who live in a world of sin and darkness, suffering and pain. A world where over 3 billion people survive on less than 2 dollars a day and billions of these people live in absolute poverty. A world where billions are entangled in false religions and around 2 billion of them have never even heard the gospel…they are all (literally billions of people) on a road that leads to an eternal Hell---suffering that will never, ever, ever end.
But you and the people who have really made a decision to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus, you’ve accepted His sacrifice…He is your Savior…In your mind and heart you know Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to save people from their sins, all people! In your heart of hearts, the depth of your souls you’ve tasted and seen that only He can satisfy your deepest desires…everyone’s deepest desires…your will has been surrender to His purpose and you want to witness for Him and you’ll do that where every He leads you in this world….the people you envision are brothers and sisters in a local church with a global commission: MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS. God has filled every single one of you with the power of His own spirit to enable each of you individually and all of you collectively to reach the world with His message…the gospel. He has made your feet “Beautiful shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace”. So open your eyes…
If you only had people…no building, no programs, no ministry staff----and you were charged with spreading the gospel to the entire world, where would you start...Would you pool your money…spend millions on a big building to meet together in? Would you get an exciting speaker the best musicians and the most talented staff in order to organize presentations and programs that appeal to families and children? Would you devote your resources to what is most comfortable, most entertaining, and most pleasing to you?
I don’t think your church would do that---and neither would mine. Not if we really believed God’s word and were honestly looking at God’s word. If we recognized that there are billions of people without the gospel, many who have never even heard it…and there are hundreds of millions of people starving without food or water…we probably wouldn’t say….”Let’s spend millions and millions of dollars building places where we can worship together…The Bible never commands us to build a house for worship…instead God’s word says His people “are the house of worship”.