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Summary: Are we truly about the Lord’s business or our own?

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DO BUSINESS TILL I COME

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START: LUKE 1913

A. In the Parable of the Minas we see some very critical points for the Christian

1. First, Our Lord is coming back – “until I come”

a. Jesus is returning

b. We are living in a day and age where most people don’t believe that

 I don’t expect the lost world to

 But I certainly expect the church to

c. But there is great evidence that the church doesn’t Christ is returning:

 NO urgency

 No Passion

 No Purpose

2. Second He expects us to be about His Business until He does return

a. What is the Lord’s Business

 We are to be Busy equipping Believer’s

 First that means we must equip ourselves

+ Know God’s Word

+ Apply God’s Word to their lives

 then We must Equip Others

+ Matt. 28:19-20

- Evangelistic in scope

- But Discipling is the actual command

- Ex. Sasha has this down

 two, we are to be busy Evangelizing the Lost

 Consider the last words of Christ before He ascended – Acts 1:6-9

+ Don’t worry about the “When”

+ Get busy with the Witnessing I have empowered you to do:

 Notice what He doesn’t say:

+ Build buildings

+ Offer more programs

+ pave the parking lot

+ Run the best commercials

 Are those things wrong? NO

 But we better keep our perspective on what the Lord considers MOST IMPORTANT

 Our MAIN EVANGELICAL GOAL FOR THE CHURCH IS TO LEAD AS MANY PEOPLE TO CHRIST AS POSSIBLE

= Go into all the world and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ

+ Every other thing the church does better line up under that

 Three, We are to be Busy Encouraging the Church

Hebrews 10:24-25

+ This may surprise some people

+ Because honestly some people have committed themselves to the opposite:

- They tear down by gossipping, not coming, not giving of their time, talents, and tithe

+ We need to take seriously the fact that we have a responsibility to one another

+ Hebrews 3:13

- Today encourage

3. Third It matters how we go about the Lord’s Business while we are here

a. Matthew 19:15-27

 All of us are given different gifts and abilities

 Yet our job is the same

= Share the Word of God so that it multiplies and fills the World

 Example

+ Acts 1:15 Day of Pentecost 120 Believers

+ by the end of the Day 3000 – Acts 2:41

+ before long 5000 – Acts 4:4

+ soon later the Jewish leaders accused the disciples of “filling Jerusalem” with the message – Acts 5:28

b. Consider what would happen in Olney if OSBC took personal responsibility for spreading the Gospel

 ex. Church runs commercials = All of us hand out the matching visitor cards

 We go to work/school ready to invite people to church

 We put the coaches on notice that there is church on Sundays and we won’t be allowing our children to miss

 We become so bold we make the Mormons nervous

 It get’s so big that Schools start planning around Christian events

 The City takes notice of the fact policies and procedures need changed

 Instead of winning people to morality, we win them to Christ


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