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Summary: The first 2 letters of the GOSPEL are "GO"! Let’s go INVITE them, let’s go INSTRUCT them, let’s go INSPIRE them, and let’s go INVOLVE them. Link included to formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint Presentation.

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It’s Go Time!

Luke 14:16-23

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I thought about titling this message “It’s Time to Go” but I was afraid you’d get up and leave. But one thing is for sure: We have reached a great crossroads as a church…we have come to the STOP sign and paused for the cause. We have looked right and left and considered God’s will, and now we must not just sit and idle but we should rather put the pedal to the metal and say it’s go time! Isn’t that the missionaries’ job? Yes, and we were left here to be missionaries. I hope you’ll go: across the street, around the world, short term, long term. Missions is a trip, and in our conference next week God is going to call us all to go somewhere!

Matthew 28:19

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mark 16:15

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

What are the first 2 letters of the gospel? GO!

Psalm 126:6

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Nothing happens until we go!

Acts 5:20

Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

Jesus said it, and Jesus did it!

Mark 1:38

And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.

Mark 5:19 [Jesus cast demon out of man…]

Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

Matthew 13:3

And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

Let’s went! Many used to be in the habit of witnessing, but your get up and go done got up and went!

I heard about a football game being played on the home field. The home team was being smeared by the visiting squad. Someone on the sidelines kept yelling, "Give the ball to Calhoun! Give the ball to Calhoun!’’ They tried another play, and again the home team was smashed to the ground, losing valuable yardage. Again came the cry, "Give the ball to Calhoun!’’ After this happened two or three times more, the familiar cry rang out again, "Give the ball to Calhoun!’’ Then a tall man raised up from the pile of human bodies on the field after the next play and responded, "Calhoun don’t want the ball!’’ I am afraid this is true of many Christians today. They do not want to carry the ball of evangelism. They need to hear the cry of the crowd in heaven cheering them on…that great cloud of witnesses in the grandstands of glory urging us to run the race before we leave this earth. They need to hear the voice of the coach as He calls the plays…the coach is Jesus Christ—can you hear him:

Luke 10:1-3

The Lord … sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. [2] Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. [3] Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

John 15:16

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit…

Luke 15:4

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

Romans 15:25

But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.

Galatians 2:9

… we should go unto the heathen…

Acts 28:26

Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear…

Acts 8:29

Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

Finally, look at our text:

Luke 14:21-23

21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. 22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

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Bo Brown

commented on Mar 18, 2007

What a great thought; As I read through this sermon I begin to visualize the ideal of our duty to Christ and the Church. Jerry you are so lead by the spirit continue on my friend.

Wesley Hunt

commented on Dec 6, 2008

Great Sermon to lead into Acts 1:8 Campaign.

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