Summary: Getting all of the church involved in God’s work

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MATTHEW 28: 18-20

Reaching People for Jesus Strategy

April 17, 2005 AM

Sheridan, Arkansas

George E. Crumbly



I am so glad that I went to the REACH Conference Tuesday at Little Rock First Church. It gave me a “SECOND” wind. If you will get a bulletin you will see some of the statistics that we started off with. I wanted to share them with you. Please get one & look over these numbers. I would love to go over them all with you this morning, but time does not permit that. (You can check & see if these numbers may be obtainable thru the Church of the Nazarene Sunday School ministries)

We did go over all 16 of them Wednesday night during our prayer meeting. The one that I want each of us to concentrate on this morning is:

“Number 6”: “90% of our members will never share their faith with anyone during their lifetime.”

Isn’t that sad? But I believe that!! 1 out of 10 people will share their faith in Christ to someone!! Other words 9 out of the 10 will not tell anyone about Jesus. (This could very well create some problems for the 9 on Judgment Day!!)

When I read this I immediately thought about the 10 lepers….Jesus healed ALL 10….HE HEALED ALL 10 LEPERS11 Yet only 1 came back & wanted to follow Him. It hasn’t gotten any better today.

MATTHEW 28: verses 18-20

-- This verse of scripture the Lord gave His church….Takes away the old adage: “What do I do now that I am saved?” What do I do?

RE-READ verse 18-20

-- We are to be about the Lord’s work. You don’t wait until you have joined a church or gotten involved in a church (This is the reason people today won’t get involved or committed to a church-they think this scripture will then apply to them)

-- Folks…If you are saved this morning….this scripture applies to you. As a Christian…….Not as a Church BUT AS A CHRISTIAN. This scripture this morning is the “Great Commission”……Is the Lord Himself telling you & me to GO & MAKE DISCIPLES….

-- I mentioned this Wednesday night, God wants to use YOU!! You don’t run & call the preacher every time God tries to use you. If you are a Christian this morning then YOU have the responsibility to lead the lost to Christ. (IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW THEN PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE HERE UNTIL YOU DO KNOW HOW)

-- It is not difficult. You just share with folks what God has done for you…You share with folks what God has done to you….

--A former pastor (now involved in the Sunday School Ministries) was our leader Tuesday for the REACH conference. He left a church running over 1200 people to take this Sunday school strategy to the church. This strategy is to get the 90% involved in God’s work. Two reasons why they need to get involved:

1.) It is their responsibility and they will be judged one day…and

2.) People are dying and heading to a burning hell…….


I want us to know this morning that WE AS CHRISTIANS ARE RESPONSIBLE - There is NO EXCUSE!! God calls EACH of us to SERVE. WE SERVE where He puts us until He puts us somewhere else… I love this scripture….

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