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Summary: The importance of reaching our community for christ

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Reaching Your Community for Christ

Acts 1:8ff; Mark 16:15ff; Matthew 28:18ff

We’re called upon to get involved in our communities.

Community:-

1. a) All the people living in a particular district, city, etc.

b) The district, city, etc. where they live.

2. A group of people living together as a smaller social unit within a larger one, and having interests, work, etc. in common [a college community ]

3. A group of nations loosely or closely associated because of common traditions or for political or economic advantage.

4. Society in general; the public

5. Ownership or participation in common [community of goods]

6. Similarity; likeness [community of tastes]

7. a) the condition of living with others

b) Friendly association; fellowship

God has no plans to just take us out of the world because we are saved – Jn. 17:14ff.

He has us in the world for a reason.

This whole world lies in darkness – 1 Jn.5:19

God’s purpose is to lighten the world – Jn. 1:4-5, 9; Jn. 9:5; Matt. 24:14.

 We are the light of the world and the salt of the earth – Matt. 5:13-16

 We are the key to direction for the world and preservation for the earth.

 As salt we need to make people thirsty for the Lord.

 If you put a salt crystal into the mouth of a horse he would actually drink water after because the salt would make him thirsty.

 We are in the world but not of the world – Jn. 17:14ff; 15:18ff; Rom. 12:2; Gal. 6:14-15; 1 Jn. 2:15-17.

 The world hates us – Jn. 15:18ff, however the world needs us –

Matt. 5:13ff

 We cannot just be taken out of the world – Jn. 17:14ff

 We are crucified unto the world and the world unto us. Gal. 6:14-15

 We cannot love the world – 1 Jn. 2:15-17.

 We cannot conform to the world – Rom. 12:2

 We are a different class of people – 1 Pt. 2:5-9; 2 Cor. 5:17

Every believer (clergy & laity) is called upon to bring the light of God’s word to their community.

1 Tim. 3; 1 Tim. 6:12, we are ambassadors of Christ – 2 Cor. 5:17-20.

- We have been commissioned and appointed to do the work of the Ministry.

- Angels are not going to preach for us in this dispensation. Acts 10:1ff;

Rev. 14

- Harvest is great – Jn.4:35ff; Matt. 9:36; Joel 3

- Labourers are few – Lk. 15; Joel 3; Mk. 4

- Prophecies must be fulfilled – Matt. 24:14; Mk. 13:10; Mk. 16:17

- We must be free from the blood of sinners – Acts 18:1-6; Acts 20:24-27

God’s heartbeat is Evangelism/soul-winning – Lk. 19:1-10; Mt. 9:35ff

 Jesus was a soul winner – 1 Tim.1:15; Lk.19:10

 Soul Winning is the greatest call. Every other call can only be second to this call – Eph.4; 2 Cor. 5; 5 Rom. 10:8ff; Jude 21-23.

 The price has already been paid. God only requires your compassion.

God’s ultimate purpose is that His Kingdom will come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven - Matt. 6:10.

“That the knowledge of His glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the seas” – Hab. 2:14.

4 Stages of Reaching Our Community – Matt. 9:35ff; 4:23; Jn.13:34-35.


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