Summary: In Romans 10 Paul gave a picture of the importance of evangelism, and through quoting the Prophet Isaiah, he showed his readers the “Beauty of Evangelism.”
Over the next several weeks you are going to get to hear about how great God was during our Mission Project to Brazil. We saw Him work in wonderful ways and because of the willingness of people both here and in Campos, over 4,500 people prayed to receive Christ. What happened in Campos was not unique to that place or that time. Wherever, and whenever God’s people are committed to evangelism, others will get saved!
I read an account of an interaction between the Evangelist D.L. Moody and a church woman in England. Moody was in England conducting evangelistic services and after one service this woman approached him and said: “I don’t much like the way you do evangelism.” Moody replied, “Neither do I ma’am, it needs to be better, how do you do it?” The woman responded, “I don’t.” To which Moody said, “In that case, I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.”
Doing evangelism is something that is the responsibility of all believers, not just evangelists, missionaries, pastors and so forth. Jesus clearly called His followers to share the Good News with their world, and as His followers today we have the same calling. In Romans 10 Paul gave a picture of the importance of evangelism, and through quoting the Prophet Isaiah, he showed his readers the “Beauty of Evangelism.”
Text: Romans 10:8-15
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I. God Has Provided the Gift of Salvation (8-13)
How do we relate to His provision?
God provides the necessary faith to be drawn to His Son Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto Myself.” Jesus does this through the Holy Spirit who through conviction draws all people to Christ. It is true that we are “saved by grace through faith,” but understand that the faith we have is given to us because of God’s grace. If we could someone muster up enough faith on our own, then in essence we would be “earning,” or “deserving” of our salvation.
Paul identified what belief was necessary for salvation. First, it has to come from the heart not the head. Secondly, you must believe that Jesus is who He said He was, and that He did what the scriptures said He did! In other words, that Jesus is God’s Son who died on the cross for your sins, and that the Father raised Him from the dead to conquer sin and death and provide the hope of eternal life to all who believe. These are non-negotiable beliefs. They are the center of the salvation story. Paul made the resurrection is the key because many have died for good causes, but only one man, Jesus Christ rose from the dead to turn a good cause into a heavenly promise.
When we think of confession we normally think of admission of sin, and that is the largest portion of how confession is lived out. But that is not the only aspect of confession. When a person responds to the invitation of God to accept His Son as their Savior they must confess their sin and ask for forgiveness, but they must also confess Christ before others. In that case, which is what Paul was talking about here; it is a matter of commitment. To confess Christ before others is to identify oneself as His disciple, one willing to follow Him no matter what.