Summary: This is a strategy for winning the lost to Christ that I received from a retired pastor.
I. This being the second Sunday of the month, and the first second Sunday of the new year, it is only fitting that we talk about missions this morning.
II. It has been said that “Missions” is for those that carry the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to a culture not their own.
A. Certainly, in one aspect that is true; however a definition like that does not carry the full message of what missions is.
B. You see, if we consider missions to be for those that carry the message only to those in a different culture, it becomes all to easy for us to dismiss missions as not being for me.
1. I live in my home culture,
2. God has not called me to MOVE anyplace.
3. My part in missions might be
a. To give some money
b. To ensure that my church gives some money
c. Maybe, Maybe to pray once in a while,
4. But if missions is carrying the message of salvation through faith in Christ to a culture different than my own, then I am not a missionary.
III. I believe a more fitting definition of “missions” might be - “the act of carrying the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to those that have not heard it.”
A. If that is a good definition of what missions is, then Missions includes you and I.
B. Christ said in Matthew 28, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
1. You have probably heard more than once that the “Go” which begins verse 19 means, “As you are going.”
a. As we are going about your life.
b. As we are going about your job.
c. As we are going, doing whatever it is that we are doing, then part of what we should be doing is looking for the opportunity to share Christ.
IV. If we are to be obedient to this command of Christ, then the only question that applies is, “Am I being obedient to His command?”
A. Part of our “Going” includes the fact that we who are here this morning have made a decision to worship God as a part of the fellowship of Newtown Community Church.
B. Part of our going includes the desire to see others come to know Jesus Christ, and take their place worshiping God as a part of the fellowship Christ’s Church.
C. Part of our going includes the desire to see the fellowship of believers, worshiping God at Newtown Community Church increase, and let’s be honest, that means church growth; BUT how.
1. What should I do?
2. What can I do?
3. What is God calling me to do?
V. This morning, I want to share with you a strategy for our reaching out to those that have not yet trusted Jesus Christ for their eternal lives.
A. I admit that although I had been praying about what to introduce as an outreach strategy for us in the coming year, what I am introducing this morning is not original with me.
B. This was actually shared with me by a retired pastor, who heard about it from a pastor friend of his from Texas.
1. This pastor, Steve Riggles introduced it to a new church plant that he began some 10 years ago.