Summary: The mission to reach the lost. Fifth message in Rick warren’s series on Life purpose.
You Were Made for a Mission
Intro: You were made for a mission. It is the fifth purpose for which God created you. What is your mission? It is to share the good news of Jesus.
Jesus said, "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world." (JN 17:18)
Jesus said, "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." (JN 20:21)
Paul said, "If only I may finish the race and complete the task to Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace." (Acts 20:24)
There is a word for sharing the Good News. The word is "evangelism." The Greek word means "proclaim good news." God wants us to pass on to others what we know and have experienced. A witness is somebody who just tells what he has seen and experienced. Nobody can be a better witness of what God has done in your life than you, because you are the authority, the expert, on your life. We don’t have to be the defense attorney, defending or arguing for the truth of God. We don’t have to be the prosecutor, convincing anyone of their sin. We are just witnesses. "His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known . . . according to his eternal purposes." (Eph. 3:10-11) Here’s the amazing part: God has chosen us to complete the mission. God has put the future of reaching the world in our hands. He’s called us to be history makers! So where do we start and where do we go to be history makers? Let us look at three things from Acts 1:8. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
1. YOU MUST TAKE TIME TO SHARE WITH THOSE IN YOUR WORLD.
Jesus said, "You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem." When Jesus told this to his followers, they were in Jerusalem. Here’s the principle; start at home. Start with the people closest to you. Jesus once healed a demon possessed man and said, "’Go back home and tell people how much God has done for you.’ So the man went all over town telling how much Jesus had done for him." (LK 8:39) So where are you to start? Right at home, in your own neighborhood. Go to your friends, your family, your coworkers, your neighbors, the person who delivers the paper, or the clerk in the store. People all around us are interested in spiritual things. They are spiritually hungry. George Gallup did a survey, discovered that 65 million Americans have no church home, but 34 million of them said they would attend if somebody would just invite them! Over half of the 700 unchurched in our community are just waiting for an invitation! Another Gallup poll said teens would rather talk about God than sex, drugs or music. Opportunities to share the Good News really are all around you. Invite them to church. God wants to use you. He wants you to fulfill your purpose of mission and evangelism. That’s why he didn’t take you to heaven the moment you were saved. He has you here for a reason. Once you get to heaven you can no longer tell the good news to unbelievers. You can sing in heaven, fellowship in heaven, serve God in heaven, and rest in heaven. But you can’t tell people who don’t know it, the Good News about God’s love. That’s why you are still alive.