REASON # 7 – Because of The Stronger Emphasis on Evangelism and Missions
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11
If there was ever a time when we as Christians should be ever vigilant in presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world it is today. There are many statistics around that tell us we are failing at the joy, and in a miserable way. Some reports that it takes about 80 people to win one soul to Christ. We are thankful for this one.
The first six reasons we have looked at were 1) The Unfulfilled Promises of God to Israel, 2) Scriptural/Historical Evidence of Previous Raptures, 3) The Scoffers Who Disclaim the Promise of Christ’s Return, 4) Jesus Said He Would Come Again and Take Us To a Prepared Place, 5) The Church Has Not Been Appointed to Wrath, 6) This View Maintains the Imminent Return of Jesus Christ. If we do believe these things to be so then, our hearts should be burning with a passion for lost souls to come to faith in Jesus.
SOME REASONS WE SHOULD BE EVANGELIZING AND TAKING MISSIONS INTO THE WORLD…
JESUS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR COMMANDED IT (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). With things as they are in the world we do have our Lord’s Great Commission which by itself should be motivation enough to cause us to be vibrant, powerful witnesses to a world that is in darkness.
Jesus also told us that He was coming again. He told us that He would “Receive us unto Himself…” He also said that “Where I am there you shall be also…”. It is the desire of every Christian to tell others about Jesus, His death, burial, and resurrection, and also that He is coming again.
After Jesus had spoken the words of Acts 1:8 we are given these words, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11 (KJV).
We must realize that we are called to do nothing more than present the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then, allow the Holy Spirit to make the Word of God bring forth fruit. We may win converts to ourselves, or our religion by a constant begging and pleading, giving emotional stories provoking tears and sorrow. They will not be converted to Christ. When one comes to a genuine faith in Jesus there will definitely be tears; tears of sorrow over sin; tears of a broken and contrite heart that has realized the cost our Savior paid to redeem us.
All the Savior ever asked us to do was sow the seed, and leave it to God to give the increase.
EVERYONE BORN INTO THIS WORLD IS BORN IN A CONDEMNED STATE, ETERNALLY SEPARATED FROM GOD John 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”.
Now, to some this may sound like a harsh statement to say that all are condemned. This is not my idea. Jesus is the one who said it, “He that believeth not is condemned already”. That answers the question, “What must I do to be condemned?” The answer to that is, Absolutely nothing. Another question may come to mind, “How did I get condemned?” Answer: You were born in a condemned state, eternally separated from God.
It is only by the grace of God that even one is saved; but thanks to His wonderful, amazing grace, all who come to Him can be saved.
Believing this ought to cause us to tell everyone that we possibly can about this marvelous mercy and grace of God. God was under no obligation what so ever to redeem any of mankind. He had created Adam and Eve to love them, and glorify Himself. When they rebelled in the garden the glory was gone. They had fallen short of His glory, and that was passed down through all the human race. We are all sinners by birth, and sinners by choice.
God’s love in His righteousness, His holiness, and His judgment sent someone who was perfect and without sin. Jesus, the God-Man, born of a woman, born as a human; with all the flesh and bone that all of us have. Yet, He was without sin. Jesus took the wrath of God upon Himself, paying our sin debt, and giving to us His righteousness.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after flesh, but after the Spirit” Romans 8:1 (KJV). That is really amazing. From condemnation to light, life, and an eternity in the presence of holy God.
Believing in the Pre-trib rapture of the Church is motivation to realize the greatness of this salvation, and its complete deliverance through the coming of Jesus for those who have trusted Him.
THE PRESENT SITUATION IN THE WORLD ALMOST DEMANDS IT 2 Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away”
I do not think I know a single family who is not presently going through a troubling time, or has gone through a troubling time with their family members. Whether it be children, teenagers, or sometimes even the grown ones. Some of the grown ones find it difficult to mature in a marriage, and so that is not working out. Some teens are being pulled away by the influence of friends who are trying to get them into drugs, drinking alcohol, even sex. Some have gotten involved in it already and are paying dire consequences for their actions.
Look at that list from Second Timothy 3. Have you ever seen a more selfish generation, than the one in which we live today? It is always ‘Gimme’, ‘Gimme’, ‘Gimme”; and this is not coming from just the children and youth. Why is it they behave that way. Parents and other adults are their models.
There is no room, no place for these behaviors in the lives of those who profess Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. We are told, by Paul the apostle, in many places to cast off the works of the flesh, and to put on Jesus Christ.
The present situation in the world almost demands our witness; our Christ like witness. The world is crying out. Can we not hear them in these words of Paul, and as we look at the world of today. The wars, the street killings in our own towns and cities. It is perilous times, and it is time for the people of God to be the people of God. In Christ we ought to hear the voices saying to us, “Be the Church; stop being what we are. Show us you are different in Christ. We do not need you to be like us”.
The PRESENT SITUATION IN THE WORLD DEMANDS THAT WE LIVE LIKE CHRIST, Because Jesus is coming for His Bride.
KNOWING THE TERROR OF JUDGMENT OF THOSE WITHOUT CHRIST SHOULD CAUSE US TO EVANGELIZE AND DO MISSIONS 2 Cor. 5:10-11, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”
We, as Christians, of all people ought to know about the “Terror of the Lord”. The terror of the Lord is that He hates sin. By all means how can we come to any other conclusion? Jesus tells us, “If your hand offends you, cut it off”; “If your eye offends you, pluck it out”. He is showing us the seriousness of sin. The word itself, and the acts of sin are often made light of in humorous acts and comedian monologues. Paul wrote, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” Galations 6:7 (KJV). The writer of Proverbs said, “Fools make a mock at sin” Prov. 14:9 (KJV).
There are millions, even billions of people who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Many would trust and believe in Jesus if they only had a messenger to tell them about Him, and I know that God will see to that. He does send His messengers. His messengers are you and I.
Without Jesus multitudes go to an eternal torment in flames that cannot be quenched, and eating ‘worms’ that devour without destruction.
I do not know about you, but there is not one person I can think of that I want to go to this horrible, fiery, relentless judgment. There is not one enemy that I want to go to this place. This is, however, the place many will find themselves one day, because they are condemned without Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men? Are we? Jesus is coming for His Bride. MARANATHA.