July 08, 2018 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1852
#7 in series
The Gospel for All People
Last week we looked at the example of the church in Acts and how they stood firm regardless of the cost. As the church grew, persecution also grew. But with that persecution came greater opportunities for the gospel, and thousands were brought into the kingdom through the faithful witness of those early believers. They depended on the Spirit and prayed for the lost around them. As you pray for unbelievers, pray that they will 1) see their need, 2) see Christ as the only One who can change their lives, and 3) yield their lives to Christ.
For further study, this series is available on the Sherwood app or online at sherwoodbaptist.net/bookstore/products/kingdom-proclamation-series/634/.
Why are churches dying? Why is the world more lost today than ever? It’s not a lack of methods, programs, seminars, or ideas. It’s a lack of obedience to Scripture. The church in Acts figured it out – without websites, apps, technology, praise teams, air conditioning, camps, events, concerts, or seminars. They did what we should be doing if we embraced their thinking.
What is a New Testament church?
I. GOD LOVES PEOPLE
“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” – Isaiah 55:6, 7
Phillip was in Samaria (a deacon who was an effective witness):
1) He preached __(8:5)
2) He preached __ (8:6, 7)
3) He preached __ (8:8)
II. GOD USES PEOPLE
Being a witness is not:
1) Standing on a street corner with a sign that says “Turn or burn.”
2) Remaining silent – following Christ but never inviting someone else to join you on the journey.
Guidelines for witnesses:
III. GOD WANTS TO USE YOU