July 15, 2018 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1854
#8 in series
Getting on the Same Page with God
Last week we looked at the characteristics of a true New Testament church. They are bathed in prayer, are empowered by the Holy Spirit, worship the living Lord, grow together, serve others, and care for a lost world. God loves people and pursues the lost, whether they are far from Him in disobedience and rebellion or whether they are sitting on a church pew every Sunday. We were reminded that salvation is of God from beginning to end. God’s Word is a clear message, and the Spirit uses the Word to convict of sin. All people without Christ are lost, and God’s plan to reach those people is to use those who know and follow Him to carry the message of the Good News.
For further study, this series is available on the Sherwood app or online at sherwoodbaptist.net/bookstore/products/kingdom-proclamation-series/634/.
“No church can be called a praying church until it meets more to pray for others than it does to pray for itself.” – Don Miller
"Satan’s tactics seem to be as follows: He will first of all oppose our breaking through to the place of real living faith, by all means in his power. He detests the prayer of faith, for it is an authoritative notice to quit. We often have to strive and wrestle in prayer before we attain to this quiet, restful faith. And, until we break right through and join hands with God, we have not attained to real faith at all. The real battle begins when the prayer of faith has been offered.” – J. O. Frasier
I. ARE WE ON THE SAME PAGE (MATTHEW 9:36f)
"The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelism in history." – Andrew Murray
II. ARE WE WILLING TO GET ON THE SAME PAGE (Romans 9:1-5)
III. ARE WE PRAYING IN AGREEMENT WITH GOD OR JUST HOPING SOMETHING HAPPENS?
“It comes as a shock to some people to discover that Jesus is not praying for lost sinners today. Many have the idea that He is interceding in heaven for the lost, but He is not. He did that on earth. He prayed, ‘Father forgive them; for they know not what they do’ (Luke 23:34). But in heaven today, the Lord Jesus Christ is praying for His own. And why is He praying for us? Because He gave us the great responsibility of reaching the lost world. Therefore, He is praying that we might get the job done. The Church is in the world, not for itself but for the sake of the lost. And our number one concern ought to be world evangelism.” – Warren Wiersbe
In 1990, Don Miller gave us 7 practical steps in praying for the lost:
Family Members Who Need Jesus:
Friends Who Need Jesus:
Work Associates or Schoolmates Who Need Jesus:
Neighbors Who Need Jesus: