Evangelism, our priority as Christians

Apr 17, 16 Evangelism, our priority as Christians

10 Apr 2016Ps. Robin John

Key takeaways 

Let Christ’s last command of evangelism be our first priority 

– The importance of being at the right place at the right time, as inspired by God for His work to further His kingdom 

  
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.”
Holy Spirit + Power  testify/witness to the ends of the earth

Jerusalem (our family, schools, workplaces, neighborhood), Judea (our country), Samaria (other ethnic groups)
However, the command was not obeyed, and they stayed in Jerusalem. The church was persecuted, others scattered to Judea, Samaria and other regions. God made these refugees into missionaries.
Acts 8:1-2

Saul approving the execution of Stephen, persecuting the church
Acts 9:22

Saul proclaiming Jesus is the Christ. Saul was transformed from a “terrorist” and persecutor, to a testifier and apostle.
Acts 8:5-6

Philip was at the right place at the right time, preaching Jesus.

The word he shared was confirmed by signs and wonders.

It brought about great revival and great joy spread across the city (v7)

We need to carry this joy beyond church and let the aroma of Jesus draw people to us.

   

     

Acts 8:26-39 (Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch) 

Despite the great harvest where he was, the angel spoke to Philip to go to Gaza (desert)

Philip ‘arose and went’, moving in unquestioning obedience.

There, the spirit spoke to Philip and led him to the eunuch in charge of the treasury.

He preached Jesus to the eunuch based on the scripture he was reading.

He baptized the eunuch immediately after he declared he believed.

Philip is carried away by the spirit of the Lord to Azotus and the eunuch went on his way rejoicing. 

In this way the eunuch would glorify Jesus and Jesus only.

Key takeaways 

– Evangelism is our priority

– Go in obedience

– Let go of what is precious (even if it might mean a ministry) and go to the desert

– Whether you are sent to a multitude or perhaps even a single person, go. Never underestimate what God has called you to do

– When we go in God’s will, he will go ahead and prepare the ground

Romans 8:14

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”
  

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