Ephesians 1 - The Sovereignty of God in Evangelism

The Sovereignty of God in Evangelism

Ephesians 1:1-14

 

I.          Introduction

 

 

The process that God uses to save men is an essential doctrine in the Christian faith.  If you don’t understand this doctrine biblically it leads to an exaltation of man, a diminishing of the glory of God, and many man centered evangelistic programs and methods that will do nothing but create false hope and false converts.

 

 

I want to start with the text from Ephesians 1:3-14.  This isn’t going to be an attempt at an exposition today.  I want to bring in texts from various parts of the Bible to explain God’s sovereignty in evangelism.  Even though it is no exposition I hope it will be biblical.

 

 

II.     Election

 

Ephesians 1:1-14 (read)

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,  (4)  even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love  (5)  he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,  (6)  to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  (7)  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,  (8)  which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight  (9)  making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ  (10)  as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.  (11)  In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,  (12)  so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.  (13)  In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,  (14)  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

 

Notice in verse 4 in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians that he says that God chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.  Now we know that the people who reject Christ are not going to be holy and blameless before God ever so this word “us” is referring to the people that God has chosen to save. 

 

So we have a group of people on our right that are chosen, who are referred throughout the Bible as the sheep, which means we have a group of people on our left who are not chose for salvation, who are often referred to as the goats.

 

So our fist thought is what are the qualifications to be the sheep or the elect of God to be holy and blameless. 

 

Is it the fact that the sheep are more righteous than the goats?

 

Is it that fact that God knows that the sheep will, out of their own good nature, receive Christ as their savior at some point in their life?

 

The answer is in verse 5.  God, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

 

Now there is a ton here.  First we need to see that again it is God who is doing the choosing, not us.  We are not choosing God before the foundation of the world, He is choosing us.

 

He predestined us.  He predetermined before we were born that He would make us the elect, or a sheep. 

 

What is the end result of this predestination?  Adoption as sons by Jesus Christ.  God uses His Son as the means, as the substitution, to the end which is salvation.  This was all a predetermined plan our Sovereign God set before He even made the earth. 

 

So we come back to the question of why God chose some and not others.  It wasn’t for our good works or our future ability to make a decision.  The end of verse 5 says God choose the elect according to the good pleasure of His will.

 

It is a mystery why He chose us but we know it was because it was His will and it pleased Him to chose us. 

 

It continues to say, “to the praise of the glory of His grace”.  What does it say in the next chapter in verse 8:  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 

We are chosen by God according to his good pleasure of His will through His grace.  Praise God.

 

If God foreknew you would, by your own will, receive Christ, which is on your own merit then it wouldn’t be by grace you are saved.  It wouldn’t be un-merited favor it would be merited favor based on your ability to choose.  So we are saved by grace, un-merited favor, because God chose us and not because we chose God.

 

This is unbelievable.  Just look at yourself right now, if you are saved it means that God has chosen you!  He picked you out of many he never chose and it wasn’t because of anything good in you it was by His grace.

 

You will hear the argument from some people that say, “why would God choose some and not others”.

 

They are looking at it from the wrong perspective.  We were born in sin and then continued in sin and rebellion to God our whole lives.  We hated the God who created us and proved it by our actions, breaking every law He gave us a million times over.  Even though we knew God existed by His creation, we chose the darkness rather than the light because our deeds are evil.  Everyone who ever was or will be born is like this.  So the better question is, “why would God choose to save anyone knowing we all are a bunch of wretched, rebellious, wicked heathens”.

 

A lady once came up to Charles Spurgeon and asked him a question.  She said, “I just can’t understand this verse that says that God loved Jacob but hated Esau.”  Spurgeon replied that he couldn’t understand it either.  The lady was relieved and said, “finally someone who agrees with me.”  Spurgeon responds to her by saying, “ Yeah, I can understand why God hated Esau, but I just don’t understand why He loved Jacob.”

 

It is all from your perspective.  If you have an unbiblical view that man is good and all deserve heaven and God, because He is mean, sends people to Hell then you don’t understand the depravity of man or the way God deals with man.

 

In verse 7 we see that the means to our salvation is the blood of Christ.  God redeemed us and forgave us through Jesus and all this by His grace. 

 

God, through His Son, reveled to us the means that he will use to provide atonement for sin.  This was the great mystery of His will which He purposed in Himself.

 

The ESV puts it like this:  making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ

 

So we see that God has a will.  What is His will?  The next verse tells us. 

 

That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ.

 

That’s it.  God will administer or arrange all history to fulfill His plan that he came up with, before the foundation of the world, in Christ and through Christ and for Christ. 

 

All things are upheld by Christ and are brought together in Christ and for Christ.

 

Do you see man in this anywhere, because it looks to me like it is all about Christ and His glory, not man’s. 

 

The hymn writer says it well:

 

        All the glory and praise, goes to the Lamb that was slain,

        Who has borne all our sins and has cleansed every stain.

 

It’s all about Christ, it’s not about us. 

 

Why does God save some?  To glorify Himself

 

Why did he choose an elect?  To glorify Himself

 

Why does God allow us the privilege of evangelism?  Because it glorifies Him.

 

The chief end of man is to glorify God.

 

In verse 11 we again see the word predestined.   So we see that we obtained salvation because we were predestined according to God’s purpose and pleasure.  God worked all things out in the universe and time according to the counsel of His will as the means to save us.

 

God orchestrated every event in time to awaken your dead spirit at the perfect time and way through His Son Jesus to perfectly glorify Himself. 

 

Verse 13 says this:

 

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

 

Belief and trust in the savior is man’s response to hearing the gospel preached.  This is our role.

 

The only thing is, we can’t believe in our dead spiritual state because we are perishing and the gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing.  We cannot seek God and believe in our dead state because like Romans 3:10 say:  No on seeks God.

 

So we know we have to believe but how can we?  God has to regenerate us.  He has to awaken our dead spirits to life and enable us to see our sin and our need for the savior and enable us to believe and trust in Him.

 

We can’t do this apart from the Holy Spirit quickening us. 

 

Charles Spurgeon puts it bluntly: 

 

A sinner can no more repent and believe without the Holy Spirit's aid than he can create a world.

 

Finally the end result is that after God awakens us and gives us the faith to believe, He seals us with the Holy Spirit which is the guarantee of our inheritance.

 

Once we are sealed we can’t be un-sealed.  The word guarantee is a promise that can’t be broken.  It is impossible.  We never did anything to gain salvation and we can’t do anything to lose it.  We are not condemned any more but under the discipline of God.  We may not be able to lose our salvation but if we start to stray from the narrow path then God will discipline us to get us back on the path.

 

So we have God’s sovereignty in salvation laid out pretty good in this passage so now I wanted to look at, in more detail but not too time consuming, this process of conversion.

 

 

 

III.    The Process of Conversion

 

Preface

To understand conversion we need to first understand the state of man and his need to BE converted in the first place.  George Whitefield said this about man:  If I was to paint man in his proper colors, I must go to the kingdom of Hell for a copy.

All men are born in sin and rebellion against God and continue to store up wrath until the judgment.

 

Every one of these sins deserves God’s wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come.

 

When God spoke to Ezekiel in chapter 17 and verse 4, He says:  Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die. 

 

We see God’s Sovereignty here as well.  He owns all our souls because he made them and the penalty of sin is death.

 

We know from Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death.   Because we have sinned, broken all of God’s laws in word, thought, and deed, God demands justice.  The penalty of sinning against God is death.  You’re death is proof of your sin.  Because of our sin all men are dead spiritually, separated from God, and liable to go through the misery of this life.  

 

God never left us all to perish.

 

God, out of His mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life.  He entered into a covenant of grace to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.

 

We know that the only Redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who bore the wrath of God upon Himself on the cross to take our punishment we deserve.  Praise God.

 

We know that man is separated from God and dead spiritually and we know that there is hope through Christ.  So how does God convert a person?

 

What is the process that God uses to convert someone?

 

Romans 3:10 and 11 says that there are none righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.

 

Because no one seeks God and no one understands , we can never choose to seek God.  God, through the working of the Spirit, has to call us effectually.

 

Jesus says in John 6:65:  Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.

 

At some point in a man’s life God will open his eyes up to truth through the Holy Spirit by the means of the reading, teaching, and especially the preaching of God’s word.  For the first time the sinner can understand.

 

1 Peter 1:23 says:  having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, THROUGH the Word of God.

 

God then calls us through the work of His Spirit convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing our wills, he does persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ,  freely offered to us in the gospel.  This is called effectual calling.  God calls us effectually.  We have no control over being effectually called, it is entirely up to God.

 

Philippians 2:13 says: For it is GOD who works in you both to WILL and to DO for His good pleasure.

 

God has to enable us to embrace Christ, otherwise we would never do it.  God has to give us this new heart and new desire, otherwise we would never desire it.  This is regeneration.  A.W Pink explains this:

 

In the new birth, God exerts a quickening influence or power upon His own elect. Regeneration is very, very much more than simply shedding a few tears because of some temporary remorse over sin. It is far more than changing our course of life, the leaving off of bad habits and the substituting of good ones. It is something different from the mere cherishing and practicing of noble ideals. It goes infinitely deeper than coming forward to take some popular evangelist by the hand, signing a pledge-card, or "joining the church." The new birth is no mere turning over a new leaf--but is the inception and reception of a new life! It is no mere reformation, but a radical transformation. In short, the new birth is a miracle--the result of the supernatural operation of God. It is radical, revolutionary, lasting!  "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17

A.W. Pink

 

This regeneration, this new heart and new desire is a miracle.  It is a transformation of the heart.  We can not do this, only God can. 

 

Ephesians 2:5 says: But God, even when we were DEAD in trespasses, made us alive with Christ.

 

Jesus says in John 6:44:  No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.

 

Later in verse 63 Jesus says:  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.

 

This is out of our hands, only God can draw us.  If God doesn’t draw us, we can’t come to Him.  We won’t ever desire to come to him.

 

Once God effectually calls us, what does God require of us? (Conversion-Repentance and Faith)

 

To escape the wrath and curse of God, due to us for sin, God requires of us faith in Jesus Christ and repentance unto life.

 

Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.

 

Romans 10:9 tells us that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

God also calls us to repent.


The Westminster shorter catechism explains repentance as this:

 

 

Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it to God,  with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.

 

2 Corinthians 7:10  For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation.

 

Paul tells us in Acts 20:2:  testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Once God awakens our dead spirits and enables us to repent and believe the Gospel we are required to repent and believe the Gospel.

 

In Mark 1:15 Jesus said, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

 

Here is an example:  A man is born in sin and rebellion against God but isn’t worried about it at all.  He goes about his life in sin and misery, seeking after all the things that will satisfy his flesh.  He finds out that these things provide only temporary satisfaction so he keeps searching.  This man will never seek the true and living God but by creation he knows that God does exist so he soon seeks something spiritual, maybe it’s a god he makes up in his head like we all have done, one he is comfortable with.  Or maybe he chooses one of the many cults that look like good family oriented people on the outside.  Or maybe he choose an age old religion like Buddhism or Hinduism to find his inner self.  None of these things do anything for him that lasts so he sinks deeper into sin and misery.  Then one day by God’s mere good pleasure at His perfect timing, He opens this man’s eyes up to the truth.  The Holy Spirit begins to convince the man of his sin and misery.  The man sees his sin and the state of his soul and realizes he is condemned and Hell awaits.  God then regenerates this man to give him a new heart and new desires.  He sees he is a wretch and cries out to God in his misery.  Then God, through the Holy Spirit opens his eyes to Christ and says there is hope for you.  God says, you are condemned but I gave you a way out.  I sent my Son Jesus to die in your place.  The man, for the first time in his life understands the cross.  It was always foolish to him before but now he understands.  The man cries out, “what must I do to be saved?”  The Holy Spirit says, ”repent and believe the gospel.”  The man for the first time in his life has the ability to repent and believe the gospel and does it.  At this point he is converted and justified before God.  He cries out, “praise God, He has saved me, He as saved ME.”  Oh the wretch I am and God has saved ME.  The man praises God for this act of free grace that pardoned him of his sin and made him accepted righteous in Gods sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to him, and received by faith alone.  The faith that God gave him to believe.  He understands that he is not righteous but accounted as righteous because Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, gives him His Righteousness.

 

The words penned in the hymn At Calvary speak of this process of conversion. 

 

Years I spent in vanity and pride, Caring not my Lord was crucified.

Knowing not it was for me he died on Calvary

 

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned; Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned

Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary

 

Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything, Now I gladly own him as my King

Now my raptured soul can only sin of Calvary

 

Summary

So brothers, I know you all know this but I want to sum this up clearly. Jonah understood God’s sovereignty in salvation when he said, “salvation is of the Lord”.   We have absolutely no control over being saved.  Salvation is so impossible that only God can do it.  We can never save ourselves or do anything to be saved.  We can answer the right questions and repeat prayers but unless God is effectually calling us it is in vain.  Not only is it in vain but it is dangerous, creating false hope.  We know that there will be many people that call Jesus Lord that will end up in Hell.   Only when God effectually calls His elect, can we truly confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead. 

 

IV.    Our role in Evangelism

 

So what is the application?  This sermon was titled, “God’s Sovereignty in Evangelism”.  So where is the evangelism?  Brothers, I first wanted to lay this important foundation of the process of Conversion because we can never understand evangelism if we don’t understand God’s Sovereignty in Conversion.

 

The word evangelism in Greek is:

ευ?αγγελι?ζω 

yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo

From the greek word ευ?? (yoo), which means good and α?γγε?λλω (aggello?)  which is means a messenger, an angel that announces.   So the two words together mean to announce good news, especially the gospel.  So an evangelist is a preacher of the gospel.

 

This is our privilege and role in evangelism.  We are to preach, announce and proclaim the gospel.

 

It is simple:  proclaim the gospel.  Period.

 

In Mark 16:15 we are all called to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

 

We are not supposed to try to get people to raise their hands and come forward.  We are not supposed to try and be relevant so spiritually dead sinners will be able to swallow the gospel.  The gospel is always offensive to those who are perishing, whether you have the same pair of shoes as the guy or not.

 

Street witnessing example about relevant.

 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones said this:

This idea that you are going to win people to the Christian faith by showing them that after all you are remarkably like them, is theologically and psychologically a profound blunder.  Our Lord attracted sinners because He was different.

 

We are not supposed to come up with marketing plans and demographic studies to figure out how to present the gospel in different ways to different people.

 

We are not supposed get people to repeat a prayer after us, and “really mean it”.

 

We are not supposed to make people “ask Jesus into their heart”.

 

These are all man centered attempts at evangelism used to manipulate people’s emotions and are not at all biblical.

 

Is it me or is it simple.  We just have to preach the gospel and let God take care of the results.  If he chooses this time as a means to save some then praise God.  If it is just a seed or some watering, then praise God. 

 

Let God save the person, you just simply proclaim the biblical, un-adulterated, all-sufficient gospel and plant the seed that God may use to save that person.

 

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

 

Evangelism is a great privilege that God, by his infinite grace, gives us.  Think about, God has ordained to save some but he also ordained to do it through men and through preaching of His Word.  God uses His word as the means to save men.  All we have to do is proclaim the Word and plant the seed.

 

2 Corinthians 2:14 says:  God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

 

This is our role in evangelism:  to spread our like a fragrance spreads when a flower blooms.  We are to spread the knowledge of the gospel in every place.  God has ordained to use us to diffuse the knowledge of the gospel to every creature.

 

God does not need us to save people in any way at all.  He gives us this huge privilege that we don’t deserve.  We are allowed to watch God save people when we are faithful to Him in evangelism.

 

So why don’t most Christians take advantage of this huge privilege of evangelism?  The amount of time you spend sharing the gospel is directly related to your pride.  If you are prideful you won’t share the gospel because you fear men and the diminishing of your ego more than God.

 

V.               The Law and Gospel

 

So how do we share this Gospel?  We follow the example of the master evangelist, Jesus.  Jesus gave the law to the proud and grace to the humble.

 

We are to do the same thing.  It is so important to use the Law in evangelism because, like Psalm 19:7 says, the law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul.

 

Galatians 3:24 says that the Law was our school master that brings us to Christ.

 

The majority of the people out there need the law because they are far from humble.  I witness to a lot of people on the street and I ask them if they are a good person and 99% of the people will say they are good.  The Bible attests to this when it says, “each man will proclaim his own righteousness”

 

Giving a lost person the Gospel before they are humbled by the Law will never make sense to them.  The cross is foolishness to them that are perishing.  But when you give a prideful person the law their mouth will be shut.

 

Take them through the commandments and ask them how many lies they told.  Or how many things they have stolen.  Or if they have ever used the Lord’s name in vain.  Jesus said in Matthew 5:28 that if you look at a woman to lust after her you have already committed adultery in your heart.  Ask them how often they have lusted.

 

The law is meant to humble the sinner.  That is why God gave us the Law, to show us how far short we fall from God’s holiness and that we are condemned which will show us the need for a Savior.

 

A lost person will never understand the cross and salvation if he doesn’t see that he needs to be saved.

 

Romans 3:19-20 says:

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

 

The law is for sinners.  The law will stop the mouth of the sinner and they will see they are guilty before God.  The law brings the knowledge of sin.

 

The self righteous sinner is just that, self righteous.  That is until he comes face to face with God’s law, then he will be humbled because he can’t say that he has kept the commandments.

 

I have witnessed to a lot of people who are self righteous but after I take them through the law they know that they are guilty and they tell ME they are guilty.  I don’t walk up to them and tell them they are guilty before God, after the Law, they tell me.

 

Their mouths are stopped because their conscience testifies against them and they know their guilt.  The Law goes around the back door of the sinner’s intellect and hits directly the conscience.

 

We are preaching to spiritually dead people my friends, we preach in a graveyard.  We need to use the Law for what it was made for.  To humble man and exalt God and to show us the need for a Savior.

Once a person is humbled then give them grace.  Give them the way out.  Show them Christ and the cross and His sacrifice.  Then, if the Holy Spirit is effectually calling them, they will understand the cross.

 

Our job as Christians in evangelism is to share the Gospel Biblically.  We are not supposed to walk up to a person on the street and tell them God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their lives.  This isn’t the gospel, nor is it biblical. 

 

Look at the book of acts and see how the early church evangelized.

 

(Acts 8:5)  Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.

(Acts 8:25)  So when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

(Acts 8:35)  Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.

(Acts 9:20)  Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.

(Acts 14:21)  And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples.

 

You see it don’t you.  We are commissioned by Jesus to make disciples of all nations. How are disciples made?  The last verse just said it, by preaching the gospel.

 

Going through the book of Acts we see what subjects the early church preached on.  We see that when they preached, they focused on the following:

 

1.   Jesus Christ

2.   Kingdom of God

3.   Word of the Lord

4.   The gospel

5.   Forgiveness of sins

6.   Repentance

 

So they preached from the Word of God with centered on Jesus Christ.  Shouldn’t we follow this same example when preaching?  Why do we hear countless sermons from American pulpits on subjects such as:

 

1.   10 steps to improve your marriage

2.   5 steps to financial freedom

3.   3 ways to have your best life now

4.   8 ways to improve your life

 

How far has the “church” in American fallen away from Biblical expository preaching?  And we wonder why the church in America is the way it is.  We wonder why the “church” is more liberal and carnal today. 

 

We see churches losing numbers and a lack of dedication in the membership and we instantly blame it on discipleship.  Then the “church” tries to revive itself (when God isn’t in it) through secular methods of marketing and programs.  These worldly methods fill their churches up with goats looking for entertainment and a tickling of their ears, which is what they get.  The pulpit spends all it’s time trying to entertain these goats from the pulpit, now stage, by offering up sacrifices of skits, giveaways, and cotton candy motivational speeches while the sheep starve and eventually leave to find real food.  Most of America doesn’t even know what the gospel is.  They may know how to, “ask Jesus into their heart” and “God has a wonderful plan for their life”, but they do not know the gospel.

 

The reason the church is dead in America is because of the lack of biblical, Christ centered preaching and Gospel evangelism.  What happened to expository preaching exalting the cross of Jesus Christ?  Why do we preach in the opposite way the apostles preached? 

 

Why don’t we just pick up the Bible, expound the text, exalt Christ, and apply it?  How simple is that?

 

Preach the gospel!  The plain, straight, not watered down, true gospel of Jesus Christ which is the power of God to Salvation, and let God take care of the results!

 

So in closing I want to say this:  God is Sovereign over all His creation and he knows who will be saved and he has chosen His elect before the foundation of the world.  God, by His Grace, has given us the immense privilege of being involved in evangelism.  God will save the sheep but He has ordained to do it through men and through preaching.  God calls us to preach the gospel in season and out of season to every creature and  to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  Now to not do this is to be disobedient to God which is sin.  If you won’t go out and preach and teach the gospel to your friends, your neighbors, to strangers on the street then God will give someone else the privilege.  Someone else who is obedient will be used by God to accomplish His perfect will but you will suffer loss. 


We should be like Paul who said:  knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.

 

I want to encourage all of you to be out in the trenches evangelism.  Get out on the street where people cuss and blaspheme the name of our God.  Paul Washer says the worst thing that can happen to a preacher is to become civilized.  Don’t get so caught up in the ministry that you surround yourself with Christians and forget about evangelizing the world yourself. 

 

George Whitefield gives this advice to pastors:  There is nothing like keeping the wheels oiled by action.  The more we do, the more we may do;  every act strengthens the habit and the best preparation for preaching on Sundays is to preach every day of the week.

 

Look at the time we waste in all the worldly things we do.  If we would take all the hours we spend playing on the computer or face book or whatever it is we do, or watching TV and use these countless hours to fall on our face in fasting and prayer and weep over the hundred of thousands of people who are dragged into Hell every single day then we would see revival, but not until then.

 

So I want to encourage you brothers to get into the world and diffuse the knowledge of the gospel and trust in our Sovereign God for the results.

 

 

 

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