Sermon March 21,2010 Confidence For Soul Winning

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Sermon March 21,2010 Confidence For Soul Winning

  1. 1. Confidence for Soul – Winning!<br />
  2. 2. Introduction: What happened to the disciples? They<br />had heard Jesus say, “If any man would come after<br />me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily<br />and follow me”(Luke 9:23).Now they were hiding in<br />fear behind locked doors.<br /> Fear erects a barrier that dominates the mind,<br />depresses motives, and discourages the mission of <br />Jesus’ followers. Fear turns attention inward toward<br /> self. Fear defeats soul-winning.<br /> Can we get rid of the fear that hinders evan-<br />gelism? YES, indeed! The presence of Jesus removes <br />
  3. 3. Fear for those who trust and obey Him. Jesus suddenly<br />appeared in their midst and said, “Peace be with you”<br />(John 20:19). Then, “He showed them his hands and<br />his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw<br />the Lord” (John 20:20). Knowing Jesus’ LOVE and <br />loving Jesus overcomes fear. “There is no fear in Love,<br />but perfect love casts out fear (I John 4:18).<br />
  4. 4. The person of Jesus gives confidence <br /> for soul winning.<br />
  5. 5. The person of Jesus gives confidence for soul- winning.<br />Peace comes from the abiding presence of Jesus <br /> (John 20:21). <br />Jesus said, “Peace be unto you” in verse 19. He said it<br /> to resolve their fear of His sudden appearance and<br /> their anxiety for personal safety.<br />
  6. 6. 2. Later he gave assurance, as His followers were sent out on mission<br /> to be His witnesses. Jesus affirmed His presence with the disciples<br /> in Matthew 28:20, “And lo, I am with you always, even unto the<br /> end of the world.”<br />Summary: Jesus promised to give His peace as we obey Him in soul<br /> winning.<br />
  7. 7. The person of Jesus gives confidence for soul-winning.<br />B. Peace comes from the authoritative presence of the person of <br /> Jesus (John 20:21).<br />He was sent by God, the father, as the eternal Son to redeem the<br /> lost world: “ As My Father has sent Me...”<br />He has sent His followers as an extension of His mission to<br /> redeem the lost world: “...Even so I send you.”<br />Summary: The followers of Jesus are sent under<br />Divine authority to reach lost people with<br />The gospel of Christ.<br />
  8. 8. 2. The plan of Jesus gives confidence for soul-winning.<br /> Jesus’ plan is recorded in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19,20).<br /> This same commision is found in different forms in the four Gospels<br /> and in Acts. Repetition is the key to establishing direction and<br /> building enthusiasm for soul – winning.<br /> It is Jesus’ plan: “So I send you” (John 20:21).<br />
  9. 9. To involve every Christian: Total participation of the <br /> membership is required to reach every person with the Gospel.<br />Christians do not witness because they are not sent for by lost <br /> people.<br /><ul><li>The lost are in spiritual darkness and do not see their need
  10. 10. (2 Cor. 4:3, 4).
  11. 11. The lost are in spiritual deadness and have no power to</li></ul> change, apart from the work of God and the work of the<br /> Holy Spirit (Eph.2:1).<br />
  12. 12. 2. Christians do go to witness because they are sent by the<br /> Lord (Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47-49; Acts 1:8)<br />B. To include every person: Total penetration of every <br /> geographic area with the gospel, not overlooking any<br /> person, is Jesus’ plan. <br />
  13. 13. 3. The power of Jesus gives confidence for soul-winning<br /> (John 20:22, 23).<br />A. The work of the spirit (John 20:22). “He breathed on them,<br /> and said to them, ‘ Receive the Holy Spirit.’” The Holy Spirit came<br /> and filled the church at Pentecost later. God breathed into the <br /> body of the first Adam the breath of life and he became a living<br /> soul (Gen. 2:7). God breathed His Spirit into the body of Christ,<br /> The last Adam. The church became the dynamic body of Christ.<br /> The Holy Spirit empowers the believer for effective witness <br /> (Acts 1:8). <br />
  14. 14. B. The word of salvation (John 20:23). No person has the power<br /> to forgive any other man’s sins. The power to remit or retain sins<br /> is in the word of salvation. God forgives as people respond in re-<br />pentance and faith. This verse is parallel to Jesus’ word to Peter<br /> about the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 16:19). The word<br /> of forgiveness is entrusted to believers.<br />1. The believer witnesses to convey forgiveness to repentant hearts.<br /> their sins are remitted.<br /> 2. The believer warns sinners that they are forfeiting the forgiveness<br /> of God. Their sins are retained.<br />
  15. 15. The witness of the saved. It is the privilege and responsibility of<br />Every believer to bear the good news of God’s forgiveness through<br />Christ to every lost person.<br />Conclusion: Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was<br />lost” (Luke 19:10).If our hearts beat as beats the heart of<br />Jesus, we will seek and reach the lost with the gospel of<br />salvation.<br />
  16. 16. WELCOME- GWU- SPRINGVALE<br />“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.<br /> For by him all things were created: Things in heaven and on earth,<br /> visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or <br />authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before<br /> all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of<br /> the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from <br /> among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supre-<br />macy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and<br /> through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on <br /> earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed<br /> on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies<br /> in your minds because of your evil behaviour. But now he has recon-<br />ciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy<br /> in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”<br /> Colossians 1:15-22<br />

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