1:1-3 (Read by Phil Collins)
SING 347 (HFW)—Who
Will Follow Jesus?
Kings 5:1-15 (Read by Clayton Wise)
SING 144 (HFW)—My
Faith Looks Up To Thee
3:1-22 (Read by Mark Seaton)
4:1-17 (Read by Curt Alford)
SING 19 (Supp)—Servant's
12:1-4 (Read by Mark Joseph)
SING 489 (HFW)—Blessed
example for all to understand what happened in each of the above
cases, when God commanded that these individuals go.
If the Lord wills, we will
have 366 days in 2008, and there is a sense in which we have been
given instructions to “go” as well.
28:19-20 – the great commission, given specifically to the apostles; however, it
shows God’s interest in having all souls saved; this requires
action from us as well.
8:4 – “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the
word”; the early Christians saw the need to spread the good
Timothy 2:2 – “And the things you have heard from me before many witnesses,
commit these to faithful men who are able to teach others also.”
The importance of teaching others is clear in the word of
Consider that there are now over 5 billion people
on this earth. How
many are truly Christians? What
about some of the more obscure nations?
Who will go and teach them?
Why not you? Why
not me? What about
the souls in Franklin? Williamson
County? Maury County?
Davidson County? Who
will teach them?
What will be our response to
the directive to “GO”?
We can avoid the directive to
go, as Jonah did.
We can decide we don’t have
to do our part with regard to teaching, that we can substitute
spreading the gospel with another function that may appeal more to
us; OR we can substitute the pure word of God with the ideas and
doctrines of men (e.g., the social gospel).
We can make excuses –
someone else is a better teacher; too busy; Is someone else more
able? Of course.
There are always others we can point to who may be better
equipped, but does that relieve me from doing my part?
Are we busy? Yes,
but keep perspective – what will matter 100 years from now?
598 (HFW)—You Never
Mentioned Him To Me
we can obey; Not everyone has the same abilities, but everyone can
do something in the furtherance of the gospel and the saving of
me offer a suggestion – decide that this week, you will invite
someone to one of our services or to a Bible study.
Is there anyone who cannot do this?
What if the elders were to pass out questionnaires next
week, asking if you had done this?
Would that make it more important?
Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not
in vain in the Lord.”
SING 312 (HFW)—Are
You Coming To Jesus Tonight?
to God in the church by Christ Jesus
Church of Christ