What are you doing here? Why did you come? What are you doing with the gospel in your life? Do you believe that you’re equipped to take it and go out and share it? Because you are.
You know what you need to know in order to cultivate a relationship with Christ, otherwise you wouldn’t be here. Now you can take what you know and help others understand.
Our goal this term is to equip you to do these things, and then take it and put it to practice in the summer. Feel the weight of what it means to be God’s ambassador in Eugene.
People don’t need games—they need Christ. That’s what we’re doing here. We want to introduce Christ as quickly as we can. That’s what people need most.
I didn’t want to break evangelism down into steps. Evangelism shouldn’t be something we do; it should be something we are. We are evangelists. It’s embedded into who you are. As we begin looking at evangelists in the Bible, we’ll see that they do what they do because it is who they are.
Ezekiel was a man who wasn’t permitted to speak anything except what God told him. At first, this sounds restricting, but it’s actually refreshing. Imagine if you were only able to speak God’s word. You would be speaking life. Your words would mean something.
-Context: Jesus just died on the cross, the disciples are hiding in the upper room, Jesus appears.
-There are 3 characters: Mary Magdalene, the 2 disciples, 11 disciples. These people saw Jesus do His ministry. Of all the 12 disciples, one hung himself and the other 11 fled. The only person who remained was John.
-As soon as Jesus died, the 11 disciples ran and hid in a room. It would be one thing if they didn’t know who He was, but in this case, they were with Him for three years. When the opportunity came to stand with Christ, they tucked tail and ran.
-Fast forward to today—what’s our response? It’s kind of the same isn’t it? Why do we do this? The solution to the problem is found in looking at Mary Magdalene and the 11 disciples.
-Mary goes to find Jesus. She’s seeking a dead God. Jesus appears to her and she goes and tells people.
-Jesus reveals Himself to the disciples, and they go and tell people.
-When you meet the Living God, you go and tell people.
-We often act as if we serve an absentee God. We know that we’ll be with Him one day, but we don’t live like we’re serving a Living God.
-When people understand that they’re serving a Living God, they go and tell people. We naturally talk about Him.
-Our evangelism has a lot to do with our view of God. Do we view Him as dead, or Living? If we view Him as Living, it changes everything.
We see that God is awesome, but over time our hearts get calloused, and pretty soon this Living God becomes dead to us. We have to return to Him. We have to return to the Living God.
Seeing the Living God starts with the cross. Whomsoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. He exchanged His life for our death. We traded, owning death, so we could own heaven. He had to descend so we could ascend. That alone should wreck you. He didn’t just die and go to heaven. He died, descended, so we could ascend. He took the keys of death. And He those from the dead. When He rose from the dead, so did we. When He rose from the dead, He confirmed Himself as the Living God. He lives eternally, and so do you.
That should wreck you. He loves you that much, and He loves the world that much. Because He’s living, we get to live today. A nonbeliever doesn’t understand this, but a believer should. He died so you could live. Hold onto that. If you hold onto this, it should inspire you to tell other people.
If you don’t get this, I question that you really believe that God is living. When we see people going down the road to hell, we shouldn’t be nonchalant about this.
There’s a girl who I used to walk in life with, and she’s been battling cancer and still is today. She probably won’t make it through the weekend. And I never talked about the gospel with her; I never asked if she had saving faith in Jesus Christ. This has wrecked me. It’s sick. She’s dying, and I never asked her the most important question. I didn’t fail because I’m a youth Pastor, but because I’m a Christian.
I wouldn’t say I’m thankful that I’m going through this, but I can say that I will learn from it and never do it again. That’s someone’s eternity at stake. It is my job to share the gospel. In some weird way, I can understand how Jesus felt. He did all the work, and watched His people walk the other way. And all He asked me to do was share it.
This is why the bar is being raised. We can’t be messing around. You know the truth, and you know people who don’t know it. If you truly care about the people in your life, then share the good news. Tell them the truth about Jesus.
I want this room full, and not because I want people to see what the Bridge is doing on a Wednesday night, but because there are people who need to be here.
Be the Mary Magdalene, and the Disciples on the road to Emmaus—see the Living and go share Him.
What if I don’t know what to share? Then share. Share whatever you got. It’s more than you think. The piece of the gospel you have is enough. God will use it. Share it, and continue to share it.