In this sermon, Pastor Neil preaches on Fathers, Evangelism, and the Great Commission. Here are some excerpts on spreading the gospel:

The Apostle Paul’s Case for Evangelism

There is also the Holy Spirit-inspired flow of Paul’s logic in Romans 10. Notice the force of this logic in the litany of questions Paul asks in verses 14 and 15, after declaring in verses 12 and 13 that the way of salvation is the same for both Jews and non-Jews – namely, that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord” in true, trusting faith “will be saved” (10:13).Verse 13 is a quotation from the Old Testament prophet Joel (Joel 2:32), which Peter also quoted in his Pentecost sermon in Acts 2:21.

Here is the flow of Paul’s case for evangelism and, more broadly, for the Great Commission in verses 14 and 15:

  • Salvation is promised to everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus in faith (verse 13); but who will ever call on Him if they don’t believe in Him?
  • How can someone who has never heard of Him and what He did for us ever believe in Him?
  • How can people ever hear the gospel message unless someone tells them – unless someone preaches the good news or simply tells them about Jesus and His love?
  • How will the message ever get out, how will anyone ever preach the gospel or spread the word about Jesus, unless they are commissioned and sent out in His name?

Calling on the Lord for salvation depends on believing.
Believing depends on knowing about Jesus.
Knowing about Jesus depends on hearing the message of the gospel. Hearing depends on someone telling the message.

Spreading the Gospel

And the telling of the message depends on messengers, witnesses, ambassadors, missionaries, and evangelists – mainly, ordinary Christian men and women, young and old (and in- between); in other words, people like us – being sent out by God. To do what?
  • Spread the message of God’s saving love in Jesus Christ for every person who will accept it (and Him) by faith;
  • Tell what Jesus has done for us to everyone who will listen;
  • Plant the seeds of the gospel and to feed and water those seeds;
  • Live lives of love and compassion, so that people we know or encounter will see and experience God’s love not just in our words but in our actions;
  • Invite people to trust in Jesus and to join us in the adventure of becoming and making disciples;
  • Be disciples who make a difference by making disciples who make a difference.

This is the Great Commission. It is the church’s commission. It is our church’s commission. It is our commission, yours, and mine.

June 16, 2019

Romans 10:9-17

Dr. Neil Smith

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