"WHAT IS AN EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE?"
Introduction: My friend, Rick Scarborough and his unusual
ability to call lost people to Jesus! I am not here to talk
about him tonight because I am here to share with you how
the Lord Jesus Christ can give your church a great evange-
listic crusade. I want to speak on the subject tonight,
"What is an evangelistic crusade?"
The Randum House College Dictionary defines the word crusade
as, "any vigorous, aggressive movement for the defense or
advancement of an idea or a cause-." Every church must have
an agressive and vigorous movement in its city to advance
the gospel of Jesus Christ!
T.S.: As I began thinking of great crusade efforts to pro-
mote the kingdom of God, I could not think of one any greater
than the one that took place in the book of Acts 1:1-8.
Please turn your Bibles to this text: (Read Acts 1:1-8)
1. AN EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE MUST BE CENTERED IN THE PERSON
OF JESUS CHRIST.(Acts 1:1)
Exp: Background that brought Luke to this point!
Theophilus-a friend or lover of God-The precise
identification of who this is is impos-
sible to uncover, but the book is some-
what dedicated to him.
"ALL THAT JESUS BEGAN TO DO AND TEACH"-KEY PHRASE
in opening verses of this book! He is to be the
center of the message of Acts,which means he is
be be the center of all the Christian church is
to do! His miracles, acts of benevolence, death,
suffering, and resurrecTIOn for man's salvation.
Ill: We must never shift the center of the gospel or
of the church--Jesus, who he is, and what he has
done is the key! We worship Jesus! We praise
Jesus! We obey Jesus!
App: A church that is going to have an evangelistic
crusade, an aggressive movement in its communi-
ty to win the lost to Christ, must center all
of its activities on Jesus.
Ill: You cannot have a crusade built on a personalitY!
Rick Scarborough or any other evangelist is not
the key to success!
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST MUST BE THE CENTER of ...
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