"THE PRIORITIES OF OUR CHURCH"
"EQUIPPING THE SAINTS"
Introduction: The early church had shown tremendous growth
around 300 AD. It appeared soon by 500 AD that the entire
civilized world would be won. But Emperor Constantine in
313 AD issued the Edict of Toleration which lifted all per-
semition on the church. Several edicts followed! One edict
declared that the Roman Empire was Christian. Millions of
barbarians flooded the church with all of their pagan heresies
They could not share the gospel because they were lost in
their sin. The idea arose that there was a division between
the clergy and laity and the task of evangelism was the job
of professionally trained individuals. This deplorable and
tragic event has entangled and weighted down Christ's Church
even to this very day.
*As a result many of you feel no responsibility to share
Christ and count it only as a job for the hired church staff
members to do for the church.
Traged: This concept does not line up with the Word of God.
Therefore, the job of evangelism is not done the way God says
it should be done, so the result is that it is not virturally
done at all.
Biblical Foundation: Apostle Paul in Romans 1:16, "For I am
not ashamed of the gospel of Christ."
Ephesians 4:11-16 gives to us God's divine program for his
church in sharing the gospel.
GOD'S DIV3E PPOCRAM FOR HIS CHURCH:
1. GIVES CLEAR DI:CfN TO MHE ROLE OF mE PASTOR-TEACHER.
Exp: "Pastor"-shepherd-to feed the people of God and
provide the needed watchcare that will keep them
fit to do their appointed service.
"Overseer"(Acts 20:28) Cr. comnotation-"a man
charged withthe duty of seeing thatthings to be
done by others are rightly done."(Superintendant)
*He and all that assist him to fulfill the role
of the Pastor-teacher should help ensure that lay
persons stay stong in their appointed service of
sharing the gospel.
Ill: What is your concept of what a church staff member
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