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The Focus of the Church (6 of 8)
Series: Back to the Basics
This morning we are coming to talk about evangelism. We have been talking about the five purposes of the church. And today we are going to talk about evangelism. I do not believe that a church can justify its existence if it does not have as one of its priorities the priority of evangelism. In fact to me, the number one priority of the church has to be the priority of evangelism. When Jesus was about to go back to heaven, ascend back to the Father, He made this very clear.
In Acts 1 you will see that Jesus made evangelism very clearly the last thing that He said to the church. We have talked about the importance of fellowship, the importance of ministry. We have talked about the importance of the foundation of the church and the importance of the Lord Jesus Christ, the importance of the ministry of the Word of God. But now we want to talk about the importance of reaching the lost and growing the church. I want us to see four things Jesus left us as tools to use to carry out the ministry of evangelism. The wonderful thing about Jesus is He never asks you to do anything that He doesn't equip you to do, amen? He always gives you the tools with which to do what He commands you to do.
Acts 1:1-11 "The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not ...
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