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Beating the Church-Going Blues through Evangelism (5 of 5)
INTRODUCTION: It's awful when you do not know something is happening! At the end of their first date, a young man takes the young lady back to her house and they are standing on the front porch! Feeling the night went well, with an air of confidence, he leans with his hand against the wall and smiling, he says to her, "So, how 'bout a good night kiss?" Embarrassed, she replies, "Oh, I couldn't do that. My parents will see us!"
"Oh come on! Who's gonna see us at this hour?" "No, please. I would just die of embarrassment if someone saw us." "Oh come on, there's nobody around, they're all sleeping!" "No way. It's just too risky!" "Oh please, please, I really like you!!" "I like you too, but I just can't!" "Please? Just a small peck." "NO, no. I just can't." "Pleeeeease?" as he's still leaning up against the wall of the house! All of a sudden the porch light goes on, and the girl's sister is standing at the door in her pajamas and in a sleepy voice the sister says: "Dad says to go ahead and give him a kiss. Or I can do it. Or if need be, he'll come down himself and do it. But for crying out loud tell him to take his hand off the intercom button!"
By the time I get to the end of a sermon series I feel like the boy with his hand on the intercom button begging for a kiss. As you know, this is my FIFTH sermon about beating the church-going blues and I can just imagine many of you in the congregation saying "All right, all right, we're coming to church, we're coming to church – can we just talk about something else already?" I hope you're not that frustrated but I do want us all to understand the five great reasons for LOVING the church reflected in Romans chapter one.
As you know by now, the Church-going blues is a syndrome that attacks some Christians causing them to lose their enthusiasm for the Church. In my previous messages we have seen that we can beat the church-going blues through faith, service, prayer and encouragement. Today I want us to see how we can beat the church-going blues through evangelism. Let's look at four aspects of blues-beating evangelism.
I. BLUES-BEATING EVANGELISM MAKES A PLAN
Romans 1:13 "I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles."
When Paul speaks of a "harvest among you" he is talking about a harvest of souls. Paul anticipated a trip to Rome – not because he was eager to go to the coliseum and catch the equivalent of the Giants vs. the Patriots. It wasn't Roman buildings, architecture, statues and artwork that had Paul's blood racing. It was the opportunity to change someone's life and destiny.
And Paul says that he had a plan. In fact, he had had MANY plans. He had planned many times to come to Rome for the express ...
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