Called to Carry the Light (Part 4) God’s Missionary Call (Acts 13:1- 3)
Theme: God call all believers to missions
Introduction: In this final message of “Called to Carry the Light” we will see how we are to carry the light of God’s glory and goodness to the world. We find it here in the book of Acts. You may recall – In chapter one of Acts, after Jesus resurrection and just before His ascension back to heaven, He told His disciples, (Acts 1:8) And, up until now (chapters 1-12) We have seen the gospel has been advancing and the church has been growing (In Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria). But, now beginning in chapter 13, we find the story of God’s plan to carry the gospel “to the ends of the earth!”
How does God plan to do this? He does it with a call! The Holy Spirit speaks and says this is how God wants you to glorify Him and spread His goodness to those around you and around the world.
These stories and passages in Acts, are for us. To show us what should be happening in the church today. What God was doing then, He still wants to do today! God has called some in our day (like in our text) to be vocational missionaries. But, He has also called all of us to be missionary. Now what does that mean? It simply means God has called some to professionally and all to personally advance the gospel around the world. And, how does it affect me?
Called to Carry the Light (Part 3) God’s Missionary Message (Luke 2:8-12)
Theme: God sent Jesus into the world to be our Savior
Introduction: Several years ago, Bryan Gumbel was interviewing Larry King on CNN, and Bryant Gumbel asked Larry King this question: “If you could ask God only one question, Larry, what would it be?” Larry King said, “I would ask Him if He had a Son.” Now that’s very interesting. And a great question. And the answer is: “Yes, He does, and His name is Jesus.” The great historian Kenneth Scott Latourette said this: “Jesus has had more effect on the history of mankind than any other… who ever existed.” To explain Jesus Christ is impossible; to ignore Jesus Christ is disastrous; to reject Him is fatal. And, to really understand Jesus Christ: is to know Him, is to love Him and, to love Him is to trust Him. And, to trust Him is to be radically, dramatically, and eternally be changed, and transformed by Him. Yes, God has a Son and God’s missionary message to the world is the good news that God has sent His Son Jesus, to be the Savior for all people!
Conclusion: God has a missionary message to the world. And it is the good news that God has sent His Son Jesus, to be the savior for all people!
Now, I have two questions for you.
- Have you responded to this good news and given your heart to the Lord? If not, there is no better time than today to make that happen – (2 Cor. 6:2.)
- If you have given the Lord your soul, knowing you have the good news, are you sharing it with others and helping spread God’s missionary message?
Called to Carry the Light (Part 2) God’s Missionary People (Matthew 5: 14 – 16)
Theme: We are to be involved in God’s missionary plan
Introduction: If we are to be completely honest, it is not easy to be a dedicated Christian today. Our society is not a friend to God nor to God’s people. And, whether we like it or not there is conflict between us and the world. Why? Because we are different from the world and we are to have different attitudes. In His sermon on the mount, Jesus through the beatitudes lays out an outlook radically different from that of the world. And then, the Lord Jesus calls us to be both salt and light to the world. Jesus used these common, everyday images to describe His people and the influence they are to have in the world. For today, I would like to zero in on the image of God’s children as light in this world because God has not just called us the light of the world. He has called us to carry the light of His gospel and glory to the world! The Lord has a missionary plan, and that is to call us to be His missionary people! I want to share with us today four ways we can make our light shine.
Conclusion: If we are to be completely honest, it is not easy to be a dedicated Christian today. Nevertheless, God has called us the light of the world. And, He has called us to play an active role in carrying the light of His gospel and glory to the world.
Called to Carry the Light (Part 1) God’s Missionary Plan (Genesis 12:1-3)
Theme: World missions is God’s plan to share the gospel
Introduction: Jesus has called us (as the church and Christians) to be the salt and light of the world. We are certainly seeing the darkness in the world all around us today. And, God has called us to make a difference in the world! You might be asking, why should I be concerned with the world or missions? And, the answer is, because this is God’s ultimate concern. In the Bible, God used many men and women to carry out his plan to bless all the people of the earth. Followed by Noah, Abraham is the second person in the Bible whom God called forward to serve him to reach the world. This was exactly what was behind the call of Abram. What can we learn from the life of Abraham today? We like Abram, have been called to carry the light of the gospel to the world. Just like when God called Abram, He made him three great promises if he would answer the call. We have these same three promises to us today
Conclusion: Jesus has called us (as the church and Christians) to be the salt and light of the world. God wants to bless all the nations of the world with us! God wants to give the light of His gospel message to all the nations with us. God wants us to answer His call because that is God’s missionary plan. And, what was true of Abram, is true of us! Also, what was promised to Abram is promised to us if we will answer that call and live by faith and faithfull