Find Your Stride, Week 1
Sunday, March 5, 2017
- We are God’s plan “A” for growing His church
- People who have experienced a transformed life in Christ and are fully engaged in the life of the church invite others to experience what they’ve experienced. Found people find people.
TEXT: Romans 10:13-15 (788)
13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
- Paul is quoting a passage from Joel in the OT (Joel 2:32)
- Emphasis that salvation is available to all (not just the Jews)
- your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. – Revelation 5:9 (864)
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
- People aren’t going to call on One they don’t believe in.
- And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. – Hebrews 11:6 (843)
- There were many people who saw all that Jesus did and heard all that He said, and instead of calling on Him, they looked for ways to get rid of Him
- Paul dials it back some more: No one is going to believe in Christ if they haven’t heard about Him.
- Anyone who calls can be saved, but they’re not going to call if they don’t believe, and they’ll never believe if they don’t hear
- Rolls it back again: They won’t hear unless someone tells them.
- This is where you and I come in. Some translations: unless someone preaches to them. Preach: proclaim (share it)
- Everyone has an audience. Found people find people – we all have someone to tell.
- At its core: How can someone go and tell without being sent.
- Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. – Matthew 28:19 (698)
- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8 (758)
- Paul ends this thought by quoting from the Old Testament book of Isaiah: That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Isaiah 52)
- Messengers from battle / victory or defeat / lookouts could tell from the stride of the messenger if the news was good or bad
If we believe that it’s important to share our faith with others, to invite others to experience what we have experienced, to be the beautiful feet that bring good news, how do we find our stride?
- INVITE, TELL, SHARE
- There are different moments of opportunity
- Some doors are barely ajar – there’s a small opening: INVITE them to church
- Sometimes there is more of an opening in the conversation – often when there is relationship or someone opens up: TELL them your story
- There are times when there is a great openness. Could be after several conversations, other times you could feel a prompting in a spontaneous conversation: SHARE the gospel (talk about the key points of the gospel = God’s plan, man’s sin, Christ’s solution, etc.)
- Christ has sent us. If we say yes and go, we will have the opportunity to invite, to tell our story, and to share the gospel. When we do that, people will hear it. And not just any people. Friends, family members, neighbors, classmates, co-workers. When they hear they may believe. And when they believe, they will call on Jesus. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved
- Just Walk Across the Room: “Life’s great moments evolve from simple acts of cooperation with God’s mysterious promptings – nudges that always lean toward finding what’s been lost and freeing what’s been enslaved.” – Bill Hybels
- Every day you will take about 10,000 steps (115,000 miles in a lifetime). 20 steps, just walking across the room, could change someone’s eternity.