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Evangelism Is Essential

Matthew 9:37–38

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Life ChangeAt First United Methodist Church of Laurel, MD, we talk a lot about evangelism, about reaching the lost for Christ. Evangelism is not a dirty word folks! In the Great Commission, we are called to go and make disciples. Matthew 28:19–20 – 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Making disciples is spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that is evangelism.

Evangelism is – according to one definition I found online, the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness. A Scripture that defines evangelism, that gives us an example of telling the story of the Gospel, can be found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 – Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,  and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. Continue reading

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Easy Evangelism

Matthew 9:37–38

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

RayMcDAt First United Methodist Church of Laurel – MD – we talk a lot about evangelism. Evangelism is not a dirty word folks! In the Great Commission – we are called to go and make disciples. Matthew 28:19–20 – 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Making disciples is spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ – and that is evangelism.

Evangelism is – according to one definition I found online – the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness. A Scripture that defines evangelism – that gives us an example of telling the story of the Gospel – can be found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 – Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,  and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. Continue reading

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Will We Be An Evangelist for Christ at Christmas?

Matthew 9:37-38

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

112015 Ray McDonaldThe problem – as we have stated time and time again – is that families are under attack.  If we believe that this is indeed the issue – and that the solution is to reach the whole family for Christ – we need to be prepared when opportunities arise to do just that.  Christmas is such a time to reach the whole family.

We have a growing community around us in Laurel and if we believe they are typical – then their families are under attack by Satan and we believe Jesus is the answer.

Some easy invites are coming soon my friends.  On December 20th we will have a Blue Christmas Service for those who have lost loved ones and for whom Christmas may not be the most joyous of times.  The service is in our chapel at 6:30 pm. Continue reading

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The Easiest Invite Ever

Matthew 9:37–38

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

IMG_0301At First United Methodist Church of Laurel, MD, we talk a lot about evangelism.  Evangelism is not a dirty word folks!  In the Great Commission – we are called to go and make disciples.  Matthew 28:19–20 – 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Making disciples is spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ – and that is evangelism.

Evangelism is – according to one definition I found online – the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.  A Scripture that defines evangelism – that gives us an example of telling the story of the Gospel – can be found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 – Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,  and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. Continue reading

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Being God’s Evangelist

Matthew 9:37-38

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Sunday – at the end of the service – I shared that a young woman was in worship with us – partly because I invited her – numerous times.  She and her friend loved our service and say they plan to return – PTL!  I also mentioned that a member of our fellowship had invited a friend to worship with us – and they seemed to be blessed as well.  I know others have invited friends and family as well.  Being excited about our faith and about our church family – I want others to share in the joy and blessing I experience.  If I weren’t the pastor – or a pastor at all – I would want to be part of the Body of Christ at Mt. Oak – we are a neat church family.

At the end of the service I challenged the congregation to invite their friends – family – co-workers and others to join us next Sunday or any Sunday and to not stop inviting them.  The young adult that came today had attended a few times before – and seemed to connect with us – but she had missed several months.  I know her uncle – he is a fellow pastor.  He encouraged me to keep inviting her.  I never gave up – I may have even been a little annoying at times – you’ll have to ask her – but I would rather be seen as a little annoying than to miss an opportunity to reach someone with Christ or to help someone to deepen their walk with Christ.  How about you?  Is there someone in your life that you believe needs to deepen their walk with Jesus or maybe needs to know Jesus for the first time?  Are you being used of God to reach them – are you being God’s evangelist?

Who in your life do you think would benefit from attending worship with you and deepening their relationship with Jesus?  Are you excited about your church and your walk with Jesus?  Don’t you want to share that with others?  I tend to invite most anyone I see.  I ask people where they worship – and if they say they don’t – I invite them to join us at Mt. Oak.  You never know when an invite might be just what someone needs to encourage them.  I have several friends that I invite on a regular basis.

Jesus told His disciples – “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  How can we be used by God to reach others for Christ?  How can we be workers in the harvest – as God brings people into His presence?  What if the song the praise team shared Sunday – 10,000 Reasons – was meant for our friend – was a song that would have pricked their heart for Jesus – but they weren’t there because we didn’t invite them?

Inviting someone to worship with you is just one way to be God’s evangelist.  It is a rather easy way – to simply extend invitations – to share what coming to worship has meant to you – how you feel blessed by uniting with the Body of Christ at Mt. Oak.  Share your excitement with someone!

Let’s all think this week about someone we could invite to attend with us next week.  If Mt. Oak is not your church family – invite them to your church family to worship with you!  Begin to invite them – be nice and friendly about it – but invite them.  God has promised to be with us – to give us the words to say.  Remember – if you buy the car – but fail to take it back for any of the warranties – or promises – they will be of no use to us!  Walk by faith – and be God’s evangelist by inviting someone this week to join you for worship on Sunday.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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