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2012-2013 MISSIONS SERMON OUTLINES

So All Can Hear Michael T. Goodling ---------------------------------------------------------------- 3

Until I Return Jerry Brown ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7

The Creativity of Faith in Missions Wendel Cover ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 10

Four Commands Essential to Move Forward in the Global Harvest Brad Walz --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15

So All Can Hear Roger Holland ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 18

Commissioned to Minister, That All May Hear Keith A. Kidwell -------------------------------------------------------------------- 21

Unless marked otherwise, all Scripture quotations are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION® NIV®. Copyright©1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

© 2012 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Avenue Springfield, Missouri 65802-1894 All rights reserved.

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2012-2013 MISSIONS SUNDAY SERMON OUTLINE

SO ALL CAN HEAR

Michael T. Goodling, AGWM missionary to the Kingdom of Swaziland, South Africa

(All references are taken from the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible)

INTRODUCTION

Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us: For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. In verse 7 the writer goes on to say there is a time to be quiet and a time to speak.

In times of quietness, ideas are born, thoughts are checked, and plans can be contemplated. While much can be said about silence, when it comes to the gospel message of Jesus Christ, silence can kill. Paul wrote in Romans 10:17: Faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. Silence of the gospel can keep people out of heaven. Therefore, when it comes to losing souls for eternity, silence can be downright deadly.

TEXT

Romans 10:9-17

THESIS

Romans 10:9-17 teaches us the need to speak up when it comes to the message of Jesus

Christ. In doing this, we not only give personal testimony of our salvation, but we share

God’s plan of salvation so others can also enjoy the great blessing of eternal life.

Let’s examine the precepts of this text more closely.

I. The message — Romans 10:9-13

A. The Importance

Because of the fall described in Genesis 3, sin has come upon every person who has ever lived on the earth. It will continue to plague every person who ever will live. The only exception to this is Jesus Christ who was tempted in every way we can be tempted, yet He remained sinless. Because of this fact, the gospel is the most important message ever to be delivered in the history of humankind. See Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10, 23, Ezekiel 18:4.

God requires that only righteous people enter heaven because that is the essence of His own nature. He is righteous and just. The universal problem is this: no one is righteous by nature. We deserve punishment for sin as stated in Romans 5:6-9. But God loves us so much He has provided a way of escape through salvation.

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Jesus took our place. He became our substitute. He died so we may live. It is amazing to think that because of this one single moment in history, the death of Christ on the Cross of Calvary, we may enter heaven with total forgiveness.

B. The Issues

In Romans 10:9-10, there is one crucial element of salvation that has to be looked at very closely. The concern is whether it is based on belief in Christ alone, or does it tend to be heavier on the side of dependence? Is the whole concept of salvation entirely based on faith?

Still today, so many people try to earn their place in heaven by being good according to their own standard. They think if they do nice things, be nice to people and obey God’s Commandments, they will somehow gain God’s favor and be rewarded with heaven.

The problem with this line of thinking is that they are very irregular in keeping God’s Commandments and their efforts are inconsistent. No one is consistently good because of his or her very nature.

In addition, don’t you think it is an absolute insult to God to work so hard for something that He has already paid for with the death of His Son? Why are we working for something that He has presented to us as a free and clear gift? See Ephesians 2:8-9.

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Belief

(a)

If you believe God raised Christ from the dead, then you believe His resurrection is a historical fact (Romans 10:9).

(b)

If you believe in Christ’s resurrection, you believe it is the full atonement for your sin. This means that Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection are enough for your entrance into heaven. You need nothing else. The old hymn says, “I need no other argument, I need no other plea; it is enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me.”

(c)

If you believe in Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the Cross, you believe in righteousness (Romans 10:10). God says you are righteous if you trust what His Son did for you (Romans 5:1,9).

(d)

Romans 10:11 — Those who believe will not be put to shame. The word “shame or “ashamed” (KJV) can be translated as “disappointed.” Will you be disappointed when you see Jesus face to face? (1 John 3:2). Will you be disappointed to spend eternity in heaven? Will you be disappointed with your new life? Certainly not.

(e)

Romans 10:12 — It makes no difference if you are Jew or Gentile. If you believe in Christ He will be generous to you both now and for all eternity.

(f)

Romans 10:13 — If you call on Him you will be saved, but saved from what? You are saved from the penalty of sin. You are saved from its power over your life. You are saved from its presence in heaven. Can you imagine a place with no sin? The battle will be over.

(g)

The basic truth is this: There can be no salvation without full belief in Jesus Christ and His atonement on the Cross. It is enough.

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Confession

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(a)

Romans 10:9-10 — If you really believe, you cannot keep quiet about this. You will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. The implications of this new confession in your life are threefold:

i. If you confess Jesus is Lord, you are exclaiming that He is God.

ii. If you confess that Jesus is Lord, you are exclaiming that He is your Savior.

iii. If you confess that Jesus is Lord, you are exclaiming that He is in total control of every area of your life.

(b)

If you believe in Christ as Savior, your life will never be the same again. If you are truly saved, it will surely show in your life. See John 3:5-8, John 14:16-18.

(c)

Because God is now in your life, you must not be silent. If the Holy Spirit is now living in you, you will confess with your mouth because the Spirit of God will not permit silence. Your very life will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord by the way you live and interact with others. They will see the change He has made in you (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

C. The Method — Romans 10:14,17 Now that you have heard the message and believe, you need to get the message out loud and clear. People who are without Christ cannot hear without the preacher, according to verse 14. Verse 17 tells us that faith comes from hearing.

All unsaved people around you need to hear this good news. They need to hear the Word of God proclaimed in all its fullness.

1. Ephesians 4:11 — Some people are given the gift of an evangelist.

2. 1 Peter 3:15 — Everyone of us must be ready to explain our Christian hope.

D. The Mandate — Romans 10:14-15 Evangelism should never be placed within constrictive boundaries. There are those who are called to step out of their comfort zone to take the gospel to the far corners of the earth. This is known as the Great Commission. See Matthew

28:18-20.

According to Romans 10:14-15:

1. People cannot call upon God unless they believe in Jesus Christ.

2. People cannot believe unless they actually hear the gospel message.

3. People cannot hear the message unless someone preaches it to them.

4. People cannot preach unless they are sent.

God says those who have been sent have “beautiful feet.” Every believer should be involved in missions. You’re either a goer or a sender.

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E. The Mistake — Romans 10:16 Not everyone who hears will believe and be saved. This is the greatest tragedy in life. This is the only sin that God will never forgive … the sin of unbelief. Please do not make that mistake. If you have not believed that Jesus Christ is your Savior, you are making the worst mistake of your life.

CONCLUSION

These are troubling days in which we live. The daily news is filled with stories of tragedy and great calamity. The frequency of natural disasters is increasing. Famine threatens the lives of millions around the world. Our very climate is changing. There are wars and rumors of wars. People are filled with hatred as lives are ended daily through senseless killings. Crime continues to be a way of life for many, while others are in bondage to destructive vices such as drugs and alcohol. They cannot see a way of escape. Still, there are others who blatantly promote sin as an acceptable way of life in direct opposition to God’s ways and His love for them.

Yet, in the midst of all this, there is an answer: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD! He saves, He delivers, He heals, He loves, and He fights for you against the very enemy of your soul! He loves you so much that He died in your place on the Cross of Calvary. Do not be silent. Believe and confess that Jesus is Lord.

Do not be silent. Go share the good news of the gospel with your friends and loved ones.

Do not be silent. Support missions around the world.

Do not be silent. Pray about being a missionary and answering God’s call on your life to go into the entire world.

“SO ALL CAN HEAR, YOU CANNOT BE SILENT!”

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UNTIL I RETURN

AGWM missionary Jerry Brown is a member of the Latin America Strategic Missionary Force.

TEXT

Luke 19:9-27

INTRODUCTION – Setting the context of the story

Jesus told this parable to correct the misunderstanding that He was going to Jerusalem to establish a civil kingdom on earth.

Luke purposely sets this story in the context of God’s plan of redemption. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem for the last time. When Jesus invited himself to lunch at Zacchaeus’ house, there was immediate opposition — his host was seen as an outcast, a sinner. Jesus’ response: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).

We cannot separate this parable from that setting. In Luke’s narrative, Jesus and His gospel are about inclusion — opening the door of the Kingdom to all those that the religious leaders of that time had excluded — publicans and sinners, lame, diseased, women, Gentiles, Romans, and ultimately, all flesh. All of these people and those they represented could be included as children of Abraham through faith and repentance. The point is that the gospel is good news for everyone.

The bottom line? God wants everyone to hear!

This was the Kingdom the Father had sent Jesus to announce at this time. He came to seek and save all who were lost. They were the purpose of His coming, and He was now on the final leg of His journey — the point at which He would die to redeem them.

His critics wanted the kingdom for themselves. They saw it as exclusive and only in terms of personal benefit and political liberation from Rome.

Jesus told this story to clear up their misunderstanding.

In this parable Jesus gives His disciples some disturbing news as they make their final trip up to Jerusalem from Jericho. They anticipated that this would be the occasion when Jesus would set up a civil government and free the Jewish nation from the oppressive Roman regime (Mark 9:34; Mark 10:37; Luke 22:24).

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But Jesus’ message reveals a different agenda. He gives them an assignment in terms of His Kingdom. He gives them a mission for an indefinite interval and sets the time when the work must be completed — “until I come back” (Luke 19:13).

A HISTORICAL NOTE

About 30 years before this, Herod’s son, Archelaus, inherited his father’s throne but was summoned to Rome by Augustus to have his rule confirmed (4 B.C.). His right to rule was contested by a delegation of dissatisfied citizens from Jerusalem who petitioned Caesar to remove all authority from Herod’s heirs.

I. What did Jesus want to teach His followers?

A. The kingdom of God as they imagined it was not going to happen right away.

B. He was going away for a while.

C. While He is away, there will be fierce opposition to His kingship.

D. He places resources in the hands of His faithful servants.

E. He says to do business, or to put their money to work in His absence.

F. He expects His loyal followers to conduct the affairs of the Kingdom for its profit and growth.

G. As sure as He is going away He’s coming back. His return is a sure thing.

1. The chaos and rebellion against His reign will have a definite end. He will judge His enemies.

2. Those who serve Him faithfully will be rewarded. Industry, initiative and risk-taking faith are required.

H. The story is about redemption.

II. How do we interpret this parable?

A. Jesus’ focus is on seeking and saving the lost. It is for that reason that He delays His return.

B. The gospel will always be presented in a world society that is hostile to our God. Examples are not difficult to see today.

1. New atheist movement — i.e. Richard Dawkins, atheist billboards, etc.

2. Marginalization of faith in our country

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3. Christians in many nations around the world condemned to prison or death for their faith.

C. Jesus has provided us with all the resources of the Kingdom necessary to be successful in carrying out our assignment.

D. Everyone has been given equal resources from the Lord. No one’s gift is viewed as being greater or more important.

1. Talents, abilities, gifts

2. The gift of the Holy Spirit accompanies and empowers.

E. Our mission is not complete until Jesus returns. The harvest is never complete until it’s all in the barn.

III. How should we respond?

A. We unite together; reaching, planning, training and touching until every person hears the good news about our King.

B. What resources has God placed in your hand that He expects us to use?

C. How are you using the resources God has given you to make sure that all people hear?

1. Has He given you entrepreneurial skills?

2. Has He given you the ability to make money?

3. Has He given you the ability to make friends?

4. Has He given you the gift of hospitality?

5. Has He given you the ability to administrate your personal finances?

6. How can you channel your gift to make sure that everyone hears?

D. Is it possible that you have been more interested in personal affairs than in the Kingdom? Does your resource still lie buried? Examine yourself — this parable tells us that God demands effort. Every believer must contribute to building the Kingdom.

E. The Holy Spirit may be indicating today that He is gifting you with special abilities that are needed to spread the good news of the Kingdom. God may want to use you either here in the hostile atmosphere of our American culture or among a people group that has never heard the name of Jesus.

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THE CREATIVITY OF FAITH IN MISSIONS

Wendel Cover, pastor of Word of Life Assembly of God, Springfield, Virginia.

TEXT: Hebrews 11:1,39-40

INTRODUCTION

The Southern Baptist Convention was organized in 1845 at the First Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. As a tribute to the founding fathers the church placed this inscription on the building:

“Men who see the invisible Hear the inaudible Believe the incredible Think the unthinkable”

A.W. Tozer wrote, “A real Christian is an odd number, anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen; talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see; expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another; empties himself in order to be full; admits he is wrong so he can be declared right; goes down in order to get up; is strongest when he is weakest; richest when he is poorest and happiest when he feels the worst. He dies so he can live; forsakes in order to have; gives away so he can keep; sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passeth knowledge.”

We see the visible, hear the audible, believe the credible, think the thinkable and do the possible. If I see the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible and think the unthinkable …

I will do the impossible

Jesus said, The things which are impossible with men are

possible with God (Luke 18:27).

We do the possible. God does the impossible.

I. I see the invisible

A. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1, KJV).

B. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen (Romans 1:20, KJV).

C. Jesus is the expression of the invisible God. Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1:15, KJV).

D. Jesus said, For I do always those things that please him (John 8:29, KJV).

II. I hear the inaudible

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A. Hearing is more than sound. Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? (Mark 8:18, KJV).

B. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith (Revelation 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:29; 3:6; 3:13; 3:22, KJV).

C. Jesus said, “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak” (John 12:49, KJV).

D. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet (Revelation 1:10, KJV).

E. Jesus hears the inaudible: (John 12:27-32)

III. I believe the incredible

A. Faith is the title deed to all the glorious things hoped for in the Word of God. Faith takes hope and makes the bold assumption that hope is real and goes forward with confidence.

B. Faith is:

1. Abraham looking for a city

2. Climbing the mountain … seeing there are more mountains to climb

3. Crossing the Red Sea with enemies pursuing you

4. Taking a shepherd’s sling and going after Goliath

5. Taking a jawbone of a mule and killing a thousand Philistines

6. Marching around the walls until they fall down

7. Following the star to Bethlehem

8. Going to Gethsemane, the Cross … the grave believing in the Resurrection

9. Walking with God as Enoch did, when it’s not popular

10. Building an ark when it has never rained

11. Taking the gospel to every tribe, nation and tongue

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IV. I think the unthinkable

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Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20, KJV).

B.

God is able to do for us

C.

He turns His vast account toward us

D.

Exceeding abundantly above … ask … think

E.

We often can’t express the longing of our souls

1. Like Hannah … sometimes only groanings

2. Not every thought can find words Not all within us is known For hearts and lives have many chords That never yield their tone

F.

Stretch the imagination: think of the souls we can reach with the gospel

G.

When we think all we can think, and imagine all we can imagine, He has much more. Exceeding … abundantly above all we can ask … think or imagine

H.

According to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:20, KJV).

1. Power of faith

2. Power of love

3. Power of forgiveness

4. Power of sacrifice

I.

Cooperation with Him is required

1. What I see my Father do … I do

2. What I hear my Father say … I say

CONCLUSION

If we see the invisible, Hear the inaudible, Believe the incredible, Think the unthinkable, We will do the impossible

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And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matthew 17:20, KJV).

ILLUSTRATION

There was a man whose life was miserable. Days were cloudy; nights were long. He did not want to be unhappy, but he was. With the passing of years his life had changed. His children were grown. The neighborhood was different. He was unhappy. He asked His minister what was wrong. “Have I committed some sin?” he asked.

Yes,” the wise pastor replied, “you have sinned.”

“What might this sin be?”

“Ignorance,” the pastor replied. “One of your neighbors is the Messiah in disguise.

The old man left the office stunned. “One of my neighbors is the Messiah?” he told himself. He began to think who it might be

Tim the butcher? No, he’s too lazy. Mary, my cousin down the street? No, too much pride. Aaron, the paper boy? No, too indulgent.

The man was confounded. Every person he knew had defects. But one was the Messiah? He began to look for HIM. Then, he began to notice things he hadn’t seen before.

The grocer often carried sacks to the cars for older ladies. Maybe he was the Messiah. The officer at the corner always had a smile for the kids. Could it be him? And the young couple who lived next door. How kind they were to the cat. Was one of them the Messiah?

With time he saw things he had never seen before. With time his outlook changed. The bounce returned to his step. His eyes took on a friendly sparkle. When others spoke he listened. After all, he might be listening to the Messiah. When anyone asked for help he responded. After all, this might be the Messiah needing assistance.

Change was so obvious someone asked what happened. “Why are you so happy?”

“I don’t know,” he answered. “All I know is that things changed when I started looking for God.”

The old man saw Jesus because he did not know what He looked like.

The people in Jesus’ day missed Him because they thought they did.

Jesus reminds us in Matthew 25:40, KJV: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

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Jesus adds in Matthew 25:45, KJV: Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

Mother Teresa said: “You will find Jesus in the poorest of the poor.”

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FOUR COMMANDS ESSENTIAL TO MOVE FORWARD IN THE GLOBAL HARVEST

Brad Walz, AGWM missionary to Argentina

INTRODUCTION

Vision 2020: We must have a vision for global harvest. Jesus speaks to this issue many times and gives us four commands that are key to moving forward with the global

harvest.

I. First Command: “Open your eyes” (John 4:35).

We are often “near sighted” instead of being biblically “far sighted.” We can only see that which is near us geographically. Sometimes even we only see that which is near us “culturally.” Either way, the Lord wants us to open our eyes and look at the fields.

Let’s reflect a moment on the context.

A. Jesus had been sensitive to the needs of the Samaritan woman, and the disciples had not.

B. Jesus emphasized His “food” was to do the will of Him who sent him (John 4:34). What is our food? The One who sent Him wants us to go into all the world. Is missions important to us?

C. He wants to finish His work. How can we not be restless when we have many gathered together in our churches. Yet, in more than 40 nations of the world, the church could fit into one small Sunday School room of most churches? God did not raise up the worldwide Assemblies of God to just grow numbers, but to contribute to finishing His work!

In this context He gives this first important command: open your eyes and look at the fields. They are ripe for harvest!

We use this saying in Latin America: “Missions is done with the feet of those who go, the knees of those who stay and pray, and the hands of those who give.” These next three commands reflect that simple phrase.

II. Second Command: Pray for Workers

[Jesus] told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10:2).

III. Third command: “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17, KJV) or “Pray continually” (NIV).

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We cannot win the world through men and money … it must be accompanied by prayer.

IV. Fourth command: “Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38).

Paul affirms this in 2 Corinthians 9:6: Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

The Macedonian church inspires us: Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints (2 Corinthians 8:2-4).

How great it would be if our more humble sister churches would plead for the opportunity to give to the world harvest! It is happening, and it will happen!

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10, emphasis added).

I address the churches around the world. Shake off the chains that bind your spirit that say, “We can’t do it.” God has not called us to do something we cannot do, and He truly will provide.

There is no shortage of resources; there is only a shortage of vision and commitment. May we rise to this challenge and respond to the vision of 2020.

CONCLUSION

The eleventh hour harvest “He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard’” (Matthew 20:6-7).

They were making excuses: “No one has hired us.”

What excuses are you making for not working in the worldwide harvest? God wants to hire your country, your church, and your young people!

We have no excuses!

If we say, “We have no workers,” Jesus tells us to pray for workers. If we say, “We have no money,” God tells us to give, and it shall be given back to us. Any excuses we make are invalidated by the truth of God’s Word. We can make no more excuses. It is time for the great churches God has raised up to go into all the world, to make disciples of all nations.

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No more excuses. No more delays. No more waiting.

Now is the time to open our eyes and see the fields ripe for harvest. Now is the time to pray for workers, to intercede for the world, to send forth workers with our abundant generosity. The Lord of the Harvest is waiting for our response! You cannot say, “No one has hired us.” Do not make excuses. Just obey!

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SO ALL CAN HEAR

Roger Holland, AGWM missionary to Bolivia, South America

INTRODUCTION

What has to happen in the world we live in today so that all can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ? What do we need to do to help with the process so that all can hear? At what level does our commitment to the Lord and to missions need to be so that all can hear?

Jesus reminds us: “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). The good news of Jesus Christ will eventually reach everyone’s ears.

I believe that many Christians are already doing their part to see this come to pass. Yet others, for whatever reason or motive, are barely doing anything.

The Scripture clearly commands us to go and carry the good news to those who have yet to hear. Missions has been at the center of God’s heart from the start: “missio dei.” You will even find the Great Commission in the first book of the Bible. (See Genesis 12:2-3.)

TEXT

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:14-15).

BACKGROUND

“Paul, by means of a series of rhetorical questions, states (in reverse order) the conditions necessary to call on Christ and be saved” (Concordia Self-Study Bible, note page 1,733).

I. The opportunity to hear (a preacher sent to proclaim) And how can they preach unless they are sent (Romans 10:15).

A. The first step in this process is the sending.

B. No missionary in history has gone without a commission, at least from God and often by a sending agency.

C. Missionaries go to carry the message of good news.

D. Someone has to give sacrificially with both funds and prayers to support these missionaries.

II. Hearing with the ears (important but not sufficient) And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? (Romans

10:14).

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A. Hearing that informs (our message must be clear and concise)

B. Beware of select hearing (make sure they get it all).

1. Many have spouse or parent deafness.

2. Many have authority or boss deafness.

3. Sometimes we hear the part we want to hear but ignore the rest of the message.

C. The Jews heard, or did they? (See Romans 10:16-18)

D. The message was given to them but not everyone accepted the good news.

E. They only heard with their ears and nothing more.

1. This kind of hearing is worthless and produces nothing.

III. Hearing with the heart (sufficient and with action) How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? (Romans 10:14).

A. Hearing that motivates (believing)

B. How does faith or believing occur?

C. Hearing that provokes action

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17, NIV).

D. As we, His messengers, speak the Word of Christ, others hear, their interest is sparked, and they are provoked to faith.

E. This is hearing is the result of a good example.

F. This is hearing is the result of a good testimony.

CONCLUSION

For us to fulfill our missions focus for 2012, “So that all can hear,” we have to be willing to go further than ever before in our level of commitment in this cause of reaching the world. We must be willing to go no matter the cost, willing to give no matter the sacrifice and willing to prepare ourselves no matter how long it takes.

This commitment has to be for us as individuals, for each church, and for the Assemblies of God as a Fellowship. God is calling His people to a huge but attainable task. I believe all will one day hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

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All must hear. Many of us are doing our part. How about the others? Missions is at the center of God’s heart. What will you do today “so that all can hear?”

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COMMISSIONED TO MINISTER, THAT ALL MAY HEAR Keith A. Kidwell, AGWM administrator

PURPOSE

To show that Christians are sent into the world just as God sent Jesus into the world to minister salvation, healing and wholeness.

ILLUSTRATING TEXTS

Isaiah 58:6-11; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 9:35-38; Mark 10:45; John 3:17; John 12:45; John 17:18; John 20:22; Acts 4:12; Acts 26:18; Romans 1:16; Romans10:14; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:18-20; Hebrews 4:12

TEXT

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:16-19).

I. Practicing the presence of the Spirit (Passive Evangelism)

A. We are commissioned to be channels of the Spirit. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me” (Luke 4:18).

1. In John 20:22, Jesus simply breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” We are depositories of God’s Spirit.

2. To be a Christian means to be like Christ (Christian = “Christ ones”).

3. Paul prayed for the Ephesians: I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:18-20).

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The same power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of the Father is resident in us and available to us!

B. We are the world’s picture of God. Jesus said, “He [God] has anointed me” (Luke 4:18).

1. Jesus also said, “When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me” (John 12:45). Who do people see when they look at us? Who do people see when they look at you?

2. The moon has no light of its own. It simply reflects the light of the sun. We are the same in reflecting the light of God. If the way you live does not bring forth a proper reflection of God’s character, you are not living as you should!

C. We have the Spirit, but does the Spirit have us?

1. The fullness of the Spirit is not a matter of receiving more of Him. Rather, it is a matter of relationship. It is Him receiving more of us! To be filled with the Spirit means that we allow Him to occupy, guide and control every area of our lives. This filling applies not only to our outward acts, but also to our inner thoughts and motives. When we are filled with the Spirit, all we are and all we have are subject to His control.

2. Are areas of your life out of control? Areas not controlled by the Spirit? Does He have you? All of you? Are you living in the power of the Spirit?

II. Fulfilling the mission of proclamation (Active Evangelism)

A. We are commissioned as “proclaimers” of good news.

1. Jesus said, “He (God) has anointed me to preach good news to the poor” (Luke 4:18). (Redemption)

2. “He has sent me to proclaim

a. freedom for the prisoners (Deliverance)

b. recovery of sight for the blind (Healing)

c. the year of the Lord’s favor” (Blessing) (Luke 4:18-19).

B. Not only must we live the gospel, we must actively proclaim it.

1. Why? Because, salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

The gospel … is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Romans 1:16).

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2. The problem: How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans

10:14).

3. The process: For the word of God is living and active [quick and powerful]. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

4. The result: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17).

III. Performing the ministry of healing and deliverance (Messianic Evangelism)

A. Throughout Jesus’ ministry He reflected the goodness of God. He proclaimed the salvation of God and performed acts of love and compassion. He healed the brokenhearted, opened the eyes of the blind and delivered those held captive by demons. He fed the hungry and touched lepers, beggars and the bleeding and dying. He did not withdraw from the needs around Him, but stretched out His hands and loved people into the kingdom of God!

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:35-36).

B. Not only must we preach/proclaim the gospel, we must perform (do) the gospel!

The needs of the people of this world are great. If we don’t attempt to meet those needs, who will? From Matthew chapter 9, we just read verses 35 and 36. Jesus had great compassion on the needy people He saw. In verses 37 and 38 we read:

Then he said to 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.”

While we often use these verses as a call to missions, the context is not only one of proclaiming the gospel of salvation, but also one of performing the ministries of compassion. Jesus had compassion on these people. He not only wanted their souls to be saved, He also wanted them to be healed, delivered and made whole. He came as their Messiah and their Deliverer, as well as their Savior.

IV. Accepting the commission to minister

It is one thing to come to church and receive a blessing; it’s another to leave the church and become a blessing!

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A. Christ was commissioned for a specific purpose. Jesus said, “He has sent me.”

(We derive the English word “apostle” from the Greek word used here meaning “to send” – άποστέλλω .)

B. We are sent. Not only are we anointed like Jesus, we are sent like Jesus.

1. In Jesus’ prayer for His disciples in John 17:18, He says to the Father, “As you have sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”

2. And in John 20:21, after His resurrection and before He returns to the Father, He commissions His disciples by saying, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

3. On the Damascus Road, Jesus commissioned Paul: “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God(Acts 26:17-18).

C. What does this mean for us?

1. John 3:17 – “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.”

2. Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

3. We have been anointed and commissioned to perform the ministry of the Holy Spirit as God’s representatives on the earth. Will you accept the assignment?

V. Spending our lives for God

How will you spend this year? Will it be the year of the Lord’s favor in your life?

Close with a promise from Isaiah 58:6-11. If … then …

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share our food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

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“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

When you say, “Here am I” to God, He says, “Here am I” to you.

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