I am always quoting the letter to the Romans, always. Once again I’ll quote it because I had a conversation with a guy on the beach…well two conversations with two different guys.
I went with a couple folks from the Metrolina Association down to the old air conditioner farm(its a shame those grew for so long and they were finally harvested for around 7 million dollars). We go out five days a week passing out water on the beach. We get all sorts of conversations sparked, and try to give folks a little more about the gospel via a tract or conversation if the situation allows. As I was carrying the conversation with a man about the gospel, he informed me he was a Christian and lead worship through music at his church. He then proceeded to talk to me about how its great we were out trying to get the message of the gospel to the people on the beach. We then began to talk about the lack of evangelism coming from most churches when he said the following:
“We’re keepers of the aquarium instead of fishers for me.”
I’m not saying churches should go seeker friendly and drop discipleship. But there is a lot of truth in what he was saying. The point being we are so content inside our four glass walls(that’s right the outside is looking in), that we just tend the fish. Sometimes we are really horrible about that, I think most churches have algae on the glass and the world can’t see in. We are content as an algae eater and we eat the crap from the glass instead of eating what the master of the aquarium feeds us. (I think I could run with this analogy) But back to the quote, we need to share the gospel. Jesus told us to, the bible tells us to, sometimes the pastor tells us to. We need to share the gospel, bottom line.
I’ve been talking to a guy for the past couple of weeks, I’m not sure that the guy is saved. But he knows the gospel, and he really has a good view of how the church in the Wilmington is area is functioning. He made mention that more churches need to be doing something like we are doing. I by no means am trying to tickle my ears or the ears of Kure Beach First Baptist church. But John Brown it, the church needs to step it up and act like the church! For 10 bucks you can get 48 bottles of water, for free you can get the Gospel of John from the Pocket Testament League. Its simple enough to be able to get the message out there. The world is looking at us, and they see if we are doing our job or not. We’re called to be holy, set apart, and loving. I say its time we act like it and do it.
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.-Romans 10:11-17
The Scripture says–> Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, and he is Lord of all who call on him–>Romans 8:28-30 promises us people will call on him.–>Preaching because we are sent by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20–>Since we preach, they will hear–> since they will hear–> they will call–> and since they will call they will believe–> because faith comes from hearing and hearing from the word of Christ.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”-Matthew 28:18-20
Soli Deo Gloria