I am skipping through a MacArthur sermon that I downloaded from field preacher and want to share some of his points. What did Christ say when he evangelised? MacArthur sums up Chist’s message of Luke 13 v 23-26 in 4 points. He says that gospel work is telling people the gospel of Christ and begging them to respond. Christ did it like this:
v24. Calling sinners to spiritual exertion. It’s irrelevant how many will be saved – just make sure you are one of them! Strive to be saved: Deny yourself and follow Jesus. Are you serious yet? A cross is not a mystical experience – it’s where you die. Give yourself up completely. Self dies hard, Christ calls us to self denial, even self hatred. Complete repentance – James 4v6-10. Do we evangelise like this?
v25-26. Calling sinners to a sense of temporal desperation. You must be willing to give up everything apart from God’s will. You don’t know when you will die – don’t postpone it! We are living on borrowed time. Do we tell people this in our evangelism? Christ will come at a time we don’t expect. Don’t show up at God’s throne if you have not settled it! There is a reality of being shut out.
v27. Inviting sinners to a genuine transformation. True salvation transforms us to obedient people. We have a new character and new nature and desires to please God. Are we characteristically evil people? As Christians this should not be. Does our evangelism message teach people about the requirement of righteous; living with a new heart.
v28. Culminating evangelism with an eternal perception. Saved from hell! Trouble may come in this life, but what counts is our eternal destination. Almost all of the people who heard Jesus teach went to hell. “Hell is about remorse, expressed in tears and teeth grinding agony, realising that others are enjoying heaven”.
“This sort of evangelism will drive people away!” Check out Jesus preaching in Luke Chapter 12. Gentiles would be in heaven when those Jews would be in hell. Gentiles will be equal with Jews in the kingodm. Luke 13 v29
Luke 13 v34 – 35 It was heart breaking stuff for Jesus to say.