Sermons on Outreach (Page 7)

Sermons on Outreach (Page 7)

Reasoning with Intellectuals

One philosopher defined philosophy as “a route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.” Today the study of philosophy often leads the student into the pursuit of unending and meaningless questions. I am reminded of a story of a young man who was about to go out on his first date. He was very nervous about this. He wondered whether he would be able to carry on a conversation as effectively as he would like. He expressed this concern…

God’s Troublemakers

The story is told of a man named Donald Sweet who was referred to in his home environs as “Old Soggy,” and he lived in the last citadel of prohibition in Mississippi, and “Old Soggy” decided to run for office one day, and the local newspaper immediately put him on the spot, asking him his position on “The Whiskey Question.” Here is “Old Soggy’s” rather lengthy, but telling answer: “Dear Editor: I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject…

A Message of Encouragement

I invite you to turn to this passage of Scripture, to the first recorded sermon of the Apostle Paul. It is not his first sermon, but it is his first recorded sermon, and in fact, it is the sermon from Paul that is given the greatest detail of any of Paul’s sermons. We remember the church at Antioch had sent off Paul and Barnabas on the first missionary journey; so the missionary era of the church begins and the travel…

A Mission Minded Church

Young Henry Martin studied at Cambridge University to become a lawyer. By his senior year, he had been recognized as the university at its best mathematician. Upon graduation Henry Martin abandoned his intentions to go into law. For the Glory of God in missions, God had captured his heart and led by God’s Spirit, he traveled then to India as a missionary there in 1806. Sailing from England, Henry left his family, his friends, his homeland; he even left Lydia,…

For All the People

Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He presented His master plan for the church to the eleven Disciples on the top of a mountain in Galilee. He said to them (Matthew 28: 19), “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” Never had it entered into the mind of God for His church to be homogenous; a place where everyone looked alike, and dressed alike, and conversed in the same language. God’s vision and design for the church encompassed the whole…

Personal Evangelism

Many years ago a television commercial featured a Mercedes Benz crashing into a cement wall during a safety test. Afterwards, an interviewer asked a company spokesman why Mercedes doesn’t enforce its patents on their unique, energy absorbing, safety design features in their cars. Evidently, these designs have been copied by other automobile manufacturers because of their effectiveness in saving lives. The Mercedes spokesman answered the interviewer this way: “Because some things are too important not to share.” That is a…

Boldly Proclaiming God’s Word

John Stott writes, “Some preachers are like the circus jugglers – one stood against the wall and the others threw knives at him. They would hit above his head. They would hit close by his ear, under his armpit, in between the fingers. They could throw within a hairbreadth and never strike. Such skill in a circus juggler is commendable, but the same skill in a messenger of God is not. God’s word is described as a two-edged sword piercing…

Witnesses of the Lord

Our culture is in a desperate need of a witness to the truth about God. This week’s Time magazine illustrates this need with marked clarity, at least clarity to the Christian, anyway. The cover story reads, “The God Gene: Does Our DNA Compel Us to Seek a Higher Power?” The cover article inside begins this way: “It is not hard to see the Divinity behind the water temples that dot the right terraces and valleys. It is there in the…