August 30, 2017 (H2BEC- Evangelism 3- Unhindered)

Acts 28:31 “31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.”

What do we remember about Paul from last week?

·         Paul was raised in a well to do Jewish family, trained under the most prominent Jewish Rabbi of the first century.

·         He was a Pharisee. He killed followers of Christ and found pleasure in it.

·         Acts 9 tells us that he had a head on collision with Jesus and followed after Him.

·         He spent much of the remainder of his life traveling and sharing the gospel, founding churches, training up leaders for those churches, writing letters to these various churches, and beaten or in prison.

·         He was completely sold out to God and His call. This brings us to the end of Acts.

Acts 28:31 states that Paul was “preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.”

Paul lived his life with the only care being sharing the gospel with everyone that would listen. He was brought before rulers and counsels and took those opportunities to proclaim Christ. He didn’t care about what would happen to him. He stated in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that to be absent from the body was to be present with the Lord. He wasn’t concerned what people thought about him, his goal was to make Jesus known throughout the known world.

He lived his life unhindered:

Unhindered: without obstruction, held back by nothing.

How much differently would our lives look if we were unhindered by the things of this world and only focused on making Jesus known?

We have been talking about evangelism for the last few weeks, looking at what it is, what it means for us, ways to do it. Now, I’m challenging you to go out and do it.

So, how do we live unhindered?

·        We follow God’s commands

o   1 John 5:1-4
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

§  His commands are not burdensome

·         Love God, Love Neighbor

§  Whatever is born of God overcomes the world

·         If we are truly born of God, we do not have to fear the world. We are a child of the Creator of the universe.

o   Matthew 11:28-30

§  All of us are looking for rest, looking for a love that only God can give.

·         Don’t let things of the world hinder you from this peace.

·         Jesus told us that following Him, although would be difficult, would be easier than following the world because in the end, when we follow Christ, we will have that rest and peace that everyone is searching for.

o   The prize that God has promised us is so much greater than an iTunes gift card. He has promised us eternal life. Should we not live our lives in a manner that we are doing everything we can to be like Him?

·        We forsake the pleasures of the world

o   Philippians 3:7

§  Compared to our relationship with Christ, nothing in this world is even close.

§  We allow things to blind us to this reality

o   Pride

§  can make us say and do things that hinder our relationship with Christ. We think more highly of ourselves than Christ and begin to put people down, or get angry at them because they don’t do what we expect them to do.

§  Proverbs 11:2—When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

§  Psalm 10:4—In his pride the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts there is no room for God.

§  1 Corinthians 13:4—Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

o   Quotes about Pride:

§  “It was pride that made angels into devils, its humility that makes men as angels.”     -St. Augustine

§  “If you feel that you are indispensable, put your finger in a glass of water, withdraw it, and note the hole you have left.”  -Anonymous

o   Distractions:

§  We have become a culture that has to be constantly doing something. We search for rest but fit every activity into our schedule that is physically possible.

§  “All men’s miseries derive from not be able to sit in a quiet room alone. (Pascal)

·         When we begin to actually think about our existence and who God is, away from all distractions, we begin to see how great God is and who we truly are in relation to him.

§  “If destruction fails to entangle us, distraction will do its best” (Beth Moore)

·         The more we distract ourselves, the more we forget that there is an end to this life that we must come to grips with. With blinders on, we no longer see eternity but what is directly in front of us.

§  “If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy” (Corrie Ten Boom)

§  So what are we letting distract us?

 



·         Live Without Fear:

o   Fear is something that comes from the flesh when we are talking about our faith. We get the feeling that we are not capable of sharing Christ or living the life that He has called us to. The Bible gives us a very different indication of who we are in Christ.

o   2 Timothy 1:7

§  “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and sound judgment.”

o   1 Corinthians 15:58

§  Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

o   Psalm 56:3-4

§  When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?


·         When we put our faith in God, and live without fear, He can do great things through us. So, what is holding you back from being unhindered?

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