[As we draw near to
this upcoming Revival with Dr. David Wood we must continuously remind ourselves
that this revival is meant primarily to reach the lost with the Gospel of our
Lord Jesus Christ. The word revival
seems to imply a reinvigorating of our spiritual condition and this
indeed is a part of what we want to do with this revival.
Our desire is that we each would renew our commitment with our
Lord and would be stirred up anew by the dynamic fullness of the Holy
Spirit within us. Yet, I am
always reminded that the best way, perhaps the only way, to bring a
sense of revival into a Church is for the people within the Church to
see lost souls accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord
[There is no thrill as great as when a lost soul,
destined for eternal condemnation in the lake of fire, repents of his
sins, receives the Lord Jesus Christ, and experiences the new birth.
Likewise, I say unto you, there
is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that
[As we move toward this revival we need to be
reminded, and stirred up about what the heart of God is and what His
calling to His Church is.
The text before us reveals what the heart of the Apostle Paul was.
Paul’s heart was what it was because Paul walked near to our
Lord. Paul wanted Jesus
more than he wanted life itself.
It was Paul who wrote,]
For to me to live
is Christ, and to die
[It was Paul’s nearness to our Lord Jesus Christ that
caused his desires to be consumed in our Lord’s desires.
Paul had many fervent desires, but his desires had been
transformed and consumed by the desires of his Lord and Savior.
Paul loved God so very much, that everything that Paul knew God
wanted, Paul wanted. Paul
was completely willing to be lost and consumed in the will of God.
Therefore, what Paul expressed as his desires were without any
doubt the desires of God.
So, from Paul’s words in this text we see clearly the presiding desire
of Paul, which is without any doubt the preeminent desire of God.]
[Therefore, if you and I as Christians are truly as
spiritual as we would like to say we are, then we ought to have, at the
core of our being, the desires of God, just as the apostle Paul did.
But do we? What were
Paul’s heartfelt desires?
What are the preeminent desires of our Heavenly Father?
Consider our text,]
To Win The Lost (vs 22;
Rom 10.13-17; 1 Cor 1.21; 2 Pet
3.9; Rom 10.13
) [– To the weak became I
as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all
that I might by
all means save some. –
Now don’t make the mistake of assuming that the apostle Paul mistakenly
thought that he could save anyone.
Paul knew that there is only one savior for mankind.
Many times Paul had said things that indicated that a saving
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is mankinds only hope for eternal
salvation. But Paul took
personally his commission and calling, his personal responsibility to
proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and his responsibility to
be a Soul Winner.]
purposed to be a soul winner because Paul knew,]
[God's Method (Rom 10.13-17; 1
Cor 1.21) – What is
God’s method for reaching lost souls?]
For whosoever shall call upon
the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14
How then shall
they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they
believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear
without a preacher? 15
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and
bring glad tidings of good things! 16
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith,
Lord, who hath believed our report? 17
So then faith
cometh by hearing, and
hearing by the word of God. ]
[1 Corinthians 1:21 21
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not
it pleased God
by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
[The lost cannot and will not
be saved if the redeemed do not say so!
If you and I do not develop the heart of God and herald the
message of God then they will not be saved.
God’s method is that the lost will be won to Christ through the
proclamation of God’s children.
Because of this eternal reality Paul found that he could not be
Can you be
[God's Mission (2 Pet 3.9) –
Just what is God
doing in this wicked and wayward world?
What is God’s purpose?
What is God’s mission?]
I once had a lost man say to me,
“What kind of God would allow all of the evil that we see in our world?
What kind of God would allow children to be violated and killed?
What kind of God would allow cancer, sickness and pain?
What kind of God would allow all of this evil?
What purpose could there possibly be in the wickedness that is
all around us?”]
answer to such questions is far simpler than we could ever imagine.
Our loving God endures the sinfulness of man, the sickness of a
corrupt world, and the great and hideous violations of His rich and full
love to fulfill His ultimate purpose.
God endures it all with long suffering in hopes that even those
asking these question might be saved.]
[2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack
concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to us-ward,
not willing that
any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ]
[How could the
apostle Paul, who had endured stoning, beatings, imprisonments, and all
kind of severe persecutions and hardships still say that he endured it
all that he might by all means save some?
Because the heart of Paul’s Heavenly Father had become Paul’s
heart, God’s mission had become Paul’s mission.]
friend is God’s mission your mission?
If it is then you will purpose to win souls.
Some of you might be thinking I have purposed to win souls!
Have you. I
wonder how many of us will,]
[Spend much time watching worthless television shows this week instead
of praying for the lost around us?]
[Spend much time sitting in our houses when we could have gone and
invited someone to this upcoming revival?
Someone might say, “Well preacher I just can’t get up and go
right now, you know my condition.”
Indeed, I do, but has God given you a telephone?
Has God given you email and facebook?
I think if you had the kind of burden Paul had you would use all
of these as tools to reach the lost.]
[Folks, my point is, if you are making excuses not to proclaim the
gospel to those around you then you do not have the same purpose as Paul
or God. God’s unending
desire is that all men, women, and children might be saved.
Do you have the same purpose in your heart that God has in his?]
To Win The Lost (vs 19-22;
Matt 4.19; Mark 1.17; 2 Tim
Once you have God’s purpose as your drive then there is the necessity of
preparation. If you do not
prepare to win the lost then you will not share the gospel and you will
not see lost souls coming to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now it is important to note here that God does not call you to
succeed in winning the lost, he calls you to witness toward winning the
lost. You will be faithful
when you try to win the lost by sharing your faith.
But you must prepare if you are to succeed at any level.]
[Through our text we learn much of what Paul must have done to prepare
to reach out to and win the lost.
We learn that, ]
[A Soul-Winner Must Serve (vs
19; Matt 4.19; Mark 1.17)
- For though I be free from all
yet have I made
myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. –
Service is without any doubt an important aspect of any mature
Christian’s spiritual walk.
Yet, our service must be focused service.
In other words, service without the proper purpose and focus is
fruitless service. Paul
became the servant of all, but his service always had the gospel at its
end. Paul served others
that he might have the opportunity to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus
Christ with others.]
[Without any doubt there are multitudes of service opportunities around
us, but service opportunities without an eternal view and the gospel
message are not the same as the service that Paul provided.
Paul served to win the lost.
In serving to win the lost Paul clearly studied to win them as he
[A Soul-Winner Must Study (vs
20-22; 2 Tim 2.15) -
And unto the Jews
I became as a
Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the
as under the
law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law,
as without law,
(being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I
might gain them that are without law. 22
To the weak
became I as weak,
that I might gain the weak:
I am made all
things to all men,
that I might by all means save some. – In order for Paul to reach
the people that he reached he studied diligently with this soul winning
goal in mind. Paul did not
even begin to think that one simple approach would reach all people, but
he worked and studied to reach all people.]
point is simple, if you do not prepare diligently you will not win the
lost. Where did
Christians come up with the idea that reaching our world for Christ was
supposed to be simple and easy?
It takes and requires diligent study.
The bible says,]
[2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the
word of truth.]
Apostle Paul studied to meet people where they were and to bring them to
the Lord Jesus Christ. This
takes work and many diligent hours of study and preparation.]
you prepared to reach all men for our Lord Jesus Christ?
What have you done in the last week to prepare to reach the lost?
What have you done in the last month to prepare to reach the
[A Soul-Winner Must Surrender (vs
20-22 - Mark 13.9-11) - And
unto the Jews
as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the
under the law, that I might
gain them that are under the law; 21
To them that are without law,
without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to
Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak
as weak, that I might gain the weak:
I am made all
things to all men,
that I might by all means save some. – Paul did not just do and be
who he wanted to be, Paul made himself what others needed him to be in
order to win them to Christ.
Paul put his desires and all selfishness aside for the sake of
the lost and the gospel.]
sinfulness – Now don’t think for a minute that Paul entered into sin
for the sake of winning the lost.
Notice verse 21,]
[1 Corinthians 9:21
To them that are without law,
as without law,
without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I
might gain them that are without law.]
[Paul is letting us know, without any doubt, that sinfulness does not
lend itself to the gospel.
The lost will never be won by sinning Christians.]
have met many a Christian who is a convenient witness.
The will share the gospel if it is convenient and does not ever
offend anyone. Paul
surrendered himself to purpose to carry the Gospel of our Lord with
purpose to a lost and dying world.]
[Have you prepared to win the lost to our Lord Jesus Christ?
Have you prepared a Soul-Winning plan?
Have you prepared to answer the questions that might be asked?
Don’t say you want to or will try to win the lost to Christ if
you have not made any kind of preparation.]
the way, if you have the Purpose of God in your heart, but have not made
any preparation then the purpose is meaningless.
You need to be prepared.]
To Win The Lost (Eph 6.18-20; Col 4.2-4; 2 Thess 3.1)
Now, prayer is not immediately present in our text, but it is
none-the-less an important tool for any Soul-Winning Christian.
Certainly, Paul understood the power of prayer and prayed
continuously. What should
we pray for in regard to winning the lost?]
[Pray For Courage
- Pray for the courage to
boldly present the Gospel.
The Apostle Paul wrote the following to the
Praying always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all
perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that
utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly,
to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador
in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.]
must continuously pray that God would use us powerfully to proclaim the
Gospel message and that we might see the lost come to our Lord.]
[Pray For Contact
– Pray the God would open the doors of opportunity for you to share the
gospel message. Paul
Continue in prayer, and watch
in the same with thanksgiving; 3
Withal praying also for us,
that God would
open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ,
for which I am also in bonds: 4
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.]
[You must pray that God would open doors of opportunity for you and for
your brothers and sisters in Christ. Will
you pray for God to open the doors of opportunity for you to proclaim
the gospel to those around you?
Then look at those around you right now and tell them so!]
[Pray For Confidence
– Pray that the Word of God would flow from your life and words freely.
Paul wrote, ]
[2 Thessalonians 3:1
pray for us,
that the word of the Lord may have
free course, and be
glorified, even as
it is with you:]
[Free Course -
the metaphor of the stadium race in the background: Rom 9:16 (strive
forward with great exertion); 1 Cor 9:24c, 26; Gal 2:2 (bis); 5:7;
Phil 2:16 (εἰς
κενόν as in Gal 2:2). 2
Thess 3:1 speaks of the swift spreading of the “word of the Lord”
(cf. Ps 147:4 LXX); Heb 12:1:
τρέχω τὸν ἀγῶνα, “run
in the race” (→
ἀγών 5). O. Bauernfeind,
TDNT VIII, 226–33; TWNT X, 1281 (bibliography); G. Ebel,
DNTT III, 945–47.]
[The Word of God ought
to pour out of us as Christians as the run pours out of an athlete in
the Olympic Games. This
means that our purpose is fervent and our preparations are aggressive
just as the athlete prepares to strive to win in the Olympic Games.]
to win the lost (Matt 28.19-20) [–
The Great Commission commands that Christians go into the world carrying
the gospel to every single person.
In recent years I have heard a number of preachers who have tried
to change the way people think about the great commission.]
[aorist, passive desponent, participle]
therefore, and teach [aorist, active, imperative]
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost: 20
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen. ]
[They have said that the great commission is not really written as a
command but instead it suggests that “As we go through life we ought to
share the gospel.” This
line of reasoning follows an incomplete study of the text of the great
commission. They base their
retranslation on their study of only the first phrase of the great
commission that could be translated “As you go.”
But it fails to incorporate the second phrase of the text that
gives an aorist, active, imperative when it states “and teach” or “and
[When the text is kept intact and in context the great commission
becomes and imperative command.
This is why most translation state, “Go ye therefore, and teach”
in the language of a command.
Why? Because the
great commission is a command.]
[The great commission is a command because the command best expresses
the purpose of God to win the lost with the gospel.
The great commission is a command because it drives us to prepare
to fulfill the purpose of God through our lives.
The great commission is a command because we must diligently pray
that we would be given boldness to testify and opportunities to proclaim
the gospel message.]
Christian friends, would you call yourself a spiritual Christian?
Would you strive to walk close to your Heavenly Father?
Would you be conformed to image of our Lord Jesus Christ and
master this Christian life?
Then know that the purpose of God will become your all consuming
purpose, and that purpose will be to win the lost around you.
This is why God has left you in this corrupt world after your
redemption. You are the
last and only hope for many around you that they might hear the gospel
and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.]
[Will you Purpose to Win the Lost?]
[Will you Prepare to Win the Lost?]
[Will you Pray to Win the Lost?]
[Will you Present to Win the Lost?]
October 4, 2009