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What does it mean to be committed to a cause?. Matthew 6:24 (NKJV) 24“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. What does it mean to be committed to a cause?.

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What does it mean to be committed to a cause
What does it mean to be committed to a cause?

  • Matthew 6:24 (NKJV) 24“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.


What does it mean to be committed to a cause1
What does it mean to be committed to a cause?

  • It means that you will purse it.


What does it mean to be committed to a cause2
What does it mean to be committed to a cause?

  • It means that you will purse it.

  • It means that you will build associates based on that commitment.


What does it mean to be committed to a cause3
What does it mean to be committed to a cause?

  • It means that you will purse it.

  • It means that you will build associates based on that commitment.

  • It means that your greatest joy will cone from successes in this cause.


What does it mean to be committed to a cause4
What does it mean to be committed to a cause?

  • Luke 15:4-7 (NKJV) 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.


What does it mean to be committed to a cause5
What does it mean to be committed to a cause?

  • 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.


What does it mean to be committed to a cause6
What does it mean to be committed to a cause?

  • The church is filled with committed people. But what are they committed to?


Without vision there is no commitment
Without vision there is no commitment

  • We cannot see because we are not “seeing” by our faith. (Heb 11:24-27)


Without vision there is no commitment1
Without vision there is no commitment

  • We cannot see because we are not “seeing” by our faith. (Heb 11:24-27)

  • If we judge by our sight then the world around us is doing just fine.


Without vision there is no commitment2
Without vision there is no commitment

  • We cannot see because we are not “seeing” by our faith. (Heb 11:24-27)

  • If we judge by our sight then the world around us is doing just fine.

  • I challenge you to open your eyes and see what Jesus sees. (Jn 4:34-35)


Without vision there is no commitment3
Without vision there is no commitment

  • John 4:34-35 (NKJV)34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!


We need to change how we see this world
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We will respond when we clearly see the need.


We need to change how we see this world1
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We will respond when we clearly see the need.

    • What if We lived in Samaria at the time of the Syrian siege? (2 Kgs 6:24-25)


We need to change how we see this world2
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We will respond when we clearly see the need.

    • What if We lived in Samaria at the time of the Syrian siege? (2 Kgs 6:24-25)

    • In despair four leprous men find an empty camp! (2 Kgs 7:4-5)


We need to change how we see this world3
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We will respond when we clearly see the need.

    • What if We lived in Samaria at the time of the Syrian siege? (2 Kgs 6:24-25)

    • In despair four leprous men find an empty camp! (2 Kgs 7:4-5)

    • Can you imagine a camp filled with provisions for over 200,000 men? (2 Kgs 7:8)


We need to change how we see this world4
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We will respond when we clearly see the need.

    • What if We lived in Samaria at the time of the Syrian siege? (2 Kgs 6:24-25)

    • In despair four leprous men find an empty camp! (2 Kgs 7:4-5)

    • Can you imagine a camp filled with provisions for over 200,000 men? (2 Kgs 7:8)

    • Even the lepers knew what any decent person would do. (2 Kgs 7:9)


We need to change how we see this world5
We need to change how we see this world.

  • 2 Kings 7:9 (NKJV)9 Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.”


We need to change how we see this world6
We need to change how we see this world.

  • Do we have this same decency?


We need to change how we see this world7
We need to change how we see this world.

  • Do we have this same decency?

  • We do not have to guess, we face a greater famine and we have the provisions.


We need to change how we see this world8
We need to change how we see this world.

  • Do we have this same decency?

  • We do not have to guess, we face a greater famine and we have the provisions.

  • What is the greatest need of all men today? (Rom 1:16-18)


We need to change how we see this world9
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We must believe that there is a hell.


We need to change how we see this world10
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We must believe that there is a hell.

    • When was the last time you seriously considered the Bible teaching on Hell? (Rom 1:16-18; Mark 9:42-48; 2 Cor 5:10-11)


We need to change how we see this world11
We need to change how we see this world.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:10-11 (NKJV)10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.


We need to change how we see this world12
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We must believe that there is a hell.

    • When was the last time you seriously considered the Bible teaching on Hell? (Rom 1:16-18; Mark 9:42-48; 2 Cor 5:10-11)

    • If we really believe this, what will be in our hearts when we see those whom we love? (James 2:14-17)


We need to change how we see this world13
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We must believe that there is a hell.

    • When was the last time you seriously considered the Bible teaching on Hell? (Rom 1:16-18; Mark 9:42-48; 2 Cor 5:10-11)

    • If we really believe this, what will be in our hearts when we see those whom we love? (James 2:14-17)

    • We need a sense of urgency! Listen to the concerns of our Lord. (Jn 4:34-38)


We need to change how we see this world14
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We need to see clearly where our opportunities are.


We need to change how we see this world15
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We need to see clearly where our opportunities are.

    • `In the last 50 years the growth of the church in this country has slowed. Why is this so?


We need to change how we see this world16
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We need to see clearly where our opportunities are.

    • `In the last 50 years the growth of the church in this country has slowed. Why is this so?

    • We are failing to teach, train and lead individuals in personal evangelism.


We need to change how we see this world17
We need to change how we see this world.

  • We need to see clearly where our opportunities are.

    • `In the last 50 years the growth of the church in this country has slowed. Why is this so?

    • We are failing to teach, train and lead individuals in personal evangelism.

    • How many are we converting from the community?


Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings
Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings

  • Jesus expected houses to be opened in His personal ministry. (Mt 10:11‑15)


Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings1
Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings

  • Jesus expected houses to be opened in His personal ministry. (Mt 10:11‑15)

  • Jesus taught many in personal settings. (Lk 10:38-42)


Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings2
Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings

  • Growth of the church came from personal teaching


Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings3
Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings

  • Growth of the church came from personal teaching

    • Those on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41‑42,47)


Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings4
Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings

  • Growth of the church came from personal teaching

    • Those on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41‑42,47)

    • Later growth at Jerusalem (Acts 5:42, 8:3‑4)


Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings5
Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings

  • Growth of the church came from personal teaching

    • Those on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41‑42,47)

    • Later growth at Jerusalem (Acts 5:42, 8:3‑4)

    • The conversion of Cornelius. (Acts 10:24,48)


Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings6
Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings

  • Acts 10:24 (NKJV)24 And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.


Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings7
Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings

  • Acts 10:24 (NKJV)24 And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.

  • Acts 10:48 (NKJV)48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.


Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings8
Most teaching is done by individuals in home settings

  • Growth of the church came from personal teaching

    • Those on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41‑42,47)

    • Later growth at Jerusalem (Acts 5:42, 8:3‑4)

    • The conversion of Cornelius. (Acts 10:24,48)

    • The church and the imprisonment of Peter. (Acts 12:5,12)


We must commit to build a strong faith
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • The issue is not just how much knowledge and experience I possess.


We must commit to build a strong faith1
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • The issue is not just how much knowledge and experience I possess.

    • Where does successful teaching come? It comes from a heart of faith.


We must commit to build a strong faith2
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • The issue is not just how much knowledge and experience I possess.

    • Where does successful teaching come? It comes from a heart of faith.

    • Many have great knowledge, but that does not assure one that he will have a strong faith! (1 Cor 8:1-2)


We must commit to build a strong faith3
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • Consider two examples during the ministry of Christ.


We must commit to build a strong faith4
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • Consider two examples during the ministry of Christ.

    • Would you have sent a previously maddened, demon possessed man back to the people to teach having almost no knowledge? (Mk 5:17-20; Lk 8:40)


We must commit to build a strong faith5
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • Mark 5:17-20 (NKJV) Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region. 18 And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. 19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”


We must commit to build a strong faith6
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • Mark 5:17-20 (NKJV) 20 And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.


We must commit to build a strong faith7
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • Mark 5:17-20 (NKJV) 20 And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.

  • Luke 8:40 (NKJV) 40 So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him.


We must commit to build a strong faith8
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • Consider two examples during the ministry of Christ.

    • Would you have sent a previously maddened, demon possessed man back to the people to teach having almost no knowledge? (Mk 5:17-20; Lk 8:40)

    • What made this man successful? How many of you have greater knowledge than this man?


We must commit to build a strong faith9
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • Consider two examples during the ministry of Christ.

    • (John 4:25-30) – Again, would you use this woman in evangelism?


We must commit to build a strong faith10
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • Consider two examples during the ministry of Christ.

    • (John 4:25-30) – Again, would you use this woman in evangelism?

    • There is not a Christian among us who cannot be as effective as these if we would have the same measure of faith!


We must commit to build a strong faith11
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • The resurrection of Christ was the foundation of evangelism for the 1st century church.


We must commit to build a strong faith12
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • The resurrection of Christ was the foundation of evangelism for the 1st century church.

    • They heard the evidence and were changed! (Acts 2:32; 3:14-15; 13:27-31)


We must commit to build a strong faith13
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • The resurrection of Christ was the foundation of evangelism for the 1st century church.

    • They heard the evidence and were changed! (Acts 2:32; 3:14-15; 13:27-31)

    • Genuine faith is never a blind faith. (Heb 11:1)


We must commit to build a strong faith14
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • The resurrection of Christ was the foundation of evangelism for the 1st century church.

    • They heard the evidence and were changed! (Acts 2:32; 3:14-15; 13:27-31)

    • Genuine faith is never a blind faith. (Heb 11:1)

    • The resurrection assures us of the judgment. (Acts 17:30-31; 2 Cor 4:13-14)


We must commit to build a strong faith15
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • The resurrection of Christ was the foundation of evangelism for the 1st century church.


We must commit to build a strong faith16
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • The resurrection of Christ was the foundation of evangelism for the 1st century church.

    • We too are “raised” because of our faith in the resurrection. (Col 2:12-13)


We must commit to build a strong faith17
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • The resurrection of Christ was the foundation of evangelism for the 1st century church.

    • We too are “raised” because of our faith in the resurrection. (Col 2:12-13)

    • Could you teach someone who is not sure the Bible is from God the evidence that Jesus is the son of God? (1 Pt 3:15)


We must commit to build a strong faith18
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;


We must commit to build a strong faith19
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • We must have a clear understanding of the grace of God.


We must commit to build a strong faith20
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • We must have a clear understanding of the grace of God.

    • What ultimately are we teaching? We want others to trust in God.


We must commit to build a strong faith21
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • We must have a clear understanding of the grace of God.

    • What ultimately are we teaching? We want others to trust in God.

    • It is the love of God that brings men to God. (Psa 36:7; 1 Pt 2:1-3; 1 Jn 4:19)


We must commit to build a strong faith22
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • We must have a clear understanding of the grace of God.

    • What ultimately are we teaching? We want others to trust in God.

    • It is the love of God that brings men to God. (Psa 36:7; 1 Pt 2:1-3; 1 Jn 4:19)

    • More specifically we must center on the cross of Christ. (Gal 6:14; Phil 3:7-9)


We must commit to build a strong faith23
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • We must have a clear understanding of the grace of God.


We must commit to build a strong faith24
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • We must have a clear understanding of the grace of God.

    • Again, we must have a clear view of where we stand before God or we will present a false view of the Christian life! (Psa 51:7-11; 1 John 4:17-19)


We must commit to build a strong faith25
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • Psalm 51:8 through Psalm 51:13 (NKJV)

  • 8 Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.


We must commit to build a strong faith26
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • Psalm 51:8 through Psalm 51:13 (NKJV)

  • 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.


We must commit to build a strong faith27
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • Will there be those committed to evangelism at Charlottesville?


We must commit to build a strong faith28
We must commit to build a strong faith.

  • “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can still do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not fail to do something that I can do.”


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