A Militant Church “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;” Acts 17:6
Acts 17:1-12 • Second Missionary Journey • Paul and Silas in Thessalonica • Several were obedient • Some Jews stirred up trouble • Brought Jason to the rulers • Sent Paul away to Berea “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; 7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.”
“These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;” Acts 17:6 Militant Aggressive in carrying out it’s mission of preaching the gospel to every creature !! 1st Century Church had influence on society • “turned world upside down” • “everywhere spoken against” • Carried gospel to the whole world
What Militancy Does Not Mean Love of Controversy 1 John 4:1 “try the spirits” Does not use Force Jn. 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world” Does not mean crudeness Eph.4:15 “speaking the truth in love”
What Militancy Does Mean Saving Souls Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” Need for Gospel is Great 2 Thes.1:7-9 - “taking vengeance” Rom.1:16 “power of God unto salvation” No salvation apart from the gospel
What Militancy Does Mean Saving Souls Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” Shortness of Time John 9:4 “while it is day” Jas. 4:14 “it is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
What Militancy Does Mean Saving Souls Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” It is our Duty Matt.28:19-20 “Teach all Nations” Mark 16:15-16 “preach the gospel to every creature”
Rom. 10:18 “Their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” Col.1:23 “which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” Acts 19:10 “And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.”
We must take the gospel 2 Tim. 2:24 “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,” Hebrews 5:12a “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers
How Can We Do It ? Mass Evangelism Local services Internet, TV, Radio, B.C.C. Individual Evangelism One person teaching another Bible, DVD lessons Both
A Militant Church Christians have knowledge of salvation And we are responsible for saving souls.
7. So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. 8. "When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 9. "Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.” Ezekiel 33:7-9
A Militant Church Real evangelism does not occur until those who are evangelized become evangelists.
A Militant Church The Christian never goes to bed at night with his work done nor rises in the morning with nothing to do !
15. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15-16
Sermon by Arthur Pigman Evans Church of Christ 515 Gibbs Road Evans, Ga. 30809 706-855-1249 firstname.lastname@example.org www.evansgachurchofchrist.org Sunday Morning Sept. 22, 2013