Most of you were present at our
Evangelism Emphasis Sunday a few weeks ago with Pastor
Doswald. Alan challenged us to minister to the lost in
three ways: 1) Prayer! 2) Care! 3) Share!
Perhaps this is a good order, a proper sequence to
increase the effectiveness of our outreach to the blind and
perishing. Should we not begin with prayer and caring, so
that God can then present the apt occasion for the sharing
of His good news?
2013 is the “year for
evangelism” in our Church! Given God’s commands in the area
of evangelism to Community Church, every year must be “the
year for outreach” to the dead and dying! God has commanded
us to “go” out [Matt 28:19]. He has given us His
divine authority to do this [Matt 28:18]. We are to
use His faith-producing Word [Rom 10:14-16; James 1:8; 1
Peter 1:22-25]. For this great, sacred and vital
task, we are to lean upon His enabling presence [Matt
We are to follow
the pattern of Christ’s loving ministry to the lost in
Luke 15. Like the shepherd who leaves the 99 in the
fold to seek out and rescue the one sheep that is lost [Lk
15:1-7], like the woman who searches diligently for the
lost coin [Lk 15:8-10], and like the love of the
father who longs for the return of his prodigal son [Lk
15:11-32], we are to follow Christ’s rescue ministry
toward the lost. We are not merely to spend time with the
lost. We are to go out of our way to find them, be with
them, and minister with gospel love to them. Despite the
inconvenience, hardship, and persecution we may encounter,
we are to be intentional in our efforts to rescue the
The lost do not see the gospel’s light
because they are blinded by the veil of Satan [2 Cor 4:4].
They are helpless sinners [Rom 5:6].
The unsaved do not seek after
God [Rom 3:11]. Sinners have no fear of God before
their eyes [Rom 3:18]. They do not see the fear of
God’s wrath in their “windshield”, so to speak, as they
travel through life. In contrast, we are dominated by the
fear of God’s awe [Phil 2:12-13]. He has replaced
the fear of wrath with His love that has been perfected [has
found its suitable result and location] within our hearts
[1 John 4:18].
Thus we are to bring His love to
the loveless as God did by bringing Christ to us through the
ministries of other loving Christians and the drawing power
of this grace and life giving Word. Given their dead
spiritual condition, they are not going to come to us on
We must go to them. This is His
plan, “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them
into the world” [John 17:18].
On May 3rd,
we will partnership with Trinity Baptist Church of Solvang
and the Durocher Family Ministry in an exceptional
outreach ministry within our Church. The Durocher family
will sing, and we will preach the gospel. Please take
invitations from the back foyer table this Sunday.
Prayerfully distribute them to everyone you can.
will present a gospel concert in our Church on Sunday
evening, May 26th. We will preach the
gospel at this service. The next day, we will join Lifted
Up to support their outreach in Solvang Park on Memorial
Day. They will sing God- centered, patriotic songs to our
community who annually gather in large numbers to
commemorate the sacrifices veterans have made for our
Country. Pray while anticipating divine appointments with
the many unsaved at this wonderful service.
In Psalm 5:3, we have a
practical and simple way to respond to the above
exhortations at least in part, and perhaps as a start. The
Psalmist states, “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my
voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and
eagerly watch.” The psalmist here is committed to prayer.
He is resolved to arise when he is fresh in the morning so
that he might pray to God. He has confidence that the Lord
will hear his prayers, and that his specific petitions will
Prayer is the fuel and
combustion for the Great Commission. Urgent, continual, and
passionate intercession provokes God to use us for what He
Himself longs to do through us. We are to beg God to use us
to bring His love and salvation to those without hope and
without God in the world [Eph 2:12]. With Elijah-like
intercession, James 5:16-18, let us utilize prayer
knowing that the effective prayers of the righteous
accomplish much in saving the lost.
The psalmist in Psalm 5:3
not only prays in the morning, but he “orders”
his prayers. “Order” is an intentional word for an
arrangement that that is purposeful. Let us cry out to God
for Him to receive our petitions which are strategically
arranged for the effective power of the gospel to be spread
to the lost in this Valley by our Church family.
After ordering up His prayers in the morning
to God, the psalmist then eagerly
watches. Like an archer who aims
his arrows straight above his head, and then wisely and
alertly watches for the arrow as it heads back down upon
him, so we too must earnestly watch and eagerly pray. Let
us take the time to pray specifically and with great
fervency for people of this Valley to be open to the
gospel. Then let us watch earnestly and alertly for the
answers God will provide.
Matt 9:37-38: “The
harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore
beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His