What an awesome day the Lord gave us yesterday as we gathered to worship our great God! There are many things to mention, but three things stand out in context. Our 2015 theme at Boones Creek Bible Church is “Love Works.” The whole goal is doing more than talking about reaching people for Christ. We are being intentional about investing our lives in tangible ways to reach a lost world for Jesus Christ through every ministry, home, and person connected with BCBC. Through a conference I attended last summer in California and the subsequent study by all of our adult Sunday School classes of the book Out of Commission, the Lord has so challenged us to “hit the streets.” Like a song I heard years ago that asks some penetrating questions,
“How can we reach a world we never touch?
How can we show them Christ if we never show them love?
Just to say we care will never be enough . . .
How can we reach a world we never touch?”
So, our goal yesterday was to begin laying the groundwork for where we are headed this year. I preached from Philippians 2:1 and 1 John 3:16-18 used a quote from the book in both sermons found on page 215, “We are surrounded by needs. We live in neighborhoods and communities desperate to see the love of God. And what is our response?” Then I asked the congregation to personally answer the question, “What is my response?”
Here’s the three things that happened yesterday with all of this as a backdrop:
- When I gave the invitation at the end of the morning sermon, several came forward to pray for lost souls, to respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading in their lives, and for anyone who needed to receive Christ. Out steps this lady that I had met for the first time before the service began. As she came forward, two of our ladies were walking with her. Betty had stepped out at the invitation to make a public profession of her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. You see, during the Christmas break, these same two ladies had visited with her, gave her the plan of salvation, and she trusted Christ alone as her Savior and Lord! What was the response of these two ladies?—Go and tell others about Jesus. “How can we reach a world we never touch?”
- For years, I have prayed on and off that the Lord would raise up someone in our church who had a burden to use our church van to bring folks to hear about Christ. The Lord has heard my cry and my heart’s desire. Words cannot express the joy in my heart to see that van leave the parking lot today and see young and old being brought to church. By the way, one of those was Betty, mentioned above. What was the response of this dear man who drove that van?—Go into the streets of our town and compel them to come. “How can we reach a world we never touch?”
- At the conclusion of my message last night from 1 John, I put the quote and question on the power point one more time. The focus was on them thinking through what is their honest response. After small groups met to pray for the lost and for boldness to reach people this week, I said, “When you witness for Christ this week, let me know about it that I may rejoice with you. Send me an email, call me, or shoot me a text; just let me know!” Around 7:45 p.m., I received a text from a church member that said, “Gave a tract to the self-serve cashier at the grocery store” and then a smiley face was added to her text! Wow! What was the response of this dear lady who handed out a gospel tract?—I must obey. “How can we reach a world we never touch?”
I wonder, what will your response be this week, each day, to reach a world desperate to know the love of God? May I offer a few suggestions?
- Take a loaf of bread to your next door neighbor as an act of love and kindness.
- Invite folks to your house for coffee and dessert.
- Take a baby gift to the folks down the street celebrating the birth of their child.
- Walk through the ICU waiting room, introduce yourself, and ask if you can pray with them as a gift of love and compassion.
- Do some project for someone that lives near you or works with you as an act of genuine love.
- Fix a meal and deliver it as a gift of love.
“How can we reach a world we never touch?”