North Anderson Baptist Church
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
I have known many men who have said, “When I was a teenager I heard the call to become a preacher.” Or men and women who have said, “I was in mission class as a child and I heard the Lord telling me I want you to be a missionary; give your life for the Lord and go to the mission field.” I have also heard this, “I heard the call upon my life but I decided that I didn’t want to do what God said and therefore I have been running from God for a long time.”
Maybe some of you are in that boat where God spoke to your heart and you heard His voice and responded to the call of God upon your life. Others of you here may be in the other boat that is swiftly rowing away from the plan of God in your life and you don’t know what to do to get right and turn around and respond correctly to the call of God on your life. While others of you here today know for certain that God has NOT called you to preach or be a missionary or to be a full-time Christian worker in His Kingdom, but you know without a doubt God has called you elsewhere. Some of you are called to be teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, law enforcement officers, truck drivers, secretaries, working in insurance or investments, housewives, workers in industry of every kind, owners of your own businesses, professors, professionals of different kinds, serve in businesses in various ways and working for the Lord but not full-time. Some of you used to do these things but are now retired or retreaded for something else that God has planned for you.
So many of us have a mission in this world that may not be a part of the “church” but you are the church and everything that you do is a part of the mission of the Kingdom of God and we are to do all we do for the glory and honor of the Lord God Almighty.
(1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”)
But take notice of this, what Paul is saying in the 10th chapter of the Roman letter is that all of us need to tell those around us about this Gospel that can change lives and provide eternal life, all for the glory of God.

This is surely one of the great passages for the calling out of those who are full-time ministers of the Gospel message. Some preachers reference this passage in their testimonies and others just have a special call from the Lord, like John Dill, our Director of Missions here in Saluda Association. John Dill’s call to ministry came after being saved as a young boy of 10. John said that he lived a life of goodness and was a part of the church, never living a wild life, but somewhere between 16-19 years of age, God began putting into John’s heart the call to the ministry. From there John followed that call and went into the preaching ministry which including becoming a missionary to the Philippines. God has used John and Nancy to share the Gospel with multitudes of people who were lost. He continues to answer that call daily as he lives his faith and responds to what Jesus did for him. Just think, John has really beautiful feet!!!
1. The Gospel - Romans 10:11-13

When you put this verse in context of the whole chapter, (using at times the word “disappointed” instead of shame) we can tell Paul is not talking about disappointments that come in our lives but he is saying the believer “shall neither be disappointed of his hope, nor ashamed of his confidence; because he has that faith which is the evidence of things not seen, the subsistence of things hoped for, Hebrews 11:1.” (Adam Clarke's Commentary.) Everyone has disappointments. But there never will be a time that God’s grace and the person of the Lord Jesus will let you down or disappoint you during your life as a believer and within the will of the Lord for your life.
In this chapter Paul has just talked about salvation and how one comes to profess faith in Christ and becomes a child of God. Now, he declares that both the Gentile and the Jew can receive this “Jesus as Lord” because God is Lord over all, and there is no difference between the two regarding God’s sovereignty and His love or His ability to save either group of people. Besides, God is the Lord who wants to bless everyone no matter who they are because they have called on Him for their salvation and we have a true assurance that if they call on God, He will save them.
So, what is this Gospel? What are people to believe if they are to be saved? Paul says that this Gospel is that Jesus died on the cross and was buried but rose again on the third day!. He calls on people to believe that “Jesus is Lord” and to proclaim Him as Lord with their mouth by making a verbal profession of that belief. Then they should believe in their heart that God has raised Him from the dead. That is the Gospel!
2. How Can They Hear - Romans 10:14-15

Talking about people coming to the Lord, Paul says how can they call on someone whom they have not believed? If you don’t know who a person is, how can you believe in them, much less, call on them? Then Paul says, how can you believe in someone of whom you have never heard? Well the answer is, you can’t! So, Paul follows up on that question by saying, that someone needs to be preaching to them so they can hear the message of Christ. How can they hear? You and I have to tell them! He uses this phrase, “preaching to them.” In essence, it can be preaching formally by a preacher or missionary or full-time servant of God, but it could mean that you as a Christian could declare the Gospel or tell them or proclaim to someone the truth about Jesus Christ so they can hear! The whole thought here is that someone needs to tell those who have not heard and do not know who Jesus is and what He has done for them.
How will those around you know about Jesus unless you tell them? Your family and neighbors and people you work with or spend other time with, are those to whom you need to declare the Gospel. If you don’t, who will? I think that is what Paul is saying here.
What will you do to plan to talk to your family and others about Jesus Christ and the truth of the Lord? Who is the person that you know for certain needs to hear the Gospel from you, tenderly and lovingly? Make a plan this week to see them.
I recently read about a man of 78 living entirely alone. He said that he was converted through the efforts of a very busy mother. One day he said, “I was sitting in a park when she, an utter stranger to me, felt compelled to speak to me about my soul’s welfare. She found me to be hungry for spiritual food. Afterward, I said to a friend, ‘I had known for a long time that Christianity was the right thing, only I needed someone to stir me up.’”
Is it possible that we are all so full of our own lives and what we are doing “for the Lord,” that we are forgetting the Lazarus at our gates? A man’s life ought to consist in leading others to Christ.”
Who will send you to share the Gospel? In reality Jesus sends you, but then the local church sends you and I, too. Those who go formally from a church to the field of ministry, like a missionary for the Southern Baptist Convention, are most likely sent from the denomination. Others who go into the pastorate or other types of “church positions,” are sent out from churches. When we ask you to go into the community and to your friends, you are being asked to go from the body of Christ, the church, to share the Gospel with the lost.
What authority do we have to send anyone out to tell about the Gospel? In reality each of us has been given the authority to go and share by the Lord Jesus Himself in Matthew 28:18-20,
There are many more places in Scripture telling us, in various ways, to go and tell this Good News to all people everywhere. For the authority of the church to send people out, let’s look at the passage of Acts 13:2-3,
The local church at Antioch sent Saul and Barnabas off to be missionaries, in the name of Christ and the church. North Anderson Baptist Church has sent many young men and women off to minister in the name of the Lord Jesus, from here to the world where they would be living and ministering in the name of Jesus. Some have become missionaries and some pastors and others, staff members in a church, but all to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were all sent to those who were lost so that they might “hear” the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be saved.
Today would be a great time to hear God call on you to be a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today would be a great day to declare that you know God is calling you into missions. Or like Lynda and I, maybe today God is calling you into the ministry but you are not sure what He wants you to do or be, but you know without a doubt that He is calling you and you are willing to let Him tell you later but you are ready now to declare that truth.
3. Faith Comes By Hearing - Romans10:16-18

The church’s mission is to reach the lost for Christ. Our hearts desire is that there will be people who will share their faith with others, you and me, and others who we send far off, so that those who are lost might be able to hear the message of God’s love and have faith in Him and believe.
There are always going to be people out there who will hear but not believe, not accept the Good News, as Paul says in these verses. Even the prophet Isaiah says, “Who will believe our message?” Not everyone will believe, I hate to say. But to have faith, you have to hear the Word of God. It could be the Holy Spirit sharing with someone through the written Word, like a Gideon Bible, being placed into the hand of a child or an adult and then they come to faith in Christ from “reading” it, which is hearing the Holy Spirit speak the Gospel to them who are lost. People have to hear with their heart and believe with their heart.
The distinguishing theologian, John Piper, was a professor for years at Bethel University and Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota before being called into the pastorate. John Piper’s call was to the preaching of the Gospel for the local church, from teaching about God in a university. Piper said:
“In effect the Lord was saying to him:
I will not simply be analyzed; I will be adored.
I will not simply be pondered; I will be proclaimed.
My sovereignty is not simply to be scrutinized; it is to be heralded.
It is not grist for the mill of controversy; it is gospel for sinners who know that their only hope is the sovereign triumph of God's grace over their rebellious will.
Piper said, “The calling to preach and pastor had become irresistible.”
In conclusion, Jesus came to redeem mankind for God the Father. He was going to sacrifice His life for everyone on the earth so they might be forgiven of sin and find salvation, starting when they believed until they reach heaven and there they would live forevermore. The Gospel is the story of Jesus. Let each of us who has been saved be willing to tell that story to someone else who is not saved so they might find that Good News for their own life and rest secure in eternity with God. God has sent you and me, now we must go. How will you go and tell? To whom will you go and tell?

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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