Covenant Baptist Church
The Whole Gospel Pt VIII - Invitation (1 John 1:1-4)
Sermon Guide for March 24, 2019
Locations & Times
  • Covenant Baptist Church
    5440 SW 37th St, Topeka, KS 66614, USA
    Sunday 10:45 AM
What is the difference in being invited to come and told to go?
Our Journey into The Whole Gospel:
The Gospel is life giving news that the kingdom of God has come to us in Jesus Christ, The Son of God. Now, real life with God, overflowing with all that is true, good and beautiful is available in His kingdom here, now and forever, to everyone willing to trust and obey Jesus. One day, Jesus will return to rule and reign forever over an entirely new universe free from any remnant of sin or death.
The Kingdom of God is the realm in which God is ruling and reigning and His will is being done.
Response: We are called by Jesus to repent and believe in response to the gospel. It is how we enter into the kingdom. Mark 1:14
Proclamation: We, who have responded to the gospel, are now called to join the work of God in proclaiming the gospel to others
Position of Presence: We declare the gospel most effectively when we are present with people
Proclamation: When we have become present with someone, aware of how the gospel can intersect the brokenness of their life we can then proclaim the gospel over them.
Invitation: Proclamation of the gospel is to be followed by invitation to receive or embrace the gospel of the kingdom through confidence in Jesus as the way forward in life.
Invitation & with me: To invite someone is to ask them to be with us where we are or where we will be; it is to ask them to participate with us in something.
Inviting others to embrace the gospel is an invitation to believe with me not apart from me, because of me or in spite of me.
When we proclaim the gospel from this place of presence with people we are saying “I believe the kingdom of God is here and through obedience to Jesus, there is incredible hope for you going forward.”
Soul Training Exercise:
This week begin to ask God to help you see opportunities to not only proclaim the gospel but also to invite them to respond by trusting Jesus as their way forward in whatever life situation they are experiencing. Remember, as we do this we are inviting someone to trust Jesus in the way you have come trust Jesus This is where “I believe” statements come in. These kind of statements, when authentic, help us avoid the temptation to tell people what do or what to believe which only prevents us from being present with them. It will be important that, when you speak these words, it is done in humility being careful not to speak from a desire to dominate or manipulate or convince. We are free from the impossible task of convincing others. God has assumed that one for us! “I believe” statements are declarations born out of our own confidence in Jesus. They are not strategies or methods. Their purpose is not to coerce but rather to inspire. When you say “I believe…” you are announcing you confidence in the kingdom of God to break through in their life as it has in yours.
Two examples of possible scenarios we could experience.
Over the course of a couple conversations with your neighbor they have expressed worry and fear about the amount of money they owe for taxes this year. You have listened attentively, asked questions and made statements in response showing your concern and willingness to be present with them in this challenging time. An opportunity may come up in this conversation or in a conversation two months from now. You don’t have to force anything. When you do sense God leading you to say something you can begin with something like this: “Susan, I understand how troubling this kind of thing can be. I have struggled with financial stress too. But I believe God is present in this situation you are facing and that He cares about you and how it’s impacting you. I believe He is at work here making a way forward for you and your family. There is great peace in knowing that. Can you believe that with me? I will do my best to pray about this with you and I am available anytime you need someone to listen and care.”
You have an extended family member that you stay in touch with who, as far as you know, has not come to trust Jesus yet. Over the course of several recent phone calls they share with you how worried they are about their relationship with their son. The son has been acting out and making really poor choices at school and, in turn, the dad has lost his temper a couple times and said things that were hurtful and damaging to their relationship. When you sense God opening up a space for the gospel, you could say something like, “Joe, I believe God loves you and your son. He is working here to restore this relationship and He has a way forward for both of you. Would you be willing to trust Him with me to show you and your son what steps to take next?”
Remember, this all begins with what is real in your life regarding the kingdom of God and your confidence in Jesus personally. We must speak from the basis of what is profoundly true and real. If we will ever be used by God to inspire confidence in Jesus in another, our confidence in Jesus must be true.

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