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Purpose Driven Plus One: Evangelism

Purpose Driven Plus One: Evangelism Sermon Audio Here

Isa. 6:1-8; Luke 24:44-49

As I was looking through our Church documents, I ran across my original “Terms Of Call” that the search committee sent me when I first started here. It was a refreshing reminder of what we’ve agreed upon as pastor and congregation. “If I’m to carry out these terms of call,” I asked myself, “then HOW do I do this???”

How Does The Gospel Work Among Us?

We See The Need ~ Isaiah 6:1-8

  • Isaiah gets a vision of the Lord, and is struck with just how unworthy he is for ministry. God’s response? God CLEANSES him, and makes him worthy. And Isaiah says “send me!”
  • This is what makes the Gospel GOOD NEWS: none of us is good enough, but God makes us worthy, and calls us into service

We Share The Seed ~ Luke 24:44-49

  • 44 Jesus IS God’s plan
  • 45 we can’t see it unless we’re opened by God (cf. Rom 10:9-15)
  • 46/47 ~Resurrection (Jesus’ New Life Cancels Old Debt) ~Repentance (Stop Holding Onto Old Debt) ~Restoration (Live The New Life God Gives!)
  • 48/49 Just as you’ve received it, share it


  • Worship is a celebration of the Holy Spirit in our church body through prayer, music, communion, praise and thanksgiving. We share in the reading, understanding, and teaching of God’s word. We Minister to one another by using our God-given gifts to strengthen and build the church family as we grow in our commitment as disciples of Christ.
  • We Fellowship as a church family, brothers and sisters in Christ. We walk together in the light of salvation by the love of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
  • By the authority of Jesus Christ, we Share the Gospel in our community and support those who share it with the world. We are committed to Discipleship through lifelong training and learning that empowers all to spread God’s Word.

As God’s gathered people, we realize we’re gathered FOR A REASON: We Share, we Support, we Worship, we Teach, We Reach, all to change the world!

Purpose Driven Plus One: Discipleship

Purpose Driven Plus One: Discipleship Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 28:16-20

I had a chance to visit with my daughter’s pastor at the church she attends in her university town. I found myself explaining what our congregation is like, and tried to describe WHY we do what we do.

Every Church Has A Reason To Exist

To Answer “Why Are We Here?”
From Warden Community Church Covenant: “…recognizing the privilege and duty of uniting ourselves for Christian fellowship, the enjoyment of Christian ordinances, the public worship of God, and the advancement of His kingdom in the world, we do now, in the sight of God and invoking His blessing, solemnly covenant and agree with each other to associate ourselves to be a church…”
Presbyterian Great Ends of the Church: “Proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; Shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; Maintenance of divine worship; Preservation of the truth; Promotion of social righteousness; and Exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.”
Purpose Driven Church: “Worship; Fellowship; Discipleship; Ministry; Evangelism”

To Respond To Christ’s Call ~ Matthew 28:16-18 – what does discipleship MEAN?

  • 16 notice “disciples” these are not casual followers of Christ, they have dedicated everything they are to the disciplines that Jesus has been teaching
  • 17 Post-Resurrection: they worshiped. They understood that Jesus was not just a rabbi, but Emmanuel – God With them (cf. Matt. 16:16 “you are the son of God”)
  • 18 highest possible Authority in heaven and earth = King over a kingdom

To Live Like Jesus Wants ~ Matthew 28:19-20 – HOW do we make disciples?

  • 19 GO & MAKE DISCIPLES… 1) BAPTIZING~ more than repentance and ritual {but that’s still a part}; covenant sign of constant significance => like a tattoo of affiliation or a BRAND
  • 20 2) TEACH to OBEY~ more than information – TRANSformation 3) ASSURANCE~ we aren’t to do this alone

“Disciple” means to pass along the disciplines taught by a teacher. As disciples of Christ, we can know WHY we’re here- to Respond to Christ’s call, and Live like Jesus.

Pastor Ed Backell

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