I’ll never forget being on staff at a church and planning out a Sunday with the pastor and a few of the leadership. The pastor was going to preach a gospel message that Sunday and give a time of response. He was asking some of the leadership in the church to be available after the message if someone needed to talk. That’s when it happened a moment that forever impacted my pastoral ministry and the way that I view the church.
A man spoke up, a very well known, well established member of the church. This man was 4th generation in this church and his family had apart in founding the church. He spoke up and said that he wasn’t comfortable being there in that moment. When the pastor asked, “Why?” I’ll never forget his response, “Because I don’t know what to say…”
Wow… a leader in the church, a member of the church and 4th generation Christian didn’t know how to talk to some one about the gospel? Didn’t know how to tell some one about repentance? How can this be?
Through my years in ministry this situation is all to common. It’s shocking to look at the New Testament and the words of Jesus and see that there is almost an assumption, almost a basic belief that Christians will know this good news and explain it to others. There is one passage for me, that the Spirit has impressed upon my heart.
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20
Did you see that? God is making his appeal through us? Paul tells us a number of things in this one verse:
- We have a position- ambassadors.
- We have a purpose – God is using us.
- We have a passion – reconciliation.
I believe that many christians are ill equipped to explain what their purpose is and to explain, as Paul called it this “reconciliation” that God is doing in the world.
So join us this Sunday as we start a new sermon series entitled, “Break It Down” as we break down the gospel and its implications on the world and equip you to be ambassadors.