Ref: Message Preached by Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
Believers have the mandate to preach the gospel to every creature and bring them to Christ. As they repent and believe in their Lord Jesus Christ, their lives are transformed. After conversion, we need to nurture, develop, enlighten and help them grow in the Lord through reading the word and fellowshipping with the brethren to become profitable in the kingdom of God and prepared for his coming.
Productive evangelism, follow-up and discipleship demand,
One, right passion and concern about those who are need of the gospel;
Two, renewed priority against losing our perspective;
Three, relentless pursuit for the fulfillment of the great commission;
Four, refreshed personnel (in their soul, mind and spirit);
Five, reliable partnership like and Barnabas, Peter and John;
Six, righteous precaution so that the people will receive the message convincingly;
Seven, rising perseverance in spite of the challenges of the day. As we do the work of the Lord daily, willingly, joyfully, cheerfully, persuasively, prayerfully, lovingly, in season and out season, He will reward our faithfulness.
POINT 1: THE TEACHING AMD PREACHING OF THE WORD – Acts 15:35; 5:42; 28:30,31
Evangelism demands teaching and preaching of the word “Paul also Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also”. Although they were ministers in the church, “they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ” with boldness. Likewise, present-day believers should teach and preach the word with confidence wherever they may find the opportunity. There are three things to consider.
(i). Purposeful Teaching.
Matthew 28: 28-20; Titus 2:11, 12; Colossians 1:28
The purpose of teaching the word of God is to bring sinners to Christ. It is to make them understand that there is no other name given under heaven by which we can be saved, except the name of Jesus. Our teaching should make them understand their sinfulness and the need to embrace the Savior. Purposeful teaching gets sinners into purposeful action; they repent of their sin. As they are converted, they will have the joy of salvation and receive the grace to deny “ungodliness and worldly lusts, live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”. Since converts are limited in knowledge and understanding of the Christian life, we should teach them purposefully to help them become “perfect in Jesus Christ”.
(ii). Persuasive Preaching.
Acts 19:8, 10,20,26; 28:23,24; 2 Corinthians 5:11
Persuasive and convincing preaching makes people to accept the gospel without any doubt in their minds. Paul the apostle and the New Testament believers preached persuasively such that the word of God grew mightily and prevailed. Rather than engage in unprofitable discussions, we should “persuade men” everywhere with our preaching, so that they can escape God`s impending wrath.
(ii) Personal participation. Acts 8:4; Psalm 51:12, 13; 8:38-40
Preaching and teaching the word is not only for the apostles, evangelists and ministers; it is for every member of the church who is born again. The man with legion of demons who was delivered and saved “went… and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him”. As recipients of God’s grace, the lord wants us to take the gospel to transgressors wherever they are.
POINT 2: THE TASK OF AND PERSUIT OF THE WISE
The wise and faithful believer must not fail in his responsibility to reach the loss the saving gospel. Paul the apostle and others were wise. Thus, they were committed to the task of preaching the gospel and following up on converts. They did not delay to” again and visit (their) brethren in every city where (they) have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do”
You must not delay the salvation, peace, protection, provision of Calvary, subsidence, supply and sufficiency of God’s grace that sinners deserve. There are three things to consider her.
i. Cooperation and for rewardable follow up
Acts 15:36; Mark 1:36-39; Zachariah 8:21-23
We must corporate and pull resources together to help convert and follow up on them.”And someday after Paul said unto Barnabas, let us go again and visits our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do”
Paul and Barnabas saw the need to go again and visit their brethren in every city. Convert in the church and outside the church are important. Therefore, we must visit them to ensure they are getting on the new experience and the Word of God that they have learnt. God wants us to touch the lives of people around us, those far away who have not heard the Gospel and the people who have heard it but need to be stabilizing in His Word and Grace.
ii. Contention with regrettable falling apart.
Act 15:37-39; proverbs 17:14; 13:10; 1 Corinthians 1:10, 11.
Contention makes people, project, progress, programs, relationship and friendships to fall apart. Barnabas was a gracious, good, godly, gifted, God fearing and God honoring man. God himself by the declaration of the Holy Ghost brought him and Paul together from missionary work. But pride brought contention between them because Barnabas insisted on taking John- Mark along, and put them asunder. No matter how good and gracious we are, we need to conscious ”leave off contention” so that it does not separate us from the people we are to partner with in God’s service. Contention is dangerous and deadly wherever it is found. Barnabas became a victim of Conflict, Obstinacy, Repudiation, Obsession Negligence, Apathy, Vainglory Indifference, Reversion, Unfaithfulness and Self-isolation. He unfortunately left the Antioch church and his evangelistic assignment because of contention.
iii. Concentration for remarkable fruitfulness.
John 17:21; Ephesians 4:2; Acts 13:2; Mark 10:9;
Believers need to concentrate for a remarkable fruitfulness. Sanctification and unity bring usefulness. The will of God for Barnabas and Paul, James and John; Peter and John is that “they all mat be one”. The same applies to evangelists, soul winners, and husbands and wives. We must endeavor” to keep the unity of the spirit in the round of peace.” For the sake of the people that need to hear the Gospel through our combined effort. The Lord has called us to work off eternal value- saving of souls, development and discipleship of the brethren. Therefore, we must not allow anyone or anything (opinion, argument or contention) to “Put” us asunder.
POINT 3: TEAMIMG UP TOGETHER FOR THE PROGRESS OF WORK.
Acts 15:40,41; 16:4,5; 1 Corinthians 15:10, 58; 16:13-15; 2 Corinthians 6:1 – 3; Ephesians 4:11, 12; 2 Timothy 2:21; 4:1,2,5; revelation 2:25-29.
To evangelize sinners and make them steadfast in the kingdom of God, we must remain united and consecrated. Paul and Silas remained faithful to the course of the gospel. We need the sufficient, sustaining and stabilizing grace of God that grants us salvation, sanctification and Holy Ghost baptism to fulfill our ministry. We must be so addicted to the word of God such that conflict, concentration or strife will not separate us from the work of soul winning, follow-up and discipleship.
As believers, we need to purge, purify and make ourselves ready to be profitable in the kingdom of God. We must not allow anything to hinder our participation. To receive our final reward, we must continue and remain committed to the Lord’s work till the end. “But that which ye already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And I will give him the morning star”.