20151112 Elderly Sovereignty and Evangelism

 

《罗10:1-21

 

Today’s SSG, focus more on sovereignty of God together with the Evangelism. There must be good connection to both (i.e. Sovereignty and Evangelism).

 

Intro: It is very lightly that we cannot see sovereignty of God to our benefits when things doesn’t go well, be it trials, or family mbrs and kin doesn’t convert, etc. Rev Stephen Tong says, in fact knowing predestination is good for evangelism as it tells us that there will be some that are chosen to be saved.

 

In simple logic, I would say predestination tells us that we will not struggle in vain, as by hook or by crook, we know there will be some possibility that some are chosen and evangelism will not be in vain, and also be accompanied by supernatural intervention. In fact, if God never predestined, our efforts will be in vain, as we cannot rely on human strength at all to do this supernatural work of conversion of souls. And if God never predestined, the merits of a convert soul will simply goes to how good and convincing the evangelist is, then this will weaken all these “grace” teachings of the bible. So being sure of the sovereignty of God is very essential with knowing the gospel / evangelism itself.

 

1. First, sovereignty of God tells us that it is God who initiates, not men. 

 

As <Rn 10:14-15> said: It is God who sent the evangelist. No evangelist can make a decision to evangelise without being sent (convicted) by God. Jews do things out of ignorant fervour, but true Christians cannot. Coz there is nothing for us to earn. It is all by that relationship with God, and being convicted by the gospel that gets us to be sent forth. Jews however do things by fervour, and wish to earn the righteousness and merits from obeying the law. But for us Christians, the great commission is given us after Jesus died and resurrected. It is that new life given us that prompt us to “go”, it isn’t obligation or human fervour, but it is that life that gives unceasing fervour. It is never to earn merits, but because of God’s love that is ever increasing in us that prompts us to do so.

 

So reflect thru:

(1) Are we touched and convicted by the gospel as we serve? (Message)

(2) Or are we afraid to feel accused if we dun serve? (Never think deeper about why people won’t respond to gospel / gospel doors)

(3) Are we doing things to feel useful, gain recognition? (outcome-centered, mechanical passion)

(4) Or are we really prompt in the spirit that we have no choice but to serve? (not only lives of our family, but knowing the utter promise)

 

 

2. But does that mean we are always in tip top condition every time we serve (or evangelise)? 

 

The answer is “No!” We are weak and limited human beings. And that’s why Paul has his reservation also when he mentioned in <1 Cor 9:17>. Over here, he said he preaches the gospel voluntarily, but also involuntarily at times. Why involuntarily? Coz he struggles with his own sets of problem. U see, we humans struggles with limited physical strength, lack of language, fear of being rejected, not preaching as well, or even when some weaknesses plagued us, etc. There are simply so many reservations and obstacles inside and outside an evangelist.

 

So with that it causes this feelings of involuntarism. But that doesn’t mean we must believe that we are unspiritual or merely religious ppl when we serve in church.

 

(1) First, it is to tell us, we have real enemies in evangelism, so we gotta be watchful. 

 

(2) Second it is to tell us that we are still doing it, not because we want, but the Holy Spirit inside us is stronger than my own will, so we thank God for being able to serve or testify even in weakness. 

 

So, dun get the wrong signal when we’re not feeling the zest of evangelism. But learn to calm down to pray, pray with solemnest, pray with brokenness. Tell God our problem.

Let our hearts be real and sincere towards God, even as we confess our sins and acknowledge our inability.

Do not stop doing what is right just because we dun feel like doing it, or feel accused doing it.

 

** When we do right, we must affirm that it is something that i have no choice but to do, coz it is the Holy Spirit that compel us to do.

In fact, HE who loves us would want us to share in His inheritance, not just lament and do nothing and lose our rewards.

 

** So dun expect tip top condition but learn to see that the evangelist foot is beautiful and glorious. 

 

 

3. When we evangelise, there are 2 things to note: 

 

(1) Receive answers to our own problems. We must know that God shows us answer as we serve, if we dun do with a grievous heart. Our God is a god who uplift us when we serve Him. Yet, it is our grievous and frustrated heart that shut our eyes to his voice. 

 

(2) Always help the listener to connect up with God, experience a born again life, or born again love. Do not just tell the perfect will, yet do nothing to connect his heart to the Lord’s love and doings.

 

** We are not to only give conceptual answers to ppl, yet not telling them how to see God at work in their lives. So pray and make our feet beautiful by focusing on building lives with God, not in knowledge or right and wrong only.

 

Personal testimony: For instance even when i talk to sun sch kids, or to press my kids to study, i really make them realize how God loves them, and how God is equipping them for the gospel. It is never a task or merely instructional. There is always the Father’s heart behind

 

Critical qns to ask:

(1) What stops us from evangelism?

(2) The gospel is “good news” in direct meaning. What do u think constitutes good news in a pure gospel?

(3) How do you think we have fail to bring “good news" to people many a times?

(4) Do we always see God’s conviction as we serve or evangelise?

(5) Why and why not?

 

Last time reminder. Keep it to 40 mins at most. Concise. Get ppl into critical thinking and facilitate. More interaction is needed in the group. 

 

 

Today’s SSG, focus more on sovereignty of God together with the Evangelism. There must be good connection to both (i.e. Sovereignty and Evangelism).

 

Intro: It is very lightly that we cannot see sovereignty of God to our benefits when things doesn’t go well, be it trials, or family mbrs and kin doesn’t convert, etc. Rev Stephen Tong says, in fact knowing predestination is good for evangelism as it tells us that there will be some that are chosen to be saved. In simple logic, I would say predestination tells us that we will not struggle in vain, as by hook or by crook, we know there will be some possibility that some are chosen and evangelism will not be in vain, and also be accompanied by supernatural intervention. In fact, if God never predestined, our efforts will be in vain, as we cannot rely on human strength at all to do this supernatural work of conversion of souls. And if God never predestined, the merits of a convert soul will simply goes to how good and convincing the evangelist is, then this will weaken all these “grace” teachings of the bible. So being sure of the sovereignty of God is very essential with knowing the gospel itself.

 

1. First, sovereignty of God tells us that it is God who initiates, not men. 

As <Rn 10:14-15> said: It is God who sent the evangelist. No evangelist can make a decision to evangelise without being sent (convicted) by God. Jews do things out of ignorant fervour, but true Christians cannot. Coz there is nothing for us to earn. It is all by that relationship with God, and being convicted by the gospel that gets us to be sent forth. Jews however do things by fervour, and wish to earn the righteousness and merits from obeying the law. But for us Christians, the great commission is given us after Jesus died and resurrected. It is that new life given us that prompt us to “go”, it isn’t obligation or human fervour, but it is that life that gives unceasing fervour. It is never to earn merits, but because of God’s love that is ever increasing in us that prompts us to do so. 

So reflect thru: Are we touched and convicted by the gospel as we served? Or are we afraid to feel accused if we dun serve. Are we doing things to feel useful, gain recognition? or are we really prompt in the spirit that we have no choice but to serve. 

 

2. But does that mean we are always in tip top condition every time we serve (or evangelise)? 

The answer is “No!” We are weak and limited human beings. And that’s why Paul has his reservation also when he mentioned in <1 Cor 9:17>. Over here, he said he preaches the gospel voluntarily, but also involuntarily at times. Why involuntarily? Coz he struggles with his own sets of problem. U see, we humans struggles with limited physical strength, lack of language, fear of being rejected, not preaching as well, or even when some weaknesses plagued us, etc. There are simply so many reservations and obstacles inside and outside an evangelist. So with that it causes this feelings of involuntarism. But that doesn’t mean we must believe that we are unspiritual or merely religious ppl when we serve in church. 

(1) First, it is to tell us, we have real enemies in evangelism, so we gotta be watchful. 

(2) Second it is to tell us that we are still doing it, not because we want, but the holy spirit inside us is stronger than my own will, so we thank God for being able to serve or testify even in weakness. 

So, dun get the wrong signal when we’re not feeling the zest of evangelism. But learn to calm down to pray, pray with solemnest, pray with brokenness. Tell God our problem. Let our hearts be real and sincere towards God, even as we confess our sins and acknowledge our inability. Do not stop doing what is right just because we dun feel like doing it, or feel accused doing it. When we do right, we must affirm that it is something that i have no choice but to do, coz it is the Holy Spirit that compel us to do. In fact, HE who loves us would want us to share in His inheritance, not just lament and do nothing and lose our rewards. So dun expect tip top condition but learn to see that the evangelist foot is beautiful and glorious. 

 

3. When we evangelise, there are 2 things to note: 

(1) Receive answers to our own problems. We must know that God shows us answer as we serve, if we dun do with a grievous heart. Our God is a god who uplift us when we serve Him. Yet, it is our grievous and frustrated heart that shut our eyes to his voice. 

(2) Always help the listener to connect up with God, experience a born again life, or born again love. Do not just tell the perfect will, yet do nothing to connect his heart to the Lord’s love and doings. We are not to only give conceptual answers to ppl, yet not telling them how to see God at work in their lives. So pray and make our feet beautiful by focusing on building lives with God, not in knowledge or right and wrong only. Personal testimony: For instance even when i talk to sun sch kids, or to press my kids to study, i really make them realize how God loves them, and how God is equipping them for the gospel. It is never a task or merely instructional. There is always the Father’s heart behind. 

 

Critical qns to ask: What stops us from evangelism? The gospel is “good news” in direct meaning. What do u think constitutes good news in a pure gospel? How do you think we have fail to bring “good news" to people many a times? Do we always see God’s conviction as we serve or evangelise? Why and why not?

 

Last time reminder. Keep it to 40 mins at most. Concise. Get ppl into critical thinking and facilitate. More interaction is needed in the group.