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“If every non-believer you pray for by name on a regular basis came to faith in Jesus right now, how many people would be added to the kingdom?” I did not come up with the question, and don’t even remember where I first heard it. But, I do remember how painfully low of a number my answer was. Like many Christians, I struggle with evangelism. There are a million excuses that I come up with to not share my faith, but it all boils down to “I am sinful and often do not want to.” There is a strong tendency to feel an immense amount of guilt when evangelism is brought up. Similar to prayer, it is at the top of most Christians’ list of “needs improvement.” Instead of focusing on the negative reasons we do not evangelize well, consider the significance and first steps of evangelism.

The Apostle Paul considered evangelism to be one of his primary tasks. “8To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him” (Ephesians 3:8-12). There is too much packed in these verses to look at thoroughly right now, but notice a few highlights:

  1. Even Paul needed God to give him the grace necessary to preach the Gospel (v. 8).
  2. Paul preached the Gospel so that the church would continue to preach the gospel (v. 10).
  3. We too can proclaim the gospel because we have boldness and access to God through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord (vv. 11-12).

As we approach to this week’s text, Colossians 4:2-6, we get Paul’s call to evangelism. His first step sounds simple, “Continue steadfastly in prayer.” One of the joys of being Uptown’s Worship Intern is getting to pray with the worship team and pastors before the 9am service. Every week there is a dedicated time to pray for the lost who might be in our midst hearing the Gospel preached. Before you come in to worship, pray for the lost. Pray for them by name. Pray for those who are sitting in the same pews as you and may not yet know Jesus as their Lord. Pray for opportunities and boldness this week to share the unsearchable riches of Christ with those who do not yet know it.

THE WORD

Scripture: Colossians 4:2-6
Sermon: Pray, Walk, Speak for the Lost

SONGS

O Church Arise  (Keith Getty)
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You Said (Shane Barnard)
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Hark the Voice of Jesus Calling (tune: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus)
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Song of Preparation: Rescue the Perishing  (Amanda Noel)
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Song of Response: Let Your Kingdom Come (Bob Kauflin)
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