There are seven billion people in the world, and God doesn’t want anyone to perish. People you and I don’t know who live in Bangladesh, He doesn’t want them to perish; people who are living in the Philippines, He doesn’t want them to perish. From the very beginning of Christianity there was an outward movement to know the Lord now, get saved and now, and everyone becoming a witness for Jesus, because that’s the only way people can know salvation, is that they hear the gospel.

Romans 10:14 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

What is the Gospel? It’s the simple good news that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son Jesus to come and die in our place for the sins we’ve committed although he committed no sins He died for our sins. If you put your trust in Him and confess your sins and put your trust in Him you will be a recipient of salvation. Salvation will not only mean pardon of sin and peace and joy like you’ve never known, but it will mean that when you die, or Christ returns, whichever comes first, you will live and be with him forever.

1 Thessalonians says that when He returns we’re going to be caught up in the air to be with Him and so shall we be with the Lord forever. That will open up something called eternity which is time without end or really no time which is very hard for our minds to kind of grasp because we’re creatures of time and space. The eternal state is going to be different. We learned that this is the heart of God- that the angels rejoice when that one person; your cousin, your aunt, your brother, sister, your neighbor, your coworker, your mother, your father, your son, or your daughter, when one of them turns away from the way they’re living: self-centered sinful and they say Jesus help me save me forgive me I give my life to you, that all the angels in heaven to rejoice.

We also learn that Christianity for the most part over the centuries has turned away from Jesus’s first command that all people go to all people in the world.

Mark 16:15-17 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who has believed [in Me] and has been baptized will be saved [from the penalty of God’s wrath and judgment]; but he who has not believed will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues;18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.”

They’ve turned away from that. We’ve circled the wagons and want to argue about doctrine, spirit manifestations, and we want to just stay at the father’s table enjoy the meetings have great fellowship and enjoy the presence of the Lord. All of that has its place but it’s not the most important thing to God. God wants us to get strong to have fellowship to learn the Word so we can be empowered to go out and represent him. Most importantly we learn that in the New Testament there was not this division we have around the world, especially in America and in England. In the Western world in Christian churches where the members are on one level and the clergy the pastors are on another level and they are to do the work. The idea that the world could be reached by pastors and preachers and missionaries alone is ridiculous. In the world, seven billion people how many of those billions don’t know Jesus as their Savior. How could that small group of people do it?

It never was God’s plan. In the New Testament plan we learned was that ALL DISCIPLES were preachers, ALL DISCIPLES were witnesses. Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. So that when a person gets saved that God now says: “I’m going to use them, strengthen them, make them a man of prayer, my word in him, but he is going to reproduce himself now and speak for Me and represent Me. The center of his life will not be his needs, his problems, or his difficulties. The center of his life will be My heart My glory My kingdom and I’ll use him.”

While you’re doing that for Jesus, you have the greatest life you could ever imagine. The more you look at yourself and try to have a good life the more you’re going to be empty. It is a law that when you lose your life you gain it and when you try to gain your life you lose it.

When the persecution broke out in the book of Acts in chapter 6 and then into a chapter 8 after Stephen was martyred, all the Christians were scattered because of a persecution, except the Apostles. Everywhere the people were scattered they preached the word – the gospel. There was no New Testament so if you say: “but I don’t know enough to share.” They knew no verses because no verses had been written. Think of that. Think of the copout that we use, “I don’t know enough of the word”. They only shared what they knew about Jesus to everyone they could, but God was working with them which was the promise. When you go out and do the His work, He will back you up with the power of the Holy Spirit.

If you stay in your church and just ask for Holy Ghost- Holy Ghost Come, Holy Spirit come move in the ME! Why? Because we love when you move. That gets very polluted and very weird because God never gave the Holy Spirit just to have good services. He gave the Holy Spirit so that we could go into the all the world and be strong witnesses for Him.

The 4 Greek words that are the main words used for preach in the Bible simply mean to say, to publish, to tell, to inform, somebody. It wasn’t formal preaching with the turned around collar. Nobody went to Bible school there were none. God was using fishermen, business men and women, young people and seniors. He was giving dreams to them and directing them and all kinds of things were happening because they didn’t know any better. They just remember the last thing Jesus said: “Go and tell” go everywhere. Start in Jerusalem where you are. Start with the people that you meet tomorrow. Look for an opening share Christ. Just tell him what Jesus means to you. You don’t have to use a whole bunch of verses to tell them what Jesus means to you. What He’s done. Washed away your sins- just share.

It doesn’t matter if they want to hear it, we’re just supposed to share it in wisdom in love and kindness. In Evangelism love wins the day. If you’re mean and proud and religious you’re not going to convince many people that Jesus is worth serving. People are broken down by love not by threats not by reciting five ten verses and looking down at them, but loving them like Jesus did. The Word preach doesn’t have the connotation that we’ve given it- a minister reserved, with a changed voice, and all of that. What systems we’ve developed in church how unnatural what cultures we have in church that make no sense to anybody who needs to really know about Jesus. They are total distractions- ministers talking in an unnatural way. They talk one way in a restaurant and then talk totally different behind the pulpit. Why? Because that’s what you do- you’re a preacher. Totally unfounded by Scripture.

It’s easier to go to church than to go out and try to be a witness to anybody. Anyone can go to church. Spanish Church, Mens Group, Bible Study, Baptist Church, Pentecostal church that’s easy- now try to lead someone to Christ.

There’s always been a hostile environment to this goal. From the very beginning when Jesus said Go, the environment was not helpful to what He told them to do. It’s never been and it never will be. To be a Christian and want to share Christ you’re always going to go against the stream. The culture is always “anti” – anti Christ, anti-gospel. People will get saved. Sometimes people in authority will get saved, the wealthy people could get saved, but for the most part in the history of the Christian church from the very beginning is opposition, controversy, and persecution it will always be that way. Jesus told the disciples if they hated me they will hate you. So don’t be surprised. It is what it is but be faithful. In the midst of that hostile environment of the early church Jesus said: Your job is never to convert anyone I do that converting you just make the contact you open your mouth and when you open it I’ll give you the words to say. You don’t have to rehearse and be nervous just open your mouth and share from your heart and I’ll back you up and I’ll help you. After you sow that seed you just pray. I’ll do the converting. Some people might think but “I didn’t see a change”. You go to the next one. Don’t be worrying about it.  Just share Christ, invite to church, bring them into the presence of God, love them, help them, buy a bed for them, whatever God leads you to do. Just love them and tell them about Jesus. We have to have faith that if we do what He told us to do, He’ll do what He said He would do.

It’s always hostile, and it’s hostile against us in a different way than it was against them. Nobody back then was cursing using the Lord’s name. The Lord said they would use his name in vain, but at the beginning no one was walking around and saying “For Christ’s sake”, “Jesus Christ”, they didn’t know who Jesus Christ was. We live in a day where people are saying the name of our Savior all the time.

Also, there was no Christian church to blame for the reason that you don’t want to serve the Lord. Today we have all kinds of people living in denial and you know them. They are living in sin and sleeping around doing whatever they’re doing and if you talk to them they say “don’t tell me about religion” and they want to give you a church story how they were abused or how they were used by phony Christians who let them down and some preacher who ran away with his piano player or whatever. That was not done at the beginning because there was no established Christian church yet. Now you have all these denominations and they fight each other. They don’t root for each other.

This is what we face. This is our mission field. There was always opposition. There’s opposition now. Now it’s more mock. You’re going to be mocked, you’re going to be laughed at, and you’re going to be thought of uncool or you’re going to be called a hater. If you say certain things is sinful- “Who are you to say?” -no I didn’t say it, the Bible says it. The argument is not with me, I didn’t I didn’t make that up.

Notice when you mention God, nobody has a problem with it, but when you mention Jesus, they do. Why is that?

Back then they could, if Caesar said no meetings, they could go underground and if he said Christians can be caught and killed then you’re going to get caught and killed, so it costs way more to be a Christian than that now. People mock you your family will turn against you would you think you’re better than us and all of that.

In Acts 3, Peter and John were going to the temple after the church was born and they saw a man and the Holy Spirit directed them to pray for this man and speak words of healing by the way some of the most powerful prayers

Acts 4 While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead. They arrested them and, since it was already evening, put them in jail until morning. But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of men who believed now totaled about 5,000. The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene,[a] the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,‘The stone that you builders rejected  has now become the cornerstone.’[b] 12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” 13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say. 15 So they ordered Peter and John out of the council chamber[c] and conferred among themselves.