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THE REASON FOR COMMUNITY INVOVLEMENT 

Over the last few weeks, we've been talking about being involved in our community. We need to treat people like Jesus treated them, and we need to be known for more than just all the things we are against! (There are lots of things that we are against and in today's world we sure need to take a stand, but we also need to be known for all the ways we support our community!)

Why do we need to be involved in our community? The biggest reason is so that we have opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Evangelism is a hot-button issue in today's society. Many people are reticent about sharing the gospel for many different reasons.

Some people are just plain afraid to share the gospel. They are afraid of what people might think of them. They are too aware of their own sins. (We can't wait until we are perfect to share the gospel!) Other people feel like they do not know enough about the Bible to witness to other people.

Some have a limited, if not distorted, view of evangelism. When they think of evangelism, they think of people wearing placards standing on a street corner handing out tracts. Or they think of people going door to door trying to beat people over the head with their big KJV Bible. They think of all the pushy obnoxious people that have made them feel uncomfortable over the years, and they reject evangelism because they don't want to be that kind of a person. (I don't want to be that kind of person either!)

The biggest threat to evangelism in our day is the growing segment of our society who feel it is morally wrong to try and "push" your beliefs on someone else! They say, "Doesn't a person have the right to believe what they want to believe? What right do I have to tell someone else what to believe?"

Here's the reason we should share our faith. Jesus told us to share our faith! In his last address to his disciples, Jesus said, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28.18-20

Jesus, like our parents when we were young, has the authority to give us a command and expect us to do it!

When we were young, our parents would tell us to "Go." They would tell us to go clean our room, go take out the trash, or go do our homework, and it wasn't a request or a suggestion, but rather it was a command!

Matthew 28.18-20 is commonly referred to as the Great Commission. Let me interpret that for you. It is not a request or a suggestion. It is a command!

The world has changed, but God's Word has not changed. He still expects us to share the gospel, and if we do not share the gospel we are in open and blatant disobedience to a clear and direct command from our Lord!

There are lots of ways to share the gospel. This past week, one of our members led a co-worker to Christ, and he had the opportunity to do so because he leads a devotion every morning for those who work for him! That's a great way to share the gospel! Here at TBC we have many ways you can participate in sharing the gospel.

The best way you can share the gospel is to love other people! Jesus said that other people would know that we are his disciples if we have love for one another! (John 13.35)

Be kind today. Do something nice for someone else! And if they ask you why you are doing it, tell them that Jesus loves them, and you love them too!

Johnny Kendrick 

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