By Dr. Eddie Wren, First Baptist Church, Rayville
How to Think Big in Our Town and State
Many times, when we seek to accomplish something for God, we think small. Constantly throughout scripture God is challenging, pressing, exhorting us to “Think Big.”
Evangelism is when the Gospel, which is good news, is preached or presented to all people. Billy Graham
Now that’s big!
- The first and most important aspect of evangelism is perhaps the most overlooked.
- Most of the time we give it lip service and most of the time we pray before we go out the door but prayer is vital to evangelistic efforts.
- Luke 10:2 records: And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2
First we pray, then we plan – many times we get this out of order.
I believe God used that time to grow Paul. I believe that He matured Paul in that time and, indeed, Paul spent great hours of prayer in those days. As a result God’s Spirit began to birth a plan in him for sharing the Gospel. He prepared his heart for what was about to happen and he was never the same.
I believe one of the greatest problems we have in evangelism is our failure to allow God to give us His plans. In order to receive His plans we must spend time with Him and then plan. Be patient. Don’t get ahead of Him. Pray then plan as God leads.
The next P is plow. What I mean by that is that we must get busy with the plan. Every year the farmer prays about his crops. Every year he has a plan as to when he will break up the ground and when he will plant and when he will fertilize and so on. But guess what: the farmer’s prayers and plans are no good unless he is willing to get out and do it. We must be busy sharing the Gospel.
Remember at the beginning of Acts after Christ had given the call to be witnesses, Jesus ascended to Heaven? The disciples just stood there looking up into the sky. All of the sudden two men in white clothing stood beside them, they were angels. Here is what they said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into Heaven.” What was the angels point? Don’t stand around looking up for Jesus, go be witnesses like He said, He’ll come back just as quick as He left. Get out there and share the Gospel.
Why did He say He would be with us? Because there will be difficult days.
“Think Big” Resources
By Dr. Waylon Bailey, First Baptist Church, Covington
3 Things We Need So We Can Think Big
- We Need One Another (vv. 1-5)
1 After this, he left Athens and went to Corinth, 2 where he found a Jewish man named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul came to them, 3 and being of the same occupation, stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. 4 He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and tried to persuade both Jews and Greeks. 5 When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with preaching the message and solemnly testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah.
- We need people with hands, hearts, and homes dedicated to the work of the Lord.
- How much would Paul have accomplished alone?
- We Need Perseverance (vv. 6-8)
6 But when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook his robe and told them, “Your blood is on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7 So he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed the Lord, along with his whole household. Many of the Corinthians, when they heard, believed and were baptized.
- Perseverance = courageous endurance
- How often do we give up right before a major victory or breakthrough?
- We Need God’s Spirit (vv. 9-11)
9 Then the Lord said to Paul in a night vision, “Don’t be afraid, but keep on speaking and don’t be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to hurt you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 And he stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
- We need what God can give by God’s power.
- We must be people of Scripture, prayer, and obedience.
- How much can we accomplish in our strength?
All Scriptures are HSCB