His opening salvo should have said it all: the Holy Spirit’s work is often to comfort the afflicted, but sometimes He is sent to afflict the comfortable. Nowadays, our greatest need is often for affliction rather than comfort.
That is definitely true in most American churches, I’d say, if my personal record is any indication.
Here are the highlights:
The spirit of Christ is a missionary spirit. The very first impulse of the renewed heart is to bring others also to the Saviour.—The Great Controversy, 70
Every true disciple is born into the kingdom of God as a missionary. The Desire of Ages, 195.
(If you want to be sobered, do a search for the phrase “missionary spirit” on egwwritings.org and read some of the results.)
The two-part seminar is much more in-depth, and I highly recommend that you watch each part in it’s entirety. But, these two statements are enough to express the sermon’s thrust.
Aren’t those two statements by Ellen G. White obviously true? In fact, one of Christ’s mission statements is “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Saving the lost is Christ’s passion.
In Galatians 2:20, the apostle Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” Now, if we seek to make the same claim; if having Christ in our hearts is an ideal to which we continually aspire; and, if Christ’s Spirit is a missionary spirit – do you see the logical conclusion? If Christ truly lives in you, and in me, then His missionary spirit will be lived out in our lives. His passion will be our passion.
Pastor Asscherick said, “Heaven is not for members. Heaven is for missionaries!”
In His book, “Christ’s Way of Reaching People”, Philip G. Samaan quotes Roy J. Fish and J. E. Conant as saying, “It is not the imperative of an external command that sends us after the lost; it is the impulse of an indwelling presence … Behind all successful work for the lost is an inward spiritual impulse; and behind the impulse is the Holy Spirit who reproduces Christ in us” (pg. 19).
If the Presence of God is in us, then we will be missionaries.
If the Presence is not in us, we will not be missionaries.
If we aren’t missionaries, Christ is not in us.
Ouch! Witness lately???
Listen, the Bible doesn’t say the Word of God is “living and active and sharp as a two-edged sword” for nothing. It’s supposed to cut sometimes. If it doesn’t cut you, you aren’t using it right.
Watch the message here: