1. The Making of the Worker
Working Your World
Matt 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (ESV)
Acts 13:47 “For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” (ESV)
Even though God sent his Son to save the whole world, it doesn’t mean it will automatically happen. As we see in Acts 13, we have a part to play in the saving of mankind.
In this series, we will look at 4 things that will help us fulfill God’s Words
- The Making of the Worker
- The Commission of the Worker
- The Tools of the Worker
- The World of the Worker
1. The Making of the Worker
a. Know Why We Work
Why do we work our world?
- Because we think God will become mad at us if we don’t?
- Our prayers will be answered if we do?
- God will love us more than He does?
- To be people-pleasers?
- To impress people?
Eph 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (ESV)
We work because we were created to work. God loved us while we were sinners. After making Jesus our Lord, He surely loves us now. He simply desires us to walk in line with how He created us – to do GOOD works.
b. Seasons and Pieces
There are different seasons in our lives. They could be – Bible School, parenting young children, being older. The Bible shows us that older people played a significant role in the life of Jesus:
- Zacharias And Elizabeth
- Simeon And Anna – fasting & prayer
We may have a different piece because of a different season
- Prayer pieces
- Physical work pieces
- Behind the scenes pieces
- Out on the street pieces
We need only to know – sincerely and honestly – our season and piece
c. God’s Most Prized Possession
What is God’s most prized possession?
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (ESV)
The PEOPLE of this world are God’s prized possession
God didn’t give His Son – for the gold and silver of this world; for the things of this world; for the animals of this world.
Smith Wigglesworth visited Australia and NZ in 1922. It was written of him:
“Although Mr. Wigglesworth made it quite plain and clear to his hearers that he would rather see one sinner saved than 10,000 people healed of bodily ailments, he invited any who were in pain to come forward for prayer …”
God sold out by giving it all to seek and save the lost
d. What is Worth Dying For?
Rom 5:7-8 “For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (ESV)
God loved mankind so much that He considered them worthy to die for. As we continue to grow as Christians, it’s important that our knowledge of what God deemed worthy to die for is what we would be willing to lay our lives down for also.
- The salvation of people is the most important thing to God
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (ESV)
Matt 20:28 “even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (ESV)
Luke 10:17-20 “(the Disciples came) and said ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!’” (ESV)
- Love motivated God to save
It was God’s love FOR the world that moved Him to save the world. Allowing God to love us and knowing His Love for us will change our focus of love to what God loves and prizes.
- How many unsaved people are there?
A: It is estimated that of the 7.1 billion people alive in the world today, 2.91 billion of them live in unreached people groups
- Do our words and actions make a difference?
Phil 2:15 “that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (ESV)
- What is the most important or precious thing in our lives?
- What are we willing to die for?
2. The Commission of the Worker
Working Your World
Acts 13:47 “For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth’” (ESV)
The Commission of the Worker
1. What Are We Commissioned to Do?
Matt 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age’” (ESV)
Mark 16:15-16 “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned’” (ESV)
Luke 24:46-47 “and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem’” (ESV)
Matt 9:36-38 “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ’The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest’” (ESV)
We are commissioned to pray and go
2. Eternity Is Our Motivation
2 Cor 4:8-12,15,17 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you … For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God … For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (ESV)
Our own lives are secondary to the spreading of the Gospel
3. When Does the Commission End?
Did the commission end after Jesus’ original apostles died? No, it hasn’t and we see in these Scriptures why.
Matt 28:19-20 ”Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (ESV)
What is the end of the age referring to?
Pulpit Commentary: – Even unto the end of the world; the consummation of the age, as Matthew 24:3. When the new era is ushered in, evangelizing work will cease; God shall be all in all; all shall know Him from the least unto the greatest. And they shall ever be with the Lord; ‘wherefore comfort one another with these words’ (1 Thessalonians 4:18) Amen.
4. The Necessity for the Commission
The most popular questions people have
- What is the meaning of Life?
- Who am I?
- What is Right / Wrong?
- What happens after death?
- Is there really a Heaven and hell?
- Does God Exist?
These Questions Raise 3 Things
Is 59:2 “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear” (ESV)
Eph 2:12 “remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world” (ESV)
2 Thes 1:7-10 “and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marvelled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed” (ESV)
Rom 5:18 “Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men” (ESV)
Rom 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (ESV)
Mounce Greek Dictionary: punishment, condemnation, condemning sentence
Luke 16:22-23 “The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side” (ESV)
John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (ESV)
1 Thes 4:13-18 “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words” (ESV)
3. Notes Coming Soon
4. The World of the Worker
The World of the Worker
Mark 16:15-16 “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized willbe saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned’” (ESV)
Who we are here at RFC
- We have at least, at a quick count, 25 different ones who go out and minister on the streets
- We have many who witness at their jobs and businesses
- We have others who go on the mission field regularly
- We have those who are itinerant ministers to other Christians in churches
- We are a soul winning church
It’s by grace and not our perfection
1. Accepting and Valuing Our World
It’s hard to work our world if we don’t want to be there and don’t value it
2. God’s Ordained Times and Places
Do we believe God knows where we are? At this time? In this place?
Is He aware of us in our daily lives?
Acts 17:26 “From one man he made every nation of the human race to inhabit the entire earth, determining their set times and the fixed limits of the places where they would live” (NET)
God – made the human race to inhabit the entire earth
– is very aware of nations and boundaries
– knew before the foundations of the world every nation that would be on the earth in 2017
– knew what countries, cities and suburbs we would be living in
– is very much a part of putting other nations on our heart
– is the one who uproots people from one country to another
3. Adjusting to Our World
Paul was very well respected and established in his life before he accepted Jesus.
Phil 3:4-6 “Though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless” (ESV)
Paul had an interesting world; yet, by God’s grace, he adjusted to it.
1 Cor 9:19-22 “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might winthose outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” (ESV)
Some thoughts on these verses
– an apostle’s title isn’t required to have a become-all-things-to-all-people commitment
– our thankfulness for the price paid for redemption motivates us to win more of them
– God’s love in us motivates us to love lost people in the same way God, Jesus and Paul did
– becoming all things to all people is the ultimate act of unselfishness
4. Our Outlook and Our World
1 Tim 6:1 “Those who are under the yoke as slaves must regard their own masters as deserving of full respect. This will prevent the name of God and Christian teaching from being discredited” (ESV)
Titus 2:9-10 “Slaves are to be subject to their own masters in everything, to do what is wanted and not talk back, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, in order to bring credit to the teaching of God our Saviour in everything” (NET)
5. Figuring Out Our World
i. Main World – (decided on by importance and amount of time)
o Family and children
o Work place
ii. Minor Worlds – (less time)
o Favourite Café
o Hair Dresser
o Full time missionary
o Short term mission trip
o One-off mission trip
6. Being Positioned in Our World
- Yield to God’s love and compassion
- Pray, asking the Lord to send labourers into the harvest
- Be willing to be a labourer
- Listen to our spirit and follow the Holy Spirit