This is part 3 of 3 in a series called, “The Pattern of Proper Worship” based on Isaiah 6:1-8.
When God cleanses us, as He is faithful to do when we confess, our ongoing response to worship will be seen in our proclamation of the Gospel of Christ.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. – Isaiah 6:8
God’s question to the redeemed is, “Who will represent God before the people?” Isaiah immediately recognized that others must hear the message of redemption. As an act of worship, Isaiah committed to declaring God’s message of salvation. God’s call to worship empowers us to respond with His passion to reach others.
Worship propels evangelism. Worship and evangelism are linked throughout the Bible. Consider the following:
- When the Samaritan woman encountered Jesus, He stated that the Father is looking for those who seek Him in spirit and in truth, people who are in relationship with Him. Immediately, the woman called others to come find Jesus for themselves.
- After the resurrection, Jesus appeared and was worshipped by the disciples in a closed-door meeting. As they worshipped Him, he gave them the mission to preach the gospel to every creature.
- The apostles “turned the world upside down” as they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
The commitment to evangelism dominates the history of the church as well. By mid 2nd-century, a Christian apologist said, “We are everywhere. We are in your towns and in your cities; we are in your army and navy; we are in your palaces; we are in the senate; we are more numerous than anyone.” By AD 300, the gospel was spreading so fast that it appeared the entire civilized world could be evangelized by AD 500.
Through the centuries, those who were lovers of God were known as lovers of souls:
- George Whitefield, the famous 18th century evangelist, said, “O Lord, give me souls, or take my soul!”
- Praying Hyde, a missionary in India: “Father, give me these souls, or I die.”
- John Hunt, a missionary to the Fiji Islands, was heard to pray: “Lord, save Fiji, save Fiji, save these people, O Lord; have mercy upon Fiji; save Fiji!”
Who will join me tonight in crying out, “O Lord, save my town, O Lord, save my community, save my country?!”
Have you been touched by the life-changing and heaven-claiming Gospel? Worship calls for an ongoing response seen in the proclamation of the gospel and personal evangelism. If our worship is weakened, our gospel witness will be weakened as well.
We cannot deny that authentic Christian worship brings people to encounter Jesus Christ. Will we ignore the biblical pattern of worship and witnessing and fail to bring others to Jesus Christ?
We speak because God has spoken. God is great, and so is His Commission to us. We must go to every creature and preach the gospel.
A beautiful story is told of Dr. John Broadus, who became a scholar and homiletical professor. As a boy he was converted to Christ in his hometown. The following day he went to one of his schoolmates, Sandy Jones, a red-haired, awkward kid, and said to him, “I wish you would be a Christian; won’t you?” And Sandy said: “Well, I don’t know. May be I will.” And sure enough after a while, one night in the country church in Texas, Sandy Jones accepted Christ. Right away he walked across the church, held out his hand, and said, “I thank you, John; I thank you, John.” Every summer when Dr. Broadus went home this awkward, red-haired old farmer in his plain clothes would come up, stick out his great, bony hand, and say, “Howdy, John, I never forgot you, John.” And they say that when Dr. Broadus lay dying with his family about him, he said: “I rather think the sound sweetest to my ears in Heaven, next to the welcome of Him whom I have tried to love and serve, will be the welcome of Sandy Jones, as he will thrust out his great hand and say, “Howdy, John! Thank you, John.”
Our worship is the foundational aspect of all that we do in the Christian life.
If we are to worship God honorably we must EXALT HIS HOLINESS.
When we are confronted by the holiness of God we must CONFESS OUR SIN.
Because we have experienced the life-changing power of the Gospel we must PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL.
When we get to heaven we will hear the sweet sound of Jesus welcoming us, and the sweet sound of those we those we helped find Jesus’ forgiveness.
How is your commitment to personally sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others? Is there someone that you know needs to trust Christ who is in your family, at your place of work, at your local stores or business, or even next door. What are you doing to help them to know Christ? If you have seen the Lord in His glory and experienced His mercy then you should become someone who shares the Gospel with others. May God bless you and lead you as you take the Gospel to those in need of salvation.