“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
November 15, 2020
Call To Worship
“Into Your Courts”
“In His Presence”
“Are You Washed In The Blood”
Prayers of Intercession
Sermon: DON AUXIER
Rev. Chapter 7
“Blessing and Honor”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Jesus
Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.
What Jesus Did!
‘Using Misfortune for Telling the Good News’ — Mark 13:9
[Jesus continued,] “When [wars, earthquakes, and famines] begin to happen, watch out! You will be handed over to the local councils and beaten in the synagogues. You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.”
Another part of the believer’s future is harsh — in addition to the natural disasters and wars mentioned in previous verses (Mark 13:7-8). Not everyone will like Christians. Just as Jesus was hated, so also will his followers be hated. Some will be persecuted and even martyred for the sake of the faith. Not only are these consequences of faith to be expected, but they are also events that are promised before the return of Jesus. How many years the persecution will continue, we don’t know. But, they are an expected evil that we will endure before the end. However, in the process of facing these hardships, we will have the opportunity to share our faith in places we might otherwise be denied a voice — like the apostle Paul (Acts 9, 22, 26) and others who had the opportunity to speak about Jesus to high governmental officials. So we should tell folks about Jesus whether our audience is favorable or hostile. Doing so is a part of the plan and is our opportunity to demonstrate our faith and share our hope with a fallen world.
O God my Heavenly Father, please give me the courage to stand my ground for my faith and never compromise. Please strengthen me through the power of the Holy Spirit to give my testimony to those who doubt, persecute, or hate me. Use me to share the hope of your Son with those in darkness. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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What Jesus Did! ‘To All Nations’ — Mark 13:10
[Jesus continued,] “For the Good News must first be preached to all nations.”
Before the return of Jesus, the Gospel — the Good News about Jesus and his Kingdom — will be preached to every nation. We can do that better today than ever before. So let’s make sure we are sharing that Good News with others around the world.
Father, may your message of hope in Jesus be shared with every nation in my generation. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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