Paul Washer: Be a Man

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Choose Your Ministry Carefully: Seek and Save the Lost

In the beginning as I was trying to figure out what sort of ministry would really count, I realized that all I had to do was locate the ministry that attracted the fewest number of people. Evangelism, one-on-one, street fishing. Evangelism, within the context of going out into the field of sinners to proclaim the Gospel of Christ and Him crucified, always has had the fewest number of real Christians actually doing it. I do not think I could verbalize it any better than what you will read below, I will leave it to Pastor/Teacher John MacArthur to unleash my heart on whomever reads this and is not participating in what Christ, our Captain, and all the apostles did themselves; they went out into the highway and byways to seek and save the lost.
" Likewise, the great mission of the church is to so love, learn, and live as to call men and women to Jesus Christ. As sinners are forgiven and are transformed from death to life and from darkness to light, God is glorified through that gracious miracle. The glory of God is manifest in His loving provision to redeem lost men. He Himself paid the ultimate price to fulfill His glory.
If God’s primary purpose for the saved were loving fellowship, He would take believers immediately to heaven, where spiritual fellowship is perfect, unhindered by sin, disharmony, or loneliness. If His primary purpose for the saved were the learning of His Word, He would also take believers immediately to heaven, where His Word is perfectly known and understood. And if God’s primary purpose for the saved were to give Him praise, He would, again, take believers immediately to heaven, where praise is perfect and unending.
There is only one reason the Lord allows His church to remain on earth: to seek and to save the lost, just as Christ’s only reason for coming to earth was to seek and to save the lost. “As the Father has sent Me,” He declared, “I also send you” (John 20:21). Therefore, believers who are not committed to winning the lost for Jesus Christ should reexamine their relationship to the Lord and certainly their divine reason for existence.
Fellowship, teaching, and praise are not the mission of the church but are rather the preparation of the church to fulfill its mission of winning the lost. And just as in athletics, training should never be confused with or substituted for actually competing in the game, which is the reason for all the training."

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