Cornerstone Family Church sermon on 10/9/22
In the sermon on Sunday morning, 10/9/22 at the Cornerstone Family Church in Saint Cloud, FL, the topic of the sermon was spreading the word of Jesus amongst our household which is within our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and colleagues. It’s easy to talk about the Lord’s path with many Christians and believers, but it’s more critical to spread his word to the non-believers and those who do not seek Christ. As Joe Aldrich quoted, “After being a Christin for two years, the average Christian no longer has a single significant relationship with a non-believer.” When we lose sight of not sharing in God’s mission, we are not doing what we are called upon. Many churches have also fallen this way where they focus on comfort and convenience and no longer fulfill God’s purpose. There are thousands of people moving down here everyday who may not know the Lord, and there is a great opportunity to invite them to the church. There are many examples that happened recently and in the Bible where sharing our faith with others have impacted their lives for the greater good. One woman shared her testament of being invited by a neighbor to the church. She had said a prayer for Jesus to come to her life. Suddenly, her neighbor had asked her to join her in service at church. Her entire life changed and she is now a dedicated member of the church and living in faith. A missed opportunity also occurred when a prisoner was talking to a pastor in jail and showed him a picture of a church in the distance. That church was close proximity to his house, but no one ever invited him to join. He said if one person has reached out and opened their faith to him, he may have not been in prison after all. That’s why Jesus calls to us and asks, “Who is your one?” Because it starts with one person. In Acts 16: 14-15 Jesus meets a businesswoman named Lydia who He opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. In return, she invited Jesus to her house and asked how she can be of service. Jesus asked that she spread His word among her household and they would all be blessed. Also in Acts 16: 29-32, Paul and Silas were imprisoned for sharing the word of Christ around town. But soon the prison was shaken and they were released. However, the prison guard begged them not to go for he would be severely punished. Paul then passed God’s message to him and asked that he would also share it with his household. This was so powerful, even the Corinthians who heard believed and were baptized. We have to ask ourselves, “Does my heart care about what Gods’ heart care about?” And God’s heart cares about reaching the ones who don’t believe, who are in the dark and who may be lost from faith. It’s our mission in life to share in his mission, to reach to non-believers, to invite those in prayer and service and to ultimately, live in the way the Lord intended for us to grow which is within in his light, love and salvation.