IF GOD IS SOVEREIGN WHY SHOULD WE EVANGELIZE?
August 7, 2016
John 6:35-44 ESV:  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.  For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”  So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”  They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”  Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.  No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
How much is God involved in evangelism? How much are we involved in evangelism?
· Our involvement in evangelism is essential. (God is sovereign in the means.)
· God’s involvement in evangelism is essential. (God is sovereign in the ends.)
· Our embracing this tension leads to:
A biblically-founded, awe-inspiring, grace-appreciating, gratitude-increasing view of God.
A healthy, appropriate appreciation of our vital role.
Elimination of the unwarranted anxiety and guilt of assuming too much responsibility.
Removal of the unjustifiable passivity of assuming too little responsibility.
A confidence for sharing Jesus knowing God has prepared folks to receive.
A confidence for sharing Jesus knowing God is committed to the essential nature of our role.