A Missionary or An Imposter?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was an English Baptist preacher, very popular in his time and widely used by God. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, known as the "Prince of Preachers.” One of his sermons spoke directly to me this week.

In a 1873 sermon titled “A Sermon and a Reminiscence,” Spurgeon said this:

“Once more, he who really has this high estimate of Jesus will think much of him, and as the thoughts are sure to run over at the mouth, he will talk much of him. Do we so?

If Jesus is precious to you, you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself; you will be whispering it into your child’s ear; you will be telling it to your husband; you will be earnestly imparting it to your friend; without the charms of eloquence you will be more than eloquent; your heart will speak, and your eyes will flash as you talk of his sweet love.

Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. Recollect that. You either try to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about him. Of course I do not mean by that, that those who use the pen are silent: they are not. And those who help others to use the tongue, or spread that which others have written, are doing their part well: but that man who says, “I believe in Jesus,” but does not think enough of Jesus ever to tell another about him, by mouth, or pen, or tract, is an impostor.

You are either doing good, or you are not good yourself. If thou knowest Christ, thou art as one that has found honey; thou wilt call others to taste of it; thou art like the lepers who found the food which the Syrians had cast away: thou wilt go to Samaria and tell the hungry crowd that thou hast found Jesus, and art anxious that they should find him too.

Be wise in your generation and speak of him in fitting ways and at fitting times, and so in every place proclaim the fact that Jesus is most precious to your soul.”

Wow. Convicting. If Jesus is really precious to me, I can’t keep it to myself. There is no way I can have a high appreciation of Jesus and also have a silent tongue about Him. We truly believe this at NewPointe. We are committed not only to helping you find the forgiveness, peace, power, and potential in a relationship with Jesus yourself, but also to helping you lead your family, friends, and co-workers to realize and reach their full potential in Jesus Christ.

Here are a couple of ways in which we partner with you:

· We offer a class called DISCOVER: How to Share Your Faith: We train you in how to develop spiritual conversations with people and how to share your story of how Christ has impacted and changed your life.

· We have strategic message series created and designed to speak directly to the specific felt needs of your family, friends, and co-workers. We happen to be in the middle of one right now, called Foolproof. It’s about developing relational intelligence in your difficult relationships. Who can’t use that?

We refer to this strategy as Invest & Invite. Invest means we are highly relational. We want to help you build relationships that build a bridge strong enough to bear the weight of truth. When youinvest in a relationship with a family member,a friend, or a co-worker, eventually there will be enough trust established to invite that person to an environment or a weekend service.

· We don’t stop there. We continue to invest by sharing what God has done in our lives.

In describing his relationship and his coworkers’ relationship with the Thessalonians, Paul said, “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well” (1 Thessalonians 2:8). We develop close relationships in small groups, mentoring, etc., so that what God is doing in one life is shaping and impacting another. Through our relationship with Jesus and relationships with each other, we get re-parented—we find and develop our true potential. And we are used in the lives of others.

We want to be, and we want you to be, all that God dreamed we could be. That means sharing Jesus. As Spurgeon said, we are either missionaries or imposters. Let’s all be the real deal, together!


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