We’re continuing our blog post series this week, where we are spotlighting churches in the ProChurch community who are reaching out in their cities with the love of Christ. This week, we have an interview with Jamie Sanders from Southern Oaks Baptist Church in Tyler, TX. She’s going to tell us about their “Community Prayer Walk”. It’s a monthly outreach opportunity that they’ve recently started for their church family and that God is using to grow their church and impact their community. Our hope is that you would read something today that would help you be more effective in showing the love of Christ to the community where God has placed you and your church.
The average pastor spends between 10 and 18 hours each week preparing for the sermon on Sunday. And that doesn’t include the many hours invested by others to prepare and present that sermon each week. Now that you’ve prayed and prepared for these sermons, you want your entire church family to be shaped by God’s word. You want visitors to come and hear the good news of Jesus Christ. You are praying that God will use your labor and give you spiritual fruit for the glory of His name. And this is why you want as many people as possible to be there for your weekly gathering. You want to transfer that truth to as many people as you can. In this post, we’re going to look at 4 simple steps to turn your sermon series into an outreach tool. We want to help you reach as many people as possible with the life-transforming power of God’s Word.
In Acts 13 through 20, the Apostle Paul visits 48 cities, and in every city, people come to faith in Christ. Lives and families are changed. Communities are transformed by the gospel of grace. You say, “Well, sure. But Paul’s situation was different. He lived during a different time. He was trying to reach completely different people. And he was doing all of this in a completely different area.” That’s true. But none of those factors change the essential message of the gospel. Your city is not exactly like any city that Paul visited. But it’s a little bit like all of them.
Pastor, you should preach a sermon series from the book of Revelation. I know what you’re thinking, Isn’t that the book that has the beasts with multiple heads? Isn’t that the book with strange visions and symbols? Isn’t that a little too obscure and confusing to help people? If this is how you feel about the book of revelation, you’re not alone. G.K. Chesterton said of the Book of Revelation: “John saw many strange monsters in his vision, [but] he saw no creature so wild as one of his own commentators.” Revelation is one of the most controversial books in the entire Bible, and it’s true that there are some difficult passages to interpret. But just like the rest of Scripture, the Book of Revelation was given by inspiration of God. So we need the book of Revelation. The good news is that you don’t need to start out preaching through the entire book to get that help.