Excellent overview Pastor Phillips offered a succinct overview of some of the ket figures of the anabaptist movement, as well as briefly delving into some of the key teachings of the often misunderstood group. Although they certainly got some of their teachings wrong, there is much to be admired, and learned, from this group of believers.
Awesome Message, but Dissimilar Situations pt 2 Three exceptions to my previous comment though: 1) for native believers in 'mission field' countries, this is absolutely a perfect sermon. 2) if Christians in America take hold of this message AND make a proactive effort to reach unreached people groups that are living within our country, it can be effective. Those new believers can then act as ambassadors for Christ among their own people. 3) American Christians can reach out to the unreached in other countries online as long as they are sensitive to cultural differences and not too much gets lost in translation.
I believe that the message you preached is happening in many places around the world and many believers are living like those first Christians. The church in China has grown like crazy in the last 50 years. About 90% of all pioneer mission work is being done by the native believers inside their own countries.
So if the audience is Americans, it's not really a 'mission strategy', but it can bring revival to our nation and it is a good message for all evangelization efforts everywhere.
Awesome Message, but Dissimilar Situations This is an awesome message that every Christian should take notice of. However, if this is your 'strategy' for missions (I'm guessing you probably wouldn't call it a strategy, but more like Christians just acting like real Christians and following Jesus' commands), there is one major difference between the first 200 years and today that was sticking out like a pink bunny in a field of green grass. During those first 200 years, Christianity spread within the Roman empire. They generally had the same culture and language. Today, in order to fulfill the Great Commission, our primary focus needs to be on the 2.7 billion people who are unreached with the Good News. They mostly reside outside our 'empire' (the United States) in Asia, Middle East, and North Africa. In order to reach those people, we Americans can't just do as the Romans did and be faithful and serious about our own Christian walk where we are in order to be great missionaries. It is a different situation.
Humbling This is a sermon obviously about humility, and wow did God use it to humble me. Pastor Phillips covers counterfeit humility, true humility, and how to cultivate humility. Using examples from Scripture, this is a great reminder of what we as Christians should be striving for. Praise God!
Great wisdom needed. Nine advises about how to rebuke sin in others and how to urge them to seek holiness. A message about the need for wisdom is talking to others and in rebuking them. We must talk so to win souls, not to irritate and offend them with our mode of talking.
Efficient witness. Baxter on HOW to be an efficient witness for Christ: seek knowledge and sanctification; be sincere; feel for the sinners; don't listen to your fear; be ready; stand at the important things; fit the witness after the person you are speaking with; don't forget your family; be serious; be patient.
Searching. It is not so hard to witness; to testify is legal; you also maybe was converted because somebody testified to you; the Devil's servants are full of zeal for their master - we should not be for our?; you've lost enough time with empty talking; sinners need somebody to testify to them; you have not much time left.
Excellent! Three ways to increase our sentiment of gratitude toward God: meditate on how ugly ingratitude is; meditate to the mercies of God; meditate to how unworthy you are to receive any favor from God. Followed by 2 excellent tests to see if you manifest gratitude or ingratitude.