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CONNECT CITY CHRIST
BE NOT ASHAMED
ROMANS 1: 16
God has great plans for TBC. Remember a few weeks I talked about my
dream of a TBC train station? Here is a picture drawn by one of the TBC
elementary children of TBC TRAIN STATION.
2009 MISSION THEME 4 C CONNECT CITY COUNTRY CHRIST
45 MILLION YEN •
PRAY PARTNERS FOR SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE MAN OR•
WOMAN….PICK UP YOUR CARD AT THE JOY CAFÉ WHITE TENT
& EXTENSION SERVICE
PRAY & INVITE 3 OR 4 FRIENDS TO THE CHRISTMAS CONCERT• Remember
DECEMBER 7 WORSHIP AT AOYAMA UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM6,000 people faith goal
IT IS UP TO YOU TO INVITE 3 OR 4 PEOPLEPRAYER Today I want to challenge each of you to be a brave and bold witness for Christ to pray for a DIVINE APPOINTMENT. Dub Jackson is the founding pastor of TBC and has been a Christian believer for 77 years. I interviewed Dub and asked him to talk to us about telling people about Christ Jesus.
DENNIS AND PASTOR DUB JACKSON
Dub….I know you have always been bold and quick to talk to men and women you meet about Jesus.
I tell everyone that TBC could easily have an increase of 1,000 new believers and 1,000 baptisms….if each person would share the gospel with a family member or friend.
TELL US ONE THING THAT PREVENTS A CHRISTIAN FROM SHARINGCHRIST?
DUB JACKSON: Remember….salvation takes a miracle from God! We do not have to convince a person to believe. God’s Holy Spirit does the work.
So….one thing is not really believing a person without Christ is lost and cannot see God causes a person not to have any urgency. And connect to that is our lack of faith in really believing that God will keep His promise and give salvation to a person when he prays a simple prayer of faith to believe in Jesus.
That is the big problem. Lack of faith that hinders most people from telling others how to be saved.
DENNIS: Dub….please let me mention a Scripture from Ephesians 2: 8 says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” That is what you are saying….right Dub?
DENNIS We all know that you were in Japan arriving here as a fighter pilot within days after the end of WW2, spent some time here before returning to the states, was prepared educationally and then you and Doris returned to Japan for ministry.
QUESTION Based on your experience and observation, what do you believe is the biggest stumbling block or obstacle for Japanese, or anyone, to become a believer in Jesus Christ?DUB JACKSON
MOST JAPANESE BELIEVE THEY HAVE TO UNDERSTAND HOW GOD
SAVES BEFORE THEY TRUST AND BELIEVE AND THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE.
YOU DO NOT STUDY TO BE A Christian, you become a Christian by faith in believing that a simple prayer OF FAITH asking for salvation is going to be heard by God and answered! ALWAYS!
DENNIS Dub….do you think universalism or believing Jesus Christ is NOT the only way to God is a problem?
DUB Yes….In Japan or in the United States or wherever people live….if they believe there is more than one way to know God other than through Jesus Christ….this could also hinder the gospel.
DENNIS Acts 4: 12 says “Salvation is found in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
QUESTION What does a person need to know and do to become a believer in Jesus Christ?
KNOW THAT IT TAKES A MIRACLE BUT GOD IS READY TO GIVE IT!
JUST NEED TO REALIZE THAT YOU ARE LOST AND A SINNER AND
BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL GIVE LIFE ETERNAL IF WE ASK IN FAITH LIKE
A LITTLE CHILD. THERE IS NO ADULT PLAN!! ONLY THE PRAYER OF
FAITH AS A CHILD IS ACCEPTABLE.
DENNIS I know you and Doris are the founder of the Hotel New Otani Garden Chapel which is in the beautiful gardens of the chapel. You and Doris are here in Tokyo for a month or so living at the hotel and being in the chapel daily. I know people come by each morning.
QUESTION Tell us one exciting thing about the chapel. Any DIVINE APPOINTMENTS?
YOU NEVER KNOW WHO THE LORD IS SENDING BY DIVINE
APPOINTMENTS….TO US IN THE CHAPEL BUT WE KNOW HE IS
SENDING FOLK AND WE NEED TO BE FAITHFUL TO SHARE CHRIST.
A FEW DAYS AGO A COUPLE CAME WHO HAVE NEVER EVER HEARD
THE PLAN OF SALVATION AND DID NOT HAVE A BIBLE. AFTER
SHARING GOD’S PLAN FOR RECEIVING FORGIVENESS THROUGH
CHRIST AND ETERNAL LIFE AND EXPLAINING THAT ALL WE HAD TO
DO WAS TO RECEIVE THAT GIFT, THEY BOWED AND PRAYED TO
RECEIVE CHRIST AND JOYOUSLY ACCEPTED CHRIST AS LORD! THEY
HAD BEEN MARRIED 10 YEARS AND THEY SAID THIS IS GOD’S GIFT TO
US ON OUR ANNIVERSARY! THEY ARE COMING BACK TO SHARE
THAT VICTORY WITH THE CHAPEL! THAT IS TYPICAL!!
WE HAVE HAD MORE THAN 300 JAPANESE BOW AND PRAY TO
ACCEPT THIS GIFT OF LIFE ETERNAL IN THAT SIMPLE WAY, IT IS AGIFT!!!!
FOR EXAMPLE….A JAPANESE MAN….MR. SHIMAZU CAME AND
PRAYED TO RECEIVE THIS GIFT IN THAT WAY AND WAS SO HAPPY HE
MOVED HIS COMPANY TO THE WHOLE 4TH FLOOR OF A BUILDING
HERE AT THE NEW OTANI AND LED MOST OF HIS STAFF TO BECOMECHRISTIAN. HE WAS SO THRILLED HE GAVE OVER $10,000 TO BE
USED IN WORLD WITNESSING ON TWO OCCASIONS.
THERE HAVE BEEN MANY AMAZING VICTORIES OF SALVATION IN THE
CHAPEL. WE JUST PRESENT CHRIST AND INVITE THEM TO RECEIVE!
THAT IS ALL! THERE ARE TOO MANY VICTORIES TO REMEMBER!
AMAZING! GOD IS GREAT AND FAITHFUL!
DENNIS Question. After God uses you to lead someone to the Lord Jesus Christ….how important is discipleship?
THE NEW BELIEVERS NEED BAPTISM AND ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT
THEY CAN GET TO GROW AS THE LORD WANTS THEM TO BUT
REMEMBER, WHETHER THEY GROW OR NOT – THEY ARE CHRISTIAN.
WE WANT THEM TO GROW! I ALWAYS GIVE THEM A BIBLE AND TALK
ABOUT THE IMPORTANT OF CONNECTING TO A BIBLE BELIEVING
CHURCH. DEPENDING UPON WHERE THEY ARE FROM….I TRY TO
GET THEM INTO A CHURCH.
DENNIS Question. As the founding pastor of TBC what do you see that is most exciting?
ALWAYS THE GREATEST JOY AND THRILL OF ANY GOOD CHURCH IS
IN SEEING PEOPLE PRAY AND RECEIVE THE LORD. I SEE LIVES
BEING CHANGED HERE AT TBC. YOU HAVE A GREAT CITY WITHOUT
THE LORD AND A NATION WITH ONLY 1% OF THE PEOPLE CHRISTIAN
AND IF YOU PRESENT THE LORD TO THE PEOPLE THEY WILL ACCEPT!
EVERYONE….JUST GO OUT SHARING AND TELLING ABOUT CHRIST
THE SAVIOR AND EXPECTING THE LORD TO GIVE THE MIRACLE!
DENNIS Question. Dub….you have heard and you know that right now at TBC we want everyone to be involved in MISSION 3 C CONNECT our CITY to CHRIST.
What kind of challenge would you give us?
I BELIEVE EACH BELIEVER SHOULD ALWAYS PRAY FOR GOD’S HOLY
SPIRIT TO CONVICT NON-BELIEVERS OF SIN AND THE NEED FOR GOD
THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.
I BELIEVE EACH BELIEVER SHOULD PRAY FOR ONE PERSON TO
BECOME A BELIEVER AND ASK GOD FOR THAT DIVINE
APPOINTMENT….TO TELL THAT PERSON ABOUT CHRIST.
MY CHALLENGE WOULD BE….EACH ONE WIN ONE PERSON TOCHRIST.
AMEN….AND THANK YOU DEAR FRIENDS DUB AND DORIS JACKSON.
LET’S DO THIS AGAIN NEXT YEAR WHEN TBC IS 50 YEARS OLD.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when I first came to you I didn’t use lofty words and brilliant ideas to tell you God’s message.
For I decided to concentrate only on Jesus Christ and his death on the cross.
I came to you in weakness, timid and trembling.
And my message and my preaching were very plain. I did not use wise and persuasive speeches, but the Holy Spirit was powerful among you.
I did this so that you might trust the power of God rather than human wisdom.” NLT These words express my desire
TO PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED ALWAYS IN A SIMPLE AND CLEAR
WAY SO YOU CAN APPLY THE MESSAGE TO YOUR DAILY LIFENotice 1 Corinthians 2: 5 “I did this so that you might trust the power of God rather than human wisdom.” NLT And please let me tell you….if Tokyo Baptist Church….and that is each of you as a believer….is going to have any kind of impact on Tokyo….it will only be through the power of God and not depending on human wisdom and human ability. My message series theme is CONNECT our CITY to CHRIST and this is why as a believer in Christ….YOU ARE AN AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST….and YOU ARE A MESSENGER FOR CHRIST. As an Ambassador you represent the Kingdom of God and your message is the
GOSPEL OF CHRIST JESUS.
This is why you should pray daily for God to give you a Divine Appointment.
A DIVINE APPOINTMENT IS A PLANNED OR AN UNPLANNED MEETING
WITH A PERSON WHEN YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT
A DIVINE APPOINTMENT IS AN APPOINTMENT MADE FOR YOU BY GOD
SO THAT THE PERSON YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH CAN HEAR THE
MESSAGE OF SALVATION OR RECEIVE SPIRITUAL HELPDo you remember last week when I shared with you about my brief conversation with a man at the Apple Computer Store? I missed what I believe could have been a Divine Appointment.
Here is what God did this last Monday as a follow-up to the Divine Appointment that I missed. Remember I told you that the man in the Apple Store was from Philadelphia and asked me for “pocket change.” This past Tuesday I received this email from one of TBC’s faithful members….Samuel Collins. All of you know Samuel. He is a leader of our Media Team. This is his picture with his wife.
With his permission I share his name and email. This is an AMAZING STORY.
Pastor Dennis, How are you?
Rest easy! Your divine appointment tapped me on the shoulder in Shibuya today. I’m usually not in that area, but I was today. I was listening to my iPod as I crossed the bridge at the big intersection. I felt a tap on my shoulder and a grey-haired man was asking me if I spoke English. I thought about your message on divine appointment.
He proceeded to tell me that he was out of work and wanted to know if I knew of a sponsor and where to get work. He also asked for some pocket change. I figured this was your guy. We talked a bit more. His name is Ricardo and He asked where I am from; I found out where he is from, Philadelphia. So, I thought that was a good springboard, talking about the city of “brotherly love.” He seemed to have a few words about that “brotherly love.” From there, the Lord just gave me appropriate scripture and direction to go in.
He received a clear message of God’s love, Jesus’ substitution, and what he needs to do to be right with God.
Thank the Lord for your message and a chance to make up for a missed opportunity.
Samuel DENNIS God is amazing! Remember….pray for your Divine Appointment.
The point is this To impact lives for Christ in Tokyo is the main focus of MISSION 3 C CONNECT our CITY to CHRIST….and the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5: 20 “You are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” And you are a messenger for Christ. Peter and John said in Acts 4: 20 “We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” And the message you take as an ambassador for Christ is the GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
Let’s take a look at our Scripture for today from Romans 1: 16….because if you completely understand the meaning of the statement “the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…”your life will be transformed and forever changed and you will never be ashamed to share the gospel….with anyone.
Scripture Romans 1: 16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” Let’s look at some of the important words in Romans 1: 16
1. GOSPEL The word translated “gospel” simply means good news. The gospel is the message that is good and the gospel is from Jesus Christ….about Jesus Christ and based on His death, burial and resurrection according to 1 Corinthians 15: 1 – 4.