Easter Sunday - Series: SAWDUST
Sunday, April 1st, 2018: "The Divine Dynamic” • Pastor David R. Stokes
More than a hundred years ago, the phrase “hitting the sawdust trail” was well-known in popular culture. It had to do with the hey-day of tent revivalism/evangelism in America—the near-ancestor of the Billy Graham crusades. Hitting the sawdust trail meant: “Coming forward in a gospel meeting to profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.” It was about a journey to life-change. A confrontation with our own sins and shortcomings. Making things right with God.
We might say it like this these days: “Having a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment.”
Easter is about Jesus—and it’s about the GOSPEL. Do you know enough about the Gospel to describe it completely in a single-tweet, even when it used to be only 140 characters? (Hint—it’s in the primary text for this takeaway)
One of the marks of the early followers of Jesus—its importance is second only to the command to Love God and neighbor—was their BOLDNESS. They were unafraid to speak up for Christ. They never hesitated to speak out for Him. Paul talked about how he was “not ashamed” of the Gospel.
- Am I completely convinced that the Gospel message is just as relevant and powerful today as it was in the First Century?
- Have I ever hesitated to share my faith, only to regret it later?
- How do people water down the Gospel message today—even in church?