That small church with a handful of cars that I mentioned earlier, is probably 9/10 times that small because the pastor in his way guided by God preaches that message. At the same time 9/10 times the big churches are big because they have taken all of that out and don’t even open their Bibles for a sermon unless it’s to abuse the message on stewardship when their PowerPoint presentation on giving money to the mission field crashes in the middle of a Sunday morning service. No, I’m not making that up sadly. First there is nothing wrong with PowerPoint presentations on a Sunday night service. Second, there is most definitely nothing wrong with giving money to the mission field, these people use the money to reach out and help communities all over the world, even in the States. Third there is nothing wrong with stewardship. Fact of life that churches have bills to pay too. But to have all of this abused on a Sunday morning means that the church is not founded on prayer and it does not put God first. Always put God first.
There are limited opportunities for people to accept the gospel. This isn’t something that people can put off until later as later is not guaranteed. At the same time, I can’t stress this enough. YOU are not going to save anybody. Not a single person ever in your lifetime. GOD is the one that saves someone and they have to make that decision on their own. It doesn’t matter if you beat them over the head with a Bible to repeat your sinner’s prayer just so you would go away, it’s not up to you to tell anyone if they’re saved or not. You are only responsible for sharing your testimony and the gospel and answer any questions you can. You won’t even know your entire life if something that you said turned that light switch on unless you’re lucky and they tell you.
I personally don’t hold to the Calvinist theology that we are predestined to either go to heaven or hell when we are born. However I do believe that God has the knowledge of every decision and every outcome that we make with our own free will and how it interacts with everyone else. I fully believe that allowing ourselves to strive to give our will back to God and allow Him to guide us will not only allow us into heaven as salvation is the only way to do that, but allow our time on earth to benefit and love more people than we can possibly know.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth He yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast Thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that He might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25 As He saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
You can trust the Bible. If you are unsure of the translation you can read John 3:16:
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
There are other translations that will take away from that message and it will be like nails scraping on a blackboard when you find them. I throw them out entirely and I don’t find them worth mentioning in here.
You are not allowed to define God or put Him in a box. He is more infinite than anyone can understand and it is not up to you to say what He can or can’t do. You only know what he won’t or will do by the promises He made in the Bible.