The Mission of the Church Sermon — The Call to Church Action Series #13
References: 2 Corinthians 5:11-17
Men and women will be persuaded by our gospel if we know and show the redeeming power of divine love. Love is a universal language. It requires no introduction and requests no interpreter.
When our lives become vehicles for expression of the constraining love of Jesus, we have found the key to evangelistic persuasiveness.
Paul reminds his readers of the mission of the church. We need to always keep our spiritual eyes on the target of the ministry. Paul sums up the target of the ministry in three words—“we persuade men” –and then proceeds to show us how men and women can be persuaded of the validity of the gospel in such a city as Corinth – or anywhere in the world, for that matter.
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Encounter is a half-hour program featuring the expository preaching messages of the late Dr. Stephen Olford. Dr. David Olford is the host of the program. These messages come out of the archives of Stephen Olford’s ministry, primarily from his years of preaching at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan, NY. Encounter was broadcast on many radio stations throughout the world for many years. Following his death in 2004, the radio broadcasts were discontinued.
About Dr. David L. Olford
Dr. David Olford serves as the Chairman of the Board and President of Olford Ministries International, Inc. (OMI), founded by his late father, Dr. Stephen Olford in 1976, a ministry committed to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. He joined OMI in 1985. He also serves as the President of the Stephen Olford Ministry Legacy, formed in 2009, to preserve the preaching and teaching ministry of Dr. Stephen Olford. OMI leads Biblical Preaching Institutes and seminars at the Stephen Olford Center in Memphis, TN. and elsewhere.
David received a BA in Ancient Language from Wheaton College and an MA in New Testament Theology from Wheaton Graduate School. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (England) in Biblical Studies. He served as the Stephen Olford Professor of Expository Preaching with Union University (TN.) from 2007 to 2016.
In 2009, David’s book, Find Us Faithful: Leadership that Leaves a Legacy was published by B&H Publishing. Together with his father, he coauthored the widely acclaimed, Anointed Expository Preaching. He also compiled the book, A Passion for Preaching, in honor of his father. As both a teacher and preacher, Dr. David Olford has shared his passion for God’s inerrant Word across the United States and in numerous foreign countries.
David Olford and his wife, Ellen, have been married since 1986 and live in Memphis, TN. The Olfords have two adult daughters, Lindsay and Stephanie.