Manny introduced the sermon with the ever-so-scary (at least to me) word of evangelism. When we read the New Testament, we should realize that God requires us to take the good news we have heard and experienced and share it with others.
- C.S. Lewis wrote, "The church exists for nothing else but to draw men to Christ, to make them into little Christ's. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose."
I don't know about you but that word definitely sends me into a panic attack. I'm not really sure why though. Maybe it's because I feel hypocritical because I know I sin or maybe it's because I'm not confident in my ability to share with others? Idk...
The english word "evangelism" means to "proclaim the good news." We looked at the deacon Phillip, specifically in Acts 8:26-40. The rest of the sermon focused on these passages and how God can use us to share the good news.
1. Be listening for God's directions--1 Peter 1:12
- God speaks by His holy spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church.
- He speaks to reveal His will and His ways to us.
- John 8:47: "The person who belongs to God accepts what God says. But you don't accept what God says, because you don't belong to God." (NCV)
- One reason we may not hear God is because we fill our lives with so much noise and activity that the static of a busy life drowns our God's voice.
Manny also said, "God can steer you in the right direction if you're already moving toward obeying him, but when you are an object at rest, remaining at rest, it's difficult for you to know God's direction."--Amazing!
Phillip showed patience by listening to what God said. God didn't tell Phillip where he was going to end his journey, only to go "26...south to the road that leads down to Gaza from Jerusalem--the desert road." As humans, we want to know the final destination before we leave on a journey. Phillip, however, never questioned God about this. He just listened and followed.
- 1 Kings 19
2. As you go, look for divine appointments
- A "divine appointment" is when a servant of the Lord (that's you) meets someone who is obviously demonstrating an interest in spiritual things.
3. Begin your conversation with questions.
- There is no single way to lead someone to Christ.
- The best way to start a conversation about salvation is to ask a question.
4. Obtain their permission to share with them.
- God can really use a witness who is positive, cheerful, and tactful.
- Sometimes we face the risk of pushing someone away from Christ if we don't recognize where they are in being ready to receive Christ.
Being pushy can ultimately turn someone off to hearing the Good News. We should always talk to a person in a kind and caring way and if that person isn't ready to hear the News, then we should leave it at that and continually pray for them.
5. Use the scriptures.
- John 3:16: "God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believe in him may not be lost, but have eternal life."
- Romans 6:23: "The payment for sin is death. But God give us the free gift of life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- You can lead a person to Christ using those two simple scriptures.
6. Help them follow through on their commitment.
- Are you rejoicing today?
- Have you trusted Jesus?
- That's the only way to be happy in Jesus.
Until next time, much love and many blessings!