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The Foundation of Following Jesus, Part 4b - Sharing God's Word
Part 4b – Sharing God’s Word
2 Timothy 2:23-26
February 6, 2011
NOTE: THE ME/WE/GOD/YOU/WE FORMAT IS FROM ANDY STANLEY'S BOOK, "COMMUNICATING FOR A CHANGE."
Audio of this message can be heard at www.aberdeenwesleyan.org.
Me: You may or not be aware of this, but I get to share God’s Word with people in situations that have nothing to do with church on Sunday.
Sometimes I do it in private conversations, sometimes it’s in e-mails, sometimes it’s on the internet, and sometimes it’s in print, like in the newspaper.
I usually enjoy that, because it shows people that the Bible is relevant to our everyday living in the here and now of the 21st century just like it was as the Scriptures were being written down.
Another thing I come across from time to time is a situation where someone else is sharing God’s Word with someone.
Sometimes it’s great, because they’re using the Bible or that passage in the way it was intended.
But sometimes, it’s a train wreck, and I find myself rolling my eyes. And if I’m rolling my eyes, and I understand where they’re coming from and appreciating their heart in the whole deal, then you can be sure that a person who doesn’t follow Jesus or believe the Scriptures are rolling their eyes and feels they have another excuse to not believe or follow Jesus.
We: Maybe you’ve seen the same thing.
You see God’s Word being mis-used by well meaning people, and it breaks your heart.
Or maybe you’ve been wanting to use God’s Word more, but you’ve never really know how to do that, or wanted some guidelines in how to do that.
Or maybe you’re sitting here today and you’re not even sure you should bring the Bible into the conversation because you’re not sure it’s appropriate or relevant nowadays.
Well, let me assure you – it is relevant. And we’re going to talk about how to make it appropriate.
2 Timothy 2:23-26 (p. 843) –
23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
The context of this passage is the presence and influence of false teachers in the church where Timothy was the pastor.
But I think we can pick up some really great principles that can help us as we share the Word of God with those who don’t currently follow Jesus, and who follow false teachings regarding Christ, the Scriptures, or whatever issue they feel the need to address.
Sometimes these things come up in regular conversations with people, and sometimes you come across something in the newspaper or TV or the internet or whatever.
Remember the goal is to win the person, not the argument.
If you win the argument but you’ve driven that person farther from Christ, what have you accomplished except a greater possibility that person may spend eternity in hell because they didn&
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