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Summary: A sermon about how to share your faith in a personal, relational way.

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Stephen N. Collins

05/04/2008

Millville

Accomplishing the Mission of Jesus: Sharing Your Faith

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

John 3:17

Intro:

-Sharing the gospel in America is becoming increasingly more critical as revealed by the following statistics. In the Builder generation (those born from 1927-1945) 65% are evangelical Christians. Among Boomers (1946-1964) 35% are evangelical Christians. Just 16% are evangelical Christians in Generation X (1965-1976). It is estimated that only 4% of Bridgers (1977-1994) will become evangelical Christians. Through fervent prayer and intentional evangelism we must reverse this lethal downward trend. Pastors in Focus, March 2008, p.3

-Why do we have those statistics in our country? Today, I’d like to address one the biggest reasons I believe we see those stats in our generations. It’s easy to blame the world for it, but maybe we need to take a good, long, hard look at ourselves.

-Every Christian knows that evangelism is important. We will give money to missionaries, participate in outreach events, and welcome non-Christians to our church. We’re really good at that one here at Millville.

-But what about when you’re face to face with someone who’s not a believer? What about when it’s personal? What do you do when you’re sitting across from another person and you have to actually engage them in a conversation about your faith?

-It’s easy to get fired up about witnessing after a sermon about it. We like it when the pastor talks about it. But I can’t always be with you. It probably wouldn’t even work out if I were. If I could somehow follow you around and be with you every time you shared your faith, and if I were able to give you the words to say, you would never lead anyone to Jesus.

-It would probably go something like this: (VIDEO: WITNESSOLA)

-So today, let’s take a few minutes focus on one-on-one evangelism and some characteristics of a Christ-Like witness. This won’t be about what you’re supposed to say or giving you a step-by-step plan for leading someone to the Lord. That’s all been done.

-But we need to develop the heart of Jesus in the way we think about and the way we approach unbelievers.

Let’s pray. (PRAYER)

4 Characteristics of a Christ-Like Witness

2 things you must do to develop a Christ-like witness:

1. Center your heart on Jesus

Statement: Let’s look at John 3:17 this morning:

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

John 3:17

-We’ve got 4 characteristics to look at today, and we’re going to focus on 1 or 2 key words from John 3:17 that will help us better understand the mission of Jesus…and what how we should go about accomplishing it.

-Look at the last 2 words: “through Him.”

-This may sound strange to you, but I’ve known a lot of “Christless Christians” during my lifetime. You have too. These are people who claim Jesus is their Lord and savior, they come to church every Sunday, they can quote a lot of Bible verses for you…and they are more than happy to tell you just how close to the Lord they are.


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