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Summary: This is the third of a 4 part series adapted from Willow Creek's Contagious Christian Evangelism Training course.

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BE CONTAGIOUS: WEEK 4

Scott Bayles, pastor

Blooming Grove Christian Church

(I was sick the week I wrote this message and didn't have time to write the full text, this is the outline I preached from).

INTRO: (title slide)

 Review

 How are we doing so far?

 God wired each of us with a unique personality.

STYLE #1: INVITATIONAL (slide 2)

 Biblical Example: Samaritan Woman (John 4)

 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” (John 4:28-29 NLT) (slide 3)

 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42 NLT) (slide 4)

 Review the power of an invitation

 Everyone can & should do this, but some people are gifted at it

 People gifted in this style of outreach tend to be…

o Hospitable—you enjoy opening your home to people

o Relational—very inclusive, ever-widening circle of friends

o Persuasive—like the Samaritan woman persuading the crowd

STYLE #2: INTELLECTUAL (slide 5)

 Biblical Example: Paul on Mars Hill (Acts 17)

 Athens was a city of philosophers and scholars

 “It should be explained that all the Athenians as well as the foreigners in Athens seemed to spend all their time discussing the latest ideas” (Acts 17:21 NLT) (slide 6)

 These guys loved philosophical and theological debates, that’s why God sent Paul

 Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about (Acts 17:22-23 NLT) (slide 7)

 Paul went on to explain how nature reveals the existence of a Creator and how the resurrection of Jesus proved that the was the Messiah the Son of God—these are still the key apologetic issues today (existence of God, deity of Christ)

o If you enjoy listening to and participating in intellectual debates…

o If your heart starts pumping & adrenaline rushes when debating politics, ideologies, etc…

o If you find yourself getting into discussions about creation, evolution, etc…

 This style probably fits your personality. People with this style tend to be…

o Inquisitive, Analytical, Logical

 They ask questions like, “What do you think?” and “How do you know?” and “Why do you believe what you believe?”

 We live in an increasingly secular world, where people are skeptical and need solid answers—so this style is very important in our culture today.

STYLE #3: ILLUSTRATIVE (slide 8)

 Biblical Example: Blind Man (John 9)


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