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Summary: How would Jesus witness to my friends and relatives. Could I do what He did?

(We began the service with a video clip from “Contagious Christianity” called “Lesson #8 - Objections” where a Christian woman was trying to witness to a skeptic who maintained that Christianity was too narrow and exclusive for her tastes).

OPEN: Someone once speculated about how certain people would answer the age old question: “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

They speculated that President GEORGE W. BUSH would say:

“We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or it is against us. There is no middle ground here.”

Ex-Vice President AL GORE might have said:

“I invented the chicken. I invented the road... Therefore, the chicken crossing the road represented the application of these two different functions of government in a new, reinvented way designed to bring greater services to the American people.”

RUSH LIMBAUGH

“I don’t know why the chicken crossed the road, but I’ll bet it was getting a government grant to cross the road, and I’ll bet someone out there is already forming a support group to help chickens with crossing-the-road syndrome. Can you believe this? How much more of this can real Americans take? Chickens crossing the road paid for by their tax dollars, and when I say tax dollars, I’m talking about your money, money the government took from you to build roads for chickens to cross.”

ARNOLD SCHWARTZENAGER

“I don’t know vhy the chicken crossed the road, but I do know IT VILL BE BACK!”

DR. SEUSS

”Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad?

Yes! The chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed, I’ve not been told!”

BARBARA WALTERS

“Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heartwarming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting and went on to accomplish its life-long dream of crossing the road.”

BILL GATES

“I have just released eChicken 2004, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your

important documents, and balance your checkbook.”

What if the BIBLE addressed that question?

”And God came down from the heavens, and He said unto the chicken, ‘Thou shalt cross the road.’ And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.”

And lastly, someone supposedly asked COLONEL SANDERS why chicken crossed the road… and he replied: “I missed one?”

APPLY: It’s intriguing to ask ourselves how certain men and women down thru history would answer certain kinds of questions. {Of course, this one about the chicken crossing the road is meant to be humorous…} BUT there are times when we really would like to know how would others deal with the situations we face - situations that we consider to be important.

For example: how would Jesus witness to the people we work around every day? How would He talk to my relatives and my friends about their need for salvation.

I. As I reread John 4 (quickview) , I was surprised at how well this story answered that question.


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