Summary: Today in our passage of Scripture we’re going to see Jesus be our example as to how we’re to share the message of Jesus’ love and hope w/others.
Intro: In the 1998–1999 NBA basketball season, David Robinson, frequent all-star and veteran center for the San Antonio Spurs, learned to share the limelight with the new dominant player of the league: his teammate Tim Duncan.
-San Antonio won the NBA playoffs in 1999 with Tim Duncan as their star player. In Sports Illustrated, Robinson reflected on what that was like for him. He said, “I can't overstate how important my faith has been to me as an athlete and as a person. It's helped me deal with so many things, including matters of ego and pride.
-For instance, I can't deny that it felt weird to see Tim standing on the podium with the Finals MVP trophy. I was thinking, Man, never have I come to the end of a tournament and not been the one holding up that trophy. It was hard.
-But I thought about the Bible story of David and Goliath. David helped King Saul win a battle, but the king wasn't happy because he had killed thousands of men while David had killed tens of thousands.
-So King Saul couldn't enjoy the victory because he was thinking about David's getting more credit than he was. I'm blessed that God has given me the ability to just enjoy the victory. So Tim killed the tens of thousands. That's great. I'm happy for him.”
-I really don’t think sharing comes too naturally for most people. And the reason why is b/c when you share it means you have to give something up. Today, we’re continuing our series “DNA: The genetic makeup of VillageChurch.” And a part of this church’s mission is to be a church that shares.
-And the one thing that we’re to share more than anything else is our faith in Christ. That brings w/it some pretty big challenges b/c we’ve been told over and over again that our faith is a private matter. It’s something we’re to keep to ourselves. But how can we keep the message of Jesus and the hope He offers to ourselves and consider ourselves to be a biblical community?
-We can’t! Unfortunately, most of us don’t do it for various reasons. We don’t do it b/c we don’t want to offend anyone. We don’t do it b/c we feel like it’s not our responsibility.
-But the Bible says in Rom. 10: 14-15, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear w/o someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!’”
Sermon Idea: Today in our passage of Scripture we’re going to see Jesus be our example as to how we’re to share the message of Jesus’ love and hope w/others. I promise you, you don’t need a degree to tell other people @ Jesus. It’s not as complicated as we make it out to be. I really believe there are a few things we need to understand @ sharing Jesus, sharing our faith w/others that can transform the mission of this church.