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Summary: “How can I become a Christian?” What if someone asked you that question? Would you be prepared to share with them the gospel? Could you do that in a way that they clearly understood what they needed to believe? If we are going to fulfill our Mission f

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Series - On a Mission from God

Evangelism Required

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

Know what Christianity really is

People must know and believe …

Who they are:

A Sinner separated from God

Who Jesus is:

The Christ, God in the Flesh

What Jesus did:

He Died for their Sins

He Resurrected from the Dead

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Intro

These past few weeks we have been talking about our Mission from God.

We have talked about some of the things that are required for us if we are to be successful in fulfilling this Mission that God has given each of us who call ourselves Christians.

We have found that for us to be successful on this Mission, we must make sacrifices to help us continually reach out with the gospel of Christ and we must serve both in the church and outside of the church so we continue to have opportunities to share the gospel.

One last thing we are going to talk about is actually seizing those opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus. That is called evangelism.

Check out this video as we begin.

Strangers video

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They may never meet this side of heaven that is.

Do you think you would ever be a Lisa? Or even ever could be a Lisa?

Someone who Evangelizes someone else?

That is scary isn’t it?

Why is evangelism so scary?

I believe Evangelism is scary for 2 reasons.

Wrong picture

First, I believe many have a wrong picture of evangelism.

Street Corner preaching

Often we have one of two pictures in our head. One is standing on a street corner and preaching repentance to the masses that are not listening.

“Sinner! Repent! Or burn in Hell!”

What is said may be factually true, but it is communicated without love or relationship.

Stranger Encounters

The second picture of evangelism is going up to total strangers and asking if they are saved and telling them about Jesus.

The second picture is certainly not as harsh, but I believe that doing that would be more for the person that is gifted in evangelism, not necessarily for everyone.

There are some people that have a gift of evangelism that can quickly connect with others and turn nearly any conversation into an opportunity to share the good news about Jesus.

Now, not everyone has that gift but we are all called to, as Peter tells us in

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1 Peter 3:15 to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”

This is something that we are all called to do and it is not something that is confrontational, but should flow from love and relationship, with gentleness and respect.

That seems easy enough, but for many people they still don’t do it.

I think there are couple reasons for that as well.

Failure to understand the importance

One is that they are not really thinking how vital this is to others.

We have the greatest news in the world, the news that is going to save people from an eternity in hell. Not sharing it is like withholding from someone the cure for their cancer when we have it right here.

We have got to realize the extreme importance of the gospel. People really are dying without Christ and going to hell. While we can’t make them believe, we can share with them the truth so they can believe.


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