Summary: evangelism for everybody
New ways of Evangelism
Beach bunny – why because this is for people who are enjoying God’s creation
Did you know that God Loves you and he made this beach for you to enjoy
You need an eraser because Jesus can rub out all your mistakes
Bumper Stickers Honk if you know God loves you
Works well in traffic jams
Such profound truth yet people see it as cheesy
In this simple statement we have God’s answer to the problem of Sin
Once upon a time
Chapter Two Abraham – God loves you
Chapter 3-10 well that’s a disaster
Then in chapter 11 God sends Jesus to get the plot back on track
After that for the remaining chapters God leaves the Church to tell the world that God Loves you.
So what went wrong
Well I Guess in our frantic efforts to get the message out we turned God loves you into slogans on novelties
And the words of john 3:16 got made into a slogan that gets hung over the handrails at sports games in America,
Somewhere we’ve largely lost the plot
We’ve grown cynical with the words
And the world just think it’s a joke
It’s that Cheap that we find it hard to take it seriously,
And if we can’t take the words God loves you seriously what chance do we have that the world or even the Church will understand the rest of the message.
You see unless we really know that God loves us then how could we ever except the fact that Jesus died for us
How could we possibly accept that God has forgiven us
If it’s all a joke then what is the point
I ask this question because I have come across many people who have thought this
Because we’ve made it so cheap it hard for anyone to take God seriously.
So we have a problem, is God for real
Does he really mean what he says?
Does he really love us?
Is he 4 Real?
At the end of the day I think most of us have one question
Are you 4 real??
I remember reading an article about a guy Richie Edwards of the Manic street preachers, and how he carved the words 4 real into his arm.
After that people started to take them a bit more seriously.
In his own blood he wrote the words 4 real
In Romans 5:8 Paul Talks about How God showed he loved us by having Christ Die for us
In Jesus That is exactly what God did
He allowed his son to crave the words 4 real
God Loves you 4 Real
And because he loves you 4 real you can guarantee he can forgive you 4 real
The words God Loves you were not dreamt up in some mass produce novelty factory
But on the body of his own son.
And the scars from that will not heal
You can guarantee that what he says is true.
It’s a promise that has been sealed in blood