Summary: Four prinicples for sharing Christ
Dr. Jones wrote, “The concealing and neglect of certain truths and certain aspects of Christian truth has always been the chief characteristic of every period of decline in the history of the church. When the church did not seem to count at all you will find without exception the thing that has most characterized the church as such a time has been a time of denial or neglect of certain vital truths which are essential to the whole Christian position.” Many churches we see today are emotionally excited but are not experiencing a true life change for Christ. The church is not reaching the culture it lives in. Where do we find God in our public schools? Nativity scenes are not allowed in public places. The 10 Commandments have been removed. Gay marriage is an issue. Abortions are allowed. “Under God” is trying to be removed. Why does the church seem so weak when there is more Christian influence in our country than any other nation? I ask the question is our church based on the truth of God’s word or has it been diluted by men’s opinion of the Word of God? We cannot influence the world if we do not become a part of it by sharing our faith.
Is there any other word in the Christian world like Evangelism that brings to the mind a feeling of doubt or shame among Christians? Have you heard this word since you have been in church? What does it mean and what steps are we to take to “evangelize” the world for Christ. How do we actually go about doing it? Building bridges by developing relationships with others is one of the best ways to share Christ successfully. Do we believe that people are really spiritually hungry and open to talk about their spiritual life? If we know this, how do we bring God into our conversations, and how do we invite our friends to enter into a personal relationship with Christ for themselves? Let us look at the life of Philip as an example of principles we can use in our lives from Acts 8:26-35 (quickview)
1. We need to be personally Connected with God.
We first find Phillip having a spiritual conversation along the roadway. He had been in Samaria where he had preached Christ and many believed. To make this a little more challenging this was also the time Saul was going around trying to destroy the Christian church. We do not have a Saul in our neighborhood so it should be easy for us to preach and share Jesus. An angel of the Lord came to Philip and said “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. So he started out. . . .” The first principle we see is that sharing God’s love with others is linked to our own special relationship with Jesus. God said go and he took off. Philip was having a good time in Samaria and didn’t understand perhaps why he was going down this road. He was faithful to go and do exactly as God commanded him. Are you faithful in doing what God wants? If we want to be used by God it will require us to have an open and submissive spirit. We have to be listening for God’s to say, “This is the path for you, now go and walk in it.” The closer we are connected to God, the easier it is to hear His voice?