Summary: A sermon (outline in parts) on the importance of witnessing and how to witness to the lost
Top 12 Songs of the Lukewarm Church
1. Blest Be The Tie That Doesn't Cramp My Style
2. Pillow of Ages, Fluffed for Me
3. I Surrender Some
4. I'm Fairly Certain That My Redeemer Lives
5. Sit Up, Sit Up For Jesus
6. Take My Life and Let Me Be
7. What An Acquaintance We Have In Jesus
8. Where He Leads Me, I Will Consider Following
9. He's Quite a Bit To Me
10. Oh, How I Like Jesus
11. Fill My Spoon, Lord
12. It Is My Secret What God Can Do
In 1980 a young man from Rwanda was forced by his tribe to either renounce Christ or face certain death. He refused to renounce Christ, and he was killed on the spot. The night before he had written the following commitment which was found in his room:
"I'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed, the die has been cast, I have stepped over the line, the decision has been made- I'm a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed vision, worldly talking, cheap giving & dwarfed goals.
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I won't give up, shut up, let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up for the cause of Jesus Christ.
I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till everyone knows, work till He stops me & when He comes for His own, He will have no trouble recognizing me because my banner will have been clear."
I) Cheering From The Sidelines?
As a church, we've done a lot of talking, but not enough moving. We've been talking a good game, but instead standing on the sidelines hiding behind the other players, or even worse, just hanging out in the stands simply cheering on the team. The key area that we are failing in is witnessing to the lost.
Folks, the Christian walk is like a football game. It's not a contact sport, it's what Turtle? It's a collision sport. You and I have a vital, important mission and we have to deliver the tough message. It is a message that may hurt more than getting hit by Troy Polamalu on a quarterback blitz.
This morning I'm going to go back through the method by which we are to witness everyone, and what I'd like you to do is to get a copy of this message on CD, and listen to it over and over and get the idea of how to witness. Then—get into the game!
Too often, we are afraid to witness to the lost. Some people say that it just isn't their style, their gift, their talent to share their faith.
But let me ask you this—If your friend was dying a long, slow death and you could, at no monetary cost to him, give him the cure so he could live, would you do it?
2 Cor 5:11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences. (NKJ)
Now think about this—this lifetime is only an average of 70 years, according to the Bible. I'm 48 years old, so statistically I've only got 23 years left, and I've been saved 11 so that means that I probably only have less than 2/3 of my saved life to witness to the lost. It's time to get into the game.
Now you might be 12 or you might be 30 or you might be 78 and we all know that life could end tomorrow for us. It is our duty to witness, to be soul winners, as we don't know when our lives are going to cut short and we also don't know when someone else will lose their life.
Time is of the essence, and we can't afford to wait until tomorrow! Tomorrow may never come!
II) The Gospel In 40 Minutes
I'm rarely at a loss for words, as you know, and sometimes that's to my great disadvantage. But today, I'm going for the record—I'm going to try real hard to share the gospel message in 40 minutes, maybe less., This way you can see that it's not the most difficult thing that you will ever learn to do but it does take some knowledge.
III) The Tough Question
Of all of the questions that I ask people, the most popular is what? Can I ask you a tough question?