Summary: We can share Jesus in everything we say and do!
2 Cor 5:1818 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,* so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Last week we talked about renewing your love for Jesus so that it isn’t weird to share him and if it is, your love runs so deep you don’t care. Much like this guy….Not ashamed at all.
There is nobody else who can do this because WE are the only ones He can use. People are going to go to hell if they don’t hear the gospel from US. It is MADNESS to not share Jesus with other people! We talked about making this a priority because He told us to and because we love him the most.
I. This directly affects YOUR spiritual development
a. Luke 6:38 - 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
b. This scripture refers to WHATEVER IT IS YOU ARE GIVING…NOT JUST MONEY
c. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
d. Some of you who are wanting to get closer to God or have MORE of God in your life are directly resulted in how much YOU are giving HIM away.
e. If you NEVER give Jesus away to someone else, either in Planting or watering you will be VERY slow in your spiritual development.
f. It is NOT getting people SAVED….It’s spreading the good news that God wants to have a relationship with them and they can have a relationship with Him.
i. MAN moved the finish line when Jesus told us there would be people who WILL reject it.
ii. To receive more of God in your life, you have to sometimes be the planter, sometimes be the waterer and sometimes be the harvester, but what is happening in ALL THREE EQUALLY is you are making MORE ROOM FOR HIM IN YOUR LIFE!
g. The BEST and more effective way to grow in your spiritual life with God is to give Jesus to someone else, frequently because He then gives back to You GOOD MEASURE PRESSED DOWN SHAKEN TOGETHER AND RUNNING OVER MORE OF HIMSELF FREQUENTLY!
This week I want to talk ways that this happens. Immediately when people think to share Jesus, they automatically go to telling someone about Jesus. That is just ONE way.
Colossians 3:17-17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
I. What you say
a. Of course most people want to immediately quote John 3:16 when sharing Jesus
i. John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life
ii. And that is the right way…Many people want to know the Romans road Romans 10:9-10 9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
iii. And of course that is the right way, but a lot of people don’t have the confidence in their knowledge of scripture or in the knowledge of God to share Him theologically.
iv. Theologically sharing Jesus is only a PART of over coming the madness.
b. 1 Peter 3:13-1513 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 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,
c. Rev 12:10-11 "It has happened at last — the salvation and power and kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ! For the Accuser has been thrown down to earth — the one who accused our brothers and sisters before our God day and night. 11 And they have defeated him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of their testimony. And they were not afraid to die.