August 13, 2017
Going to Our Neighbours
Scriptures inspiring us to tell people about God:
Psalm 96: 3 “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all peoples. “
Isaiah 12: 4 “make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted “
Psalm 105: 1 “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. “
Matthew 25: 19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations… “
John Piper said “Mission exists because worship doesn’t “
There are people who don’t understand the Glory of God. God wants to be in a Love relationship in Worship. The Love of God has to be the mission of the church.
What is the challenge for the church? Who told you first about Jesus?
What are we meant to be?
1.Be Ready. Expect to talk about your faith
2.Be Humble. 1 Corinthians 3: 6 “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. ” Only God can bring salvation.
10 stages where people can be at:
- No awareness of God
- Some awareness of God
- Contact with Christians
- Interest in Jesus Christ
- Deciding to investigate it more
- Grasped the truth about Christ
- Understanding the importance of this
- Acceptance of Christian Truth
- Acceptance of what it means and implications
- Making a Commitment
3.Be Aware. What prompts is God giving you?
4.Be Prepared. 1 Peter 3: 15 “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have… “. If you had one shot, one opportunity, would you capture it?
5.Be Bold. Matthew 10: 19 “…do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, “
6.Be Real. Be yourself – they know who you are
7.Be Available. When they want to come back to you.
9.Be Madly and Passionately in Love with Jesus, so that people can tell there is something different about you.