Archive for November, 2017
I do not fear that the people called Methodist shall ever cease to exist in Europe and America. I only fear that they shall exist as a dead sect knowing the for, of religion, but not the power three of, and that undoubtedly will be the case unless they hold fast to the doctrine, disciplines and spirit with which they first set out.” (John Wesley 1786, age 83)
Wesley did not have a simple statement about accepting Christ, he being a preachers kid, professor, theologian and preacher offer a process of profession.
1. God has saved us in Christ
2. The point at which I know/feel/experience the effect of saving Grace (our professing/accepting Christ)
3. The point at which I become aware that the Holy Spirit is working to shape my life toward the life/hope Jesus has saved
4. Glimpses, moments and finally when I am made whole through Chris, by the Holy Spirit I to the person God graces us with to live.
Accepting what God has done for humanity
Accepting what God has done for me
Accepting God help in becoming the person a God
Living fully as the person God hope, dreams, calls me to be.
Beginning: Understanding our desperate need for Jesus and reaching the lost.
Christian faith is uniquely personal
If you ceased believing in Jesus at midnight how would tomorrow be different?
Most important thing to know about witnessing is: what is the Holy Spirit doing in your life right now.
What adjustments do you make daily between what the Holy Spirit. Reds/expects and what you do each day
Our Task: Evangelizing the Gospel
Living the Gospel in “word, deed and sign”
Three people in the Evangelism committee proposed they way the church should plan to “do evangelism” this year.
1: One wanted the Church to focus on physically embodying the love of Jesus by serving people around them and acting on issues of social justice.
2. The second said, “Anybody could be kind or good to others. Only the Spirit could do signs and wonders.” We must study, listen and wait for the Holy Spirit.
Liam also believed in the Holy Spirit. Who didn’t? And of course we 3. We must communicate Jesus clearly to everybody because serving and praying might not be clear to everyone in the community or even the church.
The obvious answer is to combine all three, word, deed, & sign
Living in expectant hope of the Holy Spirit
Frame, guide your daily life in the Spirit
Live in Prayer is preparation and conversation
pray with others,
pray for other,
read the prayers of others
Sharing in first person what Jesus has done for you, and is doing
Clearly inviting others to encounter Jesus through you
Graceful faith Sharing
No law rules or formulas
Reality of what the spirit does to meet our needs
Start with someone who wants to know how to accept Jesus.
What would to tell someone who asked you, “What do I do to become a Christian?”
1. They bring it up directly,
2. They want simple, direct, clear instructions.
3. They want your personal instructions
First let us pray: “I thank you God for loving ana saving us. I praise you for the opportunity to share the gospel with <name> today. Guide my words and my heart by your love and grace.”
A. I believe God so loved the world that he gave his only child to save all people who believe in God, father son Holy Spirit. Do you. Believe this too?
B. I tell the church, my family and friends, that I believe Jesus’ saving work, has saved me, personally. Do you believe this for you.
C. I invited God’s Spirit, scriptures, and church to guide my life until Christ returns to take us to heaven. Do you believe this for your life?
D. We are both believers on the journey together. I want to thank God for Sharing your faith. Do you want to pray to say thank you too?
Follow up with introducing them to another believer and Co tire the conversation. Pray for those God entrusts to you.
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Romans 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
2 Corinthians 5:17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ —by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
Acts 10:36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Luke 15. Lost sheep, lost coin, lost child (prodigal son/elder brother)
Faith Sharing: some practical How to-s
-It is: Role as announcer of the gospel, God will use us to reveal
-It is not: Sharing your faith, verse persuading your point, using your faith.
Simple starting point:
1. Starting: The best way to share your faith is to start sharing your faith.
2. What to say: When it is your story
-you don’t have to figure it out,
-it is authentic, real and genuine
3. Pray for people around you.
-Pray for neighbor, even if it’s for 10 seconds.
-Pray for them to be receptive, open, willing
Start thinking of yourself as announcer: practice- “attention ladies and gentlemen..”
-think of a ball game, see the actions. Tell what you see
be an announcer of the gospel, God will use us to reveal
–Prayer is essential for each session of preparing
1. out pouring of the HS
2. a ew awakening by God’s church
3. the teachers and participants of the class
4. God’s grace to empower you to build relationships and share your faith
5. the world to come to know Jesus Christ
What exactly do I say? How to start?
-Begin with invitational statement
-“a send of a question within it and waits for an answers”
Example: Good weather today… That looks like a warm coat… “
TASK: Start the conversation
1. Start with a statement
2. Speak in the first person: I hope you are doing well today.
3. Know you only need one minute to get to the point
or nothing,.. either, lead to conversation of the next
-Fruit any homework: Most helpful, personal experience determined,
I hope you are doing well today.. 99 I get a smile, most people are not interested in cashiers.
TAKE ONE MINUTE
Practice the transition:
“It’s raining cats and dogs”
“Jesus said it (Matthew 5.45) rains on the good and the bad”
“I find peace knowing Jesus care about me when it rains and when the sunshine’s”
A bible verse, faith observation, that introduces faith topic
A person statement I believe
The door is open
Announce the gospel message and wait on the Holy Spirit, and follow HS lead
Why share our faith?
-Christ commanded, not suggested, maybe you should make disciples, nope, you shall
-Christ loves disciples, we are more willing to do something asked by someone who loves us.
-We know what is at stake for us and for those who do not know,
Some success stats
Why should we refresh / share our faith?
77% people become disciples through someone they trust
a year of trust building make be required to earn/build trust
we have to be plain and clear, we can no longer use Christina language
we can no longer depend solely on programs of the church
many people have difficulty building new relationships with new persons.
lots of people have no christian memory
Reasons we stop Sharing (of Church people)
-unaware of sin 1%
-indifferent to sin 16% they live as they want, self id as Xtn, but don’t care
-worried about sin 39% (have not moved on, still worried)
-Forgiven from sin 9% (unhappy members, unfulfilled
-39% Forgiving/Active in Church 24% of those 89% have stopped being transformed or refreshed
Churches historically have been teaching that when you become a member that’s it, your done
11% (Even to 11% need to step it up)
6% have a holy discountent (Know the core, but
3% broken by God ( God will make life good and easy)
1% surrendered / submitted (Do what you will)
0.5% have a profound love for God.
0.5% love for people. (Isnt this the greatest commandment ) love God and neighbor.
NO WONDER WE ARE NOT WITNESSING
Mentally/Spiritually Want to be BUILDING NEW relationship everywhere we go, example is Jesus not at other example
DAILY INITIATING ONE MINUTE CONVERSATIONS
….more practice next week