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Here’s a message I shared recently. You can download the outline by following the link below.
Romans 10:14-15 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (NLT)
[Illustration of young man with hope to share Gospel with entire class. He doesn’t but someone he shares Gospel with is a football player who becomes valedictorian and shares at graduation. ]
Isaiah 52:7 – “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!” (NLT)
- Remember Our Qualification Comes from God
2 Corinthians 3:5 It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. (NLT)
- Be Prepared to Share
1 Peter 3:15 – “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (ESV)
With GENTLENESS and RESPECT
- Make the Most of Your Time
Colossians 4:5-6 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (NIV)
Speech SEASONED with SALT
Wholesome, kind, purposeful, gentle, truthful, loving – Ephesians 4:29 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)
- You’re the Planter – Not the Grower
Don’t get upset when your expectations don’t happen. – 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 – I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. (NIV)
God makes it grow
You can tell people about Jesus till you are blue in the face, but your greatest testimony shared with others is your example. Paul wrote to those in Colossae to “Live wisely among those who are not believers… to let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt” (NLT, NIV).
I have four words written down that I read daily. Equip. Encourage. Empower. Embrace. Each day I remind myself of the importance of living this out with those who God brings in my path. It is not always easy to do; however, we are to be salty, we are to be full of grace.
It is so easy to show people something that is a misrepresentation of Christ. There a many opportunities to share love but instead we show judgment. We could speak life but instead we act in anger. We could encourage but instead we lash out and bring down. Each day you are given an opportunity. Make the most of every one. Live wisely among those who are not believers.
“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.” – Colossians 4:5 [NLT]