Filled XIV “ Relational Evangelism What do you think of when I Mention the word evangelism? *** *-Skit Guys-** The skinny on evangelism There are three types of evangelism. * Proclamation: Church services, Billy Graham * Confrontational: visitation, door to door * Relational: Building Relationships to bring people to Jesus! Very few can do 1-2, But all of us can be involved in #3. *Example: Relating with others.* * Football-Comic-con- * CR-Team _Acts 17:16-28_ * It was a society with many gods and knowledge all around it. (They had many ‘philosophers’ of groups such as the Stoics and Epicureans). * We must realize that we live in an Acts 17 society and that most of the people we meet—including some in our church —are Greeks (Religious) Paul witnessed to a society of people much like today *We must be obedient. ( Paul's Journey)* _Acts 17:16-17_ * Paul's spirit was provoked. * Paul arrives in Athens and right away notices that the place was full of idolatry * Paul is *obedient* to the Holy spirit and starts to witness. * We are to proclaim the Gospel, not simply wait for someone to ask about it. * Many Christians live waiting to be asked about thier faith, not telling about it. * Months in a position and no one knows you're a Christian. **Sharing Jesus requires you to stand on the foundation of Christianity** ** **_Acts 17:18_ * Paul Preached Jesus and the resurrection - * Paul didn't preach religion he Majored in the Majors. * They had no idea who Jesus is. * He talked about what mattered. *Application* **Let’s Look at two different approaches ** **Acts 2** we see Peter speaking to the men of Judea and of Jerusalem. (3000 Jews) He preached sin and judgment ** ** *Acts 17* Paul. He is speaking to a group of Greeks in Athens (Verse 22) instead of Jews. Like Peter, Paul preaches sin and judgment (verses 30-31) but with a different outcome: some mocked, some wanted to hear more, and some believed. ** ** **There is a notable difference in content of these sermons. ** * Peter is speaking to the Jews who have a biblical foundation. To them the stumbling block is *Christ and the crucifixion*. * However, for the Greeks there is *no foundation*, no understanding of the scriptures. For them the preaching of the cross is foolishness. * Just like today the cross seems foolish Why so many gods in one place? * Trade routes * Gods plan for Paul **Paul found an in! Paul had to relate to them. ** _*Acts 17:22-24 _* * Paul here is neither commending nor denying their religious practices. Rather he is noting their interest in spiritual things.* “I see that in every way you are very religious.”* * Paul presents the gospel in a way that they will understand it. * Restoration/ Tractors * Paul leveraged their culture to his advantage to further the kingdom. **(Spiritual Things)** **We must proclaim who God is!** * _Acts 17:24-26_ He is the Creator, and we should seek after him. **Who God is to us! ** _Acts 17:28 _ for we are indeed his offspring! * _Acts 17:29 _ * He is our father. * We were made to be connected to something greater. **Challenge** _Acts 17:30-31_ * The Men of Athens had never before heard the gospel before. Now through Paul's testimony of who God is and his Judgment that they needed a savior. Just Like Paul God has Called us to be: * Obedient * Available * Tell the story of who Jesus is. Life group questions: 1. What comes to mind when you think about evangelism? 2. What is relational evangelism and how does it differ from other forms of evangelism? 3. What is the context of our society and how can we relate to those in it? 4. How can you share the gospel through the things you are around daily? (Tractor story) 5. We are to proclaim who God is to us. Who does scripture say He is to us? 6. What opportunities will be presented to you this week? Will you be obedient?
Filled XIV - "Relational Evangelism"
November 4, 2018 • Matthew Temple
8/13/20 - CR Faith Refocused
War XI - "Neighbor"
August 9, 2020 • Paul Barnard
Neighbor *Luk 10:25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Luk 10:26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”* *Luk 10:27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”* *Luk 10:28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”* *Luk 10:29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”* *Luk 10:30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.* *Luk 10:31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.* *Luk 10:32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.* *Luk 10:33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.* *Luk 10:34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.* *Luk 10:35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’* *Luk 10:36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”* *Luk 10:37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”* First dude- Priest- Busy busy busy with church work Second dude- Levite- Judged him- “prolly deserved it, wrong side of town” Third dude- Samaritan- Crossed racial and cultural lines, took time away from business and cared for his neighbor. We have been given a mandate to be the hands and feet of Jesus This mandate does not come with exceptions *Mat 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”* We have been given the keys to the kingdom not the church This is why people have become so disillusioned with the church No action to words. *1Jn 3:18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.* *1Jn 3:19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;* *We have to change our posture before people will receive what we proclaim.*