Message notes

How Do I Share My Faith? - June 14, 2020

Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” 

-2 Corinthians 5:20

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

-Acts 1:8

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

-Matthew 28:18-20

Everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

-Matthew 10:33

Ambassador: an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.

We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.

-Philippians 3:20

As we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head.

-Ephesians 4:15

You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.   Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.

-2 Timothy 2:2-6

You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

-1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.  We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth.   And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

-James 3:1-12

How can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

-Romans 10:14

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.   I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.  And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

-John 17:20-21

If someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

-1 Peter 3:15

LIFE APPLICATION
To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. Describe a time you had a hard time sharing your faith. Why was this? Have you ever had success? If so, what was the difference?

2. How does seeing yourself as an ambassador for Jesus and His Kingdom change your thinking about how to approach sharing your faith with others?

3. What is your next step as a result of this message?