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Whatcha Gonna Do With Whatcha Got Left? // Part 2


Giving Your Faith Away


1. I’ve been so excited to share this message with you. I mean excited beyond normal.

  • When I came to Christ years ago, telling others about Jesus was expected. I mean we were told that was important and part of your journey with Christ.

  • Oft times we were poorly trained. Oft times we had more zeal than wisdom and we turned people away from the Kingdom instead of into the Kingdom.

  • Because of that, we’ve pretty much gotten away from sharing the Gospel. Fear of rejection or intimidated at the thought or don’t know how to share our faith, we just leave it up to the experts. But the sad thing is the experts are few and far between. And fewer and fewer people are hearing about our loving Savior.

2. Here’s our challenge. Well over half the people in our country will never go to church.

  • They will never darken our doors. They drive by and don’t have a clue what goes on in here.

  • When in trouble, they don’t come to us. They go elsewhere for answers.

  • So here’s our challenge. If there’s a heaven to gain and a hell to shun, the overwhelming majority of the people are going to hell. And they are going while so many of us have the answer.

  • And this message today will go nowhere if God doesn’t help us – if God doesn’t break our hearts with what breaks His. I can’t motivate us – I don’t have the skills, but maybe God will help me share His heart to us today and that will move us.

3. Full disclosure – you haven’t been taught in an intentional – consistent – systematic way to share your faith. We’ve become good at inviting people on special days with the assumption that, if the pastor’s on his game that day, my friend may come to Christ.

But what is obvious is, I don’t have the relationship with them. I don’t have the influence you have. And many times an opportunity to introduce someone to Jesus is missed.

Let’s look at the Scripture together.


I Corinthians 9:9-23 (MSG)
Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!


Principles of Paul

1. We must be intentional in adding value to lost people.

  • Paul did this by becoming a servant to others. Though he was free, he chose to serve others in order to have a chance to share his faith.

  • When you and I are intentional in loving people – all people – and add value to people – they will eventually ask you about your faith.

  • The question we should ask every day is: how can I add value to someone today?

  • I hesitate to even say it because it’s so common, but, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.


2. We must be intentional to include everyone.

  • The text says: “I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide-range of people – the religious, non-religious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized – whoever.”
  • Whoever! For God so loved the world…

  • If we can understand anything about Jesus, it should be He loves people – all people.

  • Look at your neighbor and say: God loves you. God loves me. God loves people I like. God loves people I don’t like.


And therein lies our biggest problem in growing the Kingdom.

  • We too often have become selective in our approach. We want to reach a certain segment of our community, those we like.

  • We want those of certain statuses…certain socio-economic positions. Or they can be a sinner, just not certain sinners.

  • But here’s a truth we have to live by: Jesus doesn’t clean us up to save us, but He saves us so that He might clean us up. Jesus values people.

  • When we have a greater desire to connect with people than to correct people, we can share our faith.

  • We all disagree on a lot. None of us agree on everything. But if we could someone how look for the one thing we agree on instead of the 99 things we don’t, the lost will listen to us. But we’ve become good at fighting over the 99 things. And on social media – before the world, we argue and debate over things that are personal preferences and end up cannibalizing each other and alienating the lost.


If we can just connect with someone on common ground – if we can just find the one thing we have alike, it makes a difference. Let’s not find the one thing we have in difference and give it 100% of our effort. We squander our chance to share our faith.

When the world knows more about your political stance than being salt and light, we’ve missed the point. Jesus came for all and we must go all out to reach them.


3. Paul said we must know who we are in Christ.

  • Paul said: “I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ – but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I met into a God-saved life. I did this all because of The Message.”
  • Paul knows who he is. He’s made up his mind to follow Christ. He knows who he is. He’s okay that people question his faith – it’s durable.

  • He’s not afraid their sin will rub off on him – he’s secure in Christ.


Paul knows you don’t have to be like them to reach them, but you do have to like them.

  • And often times we don’t like them. What they do we don’t like and they make us uncomfortable. And we think if we can pass a few laws we can control it. But listen, this isn’t a government problem or a legislative issue – this is a sin problem. This is a problem with only one solution – Jesus – Jesus – Jesus!

  • And we need to be comfortable enough with who we are to go to where they are and share Who He is.


So how do we do it? I’ll talk about this a lot this year, but let’s begin here.

1. Be a friend to a lost person.

  • Just get to know them.
  • Genuinely care about them.
  • Find common ground.

2. Be real – authentic.

  • Don’t be fake.
  • Don’t be goofy.
  • Be real.

3. Just share your story.

  • When the time comes, and it will, just tell your story.
  • When they get hungry, or in a crisis, just share your story.
  • No one has a story like you. And your story is a wonderful story and a unique story. And it’s a special story.
  • And this great God of ours is so wise that He brings broken and lost people into our lives just to hear our story.


One more thing from Paul:

4. We must be intentional to enter their world.

  • Sitting here waiting on them to come isn’t working.

  • The more I’m with them and around them and understand them, the more I love them.

  • And doesn’t it just make sense that if you’re lost, you need someone to find you?


If you could find your own way, you wouldn’t be lost.

  • We’ve left their world, and look at the world. We, the people of God, must enter their world.

  • My world needs Jesus. My family needs Jesus. My friends need Jesus. My enemies need Jesus.

  • So, what are we going to do about it?



Worship Set


Alabaster Jar 

- Walker Beach and Zach Neese

Verse 1

This alabaster jar is all I have of worth
I break it at Your feet Lord
It's less than You deserve

You're far more beautiful
More precious than the oil
The sum of my desires
And the fullness of my joy

Like You spilled Your blood
I spill my heart
As an off'ring to my King

Chorus 1

Here I am take me as an offering
Here I am giving ev'ry heartbeat for Your glory
Take me

Verse 2

This time that I have left is all I have of worth
I lay it at Your feet Lord
It's less than You deserve

And though I've little strength
And though my days are few
You gave Your life for me
So I will live my life for You

Like You spilled Your blood
I spill my heart
As an off'ring to my King

Misc 1 (Bridge)

(You are) Worthy worthy
You are worthy
Worthy is the Lord
(REPEAT 8X)


My World Needs You

- Kirk Franklin

Verse 1

Show me your face, fill up this space
My world needs You right now, my world needs You right now
I can't escape being afraid
Fill me with You right now, my world needs You right now
(Repeat)

Verse 2

Power fall down, bring with it a sound
That points us to You right now, erase substitutes right now
Fix what I see, and God please fix me
My world needs You right now, let us see You right now
(Repeat)

Chorus

Every heart in the world God needs you to rescue
Storms have come and torn our hearts in two
We need you 

Verse 3 

Show me your face, fill up this space
My world needs You right now, my world needs You right now 

Bridge 1

Storms may come but when we call your name all things change
Kingdoms fall, one thing forever reigns is your Name

Bridge 2

The anchor that holds me in my pain, stays the same
Oh how sweet to know that your great name will never change

Bridge 3

Jesus Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Jesus Jesus,
Jesus,Jesus

Bridge 4

Storms may come but when we call your name, all things change
Kingdoms fall, one thing forever reigns is your name
Oh how sweet to know that Your great name
Will never change, it stays the same

Tag

Show me your face, come fill this space
My world needs You right now, my world needs You right now

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