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Witnessing 101-Part II
8/5/2009

Witnessing 101-Sharing Jesus-Part II
5-Excuses of Why We Won't Share

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14 (NKJV)

We are looking through a series of devotionals that will give us the basics for sharing our belief in Jesus Christ.  We looked at a series titled, "The Great Commission" a few months back and we learned that It is Gods commandment for us to share the Gospel message.  So we are now going to look at some common problems that we will all most likely encounter that will cause hindrances in our ability or willingness in sharing with others.

In today's devotional, we will look at 5-common problems (Excuses) we have with witnessing.  After each excuse, I will put down some scripture that will help you through this.

Excuse #1    "I don't know enough, I'm a new Christian."
 
First things first!  You don't have to know the entire written Word of God to be an effective witness.  God is only concerned with you being willing to share what you know.  Be honest with those whom you speak with.  You don't have to act as if you know everything, just tell them you don't know the answer to that question, and then be willing to investigate it to find the correct answer out.  This is the basis of good Bible study anyway, and so it will give you a great opportunity.    

Start with the basics that you were told such as The Gospel Message, which can be found in 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4.

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 1Corinthians 15:3-4 (NKJV)

There is a great story of a blind man that was healed by Jesus Christ in the Book of John, chapter 9, verses 1-38.  Share this story and then us it as an example of how God opened your eyes to there blindness.  Share your personal testimony of how Jesus has changed your life.  Share how you feel knowing that your sins are forgiven.  Share how much joy and peace you now have knowing that you have been given eternal life.  Don't every underestimate your personal testimony--people are listening to what you have to share about what God has done in your life.

Excuse #2    "What will my friends think?"

Worrying about what our friends think is simply peer pressure.  We shouldn't worry about what our friends think when we share the Gospel message with them--we should be thinking about where they are going to spend eternity if they don't hear and receive the message.  First of all, you can't even be calling them your "friend" if you are not willing to share the best thing that you were ever given, and that was totally free.  In fact, I would go so far as to say, you could be called just about anything except for a friend.

You may lose someone you considered a friend when you share the truth in love, and in boldness.  You might even lose a family member when you speak of what Jesus Christ has done and of what He wants for our lives.  God has told us in His Word that this "will" happen--not that it "might" happen.   But He has also promised that each person who loses someone, will receive a hundredfold in the future for their losses.   

So Jesus answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospels, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions--and in the age to come, eternal life. Mark 10:29-30 (NKJV)

Excuse #3    "I'll be persecuted and harassed!"

Yes, It's true; you will be persecuted for doing what is right!  As we stated in "Excuse #2," you might even lose that friend or family member as a form of persecution.   

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2Timothy 3:12 (NKJV)

But we are also told that we will be blessed for this persecution.

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:10-12 (NKJV)

David said, "Blessed," or "Happy" is the man whose sins are forgiven.  We, as Christians, should be absolutely happy even when we are being persecuted for doing the will of our Lord.  

I want to encourage you today, if you are being persecuted for sharing the Gospel or living in a way that honors God, remember, Great is our reward Christian-Great is our reward!

In Part III of this message titled Witnessing 101, we will look at the last 2-excuses we will probably face when witnessing to others.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about sharing the Gospel message with others in these scriptures above?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself being persecuted for sharing your beliefs in God?

APPLICATION: Stay focused on the Great Commission, and keep sharing the message of salvation.  It is the greatest gift you can give someone, and well worth the persecution.

Father, Thank You for Your free gift of salvation.  Thank You for allowing me to be a part of Your ministry and to be able to share this great message.  Bring those into my life today Lord, and prompt me when I am to share, and what I am to say.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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