Take Jesus With You & Be A Blessing

Take Jesus With You & Be A Blessing

Take Jesus With You & Be A Blessing
(based on “Lost Cause” by Dave Ferguson)

Take Jesus With You

Matthew 28:18-20
Ephesians 6:10-12
Colossians 1:6

“Nearly half of practicing Christians say it is WRONG to evangelize (47%).” (Barna Research)
“Two out of three practicing Christians believe being a WITNESS about Jesus is part of their faith (65%).” (Barna Research)

Unchurched people are NOT coming back to church.
-66% said they were unlikely to attend a church service anytime soon (Lifeway Research)
-49% very unlikely to attend a church service (Lifeway Research)
79% of unchurched people agreed to the following statement: “I don’t mind talking to a friend about their faith if they really value it.” (Lifeway Research)
“… the best thing that could ever happen to someone is for them to know Jesus (94% to 97%).” (Barna Research)
Just 28% of Christains are actively involved in a Discipleship Relationship (Barna Research)

Why are you not discipling another person? (Barna Research)
-39% – Don’t think I am qualified [ equipped
-24% – No one has suggested it / asked me
-22% – Just haven’t thought about it
– 3% – Had a bad experience in the past
-14% – Other

What do you valve?
“Love Your Neighbor as Yourself”
“How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?“ (Penn Jilette, Atheist)

B – Be in Prayer; Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Romans 10:1, Colossians 1:9
L – Listen; Jesus & the Blind Man (Luke 18:38-42) 79% of the unchurched people agreed
– 1. Listen without judgment
– 2. Allow Them to Draw their Own Conclusion
– 3. Have Confidence in Sharing Your Own Perspective
E – Eat; Matthew 11:16-19, Jesus and Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)
S – Serve; Mark 10:45, Jesus Heals a Deaf Man (Mark 7:31-37)
– Lessons from Jesus about serving others:
— Proximity (Mark 7:32) – Our mission Starts with those around Us.
— Personally (Mark 7:32) – Serve People with dignity and an understanding of there needs
— Powerfully (Mark 7:34-35) – Accessing God’s Power (John 14:12)
S – Story; 1 Peter 3:15
—Part 1: My Life before Jesus
—Part 2: How I met Jesus
—Part 3: My Life Since I met Jesus
—-What are you excited about that God is doing in your life?

B – Be in Prayer
L – Listen
E – Eat
S – Serve
S – Story


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