As we draw closer to our congregation’s celebration of its 150th anniversary on July 23, 2017, we continue each week to look at a phrase from the constitution of our congregation.
So far, we have heard that the purpose of this congregation is to give honor and glory to God, and to carry out His will. This coming week, we will focus on these words “assist in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world.”
Those words are to you. We all are “preachers of the Gospel.”
Maybe you don’t think of yourself as a preacher. You may not feel that you’re eloquent with your words. But, you do have words, correct? You use words on a daily basis. So, what message do you preach?
What’s your soapbox speech about?
What are you really passionate about?
Where does the Gospel of Jesus Christ fit into all of that? Does it?
Maybe you want to talk about Jesus, but you don’t want to come across as pushy…
Perhaps you’re concerned that if you talk about Jesus you’ll offend someone, or even worse – they might have a difficult question for you that you can’t answer!
If you want to talk about Jesus, but don’t know how to start the conversation, I want to give you something to think about.
These are called the seven F’s and give you some ideas to think about as you seek to have conversations about Jesus Christ.
Everyone has all 7 of these F’s and they’re all good places to get people to start talking personally. As they talk, and as you ask questions and listen, God will provide opportunities for you to speak His word of truth.
Here you go:
If you so choose, you could do this as a homework assignment individually or as a family:
Write one question for each word that you could ask a Christian person.
Write one question for each word that you could ask a non-Christian person.
By pre-writing these questions, you will be ready at all times to engage people in meaningful conversations by listening and eventually responding with what you know about Jesus Christ.
Let’s do this. Let’s partner together and assist in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world.
Here are the upcoming topics along with the Scripture lessons:
|6/11/2017||Assist in preaching the Gospel to all the world||Gen. 1:1-2:4a||Acts 2:14a, 22-36||Matt. 28:16-20|
|6/18/2017||Manifest the unity of our faith in Jesus Christ||Ex 19:2-8||Eph. 4:1-6||Matt. 11:25-30|
|6/25/2017||Foster Christian fellowship and love||Acts 2:42-47 (1st lesson)||1 Cor. 10:14-17||John 15:1-17|
|7/2/2017||Extend a helping hand in human need||Isaiah 61:1-4||Eph. 2:1-10||Luke 10:25-37|
|7/9/2017||Achieve our objectives through God’s Word, the Sacraments, and teaching||Deut. 6:4-9||1 Cor. 11:23-34a||Matt. 28:16-20|
|7/16/2017||Alive in Christ: worship, groups, community||Gen. 1:27-31||Rom 6:1-11||John 10:7-18|