SERMON NOTES | HOW TO HAVE THE WORST YEAR EVER: “I CAN’T SAY THAT”

by | Jan 17, 2021

We tend to share things that move us. The things we share reflect what we enjoy and what matters most to us. Throughout history, moved by their faith, Christians have always stepped up and shared with others.

 

Christianity was and always has been a groundswell movement whereupon believing in Christ, individuals saw their need to make society better. Actions and words went hand in hand and because of this, Christianity grew.

 

Jesus exemplified this while He was on earth. After descending into heaven, His disciples carried it on (Acts 1:8; 2:14; 8:5; chapter 17).

 

This series is about making decisions towards spiritual growth in our lives. In order to have the best year spiritually, we need to actively decide to control the things we can control, which is our decisions. Talk and tell is one way we can choose to grow in the year ahead. You can’t talk if you’ve got nothing to talk about.

 

But 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? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? (Romans 10:14-15)

 

Why do this?

-People’s lives are at stake.

-The church’s reputation is at stake.

-You’re own personal growth is at stake.

-Jesus expects it: You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-16; Romans 12:11; Isaiah 55:10-11)

 

3 ways to make talk and tell a spiritual growth decision for you:

 

  1. Be present
  • But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15)
  • Our language needs to be respectful and gentle. We can’t be obnoxious, rude, even militant.
  • Always be ready to talk about the hope you have. Most won’t ask you about the hope you have unless you are living in proximity with them. Presence matters.
  • Hope is seen through circumstance. Hope is not viewed from a distance (Matthew 5:16).
  • Who in your life needs you?
  • Our biggest hang up here is fear (Isaiah 41:10).

 

  1. Be personal
  • People can’t wrap their heads around unrelatable Christians. Be yourself. Be who God has created you to be.
  • Paul in front of the Areopagus (Acts 17:16-23).
  • Paul doesn’t condemn them for their beliefs. He was real, relevant and personal. He took something they knew and built upon it.
  • The end result was an invitation back and some who committed their lives to Christ. (Acts 17:32-34)
  • Our job is to make Jesus make sense to the world around us.
  • Our biggest hang up here is – what if I mess up? Be yourself. Completely rely upon the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do after you have done what only you can do.

 

  1. Point to Jesus
  • Paul was completely Christ centered. (Acts 17:18; Romans 1:16)
  • The Holy Spirit has a part in drawing people to Jesus. (John 6:44)
  • Paul could have made the message about himself (Philippians 3:4-5). He left his long list of achievements and pointed to Jesus. He called people to turn from their ways.
  • Our biggest hang up here is making it about us.

 

 

The gospel is good news. Our world needs good news more than ever. Jesus said, you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. That means….YOU.

 

Who needs you?

 

 

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