Basic Truths: Witnessing #1

Faith Church June 7, 1992

- the last several weeks we've been talking about how to

  communicate biblically

- we've talked a lot about things we ought not to be saying

  with our tongues and Lord willing, we have taken some steps

  of growth in that area

    - if you've been working on applying these truths, you've

      probably had instances where you haven't said things

      that you normally would have said

        - but this time you "held your peace"

 

- now we're going to think about that subject from another

    perspective

- this is a development of communication, but it's usually an

   area where we "keep our peace" when we ought to be

   speaking many times

 

- we're talking about witnessing -- using our tongues to

   share the good news of Jesus Christ

 

INTRODUCTION

 

  - let's begin by thinking about some reasons why we should

    witness:

 

INPUT - What reasons come to your mind?

 

    1) It is commanded.

 

        - INPUT - Passages?

 

        - Matt. 28:19-20

 

        - Acts 1:8

 

        - II Cor. 5:17-21

 

        - John 15:16

 

    2) It is commended:

 

        a. in the life of our Savior

 

            - Matt. 18:11

 

            - Matt. 20:28

 

            - John 17:18ff

 

        b. in the life of the apostle Paul

 

            - Romans 10:1

 

            - Romans 10:15

 

            - Phil. 1:12-18

 

            - I Tim. 2:1-4

 

    3) Because of the reality of hell

 

        - People kid about "hellfire and brimstone"

          preaching, but is it possible that we've put all

          thoughts of hell out of our minds and as a result

          lost an essential motivation for an evangelistic

          lifestyle?

        - we're not using these verses to "whip up" some sort

          of emotional frenzy that leads to witnessing

            - nor would we want someone to use these verses

              with an unsaved person to coerce them into an

              emotional decision.

 

         - but, do we believe in the reality of hell, and

           what do our witnessing habits reveal about the

           depth of that belief?

 

         - here's some of the things the Scripture tells us

           about hell:

 

        a. unquenchable - Mk. 9:43

 

        b. eternal - Mt. 18:8

 

        c. the opposite of eternal life - Mt. 25:46

 

        d. eternal darkness - Mt. 25:30, II Pet. 2:17

 

        e. death - Rev. 2:11

 

        f. destruction and exclusion from the presence of the

           Lord - II Thes. 1:8-9, Mt. 7:21-23

 

        g. debt to be paid - Mt. 5:25-26

 

- point is - the Scripture is very clear about the existence

    of a real heaven, and a real literal hell.

      - some of the strongest passages in all the Bible are

         on this subject.

      - Is it possible that we've put these kinds of ideas

         out of our minds, and as a result are not as

         motivated to witness as we truly should be?

 

 

    4) Because of the condition of unsaved man

 

         - INPUT - if we're noy thinking biblically about the

            condition of unsaved men and women, what are some

            wrong conclusions we might be tempted to draw?

 

        - let's think about what God's Word says concerning

          the condition of those who don't know Christ as

          Savior and Lord.

 

        a. lost - Luke 19:10

 

        b. condemned - John 3:18

 

        c. under God's wrath - John 3:36

 

        d. blind - II Cor. 4:3-4

 

        e. dead - Eph. 2:1

 

        f. child of the devil - John 8:44

 

        g. hopeless - Eph. 2:12

 

        h. under the mastery of sin and Satan - Isa. 64:6,

             Eph. 2:2

 

INPUT - how could our culture's emphasis on "Unconditional

        acceptance" and "Self-Love/Image" affect the truths

        we've just been studying if we're not careful?

 

 

    5) Our Lord deserves the glory from the lives of people

        won to Him.

 

        - Rev. 4:11

 

        - I Cor. 10:31

 

- point that we're making is - There are many great reasons

    why witnessing ought to be an important part of our

    lifestyle.

- we're not going to go into the "ditch" of saying that this

    is the only issue in the Christian life (but I doubt that

    there's anyone here who say they're in that ditch anyway)

 

- Would you say this morning that this is a "use of the

   tongue" that you need to be more faithful and consistent

   in?

 

 

- we're going to take the rest of our time this morning

    thinking about:

 

I. Why Do People Need To Be Saved?

 

    A. The "short answer" - because of sin

 

        Isaiah 59:2 - Your sins have cut you off from God

 

        Rom. 3:23 - All have sinned and come short of the

          glory of God

 

INPUT - what is our world's attitudes toward sin and how does

          this affect our ability to evangelize?

 

    B. What is sin?

 

        - there are many different words in the Bible used to

          speak of sin.

        - I'm going to give you some of the original words

          (certainly not to try to impress you) but to help

          us:

            - differentiate the various words

            - gain a more well rounded view and definition of

                sin

Old Testament

        1. chata - failing to measure up, missing the mark

 

            Psalm 32:1 , Rom. 3:23  (swimming illus)

        2. avon - crookedness

 

            - bent twisted, (key illus)

 

            - Psalm 32:2

 

        3. Pesha - rebellion from a right authority

 

            Psalm 51:3

 

        4. Ra - to break into pieces, ruin

 

            Hos. 6:7

 

- There are several other words, emphasizing ideas such as

    punishment, guilt, wickedness, deviation, etc.

 

- Point - sin in the Bible is a big problem, and God has

    given us many words/concepts to help us see the enormity

    of the problem.

 

New Testament

 

        5. hamartia - missing the mark

 

            Rom. 3:23

 

        6. poneros - evil

 

            John 3:19

 

        7. parabino - going beyond, break the law

 

            Mt. 15:2-3

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