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


- 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




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



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


        - 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


- 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




- 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


            - differentiate the various words

            - gain a more well rounded view and definition of


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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