Making the Message Clear (3 of 7) by Rick White

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Making the Message Clear (3 of 7)
Series: Seven Step Strategy for Building a Biblically Functional Community
Rick White
1 Peter 3:15 / Acts 16:23-31

(Acts 16:23-31 NASB) And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely; {24} and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and fastened their feet in the stocks. {25} But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; {26} and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's chains were unfastened. {27} And when the jailer had been roused out of sleep and had seen the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. {28} But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Do yourself no harm, for we are all here!" {29} And he called for lights and rushed in and, trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas, {30} and after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" {31} And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household."

1 Pet 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

Introduction: Someone has said that Christians have two problems in communicating their faith- starting and stopping.
A number of years ago I was presented with one of the most unique witnessing opportunities I have ever experienced. It took place on a sidewalk outside a restaurant. I soon discovered that the person I was talking to was not the primary audience that God wanted to communicate His love through me. An obvious number of unsaved people were for the very first ti ...

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