Investing In The Future by Larry Wynn

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE
II CORINTHIANS 2:17;3:1-6
JANUARY 31, 1999 A.M.
SERIES: “A SURVIVAL KIT...”
MESSAGE #3
SUBJECT: INFLUENCE, EVANGELISM

INTRODUCTION

A. TAKE A MOMENT AND THINK OF ALL THE
PEOPLE WHO HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR
LIFE.

B. NOT ONLY ARE YOU INFLUENCED YOU
ARE ALSO AN INFLUENCER.

C. AS WE ENTER A NEW MILLENNIUM IT IS
VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE POSITIVELY
INFLUENCE PEOPLE WE KNOW AND MEET.

1. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE OF THE
CHRISTIAN.

2. THIS IS THE MESSAGE OF 2
CORINTHIANS 2:17;3:1-6.

3. THESE VERSES OUTLINE HOW WE
CAN POSITIVELY INFLUENCE
OTHERS FOR CHRIST.

I. THE MANNER OF INFLUENCE. VS. 17.

A. SET APART.

1. I AM OFTEN ASKED, “WHAT DO I
BELIEVE TO BE THE BEST
TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE?”


a. THE BEST TRANSLATION OF
THE BIBLE IS THE ONE THAT
IS WRITTEN ON YOUR HEART.

b. WHETHER PEOPLE EVER
READ A BIBLE LIKE THE ONE I
HOLD THEY SHOULD BE ABLE
TO LOOK INTO YOUR LIFE
AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE
JESUS MAKES.

c. PARENTS, YOU SHOULD BE
THE FIRST AND MOST OFTEN
READ BIBLE TO YOUR
CHILDREN.

2. VS. 17 TELLS US THERE ARE THOSE
WHO CORRUPT THE MESSAGE OF
CHRIST. “FOR WE ARE NOT AS
MANY PEDDLING THE WORD OF
GOD...”

a. THEIR INFLUENCE IS SELFISH.

b. THEIR INFLUENCE IS SUSPECT.

3. ANYTIME YOU HAVE THE REAL, YOU
HAVE THE COUNTERFEIT.

a. THE ONLY INFLUENCE SOME
OF YOU HAVE HAD IS A BAD
ONE.

b. SOME OF YOU, THE ONLY
VIEW OF CHRISTIANITY YOU
HAVE HAD IS A BAD PICTURE.


4. A COUNTERFEIT IS A CHEAP
IMITATION OF THE REAL THING.

5. THE CLOSER WE GET TO THE
RETURN OF CHRIST THE GREATER
THE INFLUENCE OF COUNTERFEITS.

6. ULTIMATELY THERE WILL BE A
COUNTERFEIT CHRIST AND
COUNTERFEIT RELIGIOUS LEADER.

7. OUR INFLUENCE IS TO BE SET
APART FROM THE COUNTERFEIT.

B. SINCERITY.

1. THE WORD MEANS WITHOUT WAX.

a. IT IS A TERM THAT WAS USED
DESCRIBE A PROCESS USED IN
FURNITURE REPAIR. IF THE
REFINISHER WERE
DISHONEST HE WOULD FILL
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