Lessons Fom The Village People by Larry Wynn

THE POWER OF PERSUASION
2 CORINTHIANS 5: 11-17
MARCH 7, 1999 A.M.
SERIES: “A SURVIVAL KIT...”
MESSAGE #7
SUBJECT: EVANGELISM

INTRODUCTION

A. WHAT COSTS OVER $1 MILLION AND
LASTS FOR 1 MINUTE?

1. THE ANSWER IS A COMMERCIAL
DURING A MAJOR SPORTING EVENT.

2. THE GOAL: TO PERSUADE YOU TO
BUY THAT PARTICULAR PRODUCT.

3. COMPANIES SPEND BILLIONS OF
DOLLARS ADVERTISING THEIR
PRODUCTS IN ORDER TO PERSUADE
YOU TO BUY THEM.

B. AS WE ENTER A NEW MILLENNIUM OUR
GOAL AS CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE TO
PERSUADE MEN TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST
AS SAVIOR.

1. THAT IS WHAT THIS CHURCH IS ALL
ABOUT.

2. THAT IS WHAT OUR LIVES SHOULD
BE ABOUT.

C. IN 2 CORINTHIANS 5:11-17 WE ARE GIVEN
SEVERAL MOTIVATIONS FOR BEING A
WITNESS FOR CHRIST.


1. PAUL SUMMARIZED HIS LIFE WITH
THREE WORDS, “WE PERSUADE
MEN...” VS. 11.

2. EVERYWHERE PAUL WENT HE
ATTEMPTED TO PERSUADE PEOPLE
TO CHRIST.

3. SHOULD BE OUR DETERMINATION
AS WELL:

D. WE SHOULD BE PERSUASIVE BECAUSE OF:

I. ACCOUNTABILITY. VS. 11-13.

A. PAUL, THROUGH THE TERM “THEREFORE”
GOES BACK TO VS. 10.

1. WE WILL ALL STAND BEFORE GOD
AND GIVE AN ACCOUNT.

2. THE TERROR OF THE LORD. THE
JUDGMENT OF GOD.

B. ONE REASON WE WITNESS IS BECAUSE OF
THE JUDGMENT OF THE LOST.

1. “IT IS A FEARFUL THING TO FALL
INTO THE HANDS OF A LIVING GOD.”

2. DO WE STILL BELIEVE MEN AND
WOMEN WHO REJECT JESUS SPEND
ETERNITY SEPARATED FROM GOD
IN A PLACE THE BIBLE CALLS HELL.


C. IN THIS VERSE THE PHRASE DEALS WITH
BELIEVERS.

1. THE AWESOME PROSPECT OF
STANDING BEFORE THE JUDGMENT
SEAT OF CHRIST SHOULD COMPEL
US TO BE A WITNESS.

2. THE JUDGMENT SEAT IS NOT A
HEAVEN/HELL JUDGMENT.

3. AS BELIEVERS OUR LIVES WILL BE
BROUGHT INTO ACCOUNTABILITY.

a. FAITHFULNESS TO THE LORD.

b. WORDS SPOKEN.

T c. THE IMPACT OF OUR LIVES.

d. OUR FAITHFULNESS AS A
WITNESS.

4. WE ARE NOT AFRAID OF THE LORD
HURTING US; WE ARE AFRAID OF
HUR ...


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