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The Lord Is With You In Evangelism! (3 of 6)
Series: The Lord Is With You
INTRO: One of the more difficult things for Christians to do is to witness for Christ, to do the work of evangelism. For many Christians they just ignore this command! The call of Jesus for us to witness to others was never a suggestion, it was a command! Many things hinder us in this area, mostly fear! Often we are afraid of what others will think, or worse, that it won't make any difference if we do share our faith!
God clearly states however that He will be with us in evangelism! Yet even when we know He is there we still are not sure about it!
ILLUS: LIKE THE MAN WHO WAS WALKING ALONG A NARROW PATH NOT PAYING MUCH ATTENTION TO WHERE HE WAS GOING. SUDDENLY HE SLIPPED OVER THE EDGE OF A CLIFF. AS HE FELL, HE GRABBED A BRANCH GROWING FROM THE SIDE OF THE CLIFF. REALIZING THAT HE COULDN'T HAND ON FOR LONG HE CALLED FOR HELP. THE MAN: ''IS ANYBODY UP THERE?'' VOICE: ''YES, I'M HERE.'' THE MAN: ''WHO'S THAT?'' VOICE: ''THE LORD.'' THE MAN: ''LORD, HELP ME!'' VOICE: ''DO YOU TRUST ME?'' THE MAN: ''I TRUST YOU COMPLETELY, LORD!'' VOICE: ''GOOD! LET GO OF THE BRANCH!'' THE MAN: ''WHAT???'' VOICE: ''I SAID, LET GO OF THE BRANCH!'' THE MAN: [AFTER A LONG PAUSE!] ''IS ANYBODY ELSE UP THERE?'' - SOURCE UNKNOWN
Like this man, we often know God desires us to evangelize and that He will be with us and help us but we still hold back hoping something else will come up to distract us from following through!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that God promises to be with us when we witness to others, this means He will make Himself real to us and through us to others! We have His Word on this!
I. WINNING THE WAR! Matt. 28:16-18
A. Christ's Commitment Matt. 28:16
1. Jesus would not ask His disciples to fight a battle that He hadn't made winnable!!
a. This was one of the big lessons of the Viet Nam war; don't fight a war unless you intend to win!
b. Ch ...
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