Witnessing to the Religious (1 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Witnessing to the Religious (1 of 4)
Series: Opportunity Knocks
Jeff Strite
Acts 16:6-15

OPEN: A grocer put up a sign that read "Eggplants, 25¢ ea. or three for a dollar."
All day long, customers came in complaining, "Are you serious! I should get four for a dollar!"
Confronted by their outrage, the grocer shrugged and packaged four eggplants.
The tailor whose shop was next door had been watching this and finally asked the grocer, "Aren't you going to fix the mistake on your sign?"
"What mistake?" the grocer asked. "Before I put up that sign no one ever bought more than one eggplant."

APPLY: Sometimes what you sell can depend on what you say and how you say it.
Over the next few weeks we're going to be talking about witnessing and we'll be using the examples we find out of the book of Acts to help us understand HOW to witness to others God's way.
Over the next few weeks, we're going to talking about:
1. Witnessing to people who are actively seeking Christ
2. Witnessing to people who are hurting
3. Witnessing to people actively oppose us.
This morning, we're going to focus on witnessing as we see to people who are "Religious"

Now, there are all kinds of religious people in our city. Some are very committed to their church. Others may belong to a church… they're just not very committed to it. And still others don't go to church at all (but they're religious).

ILLUS: Back in 2008, a researcher named David Olsen studied some statistics about the church
and came to the conclusion that about 80% of Americans DO NOT regularly attend church anywhere. ("The American Church in Crisis" by David T. Olson)

Of that 80% a vast majority have been to church at some point in their lives. They may have gone as a child, or they may have gone as an adult but have drifted away from church, or have had a bad experience at a church.

A survey by LifeWay Research surveyed the "formerly churched" people and found that…
• 28% say they are presently unli ...

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