Talking to a Perfect Stranger (2 of 4) by Jeff Schreve

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Talking to a Perfect Stranger (2 of 4)
Series: Witness: Shine For Christ; Share Your Story
Jeff Schreve
John 4:3-42

Well, we're in a series called ''Witness.'' God has called us to be His witnesses. Jesus, the last thing He said before He ascended to heaven, ''But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit is come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses....'' And so we want to be the witnesses God wants us to be. And there are two key words with being a witness. There's shine and there's share. To shine for Christ, in Matthew 5, Jesus said, ''You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; let your light, therefore, shine among men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who's in heaven.'' And then we want to share. See, you shine with your life. You share with your lips.

Now most of us, when it comes to the subject of witnessing, we think of the two words - shine and share - we think, I'm a lot more comfortable doing that one, shining. I know that there are a lot of areas in me that don't shine very well, but I want to work on shining for Christ, that my testimony and my life would be one that brings glory to God. And so we'll work on that one. Now this one, share, hmmm, that's a little harder because that requires me to talk. That requires me to open my mouth and by my lips tell someone, just as Landon did, tell someone what the Lord has done for me, share the good news with someone else. And for many of us, man, that just makes us nervous. And we think to ourselves, I don't know what to say. I don't know how to do that. I wouldn't be very good at that. But according to the Lord, He said, ''All those who believe in Me, you shall be My witnesses....'' So God did not leave us without an example. And there's a beautiful example in John chapter 4 of how to talk to people about the Lord, how to talk to them about salvation, how to share and how to even talk not only to a friend, not only to a neighbor, ...


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