SHARE YOUR FAITH

Joseph LephiewI Love My Church, Series, Sermons

Sermon Notes

I LOVE MY CHURCH: We do not go to church, we are the church. Christ’s Body We are His Body,

SHARE YOUR FAITH.

Sharing our faith seems to a real challenge for a lot of people. I was reading about statistics on how many Christian believers really are not sharing there faith. It’s really a very, very small percentage of Christian believers who will share openly and unashamedly their faith with others.

When I got saved the feelings of freedom were so intense and real to me that I began to tell everyone who would listen to me.

I was in bondage for so many years to hate and rage that caused me to hurt anyone and everyone near me. When I received the love of Jesus, the hate and rage melted. Yvonne and I started this journey together. We both were filled with so much hate and hurt. Then God found us and we received Christ as our Lord and Savior. Love replaced hate. Joy replaced rage. We were so impacted by what Jesus did in our lives that we became empowered with the Purpose of Jesus.

I could love, laugh, feel, care, Hope, believe, I WAS ALIVE, I WAS BORN AGAIN TRULY.

BEFORE CHRIST I WAS EMPTY, BROKEN, DYSFUNCTIONAL, I WAS LOST AND USLESS. I WAS ONLY ALIVE FOR ME. WHEN YOUR THE ONLY ONE YOU LIVE FOR, YOU REALLY ARE NOT LIVING. SELFISHNESS IS THE GREATEST IDOLATRY THERE IS. WHEN YOU BECOME THE GOD OF YOUR OWN LIFE.

HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED TO ME.

But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.
Acts 1:8 AMP

When Jesus said I AM FINISHED BUT NOT TO WORRY BECAUSE OUR FATHER WOULD SEND ANOTHER THE HOLY SPIRIT. REMEMBER THE PURPOSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS TO EMPOWER US. FILL US UP WITH COURAGE, BOLDNESS, POWER. THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD LIVE IN US AND COMFORT OUR WOUNDS, AND ENCOURAGE US IN OUR STRUGGLES. THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD ALSO TEACH US AND GUIDE US IN OUR JOURNEY. THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD ALSO REMIND US WHAT JESUS SAID.

Jesus said “When I leave to Heaven the Holy Spirit will come upon you.” When the Holy Spirit shows up look at how Jesus describes the evidence of the Holy Spirit. Many think if you don’t speak in tongues you do not have the Holy Spirit. That is false teaching. Tongues is a gift, all can have it. But the evidence of the Holy Spirit is seen right here in scriptures.

YOU SHALL RECEIVE POWER AND ABILITIES WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON YOU. THIS DID NOT SAY SPEAKING IN TONGUES. THE EVIDENCE WE ARE LOOKING FOR IS POWER AND ABILITIES. PETER BECAME SO BOLD AND COURAGES HE LEFT HIS BUSINESS TO PREACH AND PROCLAIM THE KINGDOM.

SAUL BECAME PAUL, A KILLER OF CHRISTIANS. THE POWER FILLED HIM WITH LOVE AND LEADERSHIP. THESES MEN WERE IMPACTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT THEY BECAME EMPOWERED.

THEY WERE BOLD AS A LION, FEARLESS, UNAFRAID, AND UNASHAMED TO PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS.

RELIGION MAKES YOU BOLD AND FEARLESS INSIDE OF THE CHURCH. THIS IS WHY IF YOU JUST ASSOCIATE WITH BELIEVERS YOU WILL NEVER REALLY GROW. ITS SAFE BUT NO REAL IMPACT. THIS IS WHY THE WORLD SEE THE CHURCH TODAY AS LIKE A CLUB WHERE WE WHO ARE SAVED HANG OUT. HOLY SPIRIT MAKES YOU BOLD AND FEARLESS OUTSIDE OF THE FOUR WALLS OF OUR CHURCH.

Story where Paul and Silas were preaching and teaching with authority and power in the synagogues and the market places. Many believed and joined them. Many were afraid and angered by them.

This is what they people outside of the church said:

These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too;
Acts 17:6b AMP

Power and Abilities when the Holy Spirit is come upon you. Religion and traditions have focused inside of the church. Holy Spirit’s focus is outside of the church.

The testimony of the people of God from the outside is the men who have turned the world upside down have come here too.

There is a place for speaking in tongues inside and outside of the church.

Many is polls taken by the BARNA RESEARCH GROUP found out that most Christians believe the witnessing and sharing of your faith is the responsibility of the church as a whole but not a personal responsibility.

But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.
Acts 1:8 AMP

Evidence of Holy Spirit you received power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. This is not your power or ability. This is an empowerment that produces courage, fearlessness, anointed, compassion and caring for lost and broken people whom God loves.

Jesus greatest power and ability was given inside of the church. It was those who were outside of the church who embraces His message of hope, power, direction and love. The Kingdom of God is here for you.

Listen to the evidence of the Holy Spirit, receive power and abilities and YOU WILL BE MY WITNESSES (TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT ME).

Here is the evidence of the Holy Spirit, power and abilities to be HIS WITNESSES TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS.

YOU DON’T NEED POWER AND ABILITIES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO INVITE PEOPLE TO CHURCH. WE SHOULD ALL INVITE PEOPLE TO COME WORSHIP WITH US. INVITE PEOPLE SO THEY CAN EXPERIENCE THE FAMILY OF GOD AND BECOME APART OF DCI FAMILY.

JESUS WAS WALKING, TALKING, PRAYING, HEALING, SHARING THE KINGDOM OF GOD WITH PEOPLE EVERYWHERE HE WENT.

YOU GIVE A MAN $20. You feed him for a day. You give a man a job you feed him for awhile as long as he works. You only feed him physically. You give a person Jesus and their lives of them and their whole families are changed forever. This is eternal giving. A gift that last a lifetime.

The gift was given to Yvonne and I. We gave it to our kids and they give it to their kids. We gave this gift to hundreds maybe thousands by now. We still give this gift away to anyone who will listen and receive. This is the real gift that keeps on giving.

“Evangelism is the cure to the disease of church boredom.” When the church becomes boring we do not need another program we need to get outside of the church building. Look at the people around you. Are they happy, blessed, saved and secure for eternity.

“Live in such a way that those who know you, but don’t know God, will come to know God because they know you.”

“We will never change the world by going to church. We will only change the world by being the church.”

I remember years ago when I got saved joined a church. There were a few guys that followed me from Military to my church. As we began our Jesus Journey I remember some of Christians in my church praying and asking God for jobs to work in Christian environments. You at the time work in a place where everyone is praising God, blessings each other, bible study together on breaks. I would challenge them asking why? If you want to make an impact in the Kingdom, change lives forever in eternity then get out to where the the lost need to be found.

The people laying on the beach of safety does not need a lifeguard to hang out and have lunch and sun tan. The people who are drowning gasping for their last breath need you as the life guard to swim out into the deep and rescue them.

Today most Christian believers are very content to just barbecue and spend time with believers at the beach and share Jesus with each other. It’s wonderful but no real eternal impact. I used to wonder why back in the day I lived where I lived. Yvonne and lived in like in a project area. Lots of apartments. Every where people who were drowning. We were lifeguards who had been saved from drowning years before. We got trained and now spend the rest our life teaching others how to swim, save the drowning, rescue the broken and wounded.

This is the call of Jesus. Jesus said he did not come to condemn the world but to save that which is lost. Let me ask you a question. What do you think is the closet to Heart of Jesus.

Hanging out in the church or getting outside and being the church?

“God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”

“Sometimes God redeems your story by surrounding you with people who need to hear your past, so it doesn’t become their future.”

“Your life as a Christian should make nonbelievers questions their disbelief in God.”

Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had, who wrote in Scripture, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE.” We also believe, therefore we also speak.
2 Corinthians 4:13 AMP

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