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October 29, 2012, 5:24 PM

Along the Way


This past Sunday, we moved into the "How?" of evangelism.  Why? What? Where? and now How?  Obviously, this question takes up the final; four sermons of the series.  Pretty important!  Yesterday, I preached a sermon called "Along the Way."  The sermon text was from Acts 8.  Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.  Amazing how Philip shared the Gospel as he was heading out of town, to who knows where.  He was used greatly by God.  He shared when he had the opportunity.

I think there are two things that stick out in my mind from yesterday that I want to replay today:

#1  Pretty interesting that two "deacons," Stephen and Philip, were used in such an incredibly evangelistic way.  The application is delicious for the "normal" pew dweller.  I think all of God's people are called to share the Gospel.  I can't walk away from that story without seeing that pretty plainly.  Too often, we get it in our minds that the minister is supposed to do all of the serious work in Kingsom building.  At least the spiritual aspect of it -- and I do need to place that qualification in there!  But, we are all called to Kingdom building!  Two deacons are proof of that, I think.

#2  God uses us as we go about our business, along the way.  Don't freak out trying to think of methods and correct approaches.  Just be yourself.  If you are a growing Christian.  If you are serious about growing in your understadning and grasp of Scripture, then you will be just fine.  Just go with what you know and the circumstances God provides.  But, don't be a chicken; and definitely don't buy into the bunk that you don't have anything worth sharing!

You do!

I don't think it's too early to showcase this unecessarily seasonal portion of Scripture, but notice the joy hear in the message.  Place yourself there...because you can!

in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to [the shepherds], and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  10 And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."  13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"  15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." (Luke 2:8-15 ESV).


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