Sermon on February 7 by Pastor Roland Eskinazi
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:13-17
Of all we might fear in the world, we do not have to fear sharing the hope of Jesus. We ought not only to walk the talk but to talk the walk.
If you want to talk your walk:
1. KEEP A HEALTHY HEART!
‘But in your hearts revere (fear) Christ as Lord’
- To share your hope you must love your Hope
When our hearts are where they should be, it is difficult not to open our mouths and share Jesus (John 7:37)
- To share your hope is to lay down all you are to all Jesus is
Worship and witness go together. It is not simply what we do that makes healthy worship and witness, it is the way we do it.
‘When I came there I felt a power similar to what I had known in my séances. But it was a clean power.’ (A woman converted after being present in a worship service).
2. ADOPT A READY POSTURE!
‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you…‘
- Be ready – God is always way ahead of you
‘Jesus’ authority on earth allows us to dare to go to all the nations. Jesus’ authority in heaven gives us our only hope of success. And Jesus’ presence with is leave us no choice.’ (John Stott: Mat. 28:18-20)
- Be ready – share your story simply
Learn to share your hope in one or two sentences. Pray for eyes to see the hurting, confused person in your path this week.
3. LEAVE A SWEET TASTE!
‘But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience…’
- Without reverence our walk won’t talk
Learn from how Jesus dealt with sinners e.g. the woman at the well (Jn. 4) and Zacchaeus (Luke 19). Witnessing is not winning people to a cause – it is introducing them to the Savior none of us deserve.
- With integrity our witness will work
The impression we leave and the impact of our words are wrapped up with the integrity of our lives.
Remember! Witnessing is being real to what the gospel has done in you and for you. Go into your world and share your hope with a healthy heart, a ready posture and
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION
- The hope we have comes to us through the gospel. How would you share the gospel in a few sentences? Write it out. If you need help look at the Resources tab on the IBC Brussels website www.ibcbrussels.com Find ‘What is the Gospel?’ or the ‘Two Ways to Live’ presentation.
- Is there a link between worship and witness? Give reasons for your answer. Why should we not be fearful to share our hope? Think back to when you came to faith in Jesus. What was first? The messenger who shared the news, or God at work in your heart?
- Take time to see the way Jesus shared hope with two people lost in sin: the Samaritan woman (Jn 4:1-26) and Zacchaeus the tax collector (Luke 19:1-10). What did He use to build a bridge for the message? How did He treat them? How can you apply this to your neighbor or colleague at work?
- What specific steps can you take in this week to prepare yourself for opportunities to share Jesus?
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