Stopping Not Sharing the Gospel

Confronting the Reality of Our Disobedience

Delivered in the Sunday AM Worship Service 7/7/2019
Scripture: John 4:1-39

11 Steps to Stopping Not Sharing the Gospel:

The majority of this outline is from Pastor Mark Dever’s book, “The Gospel and Personal Evangelism”

PRAY – For opportunities to share the Gospel

3 Important Requests:

  • Opportunity
  • Willingness
  • Boldness

Boldness is:

  • Boldness is deciding to say something when it would be easier to say nothing.
  • Boldness is creating opportunities.
  • Boldness is something you determine to rely on God for.

PLAN – to make time to build relationships or to put yourself in positions where you know you will be able to talk to non-Christians

ACCEPT – responsibility for sharing the Gospel

  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Mark 16:15
  • Luke 24:47-48
  • John 20:21
  • Acts 1:8

UNDERSTAND – even if evangelism is not your gift, that it is still your duty

Be FAITHFUL – to share the Gospel

Often we can find ourselves:

  • Too polite to be faithful to God
  • More concerned about people’s response than God’s glory
  • More concerned about their feelings rather than God’s

RISK – sharing with others regardless of their response

PREPARE – yourself; learn how to share the Gospel

LOOK – for opportunities that God will provide

Things that interfere with opportunities:

  • We are too busy
  • We are lazy about it
  • We are unwilling to be inconvenienced
  • We are selfish
  • We are Apathetic
  • We don’t consider the reality and finality of death, judgment, and hell.

LOVE – we are called to love others

  • We share the Gospel because we love people. Likewise, we don’t share the Gospel because we don’t love people.
  • We don’t want to cause awkwardness.
  • We want their respect.
  • We don’t want to look foolish or weird.
  • We protect our pride at the cost of their souls.

FEAR – should not be directed to man but to God

  • When we don’t share the Gospel, we are essentially refusing to live in the fear of the Lord.
  • We are not regarding Him or His will as the final and ultimate authority of our actions.

CONSIDER – what God has done for us in Christ

  • Consider that God has loved us as He has
  • Consider the great price He paid for us
  • Consider the forgiveness that He provided us
  • Consider that God is glorified by our telling others of His incredible love