August 20, 2017
5 Marks: Sharing the Gospel
We continue our series, 5 Marks of a Healthy Disciple, with the fourth mark: A disciple proclaims God’s grace by sharing the story of what He has done for them. This is the second of two messages on the mark of sharing the Gospel. In this message, Pastor Yogi encourages us to build friendships with people who believe differently than we do. The closer you are to someone, the more you will care about them, thus the more likely you will be to have the desire and opportunity to share your grace story with them. We cannot treat nonChristians like projects, or evangelism like a program; but at the same time, we cannot ignore the mandate that Jesus has given us to tell the world about him.
Sharing the gospel requires a more complete comprehension of the depth of God’s love. 2 Corinthians 5:14 says that Christ’s love has hemmed us in; it is so overwhelming that we can’t help ourselves – we have to share the story of his love with others! We also need to have a full appreciation of all that awaits those who respond to the invitation. Scaring people out of hell isn’t an effective or appropriate means of sharing the gospel. Instead, we should be urging others toward the same hope for God’s kingdom that we have. Finally, we also need a strong conviction that the story Jesus has given me is worth sharing. Your testimony is important, and there are people in your life who can relate to it. You have a powerful story!