Pentecost 7
July 22, 2001
Luke 10:4-9
"A Method of Sharing Your Faith"

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INTRODUCTION:  Often good meaning Christian folk are sometimes reluctant to make calls on the unchurched because they do not know what to say or do on a visit.  It can be quite a frightening thing, talking to a complete stranger.  True, some have a gift, which can strike up a conversation, with a perfect stranger, at the drop of a hat. There are some from this congregation, which I have observed, can strike up a conversation with a complete perfect stranger and hold them captive for hours! This is certainly a gift.

Most of us would prefer to operate behind the scenes…

How is it that you are to strike up a conversation especially when it comes to the subject of religion? Are we to speak concerning our personal religious views? Will folk think that we are some sort of religious "nut"?   Our text for this morning can help us wade through the entire issue of how to speak concerning the Savior in a winsome way. By looking at the particulars of our text for this morning, the Savior gives us a model of attractively and effectively bringing people to Christ.  Consider the Savior's method of sharing your faith… 

1.   Stick to the subject - v. 4 "Salute no one on the way” So often people like to speak in generalities, especially when speaking about the faith.

      When we share our faith we keep the message simple. In short, we speak of the Savior. Standing before us as an excellent outline is the creed. We’ve all said it so often, we’ve all put it to memory.

      When sharing your faith simply tell them about Jesus: “God’s only Son, our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.”

2.    Identify with people - v. 7 "Eat and drink what they provide" become involved in their lives and share with them. Make friends. True, it’s hard to share your faith with a total stranger. Well then, share your faith with someone you know. There are people in this world that will only allow you to influence for Christ. They do that because they trust you. They know you and you know them. Folk that we take a genuine interest in gain our trust. As you identify with them, as you earn their trust, introduce them to the Savior.

3.    Offer help - "v. 9 "Peace be to this house…heal the sick" Visit to see what you can do for the people. Ask, "What can we do for you?"

Pr. F.C.D. Wyneken, the pioneer missionary of our Missouri Synod, the Father of home missions, was a champion of this cause.

One day as he happened to come upon a work crew on the road he asked the foreman “do you know of any Germans in these parts?”

The foreman replied: “If you are like most of these traveling preachers go to that farm house over yonder and he’ll feed you and send you on your way. But it you are truly a man of God, go to that other house, they need your help.”

There, Wyneken found a man who was dying. He ministered to his needs, helped around the house as best as he could. But instead of dying the man grew stronger as Wyneken helped nurse the man to health. That family was soon baptized and became a vital part of this congregation all because one man happened to care. He offered help when it was truly needed.

4.    Announce the good news v. 9 Note that the religious aspect of the visit comes last. If one starts with asking questions to the effect "are you saved?" you may turn them off. After you have established a relationship with the prospect and rendered assistance, then we have earned the right to share the good news.

Conclusion: Dear friends. This is nothing less then having the Gospel with skin on. As we do the work of an evangelist, as we reach out to those around us in a genuine way, we are imparting genuine and authentic Christianity. As the old, old gospel song goes: “right on the corner that's where you are”. Now that’s what we call a method of sharing your faith! Lord help us in this endeavor. Amen.

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