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Good, bad, or just plain ugly...

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself; "What kind of witness am I for Jesus? Good? Bad? Or just plain ugly?"  No matter how you answer the question you are at least acknowledging that you are a witness. Because of your belief in Christ, you are a tool of evangelism a tool that Jesus can and will use.

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1: 8)

The tempter does a great job of convincing us that we can not be a witness. We have convinced ourselves that we don't have a enough biblical knowledge, we are not very theological, or we can't name all of the minor prophets.  We are convinced that we are not a "witness" worthy of sharing the story of Christ.

Remember the blind man said "I don't know" 

"Whether he (Jesus) is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see." (John 9: 25). 

Even with his self-proclaimed lack of knowledge God used him as a part of the Gospel Message of Redemption. For the blind man that was the extent of his testimony, because it was the extent of his experience with Jesus and it was used. At that moment he became a witness, why can't you?

Many Christians have never taken the time to think through the testimony of their experience with Christ. Yours could probably be explained in a few statements. Given the chance, those few statements might evolve into a more detailed presentation. 

Pastor Jeff

Mercer, Tom. 8 to 15, The World Is Smaller Than You Think (Kindle Locations 1958-1960). Oikos Books. Kindle Edition.

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Purpose

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There is one purpose of the church...to share the story of Christ.  We are call to evangelize, share, tell and to go. When we recognize that our church exists solely, and I mean solely, to prepare you and I (train and equip) to better fulfill that purpose (evangelize), suddenly our church becomes a much more compelling place to be.
 
Paul in his first letter to Corinth understood his purpose and our purpose very well.
 
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to evangelize-not with clever words, so that the cross of Christ will not be emptied of its effect.  1 Co 1:17

As Paul, we also are sent to "evangelize". We are sent to share with our 8-15, the love of Christ. We are commissioned. In being commissioned we should allow Jesus to change, command, and consume us.
 
When we engage our 8-15 we should never storm into our relational worlds, boldly declaring that we have arrived to save their sorry selves (we were never designed to wear arrogance very well), but we must never be shy about our mission either. Every time we open a dialogue or pull up to Starbucks for coffee or try to figure out a way to invite someone to a church event, we should do so with confidence and anticipation. We're not blazing new territory here- God's already been involved in the process for a while. God is and has been involved in "all things" (Colossians 1:16-17)
 
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