6 Practices for Going Public with Your Faith for All (audio unavailable - please click for sermon notes)

March 24, 2013 Pastor: Ryan Rice Series: United

Topic: Romans Scripture: Romans 10:1–10:15

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INTRODUCTION

  • Evangelism - sharing the gospel of Jesus to unbelievers
  • The problem is that most people say it’s important but never share their faith

#1 Pray this week for people in your sphere of influence

Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

Romans 10:1-2

#2 Seek to understand not simply to be understood

For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Romans 10:3-4

#3 Clarify that true Christianity is not about being super-religious

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

Romans 10:5-7

#4 Always direct people to the Bible

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);

Romans 10:8

#5 Communicate simple invitations in normal conversations

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Romans 10:9-10

For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:11-13

#6 Invite others to hear about Jesus and meet His church family

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Romans 10:14-15