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Why Share the Gospel – The Message (part 1)

My sermon notes for Sunday, Nov 10th as we continue our study through WHY SHARE THE GOSPEL. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit

Why Share the Gospel – The Message

Because of the Great MESSAGE

Matthew 4:18–22 – [19] And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

A few things to consider first:

My definition of Evangelism – The passionate, joyful, and intentional sharing of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, to the world.  The goal of evangelism is making disciples.  A disciple is someone who has accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, that is growing daily in their relationship with Him, and is serving Him by their involvement and ministry within the fellowship of His Church.

You will notice two components present:

  1. Proclamation – We must proclaim the Gospel. The true, pure, biblical message of redemption.  The good news of Jesus Christ.  Who He is. Who sent Him. Why He came. What He accomplished.  What it means to you and I.
    • 1 Cor. 2:1-5
    • John 1:12
    • The message
  1. Persuasion – We must persuade people to respond to the message. Our life should be a life of encouraging people to come to Christ in repentance and faith.
    • 2 Cor. 5:11-21
    • Our Mission. What we do with the message

(Obviously a major component is PRAYER)

This is the big picture idea of the Sharing the Gospel and the idea of a message and a messenger being involved. But I would like for us to consider a few more things.

What is our motive?

What is our method?

Why this should be important… consider:

Data from Flagship SBC church in Florida.

Yet, we applaud the numbers.  We train people to do it THIS WAY.  We view this a what all should be doing.

What have we been asking people to do? 

It could very well be that this is exactly what we have shared and exactly what we have responded to.  But, think about it and then consider the condition SO many people we know are in.

Say they are saved, yet not living the saved life.

Think about these verses:

KEY IS 1 John 2:15 – They did not truly love the LORD.  Just like the rich young ruler last week (Luke 18:18-20)  IT IS A HEART ISSUE.

Yet, what has happened for so many years is that someone is “saved” and then when they do not get plugged in… it is our fault.

(example… I want to be saved.  I cannot come back to church tonight or wed and talk)


THE MESSAGE is so much more than believe in Jesus and you will go to heaven one day.

It is:

When He is our Savior and Lord

Matthew 4:18–22 – [18] While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. [19] And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” [20] Immediately they left their nets and followed him. [21] And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. [22] Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (ESV)

John 1:9–13 – [9] The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. [10] He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. [11] He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. [12] But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, [13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 2:1–5 – [1] And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. [2] For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. [3] And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, [4] and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, [5] so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 5:11–21 – [11] Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. [12] We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. [13] For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. [14] For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; [15] and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

[16] From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. [17] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. [18] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. [20] Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. [21] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (ESV)

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