Who's Listening To You?

Who’s Listening to You?

 

INTRODUCTION REMARKS:

How many made your prayer list?

How many narrowed down to 5 the people you would

contact?

How many actually contacted them?

Who brought someone with them today?

 

Acts 16:25-34.

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

 

INTRODUCTION

• What is the name of our series?

• Paul and Silas did not see freedom as a way to escape but as a way to witness.

 

Think about someone you work with that does not know Jesus.

There are many “prisoners” around you, people who don’t know Jesus, who are listening/watching the way you live YOUR life.

• The prisoners were listening to Paul and Silas.

If we want to be a WITNESS for Jesus, we can’t just proclaim Jesus, our lives should be an EXAMPLE of Jesus.

Are you being an example of Jesus in the way you live your life?

When I was a teenager - David A. came to church - I saw you...

 

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

 

How to Be Like Jesus:

 Be an example in servanthood:

• Serving is the heart of Jesus and when we follow

that example and start serving our friends, family, coworkers – it will build better relationships, which builds trust to share the gospel.

• John 13:12-16 12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

 

• Be an example in suffering:

1 Peter 2:20-21 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye

be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

 

Following Jesus doesn’t mean it will be all good all the time.

We will have times where we suffer; it’s just life.

People are watching how you respond to suffering

as a Christian -- don’t lose credibility by responding poorly.

 

• Be an example in loving:

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it

is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the

truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes,

always perseveres.

 

• Be an example in forgiving:

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 4 Charity suffereth long, and

is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 

It is impossible to be a witness to someone you can’t forgive.

When we don’t forgive, we are doing the opposite of what God calls us to do.

Maybe the person you are refusing to forgive is the person God wants you to witness to the most.

 

Maybe that person would experience life change in Jesus if you would forgive them and share your testimony with them!

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

• Thinking about the thief on the cross - While Christ was dying he forgives.

 

• Be an example in living:

1 John 2:3-6 3 And hereby we do know that we

know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

If you don’t have a desire to know God’s word, the bible, then you will never know how to truly live in Jesus.

• To live as he did.
• When you know God’s word, it helps you

communicate, deal with enemies, develop others, encourage people, do ministry, pray and teach like Jesus did.

 

CLOSING

If we want to be a WITNESS for Jesus, we can’t just talk about Jesus, our lives should be an EXAMPLE of Jesus.

Why should we be a WITNESS and be an example in serving, suffering, loving, forgiving and just plain living.

Because people are watching the way we live.

Start changing the lives of those around you.