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Contagious Christianity?

Contagious Christianity?Do people want what you have?

I give you this charge:Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encouragewith great patience and careful instruction. 1 Timothy 4:1b-2

How did you catch Christianity?

Did you catch Christianity through this?

Captain Obvious AsksWhy do you share your faith?

Jesuspuzzled people

Do you?

Peter & Johnpuzzled people

Do you?

When they [the rulers, elders and teachers of the law] saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. (Acts 4)

Captain Obvious Also AsksWho should hear about Christ?

EveryoneAll authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Matthew 28:18-20

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Matthew 22:37-40Great CommissionGreat Commandment

Perspective from OthersWhat people are thinking about Christians

87% of Americans view Christians as judgmental.

Known for what we are against not for what we are for.85% of Americans view Christians as hypocritical.

16-29 year olds perceive Christianity to be anti-homosexualjudgmentalhypocriticaltoo politicalshelteredfocused on getting converts, not caring about the person.

Our own behavior is often Pharisaical

https://www.barna.org/barna-update/faith-spirituality/611-christians-more-like-jesus-or-pharisees#.VfzgJd9Vikp

https://www.barna.org/barna-update/faith-spirituality/611-christians-more-like-jesus-or-pharisees#.VfzgJd9Vikp

51% of self-identified Christians in the US have the same hypocritical and judgmental attitudes and actions portrayed by the Pharisees in the New Testament.Barna Group. 2013Ouch.Only 14% live with attitudes like Jesus.

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Women?

Jews?

Christians?

ChristiansMormons?Muslims?Catholics?Gays?

The Concept of Other = Prejudice

ConsiderPauland Ananias

Contagious faith draws people to ChristPeople stay away from toxic faith People want A faith that matters

A Faith that MattersLiving for Christ

Youre different.Why? What should differentiate us?

Do people know you are a Christian?How?

Youre not like other Christians I know.Good or bad statement?

When should we share our faith?

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect 1 Peter 3:15

321How do you share your faith?Before I met ChristHowI met ChristSinceI met Christ

cbaHow do you share the gospel?All have sinned and that keeps us from GodBut God loves us so much He sent Jesus to die for usChrist died for you. Come to Jesus.Romans 3:23John 3:16Romans 10:13

People dont decide on faith they discover it. Their experiences with others is one of Gods powerful ways for them to encounter Gods love.

Thanks for coming!Find me online Jean Marrapodi www.applestar.org jmarrapodi@applestar.org @jmarrapodi

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