Some sayings are fact, some are myths

Sunday Morning Worship
October 16, 2011
Series: “I Am a Missionary”
Today: “Myths About Missionaries”

Scripture:  Colossians 4:2-6 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Intro:  Circle the statements that are fact, not myths:

* Don’t go outside without a coat; you’ll catch a cold.

* Don’t crack your knuckles; you’ll get arthritis.

* Don’t swallow chewing gum; it won’t digest well.

* We only use 10% of our brain.

* If you sneeze with your eyes open, you will blow an eye out of its socket.

* An apple day keeps the doctor away.

I.    MYTH 1: WE MUST CARRY A      HEAVY      BURDEN TO CONVERT PEOPLE.

Matthew 11:29-30 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

* Why would our burden be light and easy?

1.   God does the     converting   , not us.

2.   God     loves     people more than we possibly could.

3.   God     makes     us what He wants us to be.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

II.   MYTH 2: WHEN WE DO IT       RIGHT     , PEOPLE WILL RESPOND.

* Jesus told the parable of the farmer and the seed.     Three   out of the four seeds didn’t take; most people will reject Jesus, no matter how well He is presented.

Matthew 7:14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

III.  MYTH 3: PEOPLE ARE NOT     INTERESTED    .

A.   Most people feel a     need     to find God in a personal way!

B.   We as Christ followers have what people are     seeking    .

* “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders…” – Colossians 4:5.

Conclusion:  The final myth: We must have all the     answers    .

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.

* When we get a chance to share how Jesus impacted our      lives    , that means more to people than theological knowledge!

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