03 | You Have A Story | Changing Your World

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Changing Our World-3

You Have a Story

 

There are two powerful things that God has given each person here to use on this earth to make a difference: God’s blessing on us and our influence with other people.

 

Genesis 12:2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

 

Esther 4:14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

 

Influence is simply the power to have an important effect on someone or something.


 

Matthew 16:18-20 I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

 

God is telling us that the church is to be the influencer on this planet: what we permit, will be permitted and what we forbid, will be forbidden.

 

We influence others the same way Jesus did- by serving others in our areas of influence.

 

Matthew 20:28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

 

Evangelism is just influencing one person’s life for God.

 

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

 

Acts 1:8 And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere…

God expects us to be His witnesses.
 

Mark 16:15 Jesus said to His followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.”

 

2 Timothy 4:2-5 Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not… Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

 

The second greatest tool in our life with people is our story of how we came to Christ.

 

John 4:39-41 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did." So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.

 

There are three keys to sharing your story: 

1) Relate to their life-make the conversation about them. Make them curious.

2) Share your before and after story.

3) Point them to Jesus.

 

John 4:7-10 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

 

1 Corinthians 9:22–23 I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

 

2 Corinthians 6:16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.


 

Acts 26:4-5, 9-11 “The Jews all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. They have known me for a long how Jesutime and can testify, if they are willing, that according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee…“I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them, I even went to foreign cities to persecute them.

 

Acts 26:13-16 About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

“Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

“‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you.

 

Acts 26:19 So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven …”


John 12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”