August 4

This week as we continue our look at the spiritual armor we come to our feet (Eph. 6:15).  There are two keys to this passage—readiness to share the message; and the message itself, the gospel of peace.  Here are a few reminders from previous studies that can help us in this essential aspect of every Christian’s life—sharing the gospel message.

Paul tells his story in telling the story.  (Acts 22:1-21; 26:9-23; Phil. 3:4-14; 1 Tim. 1:12-17)

Essentials in telling my story:  1) My life before Christ  2) When and how I became a Christian 3) My life in Christ now that I’m a Christian

Peter tells us to be ready to tell our story.  (1 Peter 3:15-16)

Some Hints and Helps

  1. Be honest.
  2. Be compassionate.
  3. “Speak the truth in love.”
  4. Have appropriate expectations.
  5. Give people an out.
  6. “Treat adults like adults.”
  7. Be genuinely interested in people’s concerns.
  8. Don’t leave converts hanging out to dry.
  9. Practice what you preach.
  10. Relish the victories—there will be victories!
  11. Move on from the defeats—there will be defeats!
  12. Acknowledge the responsibilities of others—and don’t try to take their part away from them.
  13. Acknowledge God’s role—and don’t try to take His part away from Him.
  14. Acknowledge your role—to sow the seed; to plant/water/teach/encourage; to be an example; to pray.
  15. Recognize the difference between “success” and faithfulness.
  16. Be faithful.
  17. Trust God and His Word.
  18. “Just do it!!”

Bill Allen

Dr. Bill Allen preached at South Fork from 2005 to 2015. He received a Bachelors degree in Bible from Oklahoma Christian in 1978, a Masters in Bible from Abilene Christian (ACU) in 1988, and a Doctor of Ministry from ACU in 1992. He now preaches at the West Erwin Church of Christ in Tyler, Texas.

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