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Is your faith something that others want? A workshop presented at Berea Women's Retreat, Hebron, NH September 2015

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  1. 1. Contagious Christianity? DO PEOPLE WANT WHAT YOU HAVE?
  2. 2. I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 1 Timothy 4:1b-2
  3. 3. How did you catch Christianity?
  4. 4. Did you catch Christianity through this?
  5. 5. Captain Obvious Asks “Why do you share your faith?”
  6. 6. Jesus puzzled people Do you?
  7. 7. Peter & John puzzled 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)
  8. 8. Captain Obvious Also Asks “Who should hear about Christ?”
  9. 9. “All 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 22:37-40 Great Commission Great Commandment
  10. 10. Perspective from Others WHAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT CHRISTIANS
  11. 11. 16-29 year olds perceive Christianity to be anti-homosexual judgmental hypocritical too political sheltered focused on getting converts, not caring about the person.
  12. 12. Our own behavior is often Pharisaical https://www.barna.org/barna-update/faith-spirituality/611-christians-more-like-jesus-or-pharisees#.VfzgJd9Vikp
  13. 13. 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. 2013 Ouch. Only 14% live with attitudes like Jesus.
  14. 14. The Concept of Other = Prejudice
  15. 15. Consider Paul …and Ananias
  16. 16. Contagious faith draws people to Christ PEOPLE STAY AWAY FROM TOXIC FAITH PEOPLE WANT A FAITH THAT MATTERS
  17. 17. A Faith that Matters LIVING FOR CHRIST
  18. 18. You’re different. Why? What should differentiate us?
  19. 19. Do people know you are a Christian? How?
  20. 20. You’re not like other Christians I know. Good or bad statement?
  21. 21. When should we share our faith?
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 321 How do you share your faith? Before I met Christ How I met Christ Since Imet Christ
  24. 24. cba How do you share the gospel? All have sinned and that keeps us from God But God loves us so much He sent Jesus to die for us Christ died for you. Come to Jesus. Romans 3:23 John 3:16 Romans 10:13
  25. 25. People don’t decide on faith – they discover it. Their experiences with others is one of God’s powerful ways for them to encounter God’s love.
  26. 26. Thanks for coming! Find me online Jean Marrapodi  www.applestar.org  jmarrapodi@applestar.org @jmarrapodi This presentation is available on slideshare.net/jmarrapodi

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