How to Share Christ With a Know-it-all World

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1. Watch for ways to find common ground

1.1. Acts 17:22 (NLT) 22 So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way,

1.2. Acts 17:23 (NLT) 23 for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.

1.3. Paul was with people Physically

1.3.1. Some Christians never interact with non-christiians

1.4. Paul started where they were at

1.5. People feel loved when they feel understood

1.5.1. They feel understood when feel heard

1.5.2. They feel heard when we listen

1.5.2.1. Ask for their story first

1.5.2.2. Wait a few beats

1.5.2.3. Paraphrase

1.5.2.4. Ask clarifying questions

1.5.3. I can't think of a time that I offended someone when I listene well first.

1.5.3.1. Unfortunately we don't always get time to listen

1.5.3.1.1. They see us from a distance

2. Illuminate wrong views of God

2.1. Acts 17:24 (NLT) 24 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples,

2.2. Acts 17:25 (NLT) 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.

2.3. Acts 17:26 (NLT) 26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.

2.4. Paul gently exposed the errant views the Athenians had

2.4.1. God is knowable

2.5. Do you belive question

2.5.1. Do you belive in

2.5.1.1. God

2.5.1.2. Devil

2.5.1.3. Jesus

2.5.1.4. Heaven

2.5.1.5. Hell

2.5.1.6. Ask qualifying questions

2.5.1.7. You don't have to be brilliant of tricky. Just use your curiosity to communicate your love for them.

2.5.1.7.1. Everyone likes to share how they see the world to someone who is not judging them.

2.5.1.7.2. Be Judgemental and see the claws come out

3. Nurture the part of every person who wants to know God

3.1. Acts 17:27 (NLT) 27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.

3.1.1. Know that the desire is there so nurture it

3.1.2. How are you live shows an example

4. Study the tactics of th world

4.1. Acts 17:28 (NLT) 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

4.2. Acts 17:29 (NLT) 29 And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.

4.3. Paul spoke specifically to the concerns of the Athenians

4.4. Paul obviously was doing a good job of listening and learning

4.4.1. Too often we think we know what they think

5. Offer the truth of the gospel

5.1. Acts 17:31 (NLT) 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”

5.2. It does no good of offer a watered down gospel that lacks saving power.

5.3. 1 Corinthians 15:13 (NLT) 13 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either.

5.4. 1 Corinthians 15:14 (NLT) 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.

6. Make clear that everyone is responsible for their own Choice

6.1. Acts 17:30 (NLT) 30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.

6.2. The truth can be harsh, but all the hard work of building and maintaining a relation is worthless if at the end we don't tell the truth

7. Know that we can't "save" anyone

7.1. Acts 17:32 (NLT) 32 When they heard Paul speak about the resurrection of the dead, some laughed in contempt, but others said, “We want to hear more about this later.”

7.2. Acts 17:33 (NLT) 33 That ended Paul’s discussion with them,

7.3. Paul, Jesus, Jeremiah all invested time in presenting God to people who scoffed at it

7.4. Paul does not plant a church there

7.5. Acts 17:34 (NLT) 34 but some joined him and became believers. Among them were Dionysius, a member of the council, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

8. Most impotant!

8.1. Show love by trying to understand

8.2. In humility and brokenness, never water down the truth

8.3. You don't control whether someone believes or not

8.3.1. We please God with our Obedience, not success.

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