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Imagine being a stockholder in a business. How that business performs is important to you. After all, you’ve got a personal investment. If you were that major stockholder in a company,  Would you? -tell others about it? -try to increase sales? -hope that it would grow? In a spiritual sense, you are a stock holder in this church. You come here & invest you: -time -money -resources You do so to, MAKE A KINGDOM INVESTMENT That’s important. As church leaders, we take that very seriously. Your actions or inactions will determine  what this church looks like in the next five years. If I were to ask you, WHAT you love about this church, How would you respond? If I were to ask you, WHAT do you want this church to become, How would you respond? I can list 1M things I love about CC. I often invite people to visit us. That’s not enough….. As fellow shareholders, it’s everyone’s job. PROBLEM: People often look to church staff to grow a church. If you look at growing churches,  it’s not the staff that’s growing the church,  it’s the members. If that makes sense, there’s a reason…. IT’S BIBLICAL 1)  Mt 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” That’s the Great Commission. Jesus commanded ALL disciples (You & Me) to do that. As your pastor, my role is to  equip you to do that. It’s everyone’s role to share. Today’s passage is  2) Colossians 4 It’s a passage to prepare us to share. This message isn’t about memorizing scripture. It’s about getting US ready. 3) COL 4: 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Before you can share, You’ve got to be in prayer. More than just praying,  You’ve got to DEVOTE yourself to it. Devotion is a strong word. When I think of devoted, I think of: -good athletes -successful business people They are where they are because of DEVOTION. I pray that God will bring new prospective members here  because I think we’re AWESOME. I, like you, need to DEVOTE myself to prayer. After we’ve done that,  notice what we need to do next. 4) COL 4: 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Being watchful involves: -anticipation -expectation Do you believe in coincidences? I DON’T I believe that God orchestrates everything. Scripture teaches that. If you’re devoting yourself to prayer,  You better expect God to put someone in your path. You need to be watchful. It may be a co-worker who needs Jesus. It may be a next door neighbor who’s looking for a home church. You need to expect God  to bring someone into your path. & WHEN He does…be thankful. Next Paul says 5) 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. Oftentimes, we think: -we’re too busy -we’ve got too much going on -life’s too hard Paul says: “You don’t have any excuses.” “I’m in prison & telling everyone” Next, Paul has a specific request 6) Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Paul wants to share his message clearly. Most of worry about: -what to say -how to say it In Lk 12, Jesus instructs the disciples  about sharing their faith. He tells them that: -it isn’t always going to be easy -sometimes they will be persecuted 7) Lk 12:11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Jesus’ instructions: “Don’t worry about it” “God’s got it” If you speak from the heart,  You won’t go wrong. 8)  Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. When God puts someone in your path, It’s a special opportunity. You need to make the most of it. You also need to be wise We need to avoid: -being self-righteous -condescending -rude Many years ago, you were that person. Many years ago, God put someone in your path. Now it’s your turn to Pay It Forward 8.5) After all, Who shared Jesus with you? Who invited you to this church? AREN’T YOU GLAD THEY DID Many times we aren’t wise & we botch those opportunities  9) Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. When you share what: -Jesus has done in your life -Why you want your friends to visit CC ALWAYS BE FULL OF GRACE  It’s easy to:  -look down on others -condemn them in your mind Remember:  "Oh, but for the grace of God go I” That person you look down on  could have been you. Arrogance is discipleship's greatest enemy. Grace is the realization that: -we’re all sinners -none of us deserve salvation -Jesus loved us enough to die for us Next, he tells us to: 10) Let your conversation be…..seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. He’s not telling you to: Have a salty mouth He’s telling you to  Let your words be flavorful & appetizing  When someone asks you about CC, You ought to make them want to try it. When someone asks you about Jesus, You ought to wet their appetite. Evangelism is: -fun -exciting -HOW you share your faith I look forward to us growing this church. I look forward to partnering with you. I look forward to meeting your friends. May God bless our Kingdom work together

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