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Love Your Friend to Faith Becoming a Convincing Christian. Church Renewal Resource Evangelism Ministries USA/Canada Region Church of the Nazarene. Becoming a Convincing Christian. Purpose: Encourage people to live a life of integrity Objectives: To speak the truth in love.

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love your friend to faith becoming a convincing christian

Love Your Friend to FaithBecoming a Convincing Christian

Church Renewal Resource

Evangelism Ministries USA/Canada Region

Church of the Nazarene

becoming a convincing christian
Becoming a Convincing Christian

Purpose:

Encourage people to live a life of integrity

Objectives:

  • To speak the truth in love.
  • To become a godly person.
  • To live distinctly different from the culture.
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Becoming a Convincing Christian

Introduction:

  • What does it take to convince someone to become a Christian?
  • What are people who are thinking about a life with Christ looking for among Christian witnesses?
  • How does God advise us to live so as to be convincing?
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Becoming a Convincing Christian

A Christian knows DOCTRINE.

  • To know what to BELIEVE is important.
  • In an age when what you feel gets catered to, the Christian CHOOSES a higher, more stable path.
  • We believe there is absolute TRUTH.
  • We know truth does not CHANGE even when times do.
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Becoming a Convincing Christian

A Christian GROWS in Christ.

  • If Christians acquire information and cite certain creeds, CHRISTIANITY would be merely cerebral and cold.
  • Christians increase in INTIMACY with Christ, a person.
  • Christians allow CHRISTto be the governing love of their lives.
  • GOD, who is good, loving, just, and kind, calls us to be like him.
  • Christians can live out a CONVINCING portrait of God.
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Becoming a Convincing Christian

A Christian DISTINGUISHES himself/herself from the culture.

  • Our culture has become FUTILE in their thinking.
    • They have come to accept RELATIVISM.
    • Our culture denies transcendent truth and REFUSES to embrace absolutes.
    • Even CHRISTIANS have come to think, "There are lots of ways to God."
    • Embracing PLURALISM has lessened the need to evangelize.
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Becoming a Convincing Christian
  • Futile thinking has led to hard HEARTS.
    • INSENSTITIVITYleads to sensuality.
    • Sensuality leads to INSATIABILITY,"a continual lust for more."
  • A Christian knows Christ not from feelings but by the truth found in JESUS.
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Becoming a Convincing Christian

We, the church, are held together by CHRIST.

  • We are not a HUMANorganization alone.
  • We function under divine LORDSHIP.

We, the CHURCH, grow and build in love.

  • Love BINDSus together.
  • Love propels us to GROW.
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Becoming a Convincing Christian

Put off the OLDself.

  • The old self follows DESIRESrather than principles.
  • PHYSICALdrives and psychological needs cry out for fulfillment.
  • Desires deceive and they CORRUPT.
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Becoming a Convincing Christian

Put on HOLY living.

  • The new self begins with our ATTITUDES.
  • The set of our MINDS decides our behavior.
  • When our motivation is to be GOD-LIKE He gives us a new self.
  • We were created for RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Conclusion:

  • Our task in the world is to speak the truth.
  • This, then, is how we become convincing Christians.
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Becoming a Convincing Christian

What does it take to convince someone to become a Christian?

What are people who are thinking about a life with Christ looking for among Christian witnesses?

How does God advise us to live so as to be convincing?

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Becoming a Convincing Christian

Action Planning/Reporting

How can I use what was presented in this module to be a convincing Christian to the world around me?

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