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ƒ üœ! ÝÔ USUS., ÔÝ ÝÔ_ ÔÑ 8€ ¬ X X dìdÈ8ÑWHY€SHOULD€I€CAREÐ d ÐDavid€CawstonÐ P ì ÐÌPeople€are€always€afraid€when€we€come€to€the€subject€of€evangelism.€€Ð ( Ä ÐMany€are€motivated€by€guilt,€others€are€motivated€by€manipulation,€and€Ð

° Ðothers€are€totally€unmotivated€because€their€manipulation€and€guilt€has€Ð œ Ðalready€worn€out€and€they€canð$ ðt€be€moved€from€their€position€of€Ð ì ˆ Ðcomplacency.€€Ð Ø t ÐÌNevertheless€we€can€not€get€away€from€the€fact€that€God€has€called€Ð ° L Ðeveryone€of€us€to€share€His€love€and€the€good€news€of€salvation€with€those€Ð œ 8

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ÐÌRom€10:14Ð ` ü

Ð14à àHow,€then,€can€they€call€on€the€one€they€have€not€Ð L è Ðbelieved€in?€And€how€can€they€believe€in€the€one€of€whom€they€Ð 8 Ô

Ðhave€not€heard?€(NIV)Ð $ À ÐÌWe€are€told€through€the€scriptures€that€we€will€be€held€accountable€for€Ð ü ˜ Ðthose.Ð è „ ÐÌEzek€33:7-8Ð À \ Ð7à à"Son€of€man,€I€have€made€you€a€watchman€for€the€house€Ð ¬ H Ðof€Israel;€so€hear€the€word€I€speak€and€give€them€warning€from€Ð ˜ 4 Ðme.Ð „ Ð8à àWhen€I€say€to€the€wicked,€'O€wicked€man,€you€will€Ð p Ðsurely€die,'€and€you€do€not€speak€out€to€dissuade€him€from€his€Ð \ ø Ðways,€that€wicked€man€will€die€for€his€sin,€and€I€will€hold€you€Ð H ä Ðaccountable€for€his€blood.€(NIV)Ð 4 РЀ€Ð !¼ ÐMany€of€us€are€afraid€to€open€our€mouths€because€we€are€ridiculed;€yet€we€Ð "¨ Ðreally€do€care!€€Ð ø"” ÐÌI€want€to€take€an€opportunity€tonight€to€paint€for€you€four€different€kinds€Ð Ð$l ! Ðof€motivation€of€why€I€should€care.€€Ð ¼%X " ÐÌI.€Because€I€am€blessed!Ð ”'0!$ ÐII€Kings€6€and€7€records€the€story€of€the€sieges€of€Samaria€by€€Ð €( "% ÐKing€Aram.€€Ð l) #& ÐBecause€of€the€siege€and€the€famine€of€the€land,€the€people€Ð X*ô#' Ðexperienced€a€food€shortage€so€severe€it€drove€the€people€to€Ð D+à$( Ðcannibalism.€€Ð 0,Ì%) ÐTo€survive€mothers€literally€ate€their€children.€€Ð -¸&* ÐDoomed€to€die€with€the€rest€of€the€city,€four€outcast€lepers€Ð d Ðdecided€on€a€desperate€plan€to€enter€the€camp€of€the€Armenians€Ð P ì Ðand€surrender€and€they€said€ð= ðIf€they€spare€us€we€live,€if€they€kill€Ð < Ø Ðus€we€die.ð? ð€II€Kings€7:4€Ð ( Ä ÐÌTo€their€amazement€the€lepers€found€the€camp€deserted.€€God€has€Ð œ Ðcaused€the€Armenian€army€ð= ðTo€hear€the€sounds€of€the€chariots€Ð ì ˆ Ðand€horses€and€a€great€army.ð? ð€II€Kings€7:6€Ð Ø t ÐThe€Armenians€concluded€the€King€of€Israel€had€hired€the€Hittites€Ð Ä

` Ðand€the€Egyptians€to€attack€them.€€Terrified€they€fled€for€their€Ð ° L Ðlives€leaving€everything€in€the€camp€behind€them.€€Ð œ 8

ÐÌThe€lepers€were€beside€themselves;€they€rushed€from€tent€to€tent€Ð t Ðfeasting€and€luding.€€They€filled€their€arms€with€treasures€of€silver€Ð ` ü

Ðand€gold€and€gathered€the€mounds€of€clothes€that€would€last€them€Ð L è Ðfor€years.€€Ð 8 Ô

ÐHurriedly€they€hid€their€plunder€and€ran€back€for€more,€but€their€Ð $ À Ðfrantic€hoarding€was€cut€short€II€Kings€7:9€€ð= ðWe€are€not€doing€Ð ¬ Ðright€,€this€is€a€day€of€good€news€and€we€are€keeping€it€to€Ð ü ˜ Ðourselves,€let€us€at€once€go€and€report€this€to€the€Royal€Palace.ð? ð€€Ð è „ ÐAnd€they€did€and€the€entire€city€enjoyed€the€abundance€of€the€Ð Ô p ÐArmenian€camp.€€Ð À \ ÐÌWhen€true€believers€are€awed€by€the€greatness€of€God€and€the€Ð ˜ 4 Ðprivilege€of€becoming€his€children€they€become€sincerely€Ð „ Ðmotivated€and€effective€evangelists.€€Ð p ÐÌThey€find€themselves€saying€naturally€what€the€Psalmist€in€Ð H ä ÐPsalms€34:8€ð= ðTaste€and€see€that€the€Lord€is€good.ð? ð€€Ð 4 Ð ÐÌWith€little€strategy€or€little€effort€they€find€opportunities€to€share€Ð "¨ Ðwith€seekers€their€confidence€in€Gods€goodness,€wisdom€and€Ð ø"” Ðpower.€€Ð ä#€ ÐÌTheyð$ ðll€say€ð= ðI€donð$ ðt€know€about€you,€but€I€found€God€to€be€so€Ð ¼%X " Ðwonderful,€I€would€be€a€fool€not€to€serve€him.ð? ð€€Ð ¨&D # ÐÌCome€with€me€back€to€Samaria€again€hundreds€of€years€later€and€Ð €( "% Ðyou€find€a€women€that€Jesus€confronts€at€the€well€and€she€is€so€Ð l) #& Ðthrilled€by€what€she€has€found€that€she€says€in:Ð X*ô#' ÐJohn€4:28-29Ð D+à$( Ð28à àThen,€leaving€her€water€jar,€the€woman€went€Ð 0,Ì%) Ðback€to€the€town€and€said€to€the€people,Ð -¸&* Ð29à à"Come,€see€a€man€who€told€me€everything€I€Ð d Ðever€did.€Could€this€be€the€Christ?"(NIV)Ð P ì ÐÌWhen€I€see€people€poking€around€the€dunghills€of€life€I€see€them€Ð ( Ä Ðdashing€from€bar€to€bar,€lover€to€lover,€toy€to€toy,€fun€fix€to€fun€Ð

° Ðfix.€€Ð œ ÐÌWhen€I€see€them€turn€down€dead€end€streets,€I€feel€with€pity€and€Ð Ø t Ðwant€to€shout€stop€your€endless€searching,€stop€picking€up€the€Ð Ä

` Ðrefuse€piles€of€life,€experience€Godð$ ðs€love.€€Ð ° L ÐÌWhy€is€it€believers€are€sometimes€are€not€motivated€by€this€fact,€Ð ˆ $

Ðbecause€Satan€does€everything€in€his€power€to€convince€spiritual€Ð t Ðprinces€that€they€are€paupers.€€Ð ` ü

ÐÌIf€he€can€make€you€lose€sight€of€your€wealth,€he€can€render€you€Ð 8 Ô

Ðineffective€as€an€evangelist.€€Ð $ À ÐÌThatð$ ðs€why€it€is€so€important€for€you€to€journal€the€blessings€of€Ð ü ˜ ÐGod€in€your€life.€€It€will€continue€to€keep€you€thankful€and€Ð è „ Ðmotivated€to€share€with€others€whose€lives€are€so€broken€down.Ð Ô p ÐÌÌII.€Because€I€am€Submitted€and€obedient.€€Ð ˜ 4 ÐActs€1:8€says€ð= ðBut€you€will€receive€power€when€the€Holy€Spirit€Ð „ Ðcomes€on€you€and€you€will€be€my€witnesses€in€Jerusalem€and€Ð p ÐJudea€and€Samaria€and€all€the€ends€of€the€earth.ð? ðÐ \ ø ÐÌ€As€remarkable€as€it€seems€God€chooses€ordinary€people€to€be€His€Ð 4 Ð Ðspokespersons€on€this€planet.€€Ð !¼ ÐÌTo€every€believer€like€you€and€me€He€said€you€are€special,€you€Ð ø"” Ðare€a€person€I€have€called,€I€need€you€to€reach€a€certain€corner€of€Ð ä#€ Ðhumanity.€€Ð Ð$l ! ÐÌThey€need€your€personality,€Ð ¨&D # Ðyour€abilities,€Ð ”'0!$ Ðyour€perspective€on€life,€Ð €( "% Ðyour€age€factor,€Ð l) #& Ðyour€sense€of€humor,€Ð X*ô#' Ðyour€message.€€Ð D+à$( ÐThey€need€you€filled€with€the€Holy€Spirit€and€commissioned€as€Ð 0,Ì%) Ðmy€agent€of€peace€and€reconciliation.€€Ð -¸&* ЇMatt€28:19Ð d Ð19à àð= ðTherefore€go€and€make€disciples€ð! ðð? ð(NIV)Ð P ì ÐÌMy€commission€motivates€me.€€What€is€the€key€to€being€Ð ( Ä Ðeffectively€used€by€God€ðE ð€Ð

° Ða€humble,€submissive€heart€that€is€tuned€in€to€the€Holy€Ð œ ÐSpirit.€€Ð ì ˆ ÐÌI€miss€out€when€I€am€occupied€with€my€agenda,€Ð Ä

` Ðwhen€I€am€busy€about€my€plans,€Ð ° L Ðwhen€I€donð$ ðt€look€for€the€opportunities€that€God€sends€Ð œ 8

Ðmy€way,€Ð ˆ $

Ðbut€if€I€quiet€myself€in€the€morning€and€give€my€day€to€Ð t Ðthe€Lord€and€ask€Him€to€lead€me€through,€I€find€Ð ` ü

Ðopportunities€and€sense€Gods€power€at€work€in€me.Ð L è Ðà àÌI€will€be€held€accountable€for€my€obedience€to€Christð$ ðs€Ð $ À Ðcommands!Ð ¬ ÐÌThe€ministry€to€share€with€someone€else€is€so€effective€because€I€Ð è „ Ðcan€hear€Gods€voice€through€the€sounds€of€my€day.€Ð Ô p ЀÌIII.€Because€there€is€an€Eternity.€€Ð ¬ H ÐThe€third€motivation€for€becoming€an€effective€evangelist€is€one€Ð ˜ 4 Ðthat€is€hard€to€mention,€but€it€is€the€reality€of€Hell.€€Ð „ ÐÌI€donð$ ðt€like€thinking€about€it,€teaching€about€it,€but€the€plain€truth€Ð \ ø Ðis€Hell€is€real€and€people€go€there€for€eternity.€€Ð H ä ÐÌThe€reality€of€Hell€was€a€major€theme€in€Jesus€evangelistic€Ð !¼ Ðministry.€€Ð "¨ ÐÌJesus€grieved€over€the€rich,€young€ruler€because€He€knew€he€was€Ð ä#€ Ðwalking€the€road€to€Hell.€€Ð Ð$l ! ÐÌHe€wept€over€the€people€of€Jerusalem€because€He€saw€them€as€Ð ¨&D # Ðsheep€without€a€shepherd.€€It€was€only€a€matter€of€time€before€Ð ”'0!$ Ðthey€wandered€off€the€cliffs€of€eternity€into€the€abyss€of€Hell.€€Ð €( "% ÐÌHe€told€parables€like€Lazarus€and€the€rich€man€Luke€16:19-31€Ð X*ô#' Ðwhich€plainly€told€of€the€agony€and€the€desperation€of€those€Ð D+à$( Ðforever€separated€from€God€and€lost.€€Ð 0,Ì%) ÐÐ -¸&* Ð22à à"The€time€came€when€the€beggar€died€and€the€Ð d Ðangels€carried€him€to€Abraham's€side.€The€rich€man€also€Ð P ì Ðdied€and€was€buried.Ð < Ø Ð23à àIn€hell,€where€he€was€in€torment,€he€looked€up€Ð ( Ä Ðand€saw€Abraham€far€away,€with€Lazarus€by€his€side.Ð

° Ð24à àSo€he€called€to€him,€'Father€Abraham,€have€pity€Ð œ Ðon€me€and€send€Lazarus€to€dip€the€tip€of€his€finger€in€Ð ì ˆ Ðwater€and€cool€my€tongue,€because€I€am€in€agony€in€this€Ð Ø t Ðfire.'Ð Ä

` Ð25à à"But€Abraham€replied,€'Son,€remember€that€in€Ð ° L Ðyour€lifetime€you€received€your€good€things,€while€Ð œ 8

ÐLazarus€received€bad€things,€but€now€he€is€comforted€Ð ˆ $

Ðhere€and€you€are€in€agony.Ð t Ð26à àAnd€besides€all€this,€between€us€and€you€a€great€Ð ` ü

Ðchasm€has€been€fixed,€so€that€those€who€want€to€go€from€Ð L è Ðhere€to€you€cannot,€nor€can€anyone€cross€over€from€there€Ð 8 Ô

Ðto€us.'Ð $ À Ð27à à"He€answered,€'Then€I€beg€you,€father,€send€Ð ¬ ÐLazarus€to€my€father's€house,Ð ü ˜ Ð28à àfor€I€have€five€brothers.€Let€him€warn€them,€so€Ð è „ Ðthat€they€will€not€also€come€to€this€place€of€torment.'Ð Ô p Ð(NIV)Ð À \ ÐÌJesus€confronted€the€Pharisees,€the€scribes,€the€tax€collectors,€the€Ð ˜ 4 Ðpoliticians,€the€rich€and€the€poor,€anybody€and€everybody€with€Ð „ Ðthis€harsh€truth.€€Unless€the€repented€and€put€their€faith€in€Him€Ð p Ðthey€would€die€in€their€sin€and€face€eternal€condemnation.€€Ð \ ø ÐÌIt€broke€His€heart€to€see€people€headed€for€that€direction.€€Ð 4 Ð ÐÌI€believe€in€Hell,€Ð "¨ ÐI€believe€it€rationally,€Ð ø"” ÐI€believe€in€it€emotionally,€Ð ä#€ ÐI€am€not€an€neurotic€about€it,€but€I€have€to€admit€that€it€Ð Ð$l ! Ðimpacts€me€everyday,€it€bothers€me,€it€sparks€my€Ð ¼%X " Ðenergies.€€Ð ¨&D # ÐPeople€say€well,€why€do€you€do€so€many€things€in€the€church,€Ð ”'0!$ Ðwhy€do€you€pour€money€into€programs.€€Ð €( "% ÐÌWhy,€because€I€will€do€whatever€it€takes€to€keep€people€out€of€Ð X*ô#' ÐHell.€€Ð D+à$( ÐÌThatð$ ðs€my€mentality,€the€stakes€are€high,€weð$ ðre€not€playing€Ð -¸&* Ðchurch.€€Ð d ÐÌEternal€life€and€death€hang€in€the€balance.€€Ð < Ø ÐÌI€am€motivated€by€whatever€way€I€can€to€reach€the€lost.Ð

° Ѐ€Ð œ ÐIV.€Because€there€is€Reward€of€Rejoicing.€€Ð ì ˆ ÐThere€is€a€wonderful€reward€to€leading€someone€to€Christ.€€Ð Ø t ÐÌð= ðYou€know,€I€was€lost€until€God€brought€His€message€to€me€Ð ° L Ðthrough€you.€€Thanks€for€reaching€out€to€me€and€answering€my€Ð œ 8

Ðquestions€and€putting€up€with€my€rebellion.€€Thanks€for€loving€me€Ð ˆ $

Ðwhen€I€wasnð$ ðt€loveable.€€Thanks€for€living€a€life€that€matched€Ð t Ðyour€message.€€Thanks€for€leading€me€to€the€grace€of€God.ð? ð€€Ð ` ü

ÐÌYou€only€have€to€hear€that€one€time€and€you€become€motivated.€€Ð 8 Ô

ÐScripture€tells€us€that€Heaven€throws€a€party€for€every€sinner€who€Ð $ À Ðcomes€and€submits€himself€to€ChristÐ ¬ ÐÌParable€of€the€Lost€Sheep!Ð è „ ÐLuke€15:5-7Ð Ô p Ð5à àAnd€when€he€finds€it,€he€joyfully€puts€it€on€his€Ð À \ ÐshouldersÐ ¬ H Ð6à àand€goes€home.€Then€he€calls€his€friends€and€Ð ˜ 4 Ðneighbors€together€and€says,€'Rejoice€with€me;€I€have€Ð „ Ðfound€my€lost€sheep.'Ð p Ð7€I€tell€you€that€in€the€same€way€there€will€beÐ \ ø Ðmore€rejoicing€in€heaven€over€one€sinner€who€repents€Ð H ä Ðthan€over€ninety-nine€righteous€persons€who€do€not€need€Ð 4 Ð Ðto€repent.(NIV)Ð !¼ ÐÌParable€of€the€Lost€Coin!Ð ø"” ÐLuke€15:9-10Ð ä#€ Ð9à àAnd€when€she€finds€it,€she€calls€her€friends€and€Ð Ð$l ! Ðneighbors€together€and€says,€'Rejoice€with€me;€I€have€Ð ¼%X " Ðfound€my€lost€coin.'Ð ¨&D # Ð10€In€the€same€way,€I€tell€you,€there€is€rejoicing€in€Ð ”'0!$ Ðthe€presence€of€the€angels€of€God€over€one€sinner€who€Ð €( "% Ðrepents."(NIV)Ð l) #& ÐÌParable€of€the€Prodigal€Son!Ð D+à$( ÐLuke€15:21-24Ð 0,Ì%) Ð21à à"The€son€said€to€him,€'Father,€I€have€sinned€Ð -¸&* Ðagainst€heaven€and€against€you.€I€am€no€longer€worthy€to€Ð d Ðbe€called€your€son.'Ð P ì Ð22à à"But€the€father€said€to€his€servants,€'Quick!€Ð < Ø ÐBring€the€best€robe€and€put€it€on€him.€Put€a€ring€on€his€Ð ( Ä Ðfinger€and€sandals€on€his€feet.Ð

° Ð23à àBring€the€fattened€calf€and€kill€it.€Let's€have€a€Ð œ Ðfeast€and€celebrate.Ð ì ˆ Ð24à àFor€this€son€of€mine€was€dead€and€is€alive€Ð Ø t Ðagain;€he€was€lost€and€is€found.'€So€they€began€to€Ð Ä

` Ðcelebrate.€(NIV)Ð ° L ÐÌ€€What€a€thrill€to€be€a€part€of€that€cosmic€celebration€when€you€Ð ˆ $

Ðcelebrate€with€the€angles€in€heaven€and€the€father!Ð t Ð.Ð ` ü

ÐÌConclusion:Ð 8 Ô

ÐÌWhy€Should€I€Care?Ð ¬ Ð1.€Because€I€am€blessed!Ð ü ˜ Ð2.€Because€I€am€submitted€and€obedient!Ð è „ Ð3.€Because€there€is€an€eternityÐ Ô p Ð4.€Because€there€is€a€reward€of€rejoicing!Ð À \ ÐÌI€challenge€you€to€evaluate€your€life!Ð ˜ 4 ÐÌYou€will€not€be€fully€spiritually€alive€unless€you€are€involved€Ð p Ðwith€Godð$ ðs€purpose€of€reaching€out€to€those€that€are€lost!Ð \ ø ÐÌThat€is€when€the€celebration€really€happens!€Ð 4 Ð ÐÌCommit€to€the€process!Ð "¨ ÐOne€day€being€able€to€share€your€faith!Ð ø"” ÐÌÌÌÌÌCOPYRIGHT€DISCLAIMER:€Ð €( "% ÐThe€text€contained€in€this€database€is€protected€by€copyright€Ð l) #& Ðand€International€Law,€and€is€solely€owned€by€it's€authors.€Ð X*ô#' ÐThe€reproduction,€or€distribution€of€this€product,€or€any€Ð D+à$( Ðportion€of€it,€without€the€expressed€written€authorization€Ð 0,Ì%) Ðfrom€the€contributing€authors€is€forbidden.€€Ð -¸&* ÐRemember,€this€database€is€to€inspire€the€development€Ð d Ðof€new€messages€to€further€the€kingdom's€work.Ð P ì ÐÌÌ

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