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Natural Evangelism: Entering the Field  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  39:40
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An attitude of care and concern, toward others. Christian compassion towards others should reflect the compassion of God for his people.

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Acts 16:30–34 ESV
30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.
Know/Understand: Know that we do Evangelism best when we are trying to create Spiritual Friendships instead of War. Creating Opportunities instead of Obstacles.
Feel/Emotion: Become motivated because without us the work of Evangelism will not be done.
Do/Action: Learn and tell your story creating paths of salvation for those in your world of contact.
Introduction
Natural Evangelism 2019 Theme
Psalm 96:2–3 ESV
2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
Our year started off with an understanding of the Power and Authority of Scripture
We’ve had lessons/sermons preparing us for the field of Evangelism
I brought a lesson entitled: “Christianity is a Blessing, Not a Burden”
Roy Mason brought a sermon entitled: “Allow God to take the Lead”
Tony continued with: “Evangelism Begins at Home”
I returned with: “Telling Others about Jesus”
Tony on Pot-Luck Sunday preached: “Know the Truth You Need to Speak”
Those were sermons preparing you for the field of Evangelism, then we moved our emphasis to entering the field of Evangelism
That first lesson I preached entitled: “Don’t Wait for the Lost to Come to You”
Brother Ketih Palmore encouraged us with: Don’t be Afraid to eat with Sinners” he used the title “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”
Tony delivered our last lesson: “Share a Story, Don't Sell a Product”
That brings us to today “Create Spiritual Friendships, Not a War” it is the last of the lessons on 'Entering the Field”
Then we will move into “Words of Encouragement”
Today’s lesson has 5 objectives, the fifth is a bonus you can study later at your leisure...
I. Compassion a vital Christian character
II. Compassion needs to be shown in actions
III. God inspires human compassion
IV. God rewards compassion
V. Lack of compassion

I. Compassion a vital Christian character

Eph 4:32; Col 3:12
Ephesians 4:32 ESV
32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
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Colossians 3:12 ESV
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
These ways may seem out of step with the way of the world but it is exactly the way of God
Jesus demonstrated these characteristics in aboundance
See also 2 Co 1:3–5; 1 Pe 3:8
[Character must show through, you cannot keep it to yourself or hidden…]
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II. Compassion needs to be shown in actions

1 John 3:17 ESV
17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
We’ve been too tremendously blessed not to turn around and bless others
The gift of salvation is without equal and comes with eternal blessings...
See also Is 58:6–7; Mt 10:42; Mt 25:35–36; Ac 20:35
Matthew 10:42 ESV
42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
Matthew 25:35–36 ESV
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Acts 20:35 ESV
35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
[We can make Spiritual Friends because God Himself inspires it. He makes it possible for an enemy to be open to the Gospel and friendship not War…]
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III. God inspires human compassion

Daniel 1:9 ESV
9 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs,
You may think that your friends; coworkers; enemies and others don’t want to hear the Gospel but perhaps you have been placed in your position for such a time as this - as was told to Esther in...
Esther 4:14 ESV
14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
It happened other places as well and it can happen for you...
See also Ex 3:21; Ps 106:46; Je 42:12
Exodus 3:21 ESV
21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty,
Psalm 106:46 ESV
46 He caused them to be pitied by all those who held them captive.
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IV. God rewards compassion

Proverbs 14:21 ESV
21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
See also Ps 112:4–5; Pr 19:17
Psalm 112:4–5 ESV
4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. 5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.
Proverbs 19:17 ESV
17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

V. Lack of compassion

2 Sa 12:6; Ps 69:20; Ps 109:16; Eze 16:5; Am 1:11
Psalm 69:20 ESV
20 Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none.
Psalm 109:16 ESV
16 For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.

God’s Salvation Invitation

Hear - Believe - Confess - Repent - Be Baptized - Be Faithful

Matthew 7:24 ESV24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Matthew 7:24 ESV
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
John 1:12 ESV12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
John 1:12 ESV
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
1 John 2:23 ESV23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.
1 John 2:23 ESV
23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.
Luke 13:3 ESV3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Luke 13:3 ESV
3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Galatians 3:27 ESV27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Galatians 3:27 ESV
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
James 1:3–4 ESV3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:3–4 ESV
3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
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