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WWJS?

Communicating the Good News as Jesus would
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Doing Good". See series.

Introduction: Shouldn't we be saying something?

There are certain words or phrases that are almost guaranteed to make people really uncomfortable: root canal, IRS audit. In the church world, one of those words is "evangelism."

If you're a believer, the word "evangelism" conjures up feelings of guilt, fear, or inadequacy. It brings to mind awkward conversations and strained relationships. If you're a seeker, the word is equally uncomfortable. It feels like people are trying to shove religion down your throat; it reminds you of that relative who's always talking about Jesus, or of televangelists haranguing people to come forward and get saved.

The word has so many negative connotations that my goal for this message was to stay away from the predictable stereotypes and uncomfortable feelings associated with that word. But I've come to believe that true evangelism comes from a genuine desire to bless people by doing good—from gratitude for the life that God has given us that leads to a willingness to do anything to share that life with others. If that's evangelism, I'm all in.

So far in our series on doing good we have learned to see what Jesus sees, to feel what Jesus feels, and to do what Jesus would do. We've talked about serving people with no strings attached—no ulterior motives, no bait-and-switch tactics—just blessing people with intentional acts of kindness, generosity, and beauty. And we're beginning to get the hang of it.

We've been receiving stories all week from folks who are doing good and using the "You really matter" cards. Let me share just one with you to give a sense of what people are experiencing:

I was heading to the platform at North Station to make a commuter rail connection, when I noticed ...

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Bryan Wilkerson is pastor of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

Shouldn't we be saying something?

I. Let our actions speak first.

II. Engage people in real conversation.

III. Tell God's story.

Conclusion