EVANGELISM SEMINAR SERIES – MAY 22, 2011 10:30 AM
First Baptist Church, Earlville, NY
Rev. Jeremy B. Stopford, Pastor
MESSAGE #1 “Who Am I?”
* Today’s Special: “Crowded Store”
“It was the day of the big sale. Rumors of the sale (and some advertising in the local papers) were the main reason for the long line that formed by 8:30, the store’s opening time, in front of the store.
A small man pushed his way to the front of the line, only to be pushed back, amid loud and colorful curses. On the man’s second attempt, he was punched square in the jaw, and knocked around a bit, and then thrown to the end of the line again. As he got up the second time, he said to the person at the end of the line…
‘That does it! If they hit me one more time, I won’t open the store!’”
* August 7-11 seems far away, but those are our VBS dates. And the leadership is burdened that we should learn something about “evangelism” – the privilege of sharing Jesus’ salvation with anyone who will hear.
* Today’s lesson gets us started, and we should be able to answer the questions, “Who can evangelize? Who does God want to share His love?”
Each point starts with the question, “Who am I….”
I. That You Even Look At Me? (Exodus 3:11)
“But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?””
Key thought: Hunger!
II. That You Should Choose Me? (1 Samuel 18:18)
“So David said to Saul, “Who am I, and what is my life or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?””
Key thought: Heritage!
III. That I Can Offer My All for You? (1 Chron. 29:14)
“But who am I, and who are my people,
That we should be able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You [lit., from Your hand],
And of Your own we have given You.”
Key thought: Hand!
IV. That I Should Attempt Great Things For You? (2 Chron. 2:6)
“But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a temple, except to burn sacrifice before Him?”
Key thought: Heaven!
But the really BIG question that we all need to ask is:
“Who are YOU?” (Acts 9:5)
“And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.[a] It is hard for you to kick against the goads.””
Key thought: Humble!
Who Am I?
(Words & music by R. Goodman)
When I think of how He came so far from glory
Came to dwell among the lowly such as I
To suffer shame and such disgrace
On Mount Calvary take my place
Then I ask myself this question
Who am I?
When I’m reminded of His words
I’ll leave you never
If you’ll be true I’ll give to you life forever
Oh I wonder what I could have done
To deserve God’s only Son
To fight my battles until they’re won
For who am I?
Who am I that The King would bleed and die for
Who am I that He would pray not my will, Thine Lord
The answer I may never know
Why He ever loved me so
That to an old rugged cross He’d go
For who am I?