Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee. We will also be heading to Bradford Park for a picnic after the service so please feel free to join us.
If you’re like me you may have many excuses when it comes to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others. For example, what if I say the wrong thing? What if I can’t answer their questions? What if they don’t like me after I’ve spoken to them? Or “I’m just not confident enough to share with people”.
Some people do use ‘impressive words’ when they share the gospel but they may also be very weak on content. Paul wanted his listeners to be impressed with his message, not his style. We don’t need to be a great speaker with a large vocabulary to share the gospel effectively. The important thing to note is that the persuasive power is in the story, not in the storyteller! Paul, being a brilliant scholar, could have overwhelmed his listeners with intellectual arguments. Instead he shared the simple message of Jesus Christ by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide his words. We too should follow Paul’s example and keep our message simple and basic. The Holy Spirit will give power to our words and use them to bring glory to Jesus.