Sermon by Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Beautiful, Week 1 – Beautiful Feet
Read Romans 10:9-15:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile– the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
- From this passage, what does a person need to do to be saved?
- The Apostle Paul explains that this first requires an opportunity to hear about Jesus, and that God almost always uses a person to give us that information. Think about a person who helped you on your journey to faith in Jesus Christ. What qualities in that person helped you be open to the message about Jesus?
- In the book UnChristian David Kinnaman presents the results of recent surveys the Barna Research Group did to learn what people outside the Christian faith currently think about Christians. What did the research show? What are some of the words that nonbelievers use to describe Christians?
- Pastor Trevor used the Sender/Receiver Model of Communications Theory that he had learned in college to explain God’s desire to communicate with people about His love.
Message of love and salvation
God ——————————————————————–> Our Culture
Pastor Trevor said that when there is a disruption in this communication process, the problem isn’t with God, or with the message, or even with the people in our culture. Do you agree that the main problem isn’t with our culture – why, or why not?
- Think of someone you know who is either disinterested in the message of Jesus Christ or strongly opposed to it. What factors caused them to feel the way they do about Jesus?
- Think of someone you care about who is far from God. What are some things that that you think might possibly help them move closer to becoming a Christian?
- What qualities in Christians would be likely to make Jesus attractive to others?
- What are some ways that we can grow our personal compassion for people who are far from God?
- Pastor Trevor quoted E. Stanley Jones saying, “I become like that which I worship.” What did he mean by that?
- Take some time to pray together for someone you know who is currently not interested in becoming a follower of Jesus.