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A Passion for Barney

Passion Influence Evangelism

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-02-20

Scripture: John 1:45 ; John 4:29

Author: Rob Tucker
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ILLUSTRATION

My kids used to watch Barney growing up. I could not stand that show! The songs, the purple dinosaur, it all seemed like too much. A funny thing would happen though. We would start watching it together, and before long I would look around to find I was the only person in the living room still watching the show!  (All parents can relate to this!)

Of course, I wouldn't have even turned the show on if it weren't for them. Funny how the passions of others can begin to bleed over to us.

APPLICATION

As Christ followers, others see our passion for Christ. In time, our passion influences those who are exposed to it, whether or not they started out with an interest in spiritual things. 

"Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, "We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth" (John 1:45, NLT). 

"Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?" (John 4:29). 

Fishing For A Friend?

Loneliness Evangelism Friendship

Source: “The establishment lets you order an aquatic pal," by RAVNEET AHLUWALIA, September 4, 2017, The Independent

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-09

Scripture: Matthew 4:19

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The Independent reports:

The fish friend programme caught the imagination of the internet after radio producer Michelle Cook tweeted a picture of the fishbowl and sign. The caption read: “My friend is staying in a hotel in Belgium. They've offered her the option of renting a fish for the night, in case she's lonely.”

... Hotel manager David Dillen told The Independent that the fish rental service has been running for several years and is popular with guests. 

He said: “We started a few years ago. The idea was to surprise our guests, as we always try to do.

“It’s brilliant to see how people react to it. They smile, they take pictures to put on social media. We rent a few fish per week.”

APPLICATION

There are a lot of ways to deal with the problem of loneliness.  You could order a fish.  Or, you could get out of yourself and focus on trying to help someone else.  Whatever might be said of Jesus' followers, it should never be said that they are lonely. First, you’re never alone when you walk closely with Jesus. He is constantly by your side.  Also, He compels you to seek and serve others—particularly the lost.  His promise to every faithful follower is that He will make them fishers of men.  So the next time you're feeling all alone, don't hang out with a fish, but go fishing!

"Come, follow Me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). 

Sharing Trade Secrets Or Sharing The Wealth?

Outreach Evangelism Unity

Source: Denver Post, Nicki Jhabvala, 6/29/17

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2017-08-03

Scripture: Philippians 1:18

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

Last month, Von Miller gathered some of the NFL’s elite sack specialists at Stanford University for what he called a “pass rush summit.” The participates were star defensive players from around the league, with several different teams represented. Addressing concerns that each man was sharing his trade secrets, Miller replied that it was more like sharing the wealth. He said, “A sack is a sack. I’m going to get sacks, they’re going to get sacks. You really can’t stop that. You really benefit more from really just sharing that knowledge and just trying to be the best players that you can possibly be."

APPLICATION

God has endowed the Church with the mission of reaching the unreached, showing charity and compassion to the world, and helping to strengthen those already in Christ. We achieve this through various ministries, programs, and outreach efforts. Unlike the NFL, this is not a competition.  We are all on the same team. 

So, why not band together to more effectively reach the world for Christ? If NFL players can do it, why not God's people? 

"But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice" (Philippians 1:18). 

Are You A Hypermiler?

Evangelism Discipline (Self) Goal Setting

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-24

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:22 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Search is On

Evangelism Missions Priorities

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2016-02-14

Scripture: Matthew 28:16 ; Luke 15:1

Author: Daniel Levitin
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A Winning Recipe

Evangelism Compassion Outreach

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-27

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Are You A Tare Or A Wheat?

Salvation Self-examination Evangelism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-07

Scripture: Matthew 13: ; Matthew 7:14

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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The Crusader's Rifle

Gospel Evangelism Eternal Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-09

Scripture: Hebrews 4:12 ; 1 Peter 1:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Lost One

Evangelism Community Compassion

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2015-10-02

Scripture: Acts 2:46 ; Isaiah 6:8

Author: James Miller
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The Fresnel Lens

Evangelism Salvation Gospel

Contributed By: Timothy Singenstreu | Date Posted: 2015-08-22

Scripture: 1 John 1:5

Author: Timothy Singenstreu / Illustration Exchange
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