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Honey I Shrunk the Church! (1 Peter 4:8-10)

Dennis Kreiss, October 28, 2017
Part of the Overcoming Your Fears - Sharing Your Faith series, preached for Growing Together Radio

Honey, I shrunk the church! Overcoming your fears – sharing your faith. How can I personally keep from turning on the shrinking mechanism on the church? And better yet… which button is the grow button? We are taking very small, safe, simple steps to learn how to share our faith and reach people for Jesus Christ.
Fear Factor Tool-Belt
#1 building relationships is key to evangelism
#2 Personal touches are the keys to building relationships
#3 most unchurched people are open to an invitation to church
#4 a warm greeting can touch hundreds of people a year
#5 You can impact dozens of people a hear with hospitality
A FRIEND LOVES YOU - 1 PETER 4:8
Components of Friendship
A deep, abiding, love
Ability to overlook offensesMake a powerful impact –
learn to love
A FRIENDS HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE – 1 PETER 4:9
Hospitality
Directed toward those we don’t know
Phileo-Xenos = “A friend – of strangers”
“Please do talk to strangers.”
Aimed at developing friendships
The # one reason people don’t stick around lack of friends
Be hospitable to me!
Open Your Home - If you fail to plan…
Adopt A Guest - Contact them regularly
Include them in your life - Invite their participation
Pray for them - Ask them to pray for you
You can impact dozens of people with genuine friendship
A FRIEND GIVES WHATEVER HE CAN – 10
Objections to hospitality
Grumbling - I can’t because…
Giftedness - I don’t have what it takes
Faith Factor Prayer
Lord thank you for the gift of a life free of fear. Help me to stir my faith into flame. Take my weakness and insecurity and replace it with your power. Transform the little that I have to give into a love that touches others. Replace my anxieties with a sound mind. I am willing to go if you go with me. I am ready to step out and begin the process of building relationships for the Kingdom of God.


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