Point to Jesus (Acts #18)

Sermon Synopsis

In a world filled with divisive conversations and controversial topics, it can be easy to get caught up in debates and arguments. However, as followers of Jesus, our primary focus should always be on pointing others to Him. This is a lesson we can learn from the Apostle Paul, who, when given the opportunity to speak, always directed the conversation towards Jesus.

In a recent sermon, Pastor Erin shared how Paul used his fifteen minutes of fame to proclaim the message of Jesus. He started by building credibility with his audience, recounting the story of the Jews and their history. By doing so, he established a connection with his fellow Jews and gained their attention.

But Paul didn't stop there. He went on to talk about Jesus and His resurrection. He used the Hebrew scriptures to prove that Jesus was the Messiah, fulfilling the prophecies that had been written centuries before. He spoke boldly and confidently, knowing that the message he was sharing was life-changing.

Paul's sermon created quite a stir within the community. Some believed and put their faith in Jesus, while others became angry and tried to shut down the message. But Paul and Barnabas didn't back down. They continued to boldly proclaim the truth, even in the face of opposition.

As followers of Jesus, we can learn from Paul's example. When given the opportunity to speak, whether it's in a formal setting or a casual conversation, our focus should always be on pointing others to Jesus. It's not about winning arguments or debates but about sharing the life-changing message of the gospel.

In a world filled with divisive topics, it can be tempting to get caught up in the controversy. However, as followers of Jesus, our primary goal should always be to love others and point them to Him. We can do this by living out our faith in a way that reflects the character of Christ and by sharing the good news of salvation through Jesus.

So the next time you find yourself in a conversation about a controversial topic, remember the example of the Apostle Paul. Instead of getting caught up in arguments and debates, focus on pointing others to Jesus. Share the love and grace that you have experienced through Him, and trust that God will work in the hearts of those you encounter.

Let us be a people who are known for pointing to Jesus, both in our words and in our actions. May we always be ready to share the hope and joy that we have found in Him, and may our lives be a reflection of His love and grace. In a world that is searching for answers, let us point them to the One who is the answer - Jesus Christ.

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