Sermon Review: The Power of One – Pt. 1 “The Power of One Person”
Duck-Lipped Selfies and Grumpy Cat Memes
We are all eager to share exciting news, aren’t we? We want to tell others about the new movie we just saw, or the great restaurant we just tried. Or maybe we just got engaged, or found out we were pregnant. Whatever makes an impact in our life becomes the focus of our conversation. We can’t help it. In fact, we only have to spend 10 minutes on Facebook to find out that we’ll share just about anything that grabs our attention… from duck-lipped selfies to Grumpy Cat memes! Yes, we are willing to broadcast both the meaningful and the meaningless.
Of course, as Christians, we have the ultimate message to broadcast, not just on Facebook, but with every single person we encounter… The Gospel of Jesus Christ!
When sharing the gospel, we should remember two things:
1. The Power of The Gospel:
We are ALL called to “Preach” the “Gospel.” Jesus himself commissioned us to preach the gospel to everyone. He said in Mark 16:15-16 “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved…”
The word “preach” comes from the Greek, kārü’ssō, which means, “to proclaim openly; to declare with authority, which must be listened to and obeyed.” And the word “Gospel” comes from the Greek yüänge’lēon, which means “the glad tidings of salvation through Christ.” In other words, we are to proclaim openly (with boldness and without shame), the good news that all can be saved through Christ.
Believe me, in a world where people’s lives epitomize bad news, the Good News is wonderfully refreshing! But, we can only preach boldly and without shame when we understand that the Gospel has power. It it not our eloquent words, per se, that have the power, it is God’s message of salvation that has power to change lives.
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” [emphasis mine]
2. The Power of Compassion:
Everyone has a story. As the saying goes, “we are the sum total of all our yesterdays.” Everything we have been through; the good, the bad, and the ugly, is now a part of our personality. So the “hard-nosed, angry, couldn’t-give-a-rip-about-live” guy obviously went through tough times in his life to get that way. Ultimately, he needs someone to care enough to give him good news. Before I received Christ into my life at 18 years old, I was a completely selfish, angry, womanizing, lying, jerk. But, it only took one person to reach out to me; to see the real pain inside and to have compassion on my sinful state. One person, one invitation, one church visit… and that was all it took for me to surrender to Jesus. It was compassion that motivated my friend to get involved in my life.
Jesus told a parable about the power of compassion. The Good Samaritan had compassion on the man who had been beaten up and had been left for dead. The word “compassion” is used to describe the Samaritan’s response toward the man and is from the Greek, “splagchnizomai,” which means “to feel deep sympathy; to be moved to action.” This means that when we see someone who has been beaten up by life and left for dead, we should be compelled to intervene. Compassion moves us to help. Compassion drives us to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others.
When we combine the power of the gospel with the power of compassion, we will truly begin to see the difference one person can make in the life of another… we will begin to see The Power of One Person!