Romans 10:14 - SHARING JESUS!

Romans 10:14 (NLT) But how can they call on 
him to save them unless they believe in him? And 
how can they believe in him if they have never 
heard about him? And how can they hear about him 
unless someone tells them?  


   Here's a ?4U. Do you have any friends who 
text more than they talk? Some studies say the 
average teenager sends over eighty text messages a 
day. That's more than 3,000 a month Texting seems 
to be the way a lot of kids communicate - and 
they're good at it. Thirteen-year-old Morgan Pozgar 
won the first National Texting Championship in 
2007. Since that time, teens have claimed every 
title, including Wisconsin's Austin Wierschke who 
notched back-to-back wins (and $100,000) in 2011 and 
2012. Austin isn't just fast at texting - he's 
also accurate. To win the title in 2012, he had 
to text a line from "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little 
Star" while blindfolded and also send a phrase 
that was written backwards. 
   You probably text under less stressful 
circumstances (and not in front of cameras and a live 
audience). But accuracy is equally important in your 
messages. You want to make sure the correct 
information gets communicated. And when you hear the 
familiar whistle of your cell phone alerting you 
about an incoming text message, what do you 
normally find? Most likely, it's a message from a 
friend or family member. But sometimes you see a 
spam message: "Your number was selected as our 
iPad winner of the day! Enter 'IPad to 
redeem." Some messages are more important than 
others. What happens to the spam? Delete. 
   As followers of Christ, we're called to 
tell others about Jesus. God wants us to be his 
witnesses. Maybe you're afraid to spread the good news 
about Jesus because you feel everybody has heard 
it before and you don't want them to hit 
delete. But you can't give up. The case for Christ 
is solid and reliable. More people need to hear 
about it. 
   The book of Romans asks a good question: 
"How can they believe in the one of whom they 
have not heard? And how can they hear without 
someone preaching to them?" (Romans 10:14). As you 
text your friends, make sure you're not ignoring 
your faith. Tell them you're praying for them. 
Text an encouraging Bible verse to somebody who's 
down. We need to keep sending out Christ's message 
of love. With some persistence and creativity, 
the life-changing message of Jesus Christ will 
catch someone's eye and help bring them into God's 
family. Now that sounds 2G2BT (to good to be true), 
but it is true. [Case For Christ For Kids by Les 


Of all the elements of a worship service, 
the early believers in America held preaching to 
be the most important.  Those coming to worship 
were encouraged to listen to the preacher, not 
the man, but the words he spoke.  Because the 
words the preacher preached were the words of 
life, the very words Jesus had shared with the 
people of Israel, and later the same words the Holy 
Spirit brought to mind to the disciples. And today, 
when we attend worship, we too must remember that 
the words being spoken in Bible 
preaching/teaching churches, are Jesus' words. Begin to form a 
new habit today of listening to your preacher 
with awe, attention and expectancy. Awe because 
these are Jesus' words; attention because this is 
the message God has for us today; and expectancy 
that this living message will accomplish its 
purpose in the world, and in us. [In His Time; Walk 
With Wisdom] 

In telling others about Christ, an effective 
witness must include more than being a good example. 
Eventually, we will have to explain the content, the 
what and the how of the gospel. Modeling the 
Christian life is important, but we will need to 
connect the mind of the unbeliever and the message 
of the gospel. There should never be a debate 
between those who favor lifestyle evangelism (one's 
living proclaims the gospel) and confrontational 
evangelism (declaring the message). Both should be used 
together in promoting the gospel. [Life Application 

   Why did Israel stumble over Christ and 
reject Him? Because they did not understand the 
kind of righteousness God wanted or how to get 
it. Like the Pharisees (and many people today), 
they thought only of righteous works and could 
not comprehend a righteousness that comes by 
faith (v. 13; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21). 
   The missionary heart of Paul comes out in 
verses 14-17. Salvation is by faith, and faith 
comes "by hearing ... the word of God" (v. 17). 
But unbelieving sinners (including Israel) 
cannot hear unless we tell them. God needs people 
with beautiful feet (Isa. 52:7) to carry the 
gospel to the lost. 
   Despite Paul's broken heart (v. 1) and 
God's outstretched hands (v 21; Isa. 65:2), Israel 
did not believe; but the Gentiles did believe 
and God saved them! When you feel discouraged in 
your witnessing, remember Paul; continue caring, 
praying, and sharing the good news. Keep those feet 
beautiful! [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by 
Warren Wiersbe re Rom. 10] 


A Story Worth Telling
   I dont know about you, but Im a big 
fan of hearing peoples stories. When I choose 
books to read on vacation, theyre generally 
biographies. Maybe thats because everyone likes to 
hear a good story, especially a true story. 
   And when it comes to sharing your faith, 
one of your most effective tools is your 
personal testimony. 
   A testimony builds bridges. Its a way 
to connect with others so they can see how you 
came to be the person you are and why you believe 
what you believe. Its also a way to help 
people see how they can come to faith as well. 
   Another great thing about sharing your 
testimony is that you can indirectly preach the gospel 
to someone. For example, instead of just 
walking up to a person and saying, Youre a 
sinner. You need to repent. Christ died for you, 
you can share your testimony. 
   You might say something like this, for 
instance: You know, before I was a Christian, my 
life was going nowhere. I had a sense of 
emptiness, and I wondered what was wrong, what was 
missing. Then one day I went to a church service and 
heard the pastor say 
   Youre preaching the gospel while 
youre telling your own story. And then you can 
say, What do you think about that? Have you 
ever heard that before? Have you ever considered 
who Jesus is? 
   Everyone has a testimony, and every 
testimony is valid. Of course, some testimonies are 
more dramatic than others. 
   But when you really get down to it, 
everyones testimony is essentially the same: I was 
lost. I was separated from God and was guilty and 
lonely and afraid to die. And I was on my way to 
Hell. But Jesus Christ, in His grace, intervened 
in my life and transformed me. 
   Thats your story, and its worth 
telling. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

Just Deliver the Message
   When I was a kid, I had a paper route. I 
delivered the Daily Pilot on my Schwinn Sting-ray 
bicycle. I became pretty adept at throwing those 
papers. I knew how to clear a hedge and how to land 
one on a porch. 
   My job wasnt to write the news or make 
the news; my job was to deliver the news. I was 
just a delivery boy. 
   Thats really what we are as 
Christians. Were people delivering the message of the 
gospel, the message God gave us. We dont have to 
apologize for the gospel, and we dont need to add 
to it, take away from it, or edit it in any 
way. We need to simply deliver it in its raw, 
explosive power. 
   The apostle Paul said, For I am not 
ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power 
of God to salvation for everyone who believes, 
for the Jew first and also for the Greek 
(Romans 1:16 NKJV). 
   In the original language, the word Paul 
used for power speaks of explosive power. In 
other words, theres explosive power in the 
story of the birth, life, death, and resurrection 
of Jesus Christ. 
   Ive seen it time and time again. The 
story simply connects with people. Its Gods 
story, and we need to just deliver it and let God 
do what He wants to do. 
   When were doing Gods work, the 
results are up to Him, not us. Yes, we should make 
every effort to succeed. But the outcome is up to 
God. And ultimately, God is not going to require 
success from us; Hes going to require 
faithfulness from us. 
   I dont have any power to convert 
anyone. Neither do you. Our job is to deliver the 
message as clearly as possible and then leave the 
results up to Him. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 

The Missionary Question
   At every missions conference hosted by my 
church, I give God the same message I've been 
repeating since my early 20s: "I'm available, Lord. 
I'll go to foreign fields if you say so." Until 
He tells me to pack my bags, I'm going to keep 
on sending others to work among unbelievers in 
distant and even remote lands. 
   Paul asked a series of rhetorical 
questions in Romans 10 that can be summed up like 
this: How will the world hear about Jesus if you 
do nothing? God uses Christians to spread the 
word that His salvation plan is available to all. 
He put us in families and communities and 
nations so we will mingle and share what we know. 
But some believers are called to carry the 
gospel farther than others. Those who stay behind 
are to offer prayer and resources for those who 
   If you're shaking your head and thinking, 
Mission work isn't where my heart is, I have news 
for you: Every believer is called to missions as 
either a goer or a sender. That call comes in 
dramatic ways for some, but for most of us, it is 
simply a biblical principle to be followed (Matt. 
28:19). What's missing for those who don't have a 
"heart" for such work is passion. Christians who 
share and go and send are often excited about 
God's message for unbelievers - and it's possible 
for you to become more enthusiastic too. 
   I challenge you to ask the Lord, "Am I 
open to going anywhere You send me?" Our roots in 
a community should be sunk only as deep as God 
wills. If you aren't called to go, then choose to 
be a sender. Offer your prayers, your money, 
and anything else that will help to put others 
on the mission field. [In Touch Daily 
Devotional by Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org] 


The Great Commission: 

The Great Commission [addendum]: 

Sharing Jesus: 

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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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