007 Christian

007 Christian

Student Pastor Victor Garcia

Good morning, Introduction…. A few years ago I tried putting together events with other Youth
groups and was shot down time after time. Well a few weeks ago we did a youth event with
another church, East Valley Church. That night I had 2 major realizations: the kids didn’t realize
that some of the people they knew and associated with at school were Christians and attended
church. How many of you know if the people you associate daily with are christians? And have
you made the effort to find out or have you made the choice to keep a good thing to yourself?

I would like to share some verses in the book of Matthew that address and support some of the
things that have been on my mind lately and they are found in the Gospel of Matthew.

Mathew 5:13-16 (early in Jesus ministry he explained to his disciples what
their mission was)
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made
salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled
underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its
stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine
before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

● Salt is designed to be used as a season and help our food taste good. (Give an
example)
● Light is designed to help things be seen. (Light example)
● What is Jesus saying, to be attractive and show your faith.

Mathew 22: 36-40 ( Pharisee who was an expert of the law)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love
the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38
This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your
neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

● Love God with all your heart, soul and mind.
● Love your neighbor as yourself
● Jesus is telling him, If you love God, you love people

As a basketball coach the most important thing I can teach my players is the importance of
fundamentals. The great thing is that I not only teach my kids the fundamentals of basketball but
to life as well. I would not be a good coach without sharing some fundamentals with you as well.

The fundamentals of sharing your faith. (You must intentionally)

Value people and love them Unconditionally.
  • When you put conditions on your love, you put conditions on the value of
    people. (story of Gabby)
Enter their World.
  • The bible mentions 40 instances when Jesus reached out and touched
    others and their lives were changed.
  • 85% of those instances people either brought Jesus to the people that
    needed him, or they brought the person who needed Jesus to Jesus.
Add Value to them. (story of the street preacher)
  • People don’t add value to people they don’t like
  • To be effective you just don’t walk up to someone and share your faith,
    you must first add value to them to gain and earn their trust.
Make them Hungry to know God. (story of the man in the gym)
  • Appetites increase when they get around people that begin to show them
    who God is.
  • Salt makes you thirsty.
  • Light makes people see and be aware.
Believe that Everyone wants to know God.
  • People don’t know or realize that they’re lost, and they don’t know what
    they’re missing.
  • That’s why they need you.
Mathew 28: 18-20 (end of Jesus ministry) 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

As I close I would like to challenge you with this thought:

● What is Jesus saying….Be active and share your faith

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