Scott Worthington

Week 3: Sharing Your Story

Life Marks
Jan 21, 2024

In this message Pastor Scott Worthington wraps up our Life Marks series. Every Jesus follower has a radical story of life change to share. That is what we explore in this sermon.

Sermon Notes

Life Marks: Evidence of a Life with Jesus
Week 3: Sharing Your Story
We exist to connect people to live the life of a Jesus follower
Becoming the kind of people who abide in Christ, connect in community, and share in the mission will result in certain things that mark our lives.
Life Marks for 2024:
1. Abide – Loving and Living in God’s Word
2. Connect – Serving Your Church
3. Share – Sharing Your Story

Sharing Your Story
“But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” -Acts 9:1-2
“Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, ’Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.’” -Acts 9:3-6
“Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias’ And he said, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.’” -Acts 9:10-12
“But Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.’ But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.’” -Acts 9:13-15
“So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is the Son of God.’” -Acts 9:17-20

1. Every Jesus Follower has a Radical Story of Life Change
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” -Ephesians2:1-3
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…” -Ephesians 2:4-5
Don’t misrepresent God’s grace by minimizing your story.
Jesus doesn’t save by making bad people good, He saves by making dead people alive.
2. Every Jesus Follower Has a Radical Story to Share
“This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.” -1 Timothy 1:15-16 (NLT)
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28 (NASB)
“…though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” -1 Timothy 1:13-14
Biblical Reality:
Joseph was abused. Job was bankrupt. Gideon was afraid. Samson was a womanizer. Moses had a speech problem. Rahab was a prostitute. David was a murderous adulterer. Jonah was a coward. Noah was a drunk. Peter was a liar. Paul was a mass murderer. God specializes in using broken people to do powerful things.
1. Intentional Gospel Conversations
·  My life before Jesus
·  How Jesus saved me
·  What I’ve seen Him do since
2. Impromptu Gospel Conversations

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