Sunday, August 3, 2014
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
Frank Sontag was a New Age Spiritualist leader on the radio- he came to Christ in his fifties.
He used to be on the Mark and Brian Morning Show.
Ozzy Osbourne was someone he interviewed. He actually told him that he was a follower of Christ; Ozzy told him that he did believe there was a God and he wore crosses because of that, but he knew he did bad things. He didn't get a chance to share his faith with Ozzy.
Frank told Greg he couldn't believe he was actually a spiritualist at some point, that it really is the doctrine of yourself.
He came to Christ after he watched his friend’s life change over a three-year period. It was a huge change that he witnessed in his friends life.
That friend questioned his beliefs and it changed him when his friend asked, "if you died today, are you right with God?"
He had a quick response saying that he was, but that was a lie and he knew it. Then he felt God asking him "are you ready to submit to me?" His life has been changed forever!
This verse is his life passage:
Luke 9:23 NKJV
 Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
Nelson's study bible says Luke 9:23 take up his cross daily: Although Jesus offered salvation as a free gift (John 1:12; 3:16–18; see Eph. 2:8, 9), He also warned that following Him would entail suffering and hardship (Matt. 5:10–12; see also Rom. 8:17; 2 Thess. 1:5).
Lee Strobel Notes: Seizing Spiritual Opportunities
He is talking about how he kept things together when he was slammed at work as a new believer and how his boss asked how this Christian thing is going. He noticed he was different since his conversion.
Lee was very happy to speak to his beliefs with him and it changed him forever.
Colossians 4:5-6 NLT
 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Lee wants to talk about three people that walked in his life as a believer and helped change him.
1. Faith Regardless of Consequence:
First is Ron, who always lived his faith regardless of consequence. Ron was a second in command in a violent Chicago street gang.
Ron was a guy who plotted killing a rival gang member and the guy’s brother.
Ron pulled the trigger point blank on the guy twice and it didn't fire. But, it went off every other time. He fled from the police.
Later he came to Christ, and then he went and turned himself in, because as a believer he was convicted.
Even though he could of gotten away with it, he didn't. He didn't take the easy way out.
We need to live out our faith even when we have to pay a price as a result.
It can be a monetary price, sacrificing your pride, giving up a possession you love, forgoing a larger income, what ever it means you need to do it!
It cost Ron two decades of time in prison! Lee wrote an article about it. The judge read Lee's article and let Ron go. Ron told Lee, that judge showed him grace. It left a mark on Lee.
2. Live out Compassionate Christianity:
Doctors told Lee that there was something wrong with his baby when she was born. They told him that he needed to prepare for the worst.
He was an atheist at the time,
David was a devout follower of Christ that called Lee to let him know that he would do anything for him while they were going through this time of hardship.
David has affected Lee ever since, he can remember David saying that too him all those years ago because Lee always mocked David's faith prior to that.
Mark 10:45 NKJV
 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Matthew 5:16 NKJV
 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Lee knows that David marked his heart and was an event that helped lead him to God.
3. Live out a Courageous Christianity:
Romans 10:13-14 NKJV
 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
We have to take risk to reach people with the gospel.
Luke 19:7 NKJV
 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner."
Jesus was falsely accused of being a drunkard and a glutton because if how closely he interacted with people that were.
Leslie, Lee's wife, told him she had become a Christian.
Lee was mad, that he was a drunk, self-serving narcissist at the time. He had kicked a hole in the wall when she invited him to church once.
When he was hung over, she prayed, and then invited him to church. He said he would go, just so that he could get her out of that cult he felt she was in.
That day he heard a simple presentation of the gospel. So after that he spent two years trying to prove that Christian was a fake.
What he discovered instead was that it is real. After examining all the evidence, Lee fell to his knees and professed his faith.
We need to be like Leslie and just invite people.
We can invite them to the Harvest Crusade!
What's the worst that can happen, they say no. If they say yes they could find Jesus and be saved!
When God opens the opportunity we need to say a quick prayer and seize the opportunity.
He says do not wait to decide if we are going to share our faith.
We need to decide right now to take the opportunity to share our faith whenever we get the opportunity!