AND WE REMAIN SILENT
                                                      2 Kings 7:3-11 (306)

    Introduction
        A.  According to 2 Kings 6:24-29, the Syrian king, Ben-Hadad and His army besieged
              Samaria, the capital of Syria.
              1.  As a result a famine came on the city.
        B.  Among those suffering were four lepers.
              1.  They discussed their fate and decided to surrender to the Syrians.  2 Kings 7:3-4
              2.  They were surprised to find the Syrian camp abandoned.  2 Kings 7:5-6
              3.  At first they splurged on their good fortune, but then decided to share the good news
                   with the starving people in the city. 
        C.  Note verse nine, ………. and we remain silent.
        D.  Let’s consider the consequences of remaining silent about the good news (gospel) of
              Christ.
   I.  The consequences of remaining silent

        A.  We fail to keep the Great Commission.  Matthew 28:18-20 (730)

        B.  We fail our mission as the people of God.  1 Peter 2:9-10 (895)

        C.  We will answer to God.  Ezekial 3:17-21 (609)

  II.  Several possibilities why people keep silent

        A.  It might be that they are starving themselves.  2 Peter 1:8-9 (897)
             
              Maybe they:

        B.  It might be because of fear and discouragement. 

              Consider:  2 Timothy 1:7-8 (879); Ephesians 6: 18-20 (866)
              Responsibility:  consider 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (850); 1 Corinthians 2:2 (841)

  III.  To prepare ourselves to teach the gospel

         A.  Give the Lord a special place in our hearts.  1 Peter 3:15 (896)

         B.  Pray for opportunity.   1 Corinthians 3:5-7 (842)

         C.  Pray for wisdom.  James 1:5 (891)

         D.  Pray for boldness.  Acts 4:29 (804)

Conclusion:  Which comment applies to you?  “We remain silent” or “let us go and tell?  2 Kings
                     7:9;   Galatians 6:7,9-10 (862)