In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, contrasts the Sea of Galilee with the Dead Sea and compares it to being effective witnesses for Christ. Here are some excerpts:

“…I ask you — Are you a “Sea of Galilee” Christian or a “Dead Sea” church member? Let us think for a moment or two of how you and I can be effective witnesses for Christ, and thus enhance the world outreach of the Church. Let me mention a few things by way of “outlet.”

Ways to Be Effective Witnesses for Christ

  1. By our unconscious influence. This is not a complete means of testifying to Christ, but it is a beginning, and it can be very effective. Of one great Christian it was said, “His life spoke so loudly that I seldom heard his words.” I like that…”
  2. Then there is intercessory prayer— another effective means of witness. Our unconscious influence can reach only a limited number of people, but prayer can touch the world. Are we really using effectively this mighty weapon which is at our disposal?…”
  3. By the intelligent and proportionate giving of our money because our money can go where we cannot go. I need hardly remind you that the work of the Lord is hampered at every turn by lack of financial support. In spite of any objections raised against it, I still believe in the scriptural practice of tithing, and my wife and I have practiced it through the years…”
  4. Then finally we can witness by engaging in some definite piece of service for Christ. At any given time, each believer should be pursuing some particular task for Christ and His Kingdom. Don’t ever say there is nothing you can do. You know that every Christian has been given at least one spiritual gift that can and should be employed in the service of the Lord…”


Being effective witnesses for Christ. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


May 8, 1994

Acts 1:8

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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