Ladies let's face it...as women we love to talk.
Simply Sharing our faith with others can feel like an overwhelming task, but God commands us to go & tell, to all. Following this command (as we discussed in week #1) takes prayer. Prayer will give us the confidence to go...whether it is sitting on our porch talking with a friend, to our neighbor's door, our best friends living room, or small talk at your next lunch with friends. Jesus will enable you to live out that calling.
No one can ever be "talked into" accepting Christ as their Savior.
No one can ever be "frightened into" accepting Christ as their Savior.
But as I found out, by study (Share Jesus Without Fear), there is a pattern you can use, as a guideline for yourself, to help you "Simply Share Jesus."
Whether you are with long time friends or sitting by a stranger on a plane, we all converse. That person you are speaking with today may have only this chance to hear the message of salvation, tomorrow is promised to no one.
So often we desire to stay in our "holy huddle" surrounded by only our Christian friends...but that is not what our first focus should be. Sure, I love the ladies at my church, and being around like-minded women of faith. But His command to me, is to go & tell. Go & share. Whether together as a group of women or on our own, we need to go & share our faith in Christ.
As we are in conversation, about children, groceries, finances, you can always speak of Jesus in relationship to the topic. Since Jesus "IS" my life, He is involved in all those topics. Through it all He guides and directs.
Question #1 - Casually ask, "Do you have any spiritual belief?"
No matter what the answer is, just listen to what they are saying.
As you listen ask God to help you hear if they are dealing with problems, loneliness, pain or anger. Discern how close their heart is to God.
No matter what explanation you may hear, listen, pray for them.
My response to whatever they respond is "hmmm."
Whether they talk of witchcraft for 20 minutes or just say "yes" I do not give a response. I just ask the next question.
Question #2 - "To you, who is Jesus Christ?"
They may respond as "Jesus is the son of God, or a man who died on a cross." It is correct theologically, but impersonal.
If I were to ask you this question, I hope you would say, "He is my Lord and Savior." The "my" shows you have a personal relationship with Christ.
But I would say nothing. The purpose of this question is not to teach a lesson or convince someone of something. That is the role of the Holy Spirit, to speak to their heart. Remember, our role is to be obedient. We must respect the freedom given to each person to say "yes" or "no" to Jesus.
Next Friday, we will discuss the last 3 questions regarding "Sharing Jesus." Have a blessed week...and Share Jesus!
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