You may be thinking, "I'm reading this, but I know that deep down, I'am afraid to share my faith." That's OK.
The apostle Paul went on to share his faith with much fear, weakness and trembling, but he still went.
The fear may never go away, but you can become more confident in speaking to others. And I promise that when you call upon God to give you the words and the circumstances, He will do so.
Remember, your motive is "your" love for God and love for those who have yet to hear the "real" message of the Gospel of Jesus. So remember:
Last Friday, our post dealt with the first two SHARING JESUS questions:
1. "Do you have any spiritual belief?"
2. "To you, who is Jesus?"
Let's begin tonight with the next two questions:
3. "Do you believe in heaven and hell?"
You are not asking the person about their destiny, just if they believe in either place. A non-threatening question.
You offer the opportunity for the person to talk openly about the subject. Lost people will often talk freely about what they believe. Jesus talked of hell, and in Luke 16 gives a very vivid picture of hell. But don't dwell on it, just move on to the next question.
4. "I'm curious...If you died right now, where would you go?" If heaven, why?
(Prepare your own response to this question in your mind beforehand.)
Now the question becomes "personal."
Even if the person responds that they do not believe in heaven, when asked this questions they most often will say that they would go there. Because they go from "head belief" to "heart belief."
Why would God let you into heaven? The answer given will open his or her heart for additional truth.
Most people are determined not to expose their vulnerability to probing people. This conversational process breaks down the barrier as your talk casually. Lost people are more aware of and sensitive to their lostness and fears of spiritual brokenness than we often realize. Those who seem most confident in their unbelief may actually be the most sensitive if approached in a casual conversational way. Let them talk and listen, looking for signs of loneliness, depression, past hurts, abuse.
5. What if what you believe is not true...would you want to know?
There is only a YES or a NO to this question.
If the answer is no, Be silent. Remember the person's choice is not your responsibility. You have been obedient in telling.
They have the freedom to choose. A gentle and caring acceptance of the person's decision, may provide another opportunity for someone else who approaches them with the Gospel someday. Remember that success is living your Christian life, sharing the gospel, and trusting God for the results. Success is NOT leading someone to Christ. Your responsibility is to be faithful to lead a non-Christian to know that life is found through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. The Holy Spirit must bring that person to salvation. When our witness seems to have been rejected, the Holy Spirit patiently continues to convict, convince, and love that individual.
They might say, "Well aren't you going to tell me?"
Or if they answer yes, you can then go on to the next phase.
We will move on to the Bible verses to use to open their hearts in the next post...see you here next Friday evening.
Have a blessed week...and pray about Simply Sharing Jesus.
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