EVANGELISM & How to Share Jesus Without Freaking Out #AlvinReid #BGCEfellow

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: My colleague Alvin Reid is a co-Fellow with the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. He has written a very concise and well researched article regarding how to take the fear out of sharing our faith.

How to Share Jesus Without Freaking Out

by Alvin Reid, LifeWay Facts & Trends, 3/16/17 and author of Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out.

…How can we share Christ with the unchurched today? It’s simple: one conversation at a time. Here are some reminders for Christians to help alleviate their fears.

1. Think less of giving a presentation and more of having a conversation.

In the LifeWay Research study, 47 percent of the unchurched said they would freely discuss religious beliefs with someone who wants to talk about them. And 79 percent said if a friend truly valued faith personally, they wouldn’t mind the friend talking about it. I see this all time.

Lost people are more amazed at our silence than offended by our message! You may feel insecure giving a presentation to someone, but all of us—extroverts and introverts—have conversations every day.

Learning to talk about Jesus in everyday conversations not only communicates the gospel more effectively to the unchurched but also helps us to share Jesus without being self-conscious about it.

2. Tell them the great story of the gospel more than listing propositions.

Only 10 percent of the unchurched surveyed say they think daily about heaven and life after death. And 43 percent say they never do. I’m so grateful God gives us eternal life through Jesus. But He also gives us joy in our daily lives.

When asked if there is an ultimate purpose in life, 70 percent of the unchurched agree. You and I know the only way to find that purpose is through Jesus.

Most of us think of the gospel in its essence: the announcement of good news found in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. But in a world that doesn’t know the biblical story, it’s vital we also share the good news as the epic story it is.

When I witness, I like to share Christ by connecting our conversation to the great story of Scripture—from creation to the fall, from our rescue in Christ to our hope of restoration.

This allows me to connect the story of God’s redemption to everyday life. One way I do this is by showing how movie plotlines relate to the gospel with young adults. Look for ways to have conversations with the unchurched about their ultimate purpose in life and God’s plan for all of us.

3. Connect the story to their everyday life experiences.

In everyday conversations, people talk about their painor their passion. When we talk about these things, it allows me to relate their story (and mine) to the gospel story.

If we talk about pain, I talk about the obvious brokenness in our world through sin, and I point them to the hope we have in Christ’s work on the cross and the resurrection.

If we talk about their passion—their hopes, dreams, or plans—I point them to God’s great design in creation and how He put those desires in our hearts when He made us in His image.

Read more at … http://factsandtrends.net/2017/03/16/how-to-share-jesus-without-freaking-out/

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SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION & Churchgoers Believe in Sharing Faith, Most Never Do

JANUARY 2, 2014

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Canadian churchgoers believe they know how to explain their faith in Jesus to other people. But they seldom do it, according to a survey of Canadian Protestants.

The survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found that more than half (58 percent) of churchgoers feel comfortable in effectively sharing their faith.

But most (78 percent) have not shared that faith with anyone over the past 6 months. And more than half (59 percent) say they haven’t invited anyone to church in that same time frame.

Read more at … http://www.lifewayresearch.com/2014/01/02/study-churchgoers-believe-in-sharing-faith-most-never-do/

TRANSFORMATION & The Five Steps in the Dance of Life

allison, pin1by Lon Allison

My wife and I took dance lessons before we were married. It was hard at first because we didn’t know the moves, and more, we didn’t know how to move together. But as we practiced, it started becoming natural. I often use dancing as a metaphor for the process of evangelism. There are a few basic steps that when practiced and done in fluid motion with the Lord of the Dance, something wonderful happens. This “Dance of Life” includes Prayer, Care, Dare, Share, and hanging in There. There are 5 steps in the Dance of Life.

Prayer – 1 Tim. 2:1-3

Someone once said that before we talk to a person about God, we need to talk repeatedly with God about that person. …

Care – Matt. 5:14-16

Another adage that has kept me focused is to remember that in general people don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care….

Dare – Eph. 6:18-19

We need courage to witness of our faith. Fear is a constant companion of believers. You know it because you probably struggle to open your mouth as well. I’m comforted to know that the Apostle Paul did too.

Share – 1 Peter 3:15

God has given us the message of reconciliation and he has given us the compulsion to share it. There is nothing Christians want so badly to do and generally feel they do so badly as verbal witness. …

“hanging in” There – Gal. 6:9

Perseverance is required in the dance of life. Sometimes, people come to faith quite quickly. The Holy Spirit draws them to living faith. Other times, it is months and years.

Never give up…. Lon Allison (@lonallison) is pastor of teaching and outreach at Wheaton Bible Church in West Chicago, Illinois.

Read more at … http://www.evangelvision.com/the-five-steps-in-the-dance-of-life/

TRANSFORMATION & Do you know God? #4SimpleSteps #GregLaurie

You were created to know God in a personal way—to have a relationship with Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ. How do you start a relationship with God?

  1. Realize that you are a sinner.

    No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. The Bible says, “No one is good—not even one.” We cannot become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ.

  2. Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.

    The Bible tells us that “God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while were still sinners.” This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it.

  3. Repent of your sin.

    The Bible tells us, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” The word repent means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him.

  4. Receive Jesus Christ into your life.

    Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in . . .” If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart.

    “Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. Amen.”

Read more at … http://www.harvest.org/knowgod/