Week 3 Principle 3:
Shifting from giving an evangelistic presentation to having an evangelistic conversation takes pressure off the witness and relates the gospel more clearly to an unbeliever.
Scripture to Meditate On:
“Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that you are extremely religious in every respect. For as I was passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an altar on which was inscribed: “To an Unknown God.” Therefore, what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it—he is Lord of heaven and earth—does not live in shrines made by hands.” (Acts 17:22–24)
Questions for Reflection and Application:
Where is a place you love to meet people for conversations? Starbucks, Cracker Barrel, an activity like hunting?
Have you ever introduced two people you love to one another? Maybe at a wedding or on a blind date or informally over coffee. Was it scary or did you enjoy it?
What are the three things people can tell about us in a conversation? Spend some time this week observing this in people you meet.
Did the checkout guy at the grocery store (or your waiter or a casual acquaintance) care about you as a person? As you observe if others genuinely care about you, also observe if your actions reveal if you care about others.
Over the next seven days, pay attention to how often and in what ways people talk about their pain or their passion. This includes anything from trivial matters to serious, life-altering events. Write down several examples. Reflect on these instances and how the good news of Jesus can speak to these points of passion or pain. Practice connecting that person’s situation to Jesus.
Even though we’re three weeks into our study, I’m still not asking you to stand on a street corner wearing a cardboard sign saying Jesus is coming! We’re taking small and deliberate steps here toward a lifestyle of evangelism. Spend this week continuing to look for opportunities and ways to share Jesus in everyday conversation with others.
This Week, Pray for:
- God to help you see the opportunities to connect with others in everyday conversations.
- God to help you grow in your witness.
- Pray about developing a long-term relationship with at least one unbeliever at your work, school, or in your neighborhood.
Reid, Alvin. Sharing Jesus without Freaking Out: Evangelism the Way You Were Born to Do It (pp. 131-132). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.