Reaching out to others about Jesus Christ requires learning about them, their perspective, and the place that they are coming from. Most important, it requires intention. Read an excerpt from Faith That Engages the Culture by Rev. Dr. Alfonso Espinosa below to see how important intentional engagement is when witnessing to others.
This is an adapted excerpt from Connected to Christ: Witnessing in Everyday Life by Mark A. Wood.
There is so much to say about Jesus that it can be hard to find a place to start. But because there is so much to say about Jesus, there’s something in Jesus’ story to share with everyone. You can be confident that there is something in Jesus’ story that relates to the person you are conversing with because Jesus’ story connects to every human being. Your challenge as His witness is to determine something to share that is meaningful for and interesting to the other person. You can do that by seeking out a point of connection between Jesus’ story and the other person’s story.
This is an adapted excerpt from Walking Together: Simple Steps for Discipleship by Ted Doering.
What is God saying? This is a question about knowledge. What is God calling me to do? This question applies that knowledge in your life. What is my next step? Here, we take that knowledge and application and put it into practice. Now, this is specifically phrased. The question is not about some long-term plan, your destiny, or a mountaintop experience. It’s literally about your next step. On a long journey, sometimes the only thing that can be done is to focus on one more step.
This post is an adapted excerpt from Speaking Boldly: Sharing God's Word Every Day by Edward O. Grimenstein.
We Christians must always be willing to take the time to listen to one another. Then, and only then, is it possible for us to make a proper “diagnosis.” Even though preaching is a primary, trusted means of hearing the Law and Gospel proclaimed every week, it is not the only way. Every day at home, parents have a chance to listen and ultimately speak Law and Gospel with their children (and sometimes vice versa). Every day in school, children have numerous opportunities to listen to one another. Every day at work, adults interact with co-workers in the office. Every day in the community, people interact with their neighbors at the grocery store, across the street, in the bank, in the library, or wherever we find ourselves.
I wouldn’t be writing this were it not for people who told me about Jesus: My grandparents, who taught me to give thanks before meals and helped me recite the Lord’s Prayer. My friends who sent me Scripture and told me about their church life and faith walk. My co-workers who live out their faith. A church family that welcomed me and plugged me into their midst. I wouldn’t be where I am today in my walk with Christ without each of them. I thank God for using these imperfect people to speak His perfect Word to me. If you haven’t been asked this in a while, consider these questions: Who have you spoken God’s Word to recently? Where could you speak God’s Word to someone today?
Think for a moment about how quickly you tell someone about the things you love. Whether it is a favorite movie, a favorite coffee shop, or Mom’s famous cinnamon rolls, we love to share the things we love with others. Why, then, is it so hard for us to talk about the Gospel? Ask about our favorite baseball team or the best restaurant in town, and we can give you an in-depth analysis. But ask who Jesus is, and all of a sudden we have a pressing appointment.