Sharing the Gospel in Simple Words

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This past Sunday, (11/5), Pastor Austin Shaw spoke about how God's power, working in average people and average words, can have extraordinary impact.

The Lord has empowered us all, just as he promised in Acts 1:8“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses…” The Holy Spirit is our power source. We all have what it takes. So, how do we get started?

1. Start wondering about the spiritual condition of everyone you see.
As you go through your day, ask yourself, I wonder if that bank teller knows Jesus, or the convenience store clerk, or my neighbor, or my co-worker, or that driver who cut me off in traffic. Learn to see people as Jesus did, as sheep without a shepherd.

2. Focus on 5 non-believers you know, and pray every day for them.
Ask God to open their minds to hear the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Your daily praying – even if it’s brief – will deepen your burden for people to know Jesus.

3. Everyday, tell someone you know something good about the Lord.
All of us can speak about the way God cares for us. Even if all you say is, “The Lord has been really good to me today,” that’s a start. Or, “I’m so glad for God’s promise that I’m never alone.” Speaking about Jesus once each day will make it more natural for you.


4. Have a question (or two) ready to start a conversation about spiritual issues.
Here are 5 ideas:

How can I pray for you?
What’s your religious background? 
How would you describe your spiritual journey? 
How do you make the most important decisions in your life? 
Sometime I'd like to share with you what's most important in my life. Would that be ok? 


5. Be ready to share the good news in a simple, non-threatening way.

The Bridge Diagram and Do vs. Done are my favorites (you'll find two videos showing how to present these below). You might be familiar with another simple way. The key is to have a clear, brief way of sharing what it means to know and follow Jesus. I’m grateful we have such good news to share!


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