Thanks for reading JumpStart each day! Chapter 9 reveals Paul’s heart for ministry, especially for evangelism.
…I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News! (v.16)
Are you driven like that to share Jesus with people you know and meet each day? When’s the last time you did? If it’s more than 30 days, please ask God to move in your heart and life to make it happen this week.
Gospel conversations come from relationships. Relationships at work and school, with family and friends, even with people we just met. Paul begins to educate us some on how to build a relationship in order to share the Gospel with someone.
When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. (v.22-23)
How do you go about building a relationship to share the Gospel with someone? For many years I’ve used the SLIR method:
School (or job): ask about their school or job to begin the conversation
Like: ask what they like about it, their favorite or hardest part
Interests: what do they like to do in their free time? Family? Hobby? Sports?
Religion: ask about their religious background, ever go to church? Where? What was the experience like? This becomes a great transition to sharing your story and how God’s changed you.
After that I ask them to share theirs. If it’s not a clear Gospel answer (I knew I was a sinner, that Jesus died and rose for me, and I asked Him into my life), then I will ask if I can show them what the Bible says.
Remember – God saved you to be His ambassador – His missionary to the world you live in.
We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
- Who are you praying for daily to come to Christ?
- If you don’t have anyone on that list – try and put it together today
- Ask God to give you a heart for lost people around you.
By: Tim Parsons