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How have you prepared yourself to reach the lost? Hear how Luis developed a heart to see others come to know Christ. He will explain how leading a person into a relationship with Jesus Christ requires being a model of Him and knowledge of the scripture. Then allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us the rest of the way!
I heard of a small group that would practice leading each other to Christ. Everyone in the group was well along in their walks with Christ. But they recognized the difficulty in starting a conversation with people, especially strangers. So they decided to practice on themselves. Someone in the group would be the person sharing Christ and another would listen and ask questions. They would practice starting conversations and leading people through a prayer of salvation. This exercise helped the group feel better prepared to go out and share. .
Jesus modeled evangelism to his disciples and then sent them out. He knew how to lead conversations. I remember the story of Zacchaeus climbing a tree to see Jesus when He visited. Jesus looked up and called Zacchaeus out, telling him He would be going to his house that day.
If Jesus can start a conversation with a strange man in a tree I think we can start them with the people in our world. Practice what you might say in a conversation about Christ and be prepared to lead someone into a relationship with the Lord Jesus. If you need more help, let us know. We’ll send you basic, simple, biblical material to do it.
When I first started evangelizing through television, it was exhausting and invigorating. Answering caller’s questions live over television required the ability to think biblically under pressure. Thankfully the Lord graciously gave me the gift to think fast on my feet. But this also required me to rapidly recall scriptures. I always enjoyed studying the Bible, but now I was forced to go at it with a vengeance. I had to store up God’s revealed answers in the Bible for the many problems represented by callers from all walks of life.
Leading people into a relationship with Jesus Christ requires knowledge of scripture whether you are on television or not. Jesus says, “I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.” As Jesus shared words from His Father, so we too need to share scripture from our heavenly Father.
We can prepare to reach people in our world by studying and memorizing the scriptures that answer their questions. A great way to start is by studying the book of John. Knowing many passages in the word of God by heart gives us a tool – God’s tool - to use as we share the good news. Jesus shared God’s words when reaching those in His world let’s do the same in ours.
The Lord placed a desire in my heart when I was young to reach the masses with the Good News and I deeply dreamt of it. The Lord’s heart pulsed through my veins for all the people I wanted to reach during my first campaign. I knew it was on His heart and thus it was also on mine. Christ’s passion to see people come to know him was being developed through me and it was so exciting.
We need to listen and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in reaching our world. The Bible says, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways…” This Psalm of David – number 51 - is a perfect example of asking for God’s heart in reaching those in our world.
If we have not developed a heart to see others come to know Christ but would like to have this passion let’s ask Christ for it. Let’s pray that Christ gives us a clear vision of the person we should share our faith with. And then pray that we will have the courage and desire to lead them to Jesus Christ.
“God must be punishing me.” Many people believe this when bad things happen. This week Luis will discuss how life is all about choices. Either we go to the right or go to the left. Through difficult times it can feel as though our Lord has abandoned us and we are filled with doubt. But this shouldn’t be the case.