I know I skipped Week TWO.
Well here it is the day before the traditional Thanksgiving Day, and I am sitting at Panera Bread listening to Third Day and thinking about what needs to be done for tomorrow. I am reminded that daily we should be thanking God for all of our many blessings but most of the time we take them for granted. I am so thankful that I serve a God that says He loves me and will love me no matter what, but I am also reminded that, even though He loves us no matter what, there are things that we must do in order for Him to continue blessing us. That brings me to Share Jesus Without Fear, week THREE .
Week THREE we learned that we have to respond to the challenge To Share Jesus. So I have three questions that I want to start out with.
- Are you prepared to perform CPR or the Heimlich maneuver on someone in an emergency situation?
- Have you ever used one of these techniques to save someone’s life?
- What preparation is needed to share the gospel?
You may or may not know CPR or the Heimlich maneuver and may have never used them on someone to save their life, but the last question’s answer is probably the reason that we are doing Share Jesus Without Fear. So I am gonna focus on that question today.
So I ask again, “what preparation is needed to share the gospel?” Well I want to share a story of a former co-worker who came upon a situation in a store parking lot. One day he was driving thru a store parking lot when he seen a woman with a very desperate look on her face, as he approached her he seen that she had a child and was desperately trying to free something from its throat. Instead of calling 911 or looking for help, he immediately jumped out of his truck and he took the child from the mother and started trying to free the object in her throat. He done everything he was taught to know avail, so he just place the toddler over his hand and gave her a few stern pats on the back freeing the object from her throat. The child began to breathe normal and she started to respond to her mother again. The mother couldn’t do anything but cry and thank him, he told her he was glad that he was driving thru the parking lot and could help and he got back in his truck and drove off. That is when he broke down and recalled the fear that was rushing thru his mind. He began to cry and thought, “what I would have not got involved?” Ultimately the child may have died in her mother’s arms. As he told his story to us he cried, someone ask him if he was afraid, in which he said yes, but he knew he had to help no matter what r the child would have died.
Why this story? Well all of us are afraid to share Jesus because we may fail. In a situation with eternal consequences we should be more afraid of not doing what we can, knowing that someone’s life depends on our actions, literally! You may be the only hope for someone whose life hangs in the balance.
Remember, sharing your faith in Jesus does not mean absence of fear. It means being prepared to help people who have know hope if you don’t respond.
So are you prepared? Let’s refresh. Five questions, remember don’t argue just nod and say hmm or uh huh! After the questions ask them f you can share the 7 verses of scripture with them, and the last thing is to ask them the 5 questions of decision. If you can’t remember any of these I am gonna put all of them below.
5 questions to open dialog
- Do you have any kind of spiritual belief?
- To you, who is Jesus?
- Do you believe there are a heaven and hell?
- If you died right now, where would you go?
- If what you believe were not true, wouldn’t you want to know it?
7 verses to share with them (Remember to let them read and ask them what it is saying to them)
- Romans 3:23 This verse deals with the issue of sin
- Romans 6:23 This verse deals with the penalty of sin
- John 3:3 This verse tells us how to enter a relationship with Christ
- John 14:6 This verse shows us that Jesus is the only way
- Romans 10:9-11 These verses tells us that anyone can be saved
- 2nd Corinthians 5:15 Tells us that we must turn from our sin and turn to Christ or surrender our life to Him
- Revelation 3:20 This verse tells that there is a choice to accept or reject
Then if they are still showing interest ask them the decision questions
5 decision questions
- Are you a sinner?
- Do you want forgiveness for their sins?
- Do you believe Jesus died on a cross for you and rose again?
- Are you willing to surrender your life to Christ?
- Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life and into your heart?
If they answer yes to all these questions share with them the sinners prayer and ask them to pray it or to ask Christ in their own words to save them and forgive them of their sins. Remember, there is no wrong way for them to ask Christ into their life, unless they just don’t mean it. Romans 10:9-11 tells us that.
Here is a sample of a sinner’s prayer. “Father I have sinned against You. I want forgiveness of all my sins. I believe Jesus died on the cross for me and rose again. Father, I give you my life to do with as You wish. I ask Jesus to come into my life and into my heart. I ask this in Jesus name, Amen.”
Or they may just say this, “Jesus I ask you to forgive my sins and come into my life, thank You for coming into my life. Amen.” Either one will save them if they are truly asking. If they aren’t really believing then all the prayers they pray won’t matter.
Go and SHARE!!