The key to becoming a contagious witness for Jesus Christ, is to focus on sharing the answer to a simple question: “What has God done in your life?”
- The answer to that simple question is a faithful response to what Jesus predicted: “And you will become witnesses of Me….”
- When someone in your church hears someone telling their God stories, their culture changes.
- They become more sensitive—discerning how God, when God, is moving in their lives.
- They are inspired by God stories of others.
- The Holy Spirit uses the inspiration for others to share their own God stories.
- It’s not a program. It becomes the unspoken norm: the culture among those in the church.
- The movement of witnessing penetrates your church, and, then spills over into the outreach sector of your congregation.
Who is that outreach sector of your church?
- It’s everyone and anyone you meet, as the Holy Spirit leads.
- However, most of the time, God stories are shared, most effectively, with those in our social networks: friends, relatives, neighbors, those where we work or go to school.
Today, social networking has become a part of our conscious existence—due to the internet.
- This greatly enhances the possibility that Christians will learn to share their God stories, if, (and only if), they are helped to make these two connections:
- One connection is the culture of telling God stories from our own experience base.
- The other connection is recognizing the triggers that occur when socializing with those who are unchurched in our social networks.
One of the big hang ups for evangelism is the idea of talking to strangers. It is scary for most people.
- It is not scary for those who have the gift of evangelism.
- However, for most of the rest of us, it is terrifying.
- So, for the 90% of us who have the role of witnessing, our God stories are usually shared with those who are in our own social networks.
- They are your friends on Facebook.
- They are the names on your directory.
All this has to do with the harvest principle, the subject for tomorrow.
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