3 Conversations I Hope You Have This Summer
The nice weather is here and I am so happy!!!!!
Besides the heat, I enjoy that summer is less hurried, I enjoy having conversations in the middle of the street with my neighbours or sitting on the front porch shooting the breeze.
This is my prayer for you this summer, I pray you have more talks about Jesus this summer than in any other summer of your life.
I pray that you will have these 3 types of conversations.
1) Conversation With A Seeker – John 3:1-21
Nicodemus was a Pharisee who although misguided by having all those laws, they wanted to serve God faithfully. He was a Teacher and he was influential in being a member of the Sanhedrin. He came to Jesus at night most likely because he was afraid of being seen with this backwoods preacher who was beginning to cause trouble.
As I was looking at this passage something stood out to me that I had never really noticed before. Nicodemus came to Jesus after he had observed Jesus for a while and came to the conclusion Jesus was the real deal.
“He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” (John 3:2)
Seekers watch you long before they ever ask questions!!!!!
I wonder how many seekers were not in church this past Sunday because they saw to many inconsistencies in the life of professed Jesus followers? Sobering thought isn’t it.
2) Conversation With A Skeptic – John 1:43-50
There are many things in life I am skeptical about.
I am skeptical every time my door bell rings and there is someone asking to see a copy of my hydro bill because they can save me money.
I am skeptical when people call me and tell me they have a business opportunity (read multi-level marketing) for me to consider.
Skeptics want to have their questions answered before they believe.
There are many things that one can be skeptical about when it comes to Christianity.
- Inspiration of Scripture – Why should I trust the Bible over any other religious book? They all say they’re inspired.
- Why does God allow suffering?
- How can one man dying on a cross 2000 years ago save the world from sin?
- Virgin Birth – God got a woman pregnant?
These are legitimate questions that deserve an answer and it is our responsibility to be prepared “in and out of season” with a reason for the faith we have. However, it’s important to let skeptics know that there are some questions that only God knows the answer to and there are other questions that may not be answered to their liking. Finally, we can do our best to answer every question we are asked but there is still the issue of excepting the Gospel by faith in what Jesus has done for us.
3) Conversations Set In Motion By You – John 14:1-14
“A study conducted by LifeWay Research found 80 percent of those who attend church one or more times a month, believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith, but 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months.”
There are many reasons why we are sometimes shy to tell others about Jesus. A fear of being rejected and a fear of not being able to answer questions or challenges probably top the list. However, the Scripture is clear:
“How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them?” (Romans 10:14 CEV)
For some people talking is just as easy as breathing and we may wish they would actually take a breath so we could get a word in:) However, whether it comes natural or not we all have a responsibility to set in motion conversations about Jesus.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
“But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.” (Acts 8:4)
Sharing Jesus begins with a conversation
If you stopped and took a few moments you could probably recognize the seekers in your life. Those who watch you carefully and ask questions that go a bit below the surface. Be aware of this and be ready to give an answer for your faith.
It’s probably not to hard to recognize the skeptics in your life because they are not usually shy in being vocal with their skepticism.
Here are a couple of sites that might be helpful in answering questions skeptics have:
Take a risk this summer and begin a conversation about Jesus instead of waiting to be asked about Him. Yes, you may be scared but you will be glad you did.
Sharing Jesus begins with a conversation
Here’s to s a great summer of talks with seekers, skeptics and those we start ourselves.
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