We have now come full circle. In the beginning of this series we looked at how anyone can become a follower of Jesus. Once that big decision is made, a brand new life begins. We become citizens of a new nation with God as our leader. As we learn to live this new life, we’ve also been given a critical assignment: to persuade others to accept and follow Jesus, too.
During the message we were all asked to write the names of five people in our personal spheres of influence that are not followers (or we aren’t sure about). As you think about these people and how God wants to use you in the process of helping them accept Jesus, consider the following passages (along with those in this week’s message).
For boldness to initiate:
4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. 5 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Colossians 4:4-6 (NLT)
For graciousness and respect of others:
15 And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
1 Peter 3:15-16 (NLT)
For patience and perseverance (like God is!):
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise [to return], as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)
For creativity and willingness to find/develop common interests:
22 I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:22-23 (ESV)
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