Questions to consider:
- What has happened in your heart toward those that are far from God in the last three weeks?
- Have you had increased opportunities to share what God has done in your life in the last three weeks?
- Have you seen anyone of your 3 move forward in the journey to knowing Jesus?
- How has your prayer life changed as a result of this study?
Important: Know that regardless of whether or not your friends have moved closer toward knowing Christ or whether you’ve have had the opportunity to share their faith, God will honor your heart and faithfulness. Joining God in his mission to recover his lost children is a lifelong journey. Whether or not you see immediate results, or whether those results take more time, God will honor your devotion to his mission.
Sharing Your Story
Take a sheet of paper and label the top Pre-Christ. Label the middle Meeting Christ. Label the bottom Post-Christ. In three minutes, write under the Pre-Christ header what your life was like before you came to faith in Jesus. This does not have to be in paragraph form or even complete sentences. You might have accepted Jesus Christ at a very young age. Focus on what it is like for you to live a day, a week, or a season without Jesus at the forefront of your life. Perhaps you’ve experienced seasons of growth by which you can contrast life before you lived as Jesus intended.
Next, take three minutes to write the events surrounding the how you met Jesus, under the Meeting Christ section. Write down as many details as you can remember—where you were, who was with you, what caused you to make the decision, etc. You might also write down how Jesus got ahold of your heart to go deeper with him at a later age.
Finally, write down, in the span of just three minutes, how your life has been different since you became a Christ-followers in the Post-Christ section. Consider practicing sharing your story with another believer. Realize that your story may be a rough draft; keep practicing and it will get better!
Remember: The point of sharing your story is not that you sound like the next Billy Graham, but that your friends who are far from God know your life has been changed by Jesus. The change Jesus brings to their lives is infinitely more powerful than being able to tell the story like a professional preacher. For a resource in your personal study, you may want to refer to Paul’s testimony before King Agrippa in Acts 26. He follows this basic outline to share his story, and he does it in just a few minutes.
Sharing Jesus’ Story
Leaders, in this section, your students will learn a method for sharing the gospel of Christ in a clear, straightforward manner. If your church has a particular way to approach this, feel free to use it instead. There are a number of fantastic resources to help you with this section. Warner Press has a tool called It’s Awesome. This is a simple tract-type visual that you can use to help them describe the new life in Christ to their friends. You can order online at www.warnerpress.org or by calling 800-741- 7721. How to Become a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels includes “The Bridge Illustration,” which has been effective for thousands of people. Another resource is The Bridge to Life tool, available from the Navigators (www.navpress.org). It’s a very simple visual you can use to describe the fact that we are separated from God because of our sin, but that Christ bridges the gap between us and God. You can also do a Google search for “gospel presentation” for a number of free resources.
You can also take a look at How to Share Your Faith Without an Argument by Bill Faye. The Internet site is https://discoveryseries.org/courses/how-can-i-share-my-faith-without-an-argument/. If there is time, have them pair up and practice going through the illustration with each other. Encourage them to commit the illustration to memory so they can easily explain the basics of the gospel with their friends.
Now go and tell. Commit to invite.
“Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” —James 4:17 NLT
Special thanks to Greg Dewey, creator of 360 Revolution. www.JesusIsTheSubject.org/360