Each of us have circles in which we have influence & impact. In these circles are the relationships that represent the various sectors of our lives. As a witness for Christ, these circles are the evangelistic “fishing pond” & the source from which a person is most likely to win others for Christ. As we seek to reach our world, we must begin with those closest to us & those with whom we already have relationships. Consider your circles of influence and in the chart below, write the names of three people in each circle. These people should be those who do not yet know Christ. They should be people who are unchurched and in need of salvation. Then begin to pray for them.
This week, rather than being quick to judge or condemn, spend some time getting to know someone who is far from God.
It's straight from Jesus's playbook. Early believers were called “Christians” because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ Jesus. In Matthew 9:9-13, we learn that Jesus gladly spent time with “tax collectors and sinners” because he knew His mission: To seek and save the lost.
Remember: There’s a God-shaped hole in every heart that can only be filled when we have a relationship with the Savior. You’ll discover that it’s possible to love others into the Kingdom when you are intentional about treating and loving others as Jesus does.
We serve others by showing we care about them. A random act of kindness is a simple way to do just that!
Think of the people in your circles of influence and choose at least one person to serve through a random act of kindness. The act does not need to be anonymous but should be simple and thoughtful. The possibilities are endless - think of the people in your circle and pray that God shows you how to best serve them through an act of kindness this week!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope you have.” 1 Peter 3:15
We can share the gospel in a relevant way when we simply tell our own story. We don’t have to be Bible experts or have all the answers to difficult theological questions. We just need to be ready to share our own experiences, and to state clearly and simply how Jesus has changed our lives.
As Christ's witnesses, we share what we have heard, seen and experienced. Take time this week to reflect on three key questions:
1) How did I hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ?
2) How have I seen God at work?
3) How have I experienced God in a life-changing way?
This week, you are encouraged to pray about and take a next step in your faith journey, such as: