Our Adult Sunday school teacher asked how many of us could lead a friend to Christ without a Bible in hand. The frightening reality is that only a quarter of us in class that morning responded positively. How would you respond? Could you lead a friend to Christ without your Bible in hand?
Billy Graham used a paraphrase built on, 2 Timothy 2:2. “This is like a mathematical formula for spreading the gospel and enlarging the church. Paul taught Timothy. Timothy shared what he knew with faithful men. And the faithful men were supposed to teach others also. And so the process goes on. If every believer followed this pattern, the church could reach the entire world in one generation. Mass crusades in which I believe and to which I have committed my life will never accomplish the Great Commission; one-on-one relationships will.” (Billy Graham, The Holy Spirit)
I asked four of my favorite Ministry people what each of us should do to be more Christ-like. We talked about the style, the technique the difference between the way I was taught and the way my Millennial and Gen Z friends speak about Christ.
I came away with 9 key phrases that if we lived them would dramatically improve our role in letting our world know Christ.
I’ll frame these with questions. Are you and I:
- Known as a people of integrity?
- Known to be sensitive?
- Good listeners?
- Involved with friends who live and believe different?
- Demonstrating God’s love in all our relationships?
- Showing a positive relationship with our family and friends?
- Living examples of God’s love?
- Loving our neighbours as ourselves?
- Involved in our community?
We will see the world wide impact. But it starts with you and me. Today!
“When it comes to evangelism and discipleship, obedience is a big deal. It’s not an extra credit item. It’s not the gold standard. It’s the only standard”Mission Creep
Leadership is showing God’s love wherever you are.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy