What Can I Say? : Part One

During one of my recent “pastor breakfast” times with my pastor friend we were approached by an individual who knew we were “preachers” and wanted to ask a question of us.

His question is one that I have heard many times and perhaps one with which you have been challenged from time to time.  “I have a neighbor who needs the Lord, what should I say to them? I have invited them to church many times but they do not seem interested and have never taken me up on the invitation.  I am concerned they are lost. I want to share my faith but I don’t know the words.”

Now that is a lot to unpack so we will do this over a series of blogs.

As we began asking questions of this gentleman we found out that he does speak regularly with his neighbor/friend.  He has a tremendous burden for their eternal life. He just simply struggles with how to start.

What we discussed with this gentleman is something that perhaps will give you some encouragement and provide you with some motivation to stay the course with a friend, family member or neighbor.

  1. You have already started. You have a relationship already in place with this individual. That is the most important step.  It may pain us to realize that gone are the days of walking up to people and simply asking them - “If you were to die today, would you go to heaven”.  There comes a time for this question but only AFTER you have earned the right to ask it.  This can only be done by first, building a relationship with the person.  Since you most likely already have a relationship with this person - the hardest part is already done!  
  2. Look for opportunities to mention Jesus.   During your already existing relationship your conversation will typically provide opportunities to interject Jesus, God, spiritual matters, etc.  For example, a conversation of the current news can easily move into a discussion about FEAR Of the Future.  Voila! An open door to share why you don’t fear the future because of Jesus and how Jesus gives you the courage and strength to make it through difficult times.

These are two important things to remember when you wish to share Jesus with others in your circle of influence. Over the next few weeks I will share others.

Matthew 9:37-38
Then he [Jesus] said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

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