In order to grow we need to share
9. Always Share
Have you shared your faith with someone? Share your experience with your Growth Coach. Ask them to share about a time they shared and what happened.
It’s been my experience that every single person will impact a thousand people in their lives. There may not be a thousand people at your funeral, but when a thousand people hear about your funeral, they’ll mourn, they’ll pray, they’ll do what they can for your family.
Every single one of us impact those around us more than we will ever know on this side of heaven.
You will hardly know how much you impact people in your everyday world.
Saying we’ll each impact a thousand people over the course of our lives is a more than realistic and reasonable number. It also becomes amazing for math. Over the course of your life you’ll influence over a thousand people, just being the person you are. Since they will influence a thousand themselves, and those thousand influence another thousand, you are one degree away from influencing a million people and two degrees away from influencing a billion people.
You can’t worry about a lifetime of influence right now. God has strategically and supernaturally placed 6 -15 people that He wants to transform through you.
Think about the people of peace in your life (Luke 10:5-9). These are the ones who want to serve you.
If you can’t think of any, think about the ones who need to know Jesus. These are your friends, family, neighbours, classmates, co-workers or anyone God points out.
There are some people who will struggle to get one to three names. They are honestly trying but they have a hard time imagining more. If that’s you, work at it and try to get at least six.
Other people will fill out the sheet on the front and back and grab more paper to fill out more names. If that’s you, limit it to twelve to fifteen people God wants you to bless or invite in the next six months.
How many people you have on your list has nothing to do with spirituality and everything to do with personality. Your goal is to partner with Holy Spirit and listen to what He says. Then use the strategies and see what He does.
In this section we have three tools for you. The first is a sheet to help you figure who God wants you to include inside your everyday world. The second is strategies to impact your everyday world. The third is how to lead people to Christ and introduce them to Him. We don’t break our journey down to a formula, but want you to know enough to be dangerous for the Kingdom.
Friends Family Neighbours
Classmates Coworkers Anybody God points out
NB. You can update this worksheet whenever Holy Spirit puts someone on your heart.
4 strategies to impact your everyday world
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. Galatians 5:13-15 (MSG)
1. Pray for them.
Personally pray for people in your everyday world every day. Share your prayers with your Growth Coach so they can pray and agree with you. Pray God’s will for them. Pray the word of God over them. Always pray and never give up.
2. Help them.
Every week you’re encouraged to help or bless three people – someone inside the church, someone outside the church and someone God highlights for you. You find these people in your everyday world. Love on the people in your everyday world in ways they’ll appreciate. Make time for them and don’t be pushy. Do the good you know you ought to do. Create or strengthen real friendships.
3. Welcome them.
Every week you’re encouraged to welcome three people into your rhythms – someone inside the church, someone outside the church and someone God highlights for you. Again, these people are most likely in your everyday world. After you’ve prayed for them regularly and blessed them in ways they appreciate, look for opportunity to welcome them to something that would be of value to them. The rhythms of our life include Eating, Creating, Celebrating, Recreating, Serving, Worshipping, Working. Part of wecloming them is to let them serve you. This was the strategy Jesus gave His disciples when he sent out the twelve and the seventy.
4. Make use of TIME
M essy relationships
E veryday Jesus
T is testimony you need to know your testimony. What a testimony? It’s the story. There’s a beginning, there’s a middle, there’s a end. What was it like before what happened? What happened? What was it like afterwards? If your testimony of salvation happened years and years and years ago that’s great… if it’s still pertinent. But people want to know that God is alive today. They want to know that the Jesus of history is the Christ of faith today. What is he doing in your life this week? What has he done recently? What have you seen? The beginning, middle and end. That’s the story that’s all you need to know.
The I in the acronym is that you have to be intentional. You can bless people three times a week forever and they’re never gonna get to know Jesus if you forget to bring him in. You can disciple people three times a week and they can become just like you and that’s not the point. The point is that become like Jesus not you. You need to be intentional about it.
The M in acronym TIME is that you’ve got to be ready for messy relationships. By messy relationships I’m not talking about your life. Christian’s always think “that’s great I can just be myself” is like no be nice the messy relationship that there’s a proverb that says the the the stable where that where the oxen is absent the stable is clean but the strength of the ox brings in the harvest you have to be ready for messy relationships
The E in the acronym TIME is everyday Jesus. Get so filled up with Jesus that He just leaks out. Wherever you are if you gotta think about “okay I got to talk about Jesus” in this relation you’re gonna stress yourself out. But if you get so in love with Jesus – through worship and through reading the word – He starts to leak out. I think every single Christian should read Jesus every day. You read the gospel that’s the one thing you’re going to read every day.
How to share your faith without an argument.
An overview of evangelist Bill Fay’s simple, step-by-step approach to effectively sharing your faith.
- Do you have any kind of spiritual belief?
- Who is Jesus to you?
- Do you think there is a heaven and a hell?
- If you died right now, where would you go?
- If what you believe was not true, would you want someone to tell you?
If they same “no”, to push it. If they say, “yes”, show them what the Bible says.
Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, John 3:3, John 14:6, Romans 10:9-11, Revelation 3:20
In case you’re wondering where to go next, here’s something you can do. In the margin of Romans 3:23 write Romans 6:23; in the margin of Romans 6:23 write John 3:3 and so on. Each time you turn to a verse, you’ll know where to go next.
- Do you want forgiveness of sins?
- Do you believe Jesus died on the cross for you and rose again?
- Are you willing to surrender yourself to Christ?
- Are you ready to place your trust in Jesus and invite him into your life?
Here’s an example of a prayer.
I’ve messed up. I know you call that sin. I can’t be good enough on my own. Please forgive me. I want to change. I want to do what you want me to do. You died and are alive today and because of that your Holy Spirit will give me strength to become like you in every way. Thank you. You are Lord. You’re in the driver’s seat of my life. I am going to do everything you want me to do. Thank you for forgiving me. Amen
After they pray a prayer like that with you, help them to listen to the Holy Spirit.
What do you think Holy Spirit is saying to you?
Affirm what you can agree Holy Spirit is saying.
They can invite Holy Spirit to be with them always be with them.
Here’s an example of a prayer.
Whatever it takes, Lord, fill me with Holy Spirit and any gifting you would be pleased to give me.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18–20)
If you’re leading someone through this, encourage them to discern their own everyday world and start the strategies with your help. Also invite them to go through the Kingdom Way Pathway with you.
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