2 Kings 9:14-10:31; Acts 17:1-34: Psalm 144:1-15; Proverbs 17: 27-28
Jesus wants us to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. The apostle Paul provides us with some helpful ways to do just that.
1. Meet people where they are.
“They came to Thessalonica where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went it as was his custom..he reasoned with them from the Scriptures.” Acts 17:1-2
Where do people meet nowadays? Coffee houses, neighborhood bars, golf courses, fitness centers, book clubs, to name just a few places. Engage your area of interest to meet people–take up a new interest–meet people where they’re at.
2. Observe those around you. Really get to know them.
“Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way, you are very religious.” Acts 17:22
Observe the fitness buff– “I see you’re very dedicated to a healthy lifestyle…tell me more about it.”
Listen to the comments at Book Club–“You sound very moved by the author’s premise…let’s talk about it more sometime over coffee.”
Alongside your fellow golfer…”Hey, tell me more about your game strategy.”
3. Use their lingo. Paul referred to some pagan poets and tied it into conversation about God the Creator.
“In him we live and move and have our being.” and
For we are indeed his offspring.” Acts 17: 28
For the fitness friend–Nike’s “Just Do It” can seque into a discussion of how we needed a Savior who could “Do” what we could not “do”
For the book club friend–Hemingway’s quote “There’s no friend as loyal as a book” could lead into a discussion about “The Book”–God’s Word–and how in it we find about One who is truly loyal.
For the golf friend–“The mind messes up more shots than the body” quote by Tommy Bolt may enable you to talk about what’s in the heart and how it can lead to a messed up life-game and that you know Someone who can offer a new game.
Witnessing 101. Where you are. With who your with. Today.
Lord God, thank you for meeting us where we are, for knowing all about us, for speaking our language–all through the life of your Son. Enable us through the power of the Holy Spirit and equipped with your Word to meet those around us, to get to know them, to speak their lingo, to share your message of salvation and hope and peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Oh Lord what is man that you care for him,
The son of man that you think of him?
Reach down your hand from on high;
deliver me and rescue me.” Psalm 144:3, 7