Most Christians are ineffective in sharing their faith. It's that simple.
Maybe they aren't equipped. Maybe they are lazy or lack the desire. Maybe they are not intentional or bold enough.
If Christianity is going to help restore the world by pointing people to Jesus Christ, then most of that will be done outside of the physical church building. People interacting with other people and openly discussing their faith and how God has changed their life for the better is arguably the best tool to bring people to Christ.
Perhaps the reason Christians struggle with this the most is that they have never experienced effective spiritual conversations in everyday life. So, while a sermon or a study on it is nice for gaining information, most people need the extra step of being shown how to do it. You could say it is a Biblical model.
1. Jesus invited the disciples along on his journey to see who he really was (Messiah).
2. Jesus invited them to observe him (Mission & Ministry).
3. Jesus taught them directly (Teacher) and allowed them to ask questions.
4. Jesus empowered them to do ministry and grow in their faith (Experience).
5. Jesus released them and delegated them to reach the world (Full Responsibility).
Jesus was with them consistently. Showing. Leading. Correcting. Releasing.
Jesus provided a way for the disciples to experience it, and expected them to do the same thing.
Over Spring Break we're trying to provide more of that equipping for today's teens.
Know God's Story. Know Your Story (how God changed you), Share Your Stories.
G E T S T R E T C H E D
1 Peter 3:15 - Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
Colossians 4:5-6 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Note: I have put together a fairly thorough booklet (60 pages!) for the retreat. If you'd like to see it, review it, or want to consider it for your group (any age) please leave a comment.
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