In which there’s a shiny new gospel sharin’ system (p3)

by Craig on November 14, 2011

 

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I know you have at least one…
just one person who doesn’t know…
or hasn’t accepted…
the Gospel of Love.

You know their life would be better…
and their eternal life would be guaranteed…
but you don’t want to be pushy…
and you’re timid about it…

We’re totally alike.

This is part 3, part 2 is here – and part one is here. (just in case…y’know)

So maybe sharing the gospel should first be to show God’s love…
then questions and listening as if their life depended on it…
because it does…

Questions are the way to begin, not statements, not debate.

I just look at how Our Lord talked with Nicodemus to know that. (John 3)

Questions are so important because they don’t push our world of thought and belief onto theirs. They display and enlarge their world to encompass us. Their answers and our listening bring us into their circle – instead of dragging them into ours. Nobody likes being dragged.

These are the questions I thought long and hard on to ask my mom, sharing the gospel with her during her last months. I’m not speaking from Sinai – there are obviously more or less or better.

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But these get to the heart of things.

And it might not be a bad idea to ask them of ourselves, before we ask them of others.

So, for that person we know, or people…
the one or ones we have first shown God’s love to…
we ask them these…
not all at once…
if we have relationship we have time…
maybe just one question every time we talk.

If we talk to them once a week, it’ll take about 6 months…
If every day…about a month…
and really listen…really…listen…
maybe record their answers…
because knowing their answers…
that’s where their spirit is…
after loving them with God’s love…
that’s where to begin.

Are you a religious person?

Is religion important?

Does God exist?

Is God perfect, sovereign, all-knowing?

Does God care about the world?

Is God is active in the world?

Does God actually care about YOU?

Does God answer prayer?

Is the Bible inerrant?

Is the Bible God’s inspired word?

Is it relevant?

How long has it been since you last read it?

Is regular Bible reading important?

Would you like to read it more?

Are there absolute truths?

Do all religions pray to the same God (albeit different names)?

Are people basically good?

What is the purpose of life?


I don’t want to keep you too long…

so tomorrow the rest of the questions…

then on to the listening…

then on to the letter…

please come back.

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A. November 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Ooohhhhh, that kitty picture tugs at my heart! I can use that image in my mind to take the place of those in my life that are hurting, or confused, and who thus hurt back. I like seeing them as that white kitty with bent ears rather than as some of those images in your dream, which can be all too true. Both images are needed, so I like camping out with the white kitty one for the long haul, after I have seen the others (or, actually, experienced them).

I like the questions. I will be having a guest next week that gets all prickly when asked (not by me) if he is ‘saved’, and if so, when did it happen. The asker, in this case, comes from a persuasion that believes salvation-to be real-happens at a specific time rather than progressively, or any other way. The askee is 92 years old. Time is not long for him. The asker is a child of the askee. I am already praying about what my part in all this will be. This is a perfect time for your posts on this, Craig. (oh, and the askee lives in another state so this is not a frequent visitor we are speaking of.)

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Craig November 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I KNOW – it slays me too!! and salvation? It probably does happen, “at a time.” I’m not a real big believer in progressive salvation – – I’m a big believer in progressive revelation and growth – but I think there might just be that moment when we turn our hearts toward God – if we think back – we can pretty much pin it down. That being said – I know exactly what you’re saying! And A. There is a reason why the “saved” question is one of my very last – won’t cover that till tomorrow. God bless you A.

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