In which there’s a shiny new gospel sharin’ system (p4)

by Craig on November 15, 2011

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...because you can never go wrong with a picture of a cute fluffy lamb

Our Lord is forever chasing after lost lambs.

I’d say he drops what he’s doing and pursues us. But that’s not exactly right, because somehow he can focus 100% of his attention on finding us, and still balance the universe.

That right there…
that’s a logical impossibility…
but it’s absolute truth.

God is nothing if not a paradox.

To him, that superhuman intention to find us when we’re lost makes total sense. He’s a shepherd.

“What person among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? (LK 15:4)

He knows we’re lost…
waits for us to look for him…
then because we can’t make it all the way to him…
he runs to us.

Luke 15…
a little “double header” miracle of a chapter…
the Good Shepherd…the Prodigal Son.

And something I never thought of it until now…
the Prodigal Son was…
exhausted…
malnourished…

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had no money, so he had walked all the way…
from the “distant country”.

He may not have been able to walk at all by the time his father saw him. Maybe that’s why the Father ran to him. He knew his son wanted to get home, but couldn’t make it – Grace in a nutshell.

And I promised finish up the list of questions that make it uber easy to share the gospel. The questions are vital because only God innately knows the exact location of the lost sheep or child.

The first half of the list was yesterday (here). Oh, and this is part 4 – the series began here.

We have to ask the questions…
because we don’t know how…
or even which way to point…
until we know where someone is at.

Then once they turn toward home…
the Shepherd…
the Father…
God…
runs to them.

My mind wants to wander off into this little miracle of bunny trail…
this wonder it is, how God pursues us…
but I have to harness my easily distracted brain…
and slap my little typing hands…
to keep the questions that make it uber-easy to share the gospel…
in back to back posts…
here are rest of them.

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Is there life after death?

Is there any proof for life after death?

Was Jesus a real, historical person?

Is there a heaven?

Are there angels? What are they? What do they do?

Is Satan an actual being?

Are there demons?

What are they? What do they do?

Is there a hell?

What is saved?

What does it mean that Jesus died for our sins?

Is “born again” the same as “saved”?

Are you saved?

If you were to die tomorrow would you go to live forever happily in the presence of God?

Have you made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ?

And there’s a method to these questions.

For instance…

notice how the thing we normally start with…

that’s the very last thing we ask…

interesting huh?

There’s a reason for that…

tomorrow…

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Felecia November 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

LOVE the cute little fluffy lamb … but that wasn’t me. I was all dirty and chewing on a tin can!
Hearting this post big time. Am keeping note of the link because I’d like to refer to these posts in my own blog regarding the pursuit and capture …
In His Name,
Felecia

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Craig November 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Felicia, last Easter, I had a fluffy lamb post – and since then – if I had my way – I put a fluffy lamb at the top of every post – you can’t underestimate the value of a cute fluffy lamb ツ and pursuit and capture – that sounds a little awesome! Thank you Felicia, and God bless you.

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Martha Orlando November 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

The questions in both parts 3 and 4 are excellent! They could so easily slip into a conversation (well, unless you started with “Are you saved?”) without the listener feeling put off or offended. I’m going to hang on to these!
Oh, and the lamb and the kitty? Too precious! :)
Blessings, Craig!

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Craig November 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Martha, I’ve only really tried this approach with my mom, but you’re right – it seems so easy and natural – and by the time you get to the final questions – you kind of know the answers already yourself – and you kind of feel ready to lead the way – so much different from starting with “are you saved?” first. We – including I – have had this wrong for so long.

and that Kitty! YES! And the lamb – like I said – you can never go wrong with the picture of a cute fuzzy lamb. God bless you, Martha!

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Debra November 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Not only do I heart the images, but I heart the Shepherd of us lambs, and the story of the Prodigal Son. It’s a beautuful picture of God running to meet us with open arms when we return to him.

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Craig November 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

Amen Debra – I heart the SHEPHERD too. And that prodigal son story – it’s kind of a classic isn’t it – a Jesus classic – a top 10 parable for sure ツ and since we can’t make it all the way to him – it’s really, really handy that he runs to us when we come to him. God bless you, Debra, and thank you. (And bonus points for “heart” as a verb.) ツ

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Layla Payton November 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I absolutely LOVE the “Prodical Son” painting and revelation. Once again, you point out something so easily missed, something simple, yet profound.

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Craig November 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Layla, I never once thought of how the son may just have collapsed on the horizon on the way home – he wasn’t able to finish the journey – I’ve never heard that taught – I’ve never read it anywhere – and it’s a parable. So it leaves room for that – so maybe – and if it is simple, yet profound – that probably means it didn’t come from me – you know? God is very simple, yet profound.Anyway, thank you – and God bless you!

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A. November 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Love these questions, too, and love the thoughtfulness that goes into their sequence. And, yes, Craig, love pictures, too.

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Craig November 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Running really low on gas. Today A. – Physically feel blech – so all I have is this ツ God Bless

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