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ONE - Part 2

By: Admin on April 11, 2013

Continuing:
Jesus has called us to love God, love others, be his follower and help others be followers of him.

The challenge we looked at the other day in the first part of this 2 part blog was to introduce one person to Jesus this year.

For some this is a fearful proposition. They don't know what to say or how to act, so they freeze up. The greatest fear is how to answer the "tough questions" like "explain the trinity", "did Ezekiel see a UFO?" or "who was Cain's wife?" So they don't do or say anything and the result is no one gets to know about Jesus. On top of it all, this isn't loving God, loving others or being a good follower of Jesus.

For others this is their opportunity to threaten, bully, overwhelm and torment those who don't know Jesus, are skeptical about Jesus or who just have questions about this faith because they simply do not know what it is about. So they turn everyone off by their attitude and in the end no one becomes a disciple of Jesus. On top of it all, it certainly shows no love.

How do we approach this? How do we introduce someone to Jesus without threatening them or feeling threatened ourselves?

The Bible teacher Paul was one of the greatest teachers, preachers and debaters in the history of the church. He could take on Jewish religious fanatics or Greek philosophers. He debated in synagogues and public squares. He even held court with Roman rulers.

Nevertheless with the Christians in Corinth, he took a different approach. Let's see what Paul said to them in 1 Corinthians 2:1 - 5:

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

Paul knew in this case the great debater wasn't required. He came to them with humility and even fear. He didn't want to screw up. But he wasn't going to back down, either. So he determined his message would be one-dimensional, intentional and clear: Jesus and Jesus Crucified. Nothing more. Nothing less. Just Jesus.

That's all we need: Jesus is the only way to Heaven, to God, to forgiveness and to a changed life. This is possible because Jesus was crucified. He died not only physically, but spiritually, taking on the rejection of God and people in our place as a substitute.

As Paul explained: with this simple, clear message he got the main point across. And the focus was all on God, not on the fancy debate with his big words.

Yes, the tough questions will come, but we'll never argue the atheist, skeptic, seeker or person of a different faith into the Kingdom of Heaven. We'll never know enough or be able to be convincing enough to change a heart and mind. That is God's job because he can do it.

Be ready to answer the different questions, but be fully prepared to talk about the one and only important thing: Jesus. Just introduce someone to Jesus.

Topics: jesus, outreach, salvation

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