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Lord, give us hearts of love and compassion for those in our sphere of influence who do not know You. Help us to take a step of faith to share Your salvation with them in a winsome, compelling manner.

I recently came across a Gallup Poll that has surveyed Americans on their views of religion over the decades…I was sobered by them.

Of those adults surveyed in 2020, 27% indicated that religion was “not very important” in their own lives, 20% indicated that they did not identify with any denomination or religion, 64% indicated that religion is “losing its influence” on American life, and 35% indicated that religion is “largely out of date.”…

I think it is time for us to reevaluate our approach to sharing the Gospel.

Before I came to faith, I thought Christians and religious people were weird…and then one day I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ…

I would like to offer an acronym to help us share the Gospel… — “B.L.A.S.T.”…

Throughout his three years of earthly ministry, Jesus overcame man-made religious and cultural barriers in order to reach those who were hurting…

We are commanded in Scripture to take the Gospel to all people…God often calls us to engage with people with whom we may not be comfortable…But that’s exactly what Jesus did…

When engaging others, Jesus used something many Christians in America today seriously lack: tact…

We must begin our conversations by ​​listening carefully…and praying to the Lord for His wisdom. Then, we can ask appropriate follow-up questions based on what we have heard…

Just as we change our approach depending on who we may be speaking to in our day-to-day life — a boss, a friend, a child, a parent, a coworker — we have to listen, learn, and be willing to adapt if we are trying to engage with another person…

Telling your own salvation story is meaningful and nonthreatening…

If the person you are sharing the Gospel with seems open to Jesus, you can try praying with them or listen as they pray. When they are finished, you can offer to help them get connected to a church family…

And if the person you are speaking with is not receptive, that is okay. God will use your conversation as a “seed” in that person’s life.

The key to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ is humility. We share our hope because we know who and what we once were — lost, lonely, guilty, confused — and how Jesus has transformed our lives…

Do you have friends and/or family that you would like to share the Gospel with? Share your prayer for them below!

(Excerpted from The Christian Post. Article by Greg Laurie. Photo Credit: Michael Damm, Unsplash).

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Joli
August 1, 2021

I pray for my dad. Since I was a teenager I have prayed for him to be saved. His name is Larry. I pray for my brother, Dean, my brother in law, Jake, my sister in law, Michelle, my sister Alba. I ask the LORD to translate them out of darkness into His marvelous LIGHT, redeeming them
through the blood of Jesus. God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

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    Susan CC
    August 1, 2021

    Joli, I heard this in a sermon…”take care of your relationship with the Lord and He will take care of your family.” I agree with this and I agree with you, God is not willing that any should perish. I pray Larry, Dean, Jake, Michelle and Alba have a personal meeting with the Risen Lord and in the meantime, I pray God’s blessings on you and your family!

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Susan CC
August 1, 2021

“I have seen Christians armed with memorized Bible verses and clever arguments completely overwhelm a person in a “Gospel barrage.” They might feel as if they have “won” their argument (sharing the Gospel should never be an argument), but they have more than likely turned off the person to whom they were speaking.” Greg Laurie

I have done this.

“Are we playing the part of an amateur providence, trying to play God’s role in the lives of others? Are we so noisy in our instruction of other people that God cannot get near them? We must learn to keep our mouths shut and our spirits alert. God wants to instruct us regarding His Son, and He wants to turn our times of prayer into mounts of transfiguration. When we become certain that God is going to work in a particular way, He will never work in that way again.” Oswald Chambers

I have played this role.

John 6
Jesus fed 5,000 from 5 loaves and 2 fish. Later that evening, He walked upon the water to His disciples. The following day when the crowd found Him, they asked “what must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus replied, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” In v 40 He said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…” In v 65, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless the Father has granted it to him.”

Father, would You draw those who have never known You? For us who love You, would You draw us closer? Many of us are unequally yoked. But Your Word says, “we are to You the sweet aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” Abba Father, save our loved ones, save our enemies. Make us a sweet aroma as we listen in love, demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ. In His Name. Amen

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