Who will we share with? Well, who do we know?
We can draw that out using a relationship map. Today, you might call it
your social network. Let's draw that.
Start by sharing the Gospel with them. We don't want it to stop there,
John 17:20 says:
"Not for these only do I pray, but for
those also who will believe in me through their word"
If they come to Christ, they'll share the Gospel
with other people.
Those other people might also share...
And maybe they will too...
We call this making disciples who make disciples. We
also call it multiplication of disciples and churches. This is how God
designed His kingdom to reach all peoples.
(If you can, illustrate the
multiplication process using real people in the audience. In our
session, the presenter called two people to the front who he shared
with and kept pray ing for. God brought them to Christ. They led
more to Christ. Eventually, a whole crowd of them stood in front of
the audience. The main trainer said that guy is at around 100 people
now. "He'll drag them into heaven by the neck through his prayers if
(Explain how we're part of a bigger
process: It wasn't just that guy. There were other people who impacted
those people's lives. Jesus works through all of that.)
just keep asking, "Whose next? Who do I need to talk to?"
about people I don't know, though?
(Explain that they went out two by two
sharing the Gospel with strangers.)
A person of peace is someone who is
receptive or helpful. They might listen to the Gospel, connect you to
other people, or provide for your material needs.
We don't know who is what ahead of time. We
just keep talking to people. If door to door, we go two by two to new
houses until we run into someone whose heart the Spirit has opened. Most
who do this agree that doing this even one day a week, taking 1-2 hours,
is highly beneficial. The Lord uses that time. He works in many ways.
When approaching strangers, you don't go up to them just firing off
Bible verses. Start a conversation. Show you care. One way to do this is
offering prayer: "Is there anything we can pray about for you?" Many
people appreciate being prayed for.
One church used to just try to take the
Gospel to them where they are. If they believed, they'd invite them to
the church. Later, they started giving out church invite cards. Some
of those people showed up at the church. Then, they could hear and be
touched by the Gospel more often.
Use both strategies. Try to share the
Gospel with people where they're at. If you can't share or they reject
it, offer them a Gospel tract and church invite. Or church card with
the Gospel on it. They often take them. If they're not home, stick
them in their door frame or use a door hanger. Just make sure they can
read the Gospel easily if the Spirit moves them to. Put it prominently
on your church's website, too.
That's the core lesson for Who. You can reproduce just if you want. Here's
some bonus material I learned afterward.
Work within your sphere
. What is that? Psalm
says God knitted us together in the womb, that we are
fearfully and wonderfully made, and He has a plan for our lives. God
made each of us unique in a way that lets us connect with different
people. You can reach people who would never talk to me. You'll see them
at work, home, places you do business with, and places you go for fun.
Your sphere of influence are all the people in your life that you can
have a conversation with. They are your personal, mission field.
Sometimes, our spheres will also overlap where people might work
together to reach a person. Somebody is a friend of a friend, one person
invites them to hang out, and another asks if they know Jesus. Believers
might team up in workplaces or neighborhoods, too. 1
says believers have different gifts. We often can do more
together than apart.
Quick note. The Spirit might pull people toward you if you create
opportunities for them to ask questions. Wear T-Shirts with the Word of
God on them. Put Jesus’ name or the Gospel or a site with it in your
profile, email signatures, and web site. Some people have stickers for
their phones, laptops, or cars. Just anything that might plant a seed.
I've had about half a dozen people ask me about T-shirts and stuff in my
profile. One our sisters got to share the Gospel at work because a
customer asked about a sticker on her phone. It was a Gospel tool.
So, we know who to share with. What do we
share with them?