Moving Beyond Awkward in Evangelism
Warm-up: Share about the most awkward experience you've had sharing about your faith with someone else OR when someone else shared about his/her faith with you.
The Bottom Line: Evangelism (sharing your faith) is awkward. It just is. And, for a variety of reasons, most of us would rather have someone else do the "faith sharing stuff," for us.
But, the reality is that people around us are in desperate need of Jesus. They need hope. Relationships are being torn apart. Addictions are suffocating people's lives. Violence is an easy solution to the world's problems. Hatred. Injustice. Fear. Worry. Anxiety. Stress. The list goes on and on.
We have the ONLY answer for the world. And it's not an idea, it's a person. JESUS. With that in mind, now think about the implications of sharing your faith as your read this quote from Beau Crosetto's book, Beyond Awkward:
“All along, God’s plan has been to use people, and there’s no back up plan. Jesus uses people to reach people. You won’t find a single person in the New Testament who came to faith in Jesus without hearing the gospel from another person.”
Beau spoke at LIVECOAST this Sunday night and shared a story from the book of Acts about Philip and an Ethiopian Eunich. It might be helpful to re-read the story quietly on your own. It's found in Acts 8:26-40.
Share your observations about the story together as a group. What do you learn from the way Philip shared Jesus with the Eunich?
In order to be used by God we must first listen and be led by His spirit. We learned that God speaks to and sends his witnesses. Is listening to God’s direction something that is a part of your everyday life? Do you leave space in your day to listen and be led by God?
The reality is, if we want to see God move, then we have to be willing to step into the awkwardness. Beau said, “Awkwardness usually precedes God moving in a powerful way.”
Has feeling comfortable become something that controls your life? Ever think..."God, isn't it enough that I read my Bible, play worship music in my car on the way to work, and listen to sermon podcasts while I work out? People will just know that I live differently, so I don't really need to say anything about Jesus, right?"
Society tells us
- Don’t talk to strangers
- Don’t do things that make people feel uncomfortable
- Don’t press people about what is true/real
All three of these “social rules” must be broken if we are going to be effective in sharing Jesus with those around us.
Have you chosen to not share Jesus with someone because you were scared of looking weird or feeling awkward?
Is there something or someone God’s been calling you to that you’ve been ignoring because it could be awkward to take the first step?
What do you need personally in order to feel like sharing Jesus is worth the risk?
- How would you feel if God changed someone for eternity through you.
- Start making a mental list of ways that Jesus is good news to you.
- Take time to pray and ask God how he wants to use you this week.