S2 E6: How to share

Gary Kendall and Brooke McMahan discuss Lesson Six in Season 2 of the B.L.E.S.S. Podcast from the lovekc.net Online Discipleship Course. 

Many times people have a heart to want to share the Gospel but they feel insecure and therefore, don’t share because they don’t know what to say. In this podcast, Gary and I break down some ways to engage people and give some ideas how you can share the Gospel. It is easier than you think. We tell some stories as examples of how you can engage someone and lead them to accepting Jesus if they are ready. While there is no perfect cookie cut recipe for sharing about Jesus, we share some helpful tips and outlines to help guide you in these conversations. We want to just help you get the conversation going. We are praying for you as you listen and put some of the ideas into action. Let us know how your journey of sharing is going. We’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for listening,
Brooke 

Transcript

Welcome to the B.L.E.S.S. podcast, where we join Jesus, where He is already at work. We dream of the day when every home in America is adopted by one or more persons living the Pray, Care, Share & Disciple lifestyle. Your host is Gary Kendall, Catalyst for Love KC and the National Prayer Mobilizer for Blesseveryhome.com. 

Gary works with founder Chris Cooper and the team at blesseveryhome.com to equip you to live on-mission where you live, learn, work, and play. If you haven’t yet signed up to adopt your neighborhood, you can do so at Blesseveryhome.com. Now let’s turn our attention to this episode of the B.L.E.S.S. podcast. 

Gary: My name is Gary Kendall. I’m your host. I want to welcome Brooke McMahan into the studio today. Welcome, Brooke. 

Brooke: Hello. It’s great to be here.

Gary: So Brooke McMahan works with LoveKC in Operations. She’s also been working with me throughout this season 2 in our online discipleship course. We’ve been working our way through much of the same content that you’ll find on the website. But we’ve added in other stories and other kinds of things that we hope come alive for you as a listener. 

It’s always our hope that when you’re listening to these podcasts, that you have your own ideas, your own people, and your own plans that come out of this. We have joy when we feel like that you are out there winning, sharing, and living your faith confidently, knowing what to say to your friends. That’s our goal in all of this. 

So today, we continue the content from the chapter, ‘How To Share.’ We’re going to talk about ways you can share and communicate Christ to your friends. We know that you have people in mind. Our hope is that God triggers some thoughts for you and helps apply this in ways that bring it into reality and into your life. 

I’ll start with a story. A few years ago, there was a guy that lived down the street from me. His name was Eugene. He doesn’t live there anymore and has moved since then. He lived about eight houses down from me. We would see each other at church from time and time, as well as in the neighborhood. 

Eugene knew that his wife had a faith in Christ. It was an attractive faith. She was positive and often was sharing Jesus with others. She would even share Jesus with Eugene. He didn’t doubt her, but the personal nature of having a faith for himself just was missing. He would observe her life and would watch my life and others who claimed to be Christians. He just wasn’t sure that he was quite at the same place of confidence that we were in. 

He did wonder, honestly, if sometimes people were kind of manufacturing their feelings of faith. He sometimes wondered if we needed to have faith. Maybe he didn’t need to have a faith. So he was in a little bit of a quandary. 

One day we were talking; we had met for lunch at his request. We were Zio’s. If you’ve never been to Zios, it’s an Italian restaurant where they have this paper that they put on the tabletops. They actually give you some crayons.You can color on it if you want. The waitress almost always will write her name on it when she comes to us to serve you. So we had been sitting at this table. We had eaten our food and even the plates and everything were cleared off. We were just sitting there still, conversing. 

Then we had these questions come up. Eugene was saying that he had a lot of doubts. I was telling him that, you know, doubts are great. It’s usually a starting point for faith. It’s often doubts that cause us to ask questions and that Jesus certainly didn’t think any less of him for having doubts. In fact, he was quite encouraged that he was exploring, because that’s what a person’s doing when they have doubts. 

So I asked him a few questions to go along with that. ‘Do you ever pray, Eugene?’ He said, ‘Eh, sometimes when I get in trouble or when I’m in a tight place, you know, I think that’s when most people pray.’ 

I asked him also if he had ever asked Jesus Christ to lead his life. He said ‘No, that he was pretty sure he hadn’t done that and really wasn’t sure he wanted to.’ So I asked him if I could draw on the paper for him and create a little illustration. He said ‘Yes.’ 

I drew this stick figure pictures of God over on the left and a stick man on the right, then this chasm in-between. I made it look like the two edges of a cliff. In the chasm, I wrote the word ‘sin’ with an underline. Then I wrote the word ‘death’ under that. 

I said, ‘You know, Eugene, if I were to tell the Gospel in real short, very capsulized, brief description, I would say that God loved a man so much. He created him for relationship. But He loved him so much that He also gave him his own free choice. God gave him an opportunity to choose his own way, which man did, and all of us have done. Adam did what we’ve all done. We’ll just go our own way. We always think we know better, for some reason. 

That choice put a chasm between God and man. God created a paradise for us, but we actually chose our own way. So the consequence of that choice was this gap between God and man, that the Bible says, ultimately, our sin will lead to death. So here we are in this place. But God was not willing to leave us there.’ 

Then I drew this great big cross that filled the gap. I said, ‘God created a way back to relationship with Him through Jesus Christ and that Jesus died on the cross to die for the sins of mankind. Having satisfied that sin, He then invites us into a relationship, one that can be filled with life, love and forgiveness. It’s a fresh start for us.’ 

I said, ‘Have you ever asked Jesus to forgive your sins? Obviously, He died to forgive the sins of mankind, but have you ever asked Him to forgive your sins?’ He said, ‘No, he hadn’t.’ I handed him the crayon and said, ‘Well, if this was a continuum here, where would you put yourself? Are you on the bridge like you’re even  exploring? Are you nearly across a bridge where you’ve got, like, one step to go, or where are you?’ 

He put the little stick man for his life right on one side of the beam that would go horizontal on the cross. So he was maybe halfway, but he hadn’t made this choice yet. So that was a pretty good visual for where he was at. 

I said, ‘You know, Eugene, what keeps you from this? And he said, ‘I have so many doubts?’ I said, ‘Well, what are a few of them?’ So he shared a few of them. Then I just listened to him talk. 

I said, ‘Well, let me ask you another question. We’ve already established that doubts are not a bad thing. I want you to understand that even after you accept Jesus, you’re probably going to have doubts. We all have doubts. Doubts are a part of living. I don’t know of any situation in life where we don’t have at least some doubts. So can we just agree that doubts are never going to go all the way away?’ 

He looked at me and said, ‘Yes. You know, you’re probably right.’ I said, ‘So is there any one doubt that would be big enough to keep you from a relationship with Jesus? 

Let me ask it a different way. With all the good that is in Jesus that’s all available to you, is there any one doubt that’s more important than that? 

And if you were to die today, do you know for sure that you would spend eternity in heaven? He said, ‘No, I don’t.’ I said, ‘Is there any doubt big enough to keep you from that promise? Is there any doubt big enough to keep you from being forgiven and being a child of God?’ 

He looked and thought for a while. It seemed like a pregnant question because he just waited and waited and waited. I was determined I wasn’t going to speak first. There’s no way I was going to let him off the hook here. I wanted him to come up with some kind of an answer. 

After what seemed like an eternity, finally he said, ‘You know, I don’t think there is any doubt that big.’ I said, ‘So you do want to receive Jesus as your Savior?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I do.’ Now that was a holy moment. 

We just smiled at each other and I said, ‘Great. Well, let’s pray a prayer. Do you mind praying here in the restaurant, or would you rather go ahead and go out to the car? We could pray there and have a little more privacy.’ And he just smiled and said, ‘No, we can pray here.’ And I said, ‘Great.’ 

I reminded him that prayer was just talking to God, that we didn’t have to close our eyes. We didn’t even have to bow our heads. But if it made it seem more comfortable, we could. He said, ‘No, we can pray here.’ 

And I said, ‘Great, can I just lead you in a prayer? And then if this prayer really expresses the desires of your heart, then you just kind of repeat after me.’ 

He said, ‘Yeah, that’ll be good. I’m not sure what to say.’ And I said, ‘Now, don’t say anything that doesn’t come from your heart. But if it does express your true feelings, then pray with me.’ I just led him through a very simple prayer that basically he was inviting Jesus to forgive him and to lead his life and to overcome the doubts and help him be the man that he was always created to be. And he just prayed, line after line. 

When we finished, he had a great big smile on his face. I said, ‘Now you get to go home and tell your wife.’ He was excited to do that. She was thrilled. Now, I’ve known Eugene for a long time since that prayer and even got to lead a small group Bible study at his house with his wife in the next few months after this time. 

I’ve seen a lot of change in him. And he has joy to this day because of that decision. I just love it when God does what He does. He came to set us free from our doubts and from this life that’s bound to just going its own way or when we go our own way versus God’s way. 

The funny thing about his doubts is even though I asked him a couple of times if he ever wanted to have conversations about his doubts, he never actually thought it was a big enough deal to have that conversation. I just kind of smile at myself on that one. 

Brooke: That’s funny. The moment before it seemed so big, but after he’s like, not a big deal. I just love that story so much.  I love how you, just in the moment, knew what to say. I’m sure every conversation is always different. You just met him where he was at and used the brown paper and a crayon. That’s amazing. 

Jesus told His disciples that they were salt and Light in their world. So everywhere we go, we bring Light and flavor to the world. It’s as if the world has a sin virus; and we have the antidote. 

Gary: Yeah. 

Brooke: So will you share it? We can’t just leave sharing the Good News to a pastor, a TV evangelist or Grandma if our world’s going to find Jesus. We each have a role to play. 

Jesus called His disciples to be fishers of men. So that means we should always be ready to share the Good News. The best candidates are those with whom we’ve already built trust. Although we should keep our ears open to the Holy Spirit and our eyes open to the needs around us because we know God is always working ahead of us. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who’s always looking for His lost sheep. If one of them crosses our path, He might just use us. 

Gary: Yeah. That’s so true, Brooke. I try to remind myself of this when I’m not in public, because one of the faults that I have is I can get so preoccupied with my own stuff. I said it in the prayer that I prayed before we began today that I want to. I want to be more present. It’s really easy to get caught up and not be present. 

I remind myself that I’m going to be out in the crowded world where people, who are perhaps far from God, are on their journeys through life. But they have this Father who’s loving them, always wanting to draw them to Himself. He’s always working on their behalf. He’s always looking for people or opportunities to perhaps trigger their thinking to get them out of their preoccupied moments and into a present moment with Him.

I want to be ready in case I’m crossing the path of someone who needs what He might want to say through me. I remind myself that we serve the God who is the God of every person you know. 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, so that anyone who believes in Him, they can come. So anyone, everyone; He’s the God of all. 2 Peter 3:9 says that God is not willing, that any should perish, but all should come unto everlasting life. So I want to be ready for sharing because He’s ready. We just seem to be cooperative with Him, then the opportunities come. 

So let’s talk through some of the different things that you and I might share with people if we’re going to talk about how we share our faith. Every one of us could use some tips. 

Brooke: Yeah, it would be a privilege. 

Gary: What are some things we could share? 

Brooke: Being a good listener is a really good place to start because people want to know that you are hearing them, not just preaching at them. They want to know that you’re really interested. It’s good that we are interested before we attempt to be interesting. 

Gary: That’s a good one. 

Brooke: It’s good when we’re not rushing it but giving God time to speak and for the other person to reflect on what we just said. Taking our time and asking good, open-ended questions is helpful. If we want to be better at sharing your faith, spend time preparing good questions. 

Gary: Yeah. You know what I like about what you just said, Brooke? So many times, some people think about sharing faith. They think about talking. You just started with listening. I think it’s really only after we’ve listened, then we have the right to talk because people really don’t care what we have to say unless they know that we care. That’s an old cliche, but it’s so true. 

Listening and asking good questions is super important. I think another thing is to be transparent. People don’t want a salesman or someone who acts like a know-it-all. I don’t even know if they want a pastor–and I am a pastor!

I think they want someone who is more of a friend, someone who really has a natural concern for them. When we care about them and if we can be transparent about our feelings, even using words like ‘I don’t get it all right,’ or when we talk about seeking and say, ‘You know, I’m still a seeker myself.’ Then people can identify that they know they don’t get it all right. 

Brooke: It’s creating a level playing field. 

Gary: Yeah, it really draws us into standing with them, not apart from them. I was talking to a counselor one time in marriage counseling with me and my wife and. He said, ‘I want to do this simple exercise. You can do it in your mind, too.’ We were sitting in chairs facing this person. He said sometimes when you get into an argument or a discussion, imagine that you’re sitting across the table from each other and you’re having this discussion. I did. He continued, ‘Then in your mind, get up and go over and sit down beside them. Put your arm around them and have this conversation side by side and think how it just changes the dynamics.’ 

Well, that’s also true for sharing your faith. You’re not over there trying to convince the other person they’re wrong. You’re sitting beside them talking about how to love life in a healthier way, in a way that’s more positive, in a way that’s more godly. 

We should aim at dialogue with that person. I sometimes use the example of tennis. Think like we’re playing tennis. When I’m sitting on an airplane with someone and talking to them about Jesus, I think about hitting the ball over to their side of the net. Then I wait to see if it comes back, because sometimes it doesn’t. 

Sometimes they just don’t pick up in the game or match at all. But every once while they’ll hit the ball back. So if they hit the ball back, then I’ll think, ‘OK, well, we’ve got a match going here, a little volley.’ So I’ll hit the ball back over and see if they return it. If it starts and goes into a volley here where they’re returning, and we’re both hitting the ball, then we actually we have some to work with. 

If they just go silent and stop, then it becomes a one-way conversation. I know they’re hoping I’ll stop talking. It’s an endurance contest at that point. I don’t want that. So I actually will sometimes stop to leave them wanting a little more. We see Jesus do that a lot in the Gospels where He’ll see if they’ll come back with some other question. If they start asking questions, then you’ve really got something to work with.

Brooke: That’s really good, Gary. You’re embracing the awkwardness.  You’re not just cutting off the conversation, but actually allowing that awkwardness with grace. 

There’s really no way to avoid awkwardness. It’s going to happen. You just have to expect it. So don’t feel like you’re failing. Just smile. Relax. God is in control; therefore, you don’t have to be right. You can be confident because God is for you. He’s backing you. He wants you to be doing this. You can have full confidence. With that, don’t let fear of their response keep you from engaging. 

We could just be planting a seed. We don’t even know how it’s going to turn out. They may not be ready to receive it right then. It could be another year or however long. So we just need to be obedient and say what we feel to say in the moment and know that the Lord’s in control. 

Gary: Yeah, He is. Also, the choices they make and how they respond to the things we are sharing really weigh on them. I think I have misplaced this sense of responsibility sometimes by feeling like I am responsible for their choices when actually, they are responsible for their choices before God. God holds me responsible to share. But what they do with that sharing is on them. 

If I let the weight of responsibility shift over on me and I feel like I have to lead them to Christ in this one conversation or two, if I have to do it today, then I’ve shifted responsibility over to me instead of that person to respond to Jesus. So I’m one part of this whole equation. I’m the instrument in the hand of God, but it doesn’t weigh on me. That helps me. Remembering that helps me not be a salesman or a preacher when I’m talking to somebody. 

Just this last week, I had to Uber ride with this guy. It was really kind of funny because he actually is the one who started talking about spiritual things and I didn’t have to go there with him. 

Brooke: I love when that happens! God makes it so easy!

Well, this guy had some really weird thoughts that were quite strange. It’s hard to imagine how he came up with what he came up with. But he’s the one who said to me, ‘Do you believe in life after death?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And then he went off on this really weird thing about how our spirit floats over waters. He was imagining he was floating over the Mississippi River. 

I was just smiling to myself thinking, ‘What do I do with this?’ At the end of it, I gently said, ‘Yeah, I do believe in life after death. I have a different view than you do, obviously. I do believe that God has plans for His people. God desires to draw us to relationship with Himself and that He gives us the opportunity to live with Him in heaven if we choose His way and follow him.’ 

He didn’t buy that. But he didn’t really contradict it either, because I had allowed him to tell his whole story. So he listened to it. Now, if I thought that at that point, that in order to be right with God, I had to close the deal and force him into a decision, then I would have tried to press the issue with him. Instead, what I did was just believe that God had allowed us opportunity to talk. I shared what I believed in and gave him an opportunity to go deeper if he wanted to. He didn’t at that point and we were at the end of the ride anyway. 

But I still felt like as I got out the car that I gave God an opportunity in that place. I felt that given everything that happened in the way it unfolded, that it actually was a healthy conversation. If anything, maybe it moved him a little bit closer to God. 

Sometimes we can think about moving a person from B to C, C to D, and D to E one step at a time, instead of thinking they have to go all the way from hearing about Jesus to praying to receive him in the same conversation. We can free ourselves from the sense that, ‘Oh, I’ve got to make something out of this more than it really is. 

Brooke, I want to turn a corner here and say now, if we were considering a different scenario where the person actually was saying, ‘Yeah, I do want to receive Jesus,’ I think it might be helpful to talk through. 

How might we lead them in a prayer, like I mentioned Eugene, but I didn’t go into specifics, but I’d like to do it. 

Again, I wanted to do a little deeper at this point.One of the things that I try to remember is, I’m basically trying to connect a friend or someone I’ve just met to my best friend. This is relationship; I’m not trying to close an equation here with getting them to sign on the dotted line and accept Jesus. I’m helping a friend meet a friend. 

I know that this friend, Jesus, loves him and who died for him. He cares for them. He wants this person. He’s just waiting for this person to be able to know Him in all His fullness. So that’s already queued up. I don’t have to make that happen. Because I know that, then what I really want to do is help make a simple connection in that moment. 

Usually I’ll say to the person, ‘As we’ve been talking about these things, it’s occurred to me maybe we ought to be talking to Jesus. You and I are having this great conversation, but honestly, there’s someone who loves you a lot more than I do and someone who’s loved you from the time He ever thought of you, before you were conceived in your mother’s womb. He was already loving you when you were a child. He was watching you, thinking of you and hoping for a day like today and maybe this is that day where you get to know Him a little better and take a step into a real relationship. 

I wonder if that’s something you want to do? Do you want to start that conversation?’ Often they’ll say, ‘Yeah, I’m open to it. But then just about the same amount of times, you also hear a person say, ‘But I don’t know what to say.’ And I’ll say, ‘You know, that’s fine. A lot of times when you’re meeting someone, it feels a little awkward at first. 

So what if I just kind of cued up some ideas for you? I don’t want to try to word the prayer for you, but I sometimes can help it start.’ So I’ll say, ‘If you want, maybe I’ll just start working the prayer, then you can echo what I say. But if, at any point, you want to take off and finish the prayer on your own, go ahead.’ I would say about half the time I’ll start the prayer and the other person finishes it, which is really cool. I love it when that happens. 

I often start with, one of the first things learn as a child is to say, ‘Sorry,’ ‘Thank you,’ and ‘please.’ So maybe we’ll start with that. First of all, ‘Sorry. I’m sorry for going my own way. I realized that I have. I do need a Savior. I’m asking You to do the next thing, which is to forgive me. I’m sorry that I’ve gone my own way. 

Then, thank You for loving me from the beginning. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for offering forgiveness. I receive it. So first, ‘Sorry,’ then ‘Thank you,’ and then ‘Please.’ ‘

Please lead my life in the way You want me to go. Help me be the person that You want me to be. Usually, as a person begins to pray through this, they begin to feel a little bit more comfortable. They’ll add in a thing or two on their own, which I think is way cool. But even if they don’t at all, we just finished the prayer, then I’ll often give them a high five or reach over and shake their hand or in some way or another, I’ll say, ‘Hey, I want you to know this is just the beginning, that every relationship has a beginning. 

We can think back to any person we’ve ever met, even if you can’t remember the first time there was a first. So if this is the beginning of this formal kind of relationship, I want you to know that Jesus is ready to talk to you anytime. You can talk to Him praying a prayer out loud like we just have, or you can actually just think the thoughts in your head. He hears the thoughts inside your head and can even plant thoughts inside your head. It becomes like a conversation. So reach out often. The more you do, the more comfortable it will seem. 

So, Brooke, when I share that kind of way of talking about it, how does that sound to you? 

Brooke: I love having the outline of starting with ‘Sorry,’ ‘Thank you,’ and ‘Please.’ It just helps you to keep the conversation going and helps guide them in a way that they could have a true conversation with the Lord of repentance and have the essentials of what happens when you come to know Jesus. 

Gary: Yeah. 

Brooke: Yeah, I love that. 

Gary: Well, what are some thoughts you’re thinking as you hear this. What stories come to your mind? 

Brooke: When we talk about loving our neighbor, our neighbor can be our circle of influence, even our family members. I was thinking about my two young nephews, ages seven and five. Their mom and dad don’t know the Lord. So obviously they don’t teach the boys about God. 

So I was at my mom’s house, and the two boys were there. We were in one of the back rooms, and they said, ‘Why does grandma have all these crosses in her house?’ I said, ‘Well, do you know what the cross is or what it means?’ They said, ‘No.’ So it gave me the opportunity to summarize basically from Genesis to Revelation why the cross was there and necessary and why grandma has it. Then even just letting them know, if they believe that Jesus died for them, then they’ll have eternal life. I didn’t even have to ask them. They both just blurted out, ‘Well, I believe.’  Awesome. So that was just very cool. It was a natural, easy conversation even just with kids. This isn’t just for adults. The Lord is moving on children’s hearts today. God wants to use this for the young and old.  

Gary: Absolutely. Kids count too. I was talking to my grandson Landon, who’s 10 years old. We’ve talked about a variety of things as it relates to God. One night as we were lying on his bed. I was tucking him in. So we’re just talking and looking up at the ceiling. I said, ‘Landon, do you feel like when we talk about praying that God ever talks back to you?’ He goes, ‘No, I’ve never heard God talk back to me.’ I said, ‘Well, maybe you have. I don’t hear an audible voice either. 

If you were asking me, have I ever heard God speak, I’ve never heard an audible voice before, but I do believe God puts thoughts in my mind. A lot of times when they come in or how they come in, I think that God puts them there. For example, let’s test this out. Let’s ask God a question.’ He goes, ‘OK.’ I said, ‘Why don’t you say it again? God, if you’re real, then would You reveal Yourself to me in a way that I can’t dispute, a way I know I didn’t make it up and I know that it’s You.’ I said, ‘So would you be willing to pray a prayer like that?’ He goes, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Okay, let’s pray that, but you say the words.’ So he said, ‘God, if you’re real, then would You reveal yourself to me.’ I said, ‘Perfect. Now let’s just wait and see what happens.’ 

Every so often I would ask him when we’d be talking. A week went by. I asked him a couple times, and he’d always say, ‘No, I haven’t heard anything yet.’ But then we were at a concert that was put on by a dance team. They did these amazing dances, actually. They were so talented. Before and after the dances, they would talk about Scripture, give stories of their life, etc. One of the leaders from a team was a good friend of mine. After she prayed that night, she presented the Gospel. Afterwards, she told her story and several other things. So we’re getting in the car going home and I’m asking Landon about the night went when he goes, ‘I think I heard Jesus talking to me.’ 

That is so awesome, because that’s what we prayed for. I think even a very, very simple little thing like that can actually help the other person tune in to what God is saying to them. 

I’ve used that question with a lot of adults, too, and just inviting God to reveal Himself to you. It doesn’t take much. 

Brooke: God is totally capable of speaking to His children. 

Gary: He does. We could probably take a whole podcast just telling stories. You hear about how God reveals Himself. 

Well, before we complete this part about telling the story of Jesus leading a person to salvation, I do want to mention one of the things that is very helpful is to keep Scripture in mind. It’s really great to memorize the Scriptures on it that relate to the plan of salvation. Some people memorize the Romans Road or go through the Scriptures. In the Book of Romans, other people memorize a plan of salvation. I don’t know that one is necessarily better than the other. I just want to encourage you to memorize the Scriptures that tell the Gospel story and how a person might come to Jesus. 

If we do those things, we have scripture ready for any moment. I like to think about a Scripture like Romans 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth that Jesus was Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” A Scripture like that encourages a person who isn’t sure if they’re doing it right or not. 

I mentioned earlier in this podcast about John 3:16 how anyone and everyone who comes, to encourage them. Other Scriptures that talk about the assurance of our salvation are important, too. As many as receive this, He gave the right to become children of God. Now, say to a person who’s making this decision, in the eyes of God, you are already His child because He knows you from the beginning of time. But in this moment, it’s like you accepted the fact of what was already true. So you’ve now become his child. He calls you His own. You’re saved. You’re redeemed. You’re a part of the family of God. 

So as we go through these different Scriptures, we give God a chance to cement His Word. Sometimes I’ll actually open the Bible and show them. It depends on the amount of time I have. But if I have a Bible and we have time, I love to just have them learn how to use the Bible to look them up. I might have them read the verses out loud. So they have these verses of assurance that are in their heart. Anything else you want to add here, Brooke? 

Brooke: No, I don’t think so. I think we’ve gone over some really awesome foundational stuff. 

Gary: Great. Well, it’s just a starting point. Our desire in this online course was not to be exhaustive. We weren’t writing a set of encyclopedias. Our goal is to give you some thoughts that would get you going and give God a chance to stir up a passion in your heart for people that need to come to Him. One of the things that we know is true about life is that people lead people to Jesus. You need a guide. You need someone who’s going to walk with you. Jesus, even when He became flesh, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us or moved into the neighborhood as the living. 

The message version says we need to walk with people. I hope that you have faces in your mind as you hear this. I hope that you have some new phrases that you might be able to use, maybe questions you can ask that God will prompt you into situations that are going to be around you in the next few days and weeks. We hope you will become someone God can use to tell the Good News. The Gospel means Good News. It truly is good news when it changes lives. So let’s be people who are sharing the Gospel and who see lives for the good of God and for the good of their own life, too. So thanks for being a part of this podcast today. 

I encourage you to like it, to share it, rate it, and come back again. Let’s continue to join Jesus, where He’s already at work where we live, learn, work and play. 

Thanks for joining in today for the B.L.E.S.S. podcast. People often ask, what do the letters stand for in B.L.E.S.S.? We like to think of B.L.E.S.S. as a lifestyle where we: B- begin with prayer, L – listen to God and others, E – Eat together, S – Serve and S – story, sharing your story and the story of Jesus. We not only pray that every home in America will be adopted by a disciple who lives this lifestyle, but also those that do will join their efforts to build missional communities where you live, learn, work and play. If you haven’t yet signed up for Blesseveryhome.com, you can go there. You can find more from host Gary Kendall, including ways to connect outside of this podcast at LoveKC.net. Thank you for being a part of this B.L.E.S.S. podcast. Today we invite you to subscribe to like it, share it and write a review. 

Now let’s join Jesus where He’s already at work.