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DTR: Go

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What a challenging message yesterday in our journey series. Another important step in our walk with Jesus is to Go. As Zack shared we are to Go make disciples! (Matt. 28:18-19). Our mission is to lead people to Jesus. We were encouraged to think of one person that we could share our story. Have you decided who you will begin to pray for and when you plan to share your Jesus story with them? Be prepared to share your story this week. People don't expect perfection in sharing, they are drawn to sincerity. Just be yourself. Most importantly remember God will honor your boldness! The early church prayed consistently, Lord help us be bold and share this great news.               
In Christ,                                                                                                                       
Chad

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Sharing Jesus

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This week, I had a few errands to run. First up, I was going to fill up my gas tank. I got to the gas station and realized… I had forgotten my wallet. Fortunately, I was only five minutes from home, so it was only a minor inconvenience to go  back home, get my wallet, and then return to the gas station. But I thought,  “What if I were going somewhere farther and made it a couple of hours down the road before I realized I was without?” That’s why youth ministry has always been so important to me. I love having an opportunity to teach young people before they’re too far down the road of life. But the question remains for many people we know – “How far down the road do you want to get before you have what you need?”

Let’s talk about talking about your faith! Did your heart just skip a beat or two? Do you feel flushed and nervous now? Our faith in God is such a personal thing, and yet, sharing our faith is a literal matter of (eternal) life and death for those who don’t know Him! At Community Heights, we want you to feel equipped and comfortable with discussing matters of faith with non-believers. So we have created this in the hopes of helping to tear down some barriers for you! There are many other resources that you can utilize, but we hope this can be like one of those quick start guides that comes with a new cell phone or washing machine! We’ll hit the basics here, but then you can dive as deep into this as you want to. And hopefully, you’ll want to! Below, we’ve got some answers in bold, followed by short explanations and some scripture you can share with someone who needs to know the Lord!

What if I offend someone?

90 percent. Can you think of anything that 90 percent of Americans agree on? Here’s one: 90 percent of Americans believe in a higher power. Now, the number of people who believe in the God of the Bible is lower, and the percentage who have trusted in Christ for salvation is lower still. But chances are, if there’s someone you are thinking about discussing your faith with – they probably already believe in God.

Where do I start?

How about your story? What has your faith in Jesus Christ meant for you? How did you become a believer? Some people love to debate. Some people love to argue. But YOUR STORY isn’t up for debate. Your life is not subject to an argument. In fact, opening up about your experience will make any discussion of faith more relatable, because it puts a face to the faith.

So share your experiences! If you’re not sure how, talk to one of us in leadership at CHC. We’ll tell you our faith story and we would LOVE to hear yours!

How can I help someone understand they need Jesus?

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.”
Romans 3:10-11

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23

None of us are alright; none of us are good enough, outside of Christ. We can compare ourselves to others and decide we’re not that bad. But that’s  not the standard that God judges by. God’s standard is Himself; God’s standard is perfection. We all need Jesus because we are all sinners.

What is really at stake if someone doesn’t trust in Jesus?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD.
Romans 6:23

The teachings of Jesus and the teachings of the Bible are not vague. Jesus didn’t come to live and die to be A WAY. He paid the price for our sins. As surely as we have all sinned (Romans 3:23), Romans 6:23 says that we deserve death. We have earned it by our sins. And only through Jesus Christ can we be reconciled with God.

How can I show someone how they can be right with God?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10

John 3:16 is the what and Romans 10:9-10 is the how. We have earned death and Hell. But God loved us so much that He sent His Son so that we could have eternal life. How do we accept that gift of forgiveness?
1. Declare Jesus as Lord. You agree that He is the way, the truth, and the life.
2. Believe that God raised Him from the dead. Place your faith in Jesus, as the payment for your salvation. Trust in what He has done for you and you can be forgiven for all your sins.

What if this actually works???

I think sometimes we prepare ourselves for rejection. In your mind, do you picture it going like this?
Me: Can I tell you how to be saved?
Them: No.

It could go that way, but what if, instead of preparing for failure, we prepare for success? What if God has worked on their heart and they want to accept God’s gift of salvation? Then pray with them. Here’s an example, but just know that God cares more about the intention than the grammar:

Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and I know that I am far from God. But I know that you died and you were resurrected to pay the price for my sins. I trust you and I ask that you forgive me for my sins.

What’s next?

Once a person trusts in Christ, encourage them to make their faith public. We want to see people grow in their faith and in their relationship with Christ. Encourage your friend to tell their family and friends. Encourage them to come to church so they can grow in their faith. Once someone places their faith in Christ, God wants them to be baptized. Baptism doesn’t save anyone, but it is God’s chosen way for us to publicly declare our faith for the world to see!

If you have had the privilege of introducing someone to the journey of a walk with God, we want to know about it! We want to pray for them and reach out to them to let them know how excited we are that they’ve joined the family of God, so click here to let us know!

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