I?m Just A Beggar

Dare2Share

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I’ve had something on my mind lately. Last weekend, we took a group of students to the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates for the Dare 2 Share Conference. You can find out more about the ministry of Dare 2 Share here. They’ve got lots of great, and free, resources about sharing your faith. The thing that’s been on my mind is how much of a wimp I am when it comes to sharing my faith. To be completely honest, this is an area of my spiritual life that needs some serious development. I’ve realized this week that evangelism is something that I have (subconsciously) always put in a different category. I’ve believed (again, subconsciously) that I can be “spiritually mature” in other areas and it will make up for my lack of evangelism. I’m pretty sure Jesus wouldn’t have allowed this kind of thinking. He tells his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). He doesn’t suggest it, He commands it. Jesus also tells his disciples, “if you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15). This is the realization that I’ve come to this week: my lack of evangelism is plain and simple disobedience. God has commanded it and I’m not doing it. Time to make a change!

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I love the way Greg Stier described evangelism, “It’s just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.” I know he’s not the first to say it, but it was profound for me. If I was a hungry beggar who found a source of bread, I wouldn’t keep it a secret. Out of love and compassion, I would tell others. How much more should I be doing that with the Gospel?! The Gospel is the “power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16).

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So, I’m committing to grow in this area. Here’s the way they taught us to share the Gospel. I wonder if you know someone you can share it with.

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God created us to be with him
?Our sin separates us from God
?Sins cannot be removed by good deeds
?Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again
?Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life
?Life that’s eternal means we will be with Jesus forever

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Grace,
?Chris