A Listening Guide for the Sharing Jesus {Without Freaking Out} 8-Week Journey

Last night represented yet another incredible night as I taught a couple of hours on the Sharing Jesus book at Rich Forks Baptist Church in Thomasville, NC. A packed house of hungry believers of all ages came. They kept having to add tables and chairs for the crowd. I see this response again and again, and have heard so many stories from pastors about their surprise at the response to this little book and its focus on believers having evangelistic conversations. To God be the glory. I’m convinced of a couple of things: first, people who don’t know Jesus are more amazed at our silence than offended at our message. Second, there are more believers who want to share Christ than there are leaders willing to equip, encourage, and exemplify sharing Jesus.

Whenever I speak on the book in a training session I try to use a listening guide for the attendees. My friend Richard Taylor at the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) recently asked me to make such a guide available for state conventions to help pastors facilitate the training. As a reminder, the landing page sharingJesusbook.com  has a wealth of free resources including a promo video, role-playing videos, and a series of eight videos I recorded at a local church where I teach through each of the each chapters of the book. This way pastors and small group leaders (and college ministries, parachurch groups, church planting networks, etc) can teach the material over eight weeks.

Today I’m uploading a PDF of a listening guide for leaders to use (or mentors with a mentee, or even for individual study) in training people to share Jesus. It’s a free download you can get an print HERE. You will note it’s designed to go along with a copy of the book and the videos. Each of the eight sessions has some questions a person can answer during the week as they read the chapter, then a listening guide for the video sessions. Following this a leader can facilitate application using the information beginning at page 127 in the book.

I’m a teacher. Teachers help people get stuff. I want to keep providing ways to help you to grow in your witness and help others to do the same. I believe God is stirring his church in a movement of personal witness, and I want to be a part of that.

31 Days of Evangelism Final Day: The Best Words of the Series

I’ve enjoyed kicking off 2018 with a focus on Evangelism. Today I end these 31 days with the best words I’ve posted since day 1, as they are not my words, but Paul’s:

2 Corinthians 5:

9 Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

11 Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade people. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your consciences. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may have a reply for those who take pride in outward appearance rather than in the heart. 13 For if we are out of our mind, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If one died for all, then all died. 15 And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised.

16 From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective. Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective,  yet now we no longer know him in this way. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! 18 Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us.

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God.” 21 He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

31 Days of Evangelism Day 30: Bookmark This Great Online Resource

In the digital age we have a myriad of online resources for Evangelism. Today I want to tell you about one of my favorites. It’s Gospel Life and it’s produced by the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. The variety of thinkers and contributors offers a plethora of profundity in the field of Evangelism.

Here’s a link to the site and some articles I’ve written for them. Look around and I’m sure you can find articles to encourage you and your ministry.

You can link to it HERE.

31 Days of Evangelism Day 29: People Are Truly Hungry

I didn’t post yesterday. It was a wonderful, full day of ministry as I preached twice at South Tampa Fellowship for my friend JJ Johnson. Last night in the same storm that hit the Pro Bowl over in Orlando I taught a great group of students and adults my Sharing Jesus book. Friday night at First Baptist Naples where my friend Hayes Wicker is pastor, along with missions/evangelism pastor and friend Kevin Taylor, and our own former young pro Shelly Jeffcoat who serves with young ladies, as I taught another room full of teens the book, and did the same for another room full of adults Saturday AM.

Thus, I was pretty tired yesterday. A good tired. I don’t do this kind of schedule much anymore, and when I do it’s after a nice season of rest and stillness. But it’s been a great weekend.

Here’s what I see again and again: young people hungry to impact their friends for Christ. Senior adults still learning and growing, wanting to share Jesus. And folks all ages in between hungry to live for Jesus.

In addition, I met with some young pastors, interns, and missionaries at meals to talk about the things of God. I see a lot of folks in vocational ministry who aren’t happy where they are, who want to make New Testament disciples, the gospel-sharing, people-loving, truth-devouring, hungry followers of Jesus.

Be encouraged. There are plenty in our churches who want more than “show up at church, do the minimum, and go live your life.” Feed them. Challenge them. And get them out telling others about Jesus. He’s bigger than the Grammies, bigger than the State of the Union, bigger than anything.