Sharing Jesus (without freaking out) Promo Video

This week leading up to Easter marks one of the best opportunities to bring up Jesus in everyday conversations. If you want to grow more in your witness, my friends at B&H Academic and a great video crew put together some videos to encourage you. This one serves as the promo video for my new book, Sharing Jesus (without freaking out). If you plan to have an eight-week study of the book (or, in the case of my church, I’m teaching the whole book in four Wednesdays starting the Wed. after Easter), if you want to encourage people to read the book and grow in their witness personally, or if I’m coming to speak at an event for you, this video offers a great look into what the book is about.

We also recorded four videos of me responding to key questions about sharing Jesus. I will be posting those the rest of the week. Enjoy, share this if you don’t mind, and mostly share JESUS!

Un-complicating Evangelism (and a Special Deal for You)

 

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What if I told you the God who made you and loves you also redeemed you to share the good news with others just as you are? What if I told you that to share Jesus you don’t have to become who you aren’t, but learn to be who God made you to be? We’ve overcomplicated evangelism. That’s why I wrote the book Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out: Evangelism the Way You Were Born to Do It. 

I want to walk with you, not run ahead of you, going on a journey to growth in your witness. You don’t get in shape in a day, and it takes time to grow as a witness. Stop beating yourself up! Instead, come with me to start a trajectory that will lead you to a place you will spend the rest of your life thanking God you went down that path.

I want to help you have normal conversations where Jesus becomes a part. I want to show you the wonder and the glory of the gospel story, and offer practical ways to learn to talk about Jesus out of your personality, your gifts, and your opportunities. Don’t be someone you aren’t, just learn to be more like Jesus.

Good news: if you also want to help others share Jesus as well, Lifeway has an amazing offer: you can order 20 or more copies of the book (normally 16.99) for only 5 bucks each! Heck, I can’t get them for a better deal than that!  Here is the link to order the book.

What if God began to stretch you and give you confidence in your service to Him? Let’s find out, together.

 

Being Like Jesus in Our Witness: 5 Ways Jesus Interacted with Others

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Yesterday I met a couple of young adults from church for lunch. They wanted to see me interact with our server. They both share their faith, but like most are nervous about it. We had a delightful time  talking with our server, praying for her, asking her about her faith, and leaving her information about our young pros ministry and a Story booklet. They had such a good time they already plan to come back to visit with their new friend next week.

I’m nothing special as a witness, but I know it helps to watch others as we learn. If we want to learn to be like Jesus, it makes sense to learn from Jesus. If we want to tell others the good news about Jesus, we might want to see how He talked with people. For instance, we read about 40 examples in the Gospels of how Jesus interacted with others. Each is unique. What can we learn from a 30,000 feet look at these?

  1. Every encounter was unique. Jesus offered an unchanging message, but He delivered it uniquely to each person and situation. There was no one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach to reaching people. Do we seek to deliver a presentation to others or to adapt the unchanging gospel to communicate with the person in front of us? Yes, this takes more time to learn than just offering a rote presentation, but in the long run it will help the witness to grow and to be more effective in communicating Christ.
  2. In the vast majority of encounters Jesus  didn’t “preach” at the person; He engaged in a conversation. He did not merely present the truth to others, He asked questions, and answered theirs. Think of the woman at the well, the rich young ruler, and so many others. The aveFXZ1WPCUMHrage person has 27 conversations a day: what if you simply inserted Jesus into your conversations more?
  3. Jesus was approachable. He allowed people to come to Him with questions. In the Gospel of Matthew the majority of conversations Jesus had with others began with the person approaching Him. Are we approachable like that? Do our coworkers, neighbors, or others feel comfortable speaking to us about spiritual things?
  4. Jesus sought people. He sought to speak with Zacchaeus. He sought His disciples. Who are you seeking to speak with about Jesus?
  5. Jesus seized opportunities. When He encountered the woman at the well, He seized the chance to tell her about Himself. When the disciples, Pharisees, or others questioned Him, He took such questions as an opportunity to reveal truth to them. What if we started looking daily at every conversation as a ministry opportunity and seized them for the gospel?

If you want to learn more about sharing Jesus with others, check out my new book Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out. You can see it here.