Church-Wide Reading: Week 3
Chapter 4: Transition to the Gospel
In this chapter, Scoggins & Wright address the situation that many believers find themselves in when seeking to have meaningful conversations with non-believers. How do we transition from an everyday conversation into a gospel conversation? The writers outline 5 simple tools that equip believers to know when and how to seek gospel opportunities with the lost around them.
Main Tools for Transitioning our Conversations:
1. Pray - We must pray for the Lord to provide us with opportunities to share the gospel and trust that God will use that opportunity for his glory. (p. 62-63)
2. Listen - Throughout his ministry, we see Jesus listen to those in need and respond to their needs with the gospel. Because we have the Holy Spirit, we also have the power to discern how to share the gospel with the people he places in our lives. (p. 63-65)
3. Wait for It - Jesus took time to connect with people and build trust. We have the opportunity to imitate Jesus and interact with non-believers in the same way. People are willing to open up and be vulnerable with people they can trust. When we hear of brokenness in our friends' lives we can share with them the hope that is only found in Christ Jesus. (p. 65-67)
4. Develop & Practice a Transition Statement - Think about what is the most comfortable way to transition a conversation into gospel conversation. And practice your transition. It doesn't have to be the same transition every time, but it's important that you're comfortable in your transition to make the other person feel comfortable as well. (p. 67-68)
5. Get Unstuck - We must remember that responsibility of proclaiming the gospel does not belong to one person or one group of people. It belongs to all believers and we must make it a priority to train and equip other believers to share the good news of the gospel with those God has placed in their life. (p. 68-71)
Chapter 5: 3 Circles Gospeling Tool
There are many tools available today that assist Christians in sharing the gospel with non-believers. The 3 Circles Method is found to be simple and reproducible as well as a jumpstart for generational discipleship. The purpose of this method is to identify the brokenness that everyone has experienced in their life and show them that only answer to restoring that brokenness is the hope of the gospel.
Simply put, this method explains God's design for the world and how sin has corrupted that design which leads to the brokenness we've all felt and experienced in our own lives. We have two options to try and repair that brokenness. We can seek to fix it ourselves or repent and believe in Christ and receive the good news of the gospel. When we choose to put our faith and hope in Christ we receive the Holy Spirit to help us recover God's design for this world and pursue Christlikeness in our own lives.
The 3 Circles tool is helpful because it allows for a real connection between two people. When someone confesses their brokenness to us we can connect with them in that moment because we've all felt brokenness. But the conversation doesn't end there. We have an answer to their brokenness which is the gospel. And we give them the opportunity to turn away from their sin and rest in the hope of Christ.
1. Who has the Lord placed in your life that you can begin praying for gospel opportunities with?
2. What is your transition statement? How can you comfortably shift an everyday conversation into a gospel conversation?
3. What is the brokenness in your life that the gospel has healed you from? Can you comfortably and confidently share your testimony with others?
4. Practice articulating the gospel. Practice with other believers in your family, your friends, and your Life Group. Encourage them to also practice proclaiming the gospel.
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