This is it, the end of the Share Your Faith challenge series! Time for a little self-evaluation. How did you do? Before you can answer that, you need to know what “success” looks like. Is it based on whether you introduced someone to Jesus? Shared Jesus out loud? Saw a friend move closer to Christ? Started a revival in your hometown?
You might be surprised to find out what counts as successful evangelism.
Read 2 Timothy 4:6-8; Acts 17:16-17 & Acts 17:32-34.
Paul experienced three different reactions to the gospel message in the city of Athens. Have you experienced similar reactions as you engaged people in spiritual conversations over the past weeks?
Not everyone Paul shared with came to Christ. But at the end of his life, he was one hundred percent confident that he had finished well and stayed faithful. How do you think Paul defined success as an evangelist?
Picture yourself at the end of your life, saying with peace, joy, and confidence, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” What has your life been like?
You’ve reached the final stage of this challenge series. Congratulations! But, as you probably expected, that doesn’t mean you’re finished. Your journey is just getting started.
What comes next?
That depends on the people you’ve been reaching out to over the past weeks. You now have all the tools to help them keep moving closer to Jesus. Think about where each of them is at today, and decide what your next step should be:
- You may not have very many non-Christian friends. If that’s the case, focus on connecting with the people in your world and building trust, so they can cross the ‘Know and Trust a Christian’ threshold.
- Your friend might be completely uninterested in God, Jesus, or spirituality. How do you help your friend become curious? Remember that you need to hang in there. Try to reflect Christ. And keep being intentional about asking questions about the things that matter most – intimacy, destiny, and meaning.
- Your friend might know ‘about’ Jesus, but not feel a need for Him. To help your friend open up to change, you need to pray. Pray a lot, because the Holy Spirit is the only one who can do this. Live authentically in front of your friend, using every opportunity to share how your relationship with Jesus makes a difference.
- Your friend might be starting to actively seek God. This part is fun! Spend time with your friend. Answer questions. Explain the gospel clearly. Read the scriptures together. Try praying in front of your friend. Invite him or her to your church or small group. Offer to take the Alpha Course together if there’s one in your area.
- Your friend might be ready to enter the Kingdom. The best way to find out if your friend wants to make a commitment is to ask. If he or she says yes? Most seekers won’t know how to go about taking that step, so explain that it happens by a simple prayer of commitment. Celebrate together! Then be sure to walk with your friend through those first weeks as a disciple. Here's how.
- If your friend says ‘no,’ gently ask what's holding them back. You might be able to clear up some issues and questions. Keep praying. Be patient. Sometimes redemption takes time.
Congratulations! You’ve come so far. Don’t forget to tell us your stories. We’re excited to hear about your experiences!