June 24, 2020
Give thanks for whoever introduced you to Jesus, and pray for confidence in sharing your faith in Jesus in your own words.
By Frank G. Honeycutt, Living Lutheran, June 24, 2020
Martin Luther said the church should be a “mouth house,” full of the good news of Jesus Christ. Here are two suggestions in this regard:
- Please don’t trust only your pastor to talk about Jesus.
It’s possible that pastors might get the message wrong. Talk back to clergy; sass us regularly (in a loving way, of course) about Jesus. I’ve been known to say some borderline outrageous things from the pulpit. In my former congregation, there was a Sunday school class that met for a while where participants re-read and tested past sermons I had preached. If people got too far out of line, I simply excommunicated them (kidding!).
Visitors don’t come to a congregation for the first time with a burning desire to attend an evening committee meeting. Newcomers are centrally looking for meaning and purpose that can be found in Jesus. Churches need many folks who are comfortable speaking about Jesus with others.
- Remember that the idea behind Jesus’ question [Who do people say that I am?] is conversation, not conversion.
One reason we may be quiet when it comes to talking about Jesus is that we don’t want to get mistaken for “those” kinds of Christians—relative strangers who pin you down about eternal questions concerning your final resting place. So we wind up saying nothing for fear of guilt by association.
I recall somebody, holding a sign on a city street corner, asking me the age-old question: “Are you saved?” Somehow I had the wherewithal to pause and answer: “Is it enough that I’m being saved? That it’s taking a while for Jesus to get through to me?”
Consider this: Just talk about Jesus with somebody you know pretty well. Your best friend. Your spouse. Your jogging partner. A classmate whom you trust. Call your grandmother.
This isn’t an invitation to knock on the door of a stranger or try and convert somebody in Walmart. (That’s not your job anyway; the Spirit works on this.)
Simply talk with one other person about Jesus and what you really believe about the man. And then talk to another person. This is more for your benefit than theirs, at least at first.
If Jesus is important to us, we should be able to say why that’s true. He should be on our lips more than the name of any current or future president.
Worship Reopens at Dearing Chapel:
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Wear your mask
Maintain social distancing
Dance at your seat but no singing