Practicing sharing about Jesus may seem uncomfortable at first. That’s ok! However, everyone is learning and growing in the safety of the group. It is going to bring confidence. Also, the Holy Spirit is with us even when we practice.
Sharing your story
Practice sharing a one-minute story of how you found Jesus.
- How he found you
- How you gave him your allegiance/pledge to be his disciple
- How he changed you and is changing you
- Finish with the question, “Thank you for letting me share that. What do you think about what I shared?
Sharing a story of Jesus
Think about a friend who needs Jesus and something they are struggling with. Ask your practice partner to think and act similar. They don’t need to be a professional actor.
- Start by saying something like, “John/Sue I know that your heart has been hurting.”
- The Holy Spirit often brings a gospel story to mind. You can say, “Right now a story of when Jesus was on earth came to my mind.” Share the story in your own words.
- Finish with the question, “Thank you for letting me share that. How does that story speak to you?
Sharing by praying
- Often in conversations with friends, family, or strangers, a life-draining occurrence is shared. Turn to someone in your group and have them share what was life-draining this week.
- After they share, reflect back what you heard. For example, “I can see the news of your son’s injury was worrisome for you as a loving parent.”
- Continue with something like, “I want to pray with you. I believe that God wants to come and meet this need in your heart and in his body.”
- Ask the Lord to do whatever is needed (i.e. healing, encouragement, wisdom, provision).
- At some point while they are sharing (or you are praying) the Holy Spirit might bring encouraging scriptures, pictures or words to mind. Please share this encouragement. You can say something like this, “While listening and praying something came into my heart…”