In this sermon, Pastor Neil talks about the importance of bringing reconciliation to the world by sharing Jesus with others. Here are some excerpts:
Bill Fay, the author of a book entitled Share Jesus Without Fear, suggests five “Share Jesus Questions” you can ask in conversation with just about anyone. The five questions are:
(William Fay, Share Jesus Without Fear, 33-36)
If the person you’re talking with says “yes” to the last question, you have permission to begin telling him or her the good news of who Jesus is, what He has done for us, and how we – including the person you’re talking with, regardless of their past or present – can be reconciled to God, have their sins forgiven, have peace with God and peace in their heart, and receive the gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.
Bill Fay doesn’t use these questions to get into an argument. When he asks about a person’s spiritual beliefs or what they believe about Jesus, he doesn’t tell them they are wrong ordispute what they say. He simply says: “Hmmm,” as if to say: “That’s very interesting. Thanks for sharing that with me.” He doesn’t talk about his beliefs until he has established a connection with the person and received permission to share the message of the gospel. But when he does receive permission, he doesn’t waste the opportunity.
I encourage you to try to work these questions into at least one conversation with someone this week. You may be surprised at the doors God opens and the ways He can work through you. Just as He worked through ordinary men and women in the Old and New Testaments to get His message out. And to change lives.
Reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel message. In general terms, reconciliation is about the restoration of friendly relations or unity where there has been a disruption, a falling-out, a breakdown or estrangement in a relationship. We, and all of humankind, have been estranged from God because of our sin, our turning away from God, our rebellion against Him. Our sin and our natural-born sinfulness have poisoned our relationship with God. We need to be reconciled to God. We need to be restored to a right relationship with God.