God plants the desire in every Christian heart to share the good news of salvation with others. Quite often, we just don’t know where to begin.
This can be especially true if we have been blessed with Mormon friends and neighbors — or have suffered the heartache of family members joining the LDS Church.
To properly share the message of the consequences of sin and the wonderful message of free grace takes an investment of time, prayer, and study. There are no shortcuts. Without preparation it can be unsettling when opportunities unexpectedly arise. As a result;
- Instead of proclaiming God’s Word, we remain silent.
- Instead of receiving joy of being God’s messenger, we feel convicted.
Truth in Love Ministry is encouraging Christians to be powerful messengers of God’s Word by using a specific approach. But how do I begin? The answer may be far less difficult than you think.
Based on experience, the adventure of being God’s messenger begins with three important steps.
STEP ONE: The power of prayer
Prayer is a means God provides to confess our sins and to remember the fact that he is ultimately in control. Prayer also helps us to remember that the power and the strength comes from God’s Word! Too often we tend to dwell on our selves when facing the prospect of being God’s messenger. When we admit our weaknesses, God will provide the strength!
Begin with prayer and express to God your willingness to be his messenger. Begin praying for the Mormon in your life and ask for an opportunity to share and the words to say. It’s amazing how the Lord provides! Trust in him “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Eph. 3:20)
STEP TWO: Love builds a bridge
Truth coincides with trust. To evaluate truth, a person will largely depend on the source. In today’s world, people are inundated with information that is largely biased and exploited. To sift through all the information requires a certain amount of skill and discernment. Perhaps now more than ever, a trusted source for truth is a valued commodity.
Before sharing God’s Word, invest time to build a bridge of trust to show that a Christian can be a source of truth. This can be done by consistently displaying sincere love and care for that soul God has placed in your life. Then you can gently take the Mormon by the hand and point to God’s Word as our sole source for truth.
Here are some normal, everyday things people can do to engage people around them. In doing so, we can “gospel intentional” while prayerfully watching and listening for opportunities to boldly and humbly share our faith.
In your neighborhood:
* Bring them a plate of cookies or baked goods.
* Get to know their birthdays and send a card and/or a small present.
* Find common interests and inquire about the well-being of their family.
* Offer to provide a meal for their family on a weekday evening.
* Spend time chatting when you see them outside – get to know them.
At your work place:
* Make it a daily practice to speak or write a note of encouragement.
* Offer to cover for them when they need time off for something.
* Be friendly, chat at the water cooler or in the break room.
It never ceases to surprise us how genuine acts of kindness by Christians have a profound effect on Mormons.
Great Resource: “Simple Ways to be Missional” produced by VergeNetwork.org.
STEP THREE: Sprinkle God’s Word.
Even after time has been invested in building a relationship of trust, we still sometimes struggle in taking that next step to verbally share our faith. You can start by sprinkling God’s Word into your everyday conversations.
When going door-to-door in Provo and Salt Lake City, we often had only a few minutes to share the gospel. We learned the importance of being succinct while at the same time piquing the curiosity of a Mormon. Declaring that we are already perfect in Christ was one way of doing that.
With a little forethought, you can be gospel intentional in a everyday conversation. Share something that is sincerely meaningful to you.
For example, you could say, “Yesterday at church my pastor gave such a wonderful message that brought me such great comfort and peace. He talked about how I’m 100% forgiven in Jesus right now. It was exactly what I needed to hear.” Stop and wait for your Mormon friend to respond or ask a question. If not, that’s okay. The conversation will move on. Yet, a seed of God’s Word has been planted.
If a Mormon is already questioning their faith, your comment will have a lasting impact. Sometimes, when you least expect it, they will ask you a question. Then, you will be ready to explain what Christ has already done for us.
Planting the seeds of God’s Word does not have to be difficult. We are simply messengers who share what we already know to be true.
More Words of Encouragement: “Sharing God’s Word means trusting the power of the message not ourselves”
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This revised article first appeared in the Fall 2013 newsletter of Truth in Love Ministry. To receive a copy either send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe here.