What is the scariest verse in the Bible for Christians? How about James 4:17 (NIV) “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” How about the WHOLE letter of James!”
Here’s one from Matthew that might make your list: Matt. 5:48 (NIV) “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” … PERFECT? “… Ahhh, ok, …”
How about this one from John, the “Apostle of Love” 1 John 3:6 (NIV) “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.” YIPES! Before he was the “Apostle of Love,” John was one of the “Sons of Thunder!”
OK, how about the Great Commandments? Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV) “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Love my neighbor as myself? I take pretty good care of Dave!
No. friends, we can put all of the “scary” verses under the blood of Jesus and rest in His grace as He completes His perfect work in us! We are in relationship with Him, and He is transforming us into His image day by day!
The verse I have in mind is one of the most often misquoted verses in the Bible, yet it’s actually the foundation passage for Win and Grow Ministries. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) (When was the last time you actually shared the Gospel with words? Scary, I know!) This is a misquote because it’s only 1/3 of the verse and it’s not even the most important part! The 1st sentence in the passage is “In your hearts revere Christ as Lord.”
The subtitle of our 50-day journey, THE RELUCTANT EVANGELIST is “Embrace Your Gifts and Fulfill God’s Purpose.” How is that possible if Jesus is not truly established as Lord in my life? How can I even hope to be able to share the Gospel, let alone actually win and grow a disciple if Jesus is not my all in all? God’s purpose cannot be fulfilled THROUGH my life, (or your life) THROUGH anyone’s life unless His purpose is being fulfilled IN my life, (IN your life)! Christ must ALWAYS be established in my heart as Lord, or I will never be ready to ALWAYS give an answer.
The last sentence in this passage gives us a very practical and reassuring “how to.” It says, “But do this with gentleness and respect.” Not words you might expect from brash, impetuous Peter, right? But Peter had learned some things by the time He wrote his letters. He was martyred not long afterwards. We’re all hesitant to share the Gospel for a variety of reasons: We’re afraid of offending people and chasing them away instead of leading them to Jesus. Or, we fear rejection. Perhaps we’re afraid we don’t know how to answer the questions people have. In your 50-day journey, all of these concerns, and more, will be addressed. The ministry of Win and Grow is not about being obnoxious with people or knocking on strangers’ doors. It’s about being prepared to share the Gospel with confidence and peace when God opens the door to do so – often through your service, your demonstration of the Gospel. THE RELUCTANT EVANGELIST: Embrace Your Gifts and Fulfill God’s Purpose will help you to have some words to share too when the time is right. You CAN win and grow a disciple!
The first 3 weeks of my devotional is dedicated to “Feeding the Spring” of Living Water. This is the section that will help deepen your relationship with God, understand how He made you, and help you to deeply consider your own Jesus story.
The next 4 weeks are dedicated to the “how to” share “with gentleness and respect.” It’s titled “Letting the Living Waters Flow,” and concludes with tips on how to disciple a new believer. Check out the Table of Contents in my Preview.
Here’s a brief summary of “How To”s to get you started.
- Be natural. Be relational. Be real. Abide in Jesus. Be oBEdient.
- Be ready to tell your own story in just a few minutes.
- Know the “4 Spiritual Laws”: LOVE; SEPARATION; REMEDY; RESPONSE.
- Remember that loving service opens doors to share the Gospel with words.
- Love…Pray…Love…Pray…. Remember that the Holy Spirit is always drawing people to Jesus.
- Know, pray for, and look for “God moments” within your Circles of Influence.
- Work with and within community.
- Be Prepared: “Make It Happen” so you’re ready for “Let It Happen” moments.
- Be ready to disciple a new believer.
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