1 Corinthians 11:1 (GW) Imitate me as I imitate Christ.
2 Timothy 3:10, 15; 4:2 (NLT2) But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance… You have been taught the holy Scriptures…and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus… Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not…
John 4:5, 7 (NIV) So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph… When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
John 4:27-32, 34, 39-42 (NIV) 27Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman… 28Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29"Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" 30They came out of the town and made their way toward him. 31Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something." 32But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." 34"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work… 39Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, "He told me everything I ever did." 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41And because of his words many more became believers. 42They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world." tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
Philippians 2:5-7 (NLT2) You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God,… he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
John 4:13-14 (NLT2) Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
John 3:1-3 (NLT2) There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
Matthew 23:1-5 (TLB) Then Jesus said to the crowds, and to his disciples, "You would think these Jewish leaders and these Pharisees were Moses, the way they keep making up so many laws! And of course you should obey them! It may be all right to do what they say, but above anything else, don’t follow their example. For they don’t do what they tell you to do. They load you with impossible demands that they themselves don’t even try to keep. "Everything they do is done for show.”
John 3:27 (NLT2) John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.”
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Have you encountered someone who has a strong opinion that Christians should just keep their beliefs to themselves? Have you been that person? Share together as a group some of the obstacles you’ve experienced and work together to be ready to explain the truth and love that causes you to want others to hear about Jesus.
Think about friendship in the way Shane described it. Spend some time in prayer asking God where you can better share to grow as a better friend.
Points #2 and #3 can be especially challenging. We’ve got to step back from where we are in our spiritual journey and step alongside others as they walk their own journey. Ask for the humility of Christ to guide you in loving others as he does. Ask for the wisdom to be able to connect in ways that matter to them. Look for opportunities to serve them and bring them before God in prayer consistently.
As you practice what you preach, ask the Holy Spirit to take the reins and guide you. Ask for his help to correct you when you get out of step and to nudge you when you need to speak up or reach out. Jesus promised us this friend, this comforter, this person of the Holy Spirit who would help us when we don’t even know how to pray – reach out to him!
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