4/14/10 Steve and Lori, mid 20's
Jim (a fellow believer from church) and I decided to go to a local delicatessen to witness instead of our usual Wednesday Bible study. We prayed that we could meet and talk to someone who could somehow benefit from the conversation, whether they are already believers or not. We met Steve and Lori just as they were finishing up their dinner at a booth. Steve graciously agreed to answer my questions, although Lori was clearly guarded. Jim and I pulled up chairs to the booth, and quickly found out that Steve grew up Catholic and professes to be a believer in Jesus, because as a sinner his good works can't save him, and he knows he can be forgiven through faith in Christ. However, he rarely attends church or reads his Bible. It turns out he has some Christian friends who have been sharing their faith with him outside of church, so affirming and encouraging Steve's faith in Christ rather than his own goodness, Jim and I focused on trying to encourage Steve to make Bible reading, prayer and church fellowship a regular part of his life. "Just like you need to eat physical food every day, you need spiritual food to be spiritually healthy". Lori remained quiet and/or guarded during the whole conversation.