July 9, 2012 Janet and Mark both in their 40' or 50's
A relatively new believer from church named Rich and I went out to witness together. We met a lady named Janet while she was out on a smoke break, and a man named Mark while he was out riding bike. I initiated the conversations and asked some essential questions about their lives and beliefs that helped us get a handle on where they were spiritually. Both of them had beliefs and experiences very similar to Rich's before he became a Christian, so he shared his experiences in having a faith relationship with Jesus. It was really a team effort as I opened the conversations, learned about their beliefs and shared gospel truths, and Rich made these truths come to life for them by his testimony. It reminds me that anyone who has a living relationship with Jesus has something to share with non-believers, no matter how young their faith might be. How can the gospel be so simple a child can receive it and share it, yet so profound that theologians study it for their entire lives? Because the heart of the gospel is not an idea, a religion, a set of rules, or a system of theology. The heart of the gospel is a person - Jesus - risen from the dead, living and moving among His people by His Spirit. A child can have a relationship with Him, and this also means a child can share Jesus with others! The Samaritan "woman at the well" had a life-changing encounter with Jesus, and within hours "many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony" (John 4) Yet just as a child needs to grow and mature, a new believer needs to grow and mature in their ability to share the gospel with others. What better way is there to do that than to witness with someone who has more experience? An older believer needs to disciple those younger in the faith. How better to do that than to do ministry together? We were made for one another!