Passive or Active

by on August 27, 2018

How do you share the Gospel?

Passive & Unintentionally or Active & Intentionally?

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This isn’t about running or being fit.

What would it look like to Passively share the Gospel? Probably what most churches do today; service projects, giving time or money, encouraging people to volunteer in the community. All this with the hope that someone will ask about Jesus and a church member, at best, gets to lead someone to Christ. This passive sharing might include praying for people or even visiting non-church members in the hospital or helping them when they’re in need.

What would Unintentional sharing the Gospel look like? Probably what most churches do today, and then be surprised when someone comes to Christ. Then, feeling justified when the person talks about church or a church member being different, so they started coming to church and got saved at church.

What would someone who is passive and unintentional do about sharing the Gospel? Be nice. Give things away. Help others. Go to church. Give money away whether in the offering plate at church or to non-profits or both. Maybe attend a Bible study or a Sunday school class.

What would active sharing the Gospel look like? Talking with people about Jesus. Giving away tracts (little pieces of paper that tell the Gospel). Maybe even open air preaching (scary thought). Praying for specific people to receive Christ, and then trying to talk with them about Jesus and not waiting for them to bring Him up in conversation. It would also include the things passive Gospel sharers do too (if you could call passively sharing the Gospel, sharing the Gospel at all).

What would intentional sharing the Gospel look like? Praying for specific people to be saved. Praying for opportunities to talk with them about Jesus. Actually going to talk with them about Jesus. Planning to go to a specific place to share the Gospel with people who are there. Maybe even having set times to go back to a certain place to share the Gospel on a regular basis, and actually talking with people about sin and Jesus’ death and resurrection and the proper response of each person to Him.

So, are you passive and unintentional or active and intentional? If you find that you’re passive and unintentional, ask God to change your heart and pray for B.O.B. (Burden for the lost, Opportunities to share the Gospel, and Boldness to speak and share the Gospel).

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