Sharing our faith should always be done in love, and always with the power of the Holy Spirit. We never want to force encounters or try to convert people in our own strength. We know and believe it is only God who can change hearts, so we allow him to do that.
For the first few years of my walk with Jesus, however, I so overemphasized this that I was reluctant to use or learn any sort of structure or tool. I thought that tools would create formulas and that’s not what I wanted. I did not entertain the idea that the Holy Spirit could prompt me when to use tools and structures and that I could submit these ideas to Him and follow his leading.
I can be a bit stubborn. God showed me the fallacy in my logic by taking me to Fiji. Yes, we have a gracious God. Remarkably, I even tried not to go. Langdon Stewart had invited me to do this evangelism training in Fiji, yet three or four times God ran me into him all throughout the Charleston area, and each time I told him no. The last time I ran into him, I finally decided I would actually pray about it, and a week and half later God changed my heart and I went.
This will be at the heart of these Thursday night classes. We will share stories about when God has broken in and changed people’s hearts, and we will discuss various methods of presenting the Gospel. We will also teach and practice sharing stories that remind and show us the greatness of our God, as we all strive to be equipped to “be prepared to give a reason for the hope that we have” in Christ.