The Great Commission of all Christians is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. We do this through our witness. Sometimes our witness uses words, sometimes all our witness needs is our actions. Sharing the gospel sometimes feels daunting but it doesn't have to be! Use these prompts to explore ways of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in both word and deed.
Challenge: Write out your “I am a Christian because” story.
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 NIV
In our last series at Fusion, we had seven people from Fusion share their stories about why they are a Christian. Each person has a different story as to how they became a Christian and each person has a different reason for why they believe in Jesus Christ. Part of sharing our witness is being willing to give testimony to how God has been a part of our lives. Take some time to think about your story and answer the phrase, “I am a Christian because ."
Then next time someone asks you’ll have an answer ready!
Challenge: Go the whole day without complaining. Anytime you slip up, put money in a jar to donate to charity.
“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” Philippians 2:14-15 NIV
It is so easy to get swept up in all of the negative things! And, it’s not always a bad thing to need some space to vent. But when we keep our minds on God and we remember how much God has done for us and how much God loves us, we can keep some of our inconveniences in perspective. One way we can show our witness is by doing things without complaining or arguing. When we do this we are like bright lights in the world. So try to go a whole day without complaining. If you slip up, put some money in a jar to donate to charity. Instead of complaining reflect on the faith you have and how much God has given you!
Challenge: Write out one of your favorite Bible verses and share it with someone.
“You word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 NLT
God’s Word is living and active and while it was written a long time ago, it is still relevant in our lives today! Scripture can help encourage us, guide us, and help us learn more about our faith. Sharing some of the words that have meant so much to you with others is a way to help others learn more about what it means to be a follower of Christ.
A word of advice: Use scripture to help encourage and lift up and share about the good news of the gospel and the love of Christ. Don’t use scripture to condemn or rebuke. This rarely helps people to be open to the love God has for them.
Challenge: Say something encouraging to the cashier at the store or to the person helping you over the phone.
“Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 NLT
Many of our essential workers like cashiers, grocery clerks, wait staff and more have worked tirelessly to help make sure we all have what we need. Their job is often difficult and sometimes thankless. It can be easy to get frustrated when you’re not able to get the things you need, but today go over and above to be kind and encouraging to the person helping you at the store. Do more than say thank you, but give them some meaningful words of encouragement! And if your experience was a little rough, be sure to be patient and forgiving!
Challenge: Be generous with your words. Encourage and compliment others today.
“Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24 NLT
Did you know it takes at least 5 compliments to offset 1 negative comment? The world needs more encouragement and positive words. Help offset some of the negative things people might be encountering by being generous with your words, encouragements, and compliments today.
Challenge: Share a word of hope on social media.
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews 10:23-24 NLT
There are many things in today’s world that can make things feel hopeless, but even when it feels like there is no hope, we have hope in Jesus. Today, share a word of hope on social media. We all know our newsfeeds could use a little hope!
For Kids: Have your kids help pick out what to say on your social media post or record them sharing a word of hope and share it on your social media. Another option is to have them write a word of hope and mail it to someone or have them call someone and tell them their word of hope.
Challenge: Smile at 10 people today. Even if you are wearing a mask people can tell when you’re smiling!
“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.” Proverbs 15:30 NLT
Sometimes sharing our witness doesn’t need words, we can share our witness through our actions. The simple act of sharing a smile can often be all someone needs to help lift their spirits. Try to keep track of how many people you smile at today! Even if you are wearing a mask people can tell when you’re smiling!