The idea of sharing your faith in Jesus might sound terrifying. It might be as awkward as a middle school dance where the girls are on one side, and the boys are on the other. No one wants to make the move to get close to those who are separated. At times, we have the same fear in closing the gap between this lost world and us. Recognizing that there is a problem and leaning into God for help to ease these fears is critical to making a difference. It may seem daunting to you, but it doesn't have to. It starts with just a walk across the room, street, or office, and making a friend. This study is all about how to build intentional relationships with those who are lost.
What were your middle school dances like? What was your favorite song that they played during that time?
1. Have each group member take a look at their final list of five people that they have committed to pray for and to reach out to. What can you do to build an intentional relationship with one or a few of them?
2. Even beyond your list, what are some intentional places that you can put yourself to be a light in this world?
3. How does it make you feel that 90 percent of people in the church have never shared their faith in Jesus? What makes this statistic so high?
4. What are some ways that we can cultivate curiosity in a relationship to have a conversation about Jesus?
5. Why is it so important that we are patient in this process instead of trying to rush things?
6. Read 1 Peter 3:15-16. Why is our response to be done with gentleness and respect? What is the danger of missing this in a conversation?
1 Peter 3:15-16
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
7. What is one way that you can put these principles into action this week?
Come up with a way that you as a group can be light together. Put yourself in a place where you can make a difference. Go to a restaurant together and pray for your server. Do a service project in our community. Make a difference as a group to cultivate curiosity. Put your best minds together and come up with a way that you can share the light of just as a group.
CHALLENGE: Join a club, gym, class, activity, sign your kids up for a sport or make the most of your job to build intentional relationships.
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In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.