Church of the Brethren 

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February 2020  

"If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.  And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

- 1 John 5: 9-13 (NKJV) 

I was recently asked by a man to help lead his friend to Jesus for salvation, I've never met the third party.  This man did not want me to lead his friend to Christ, he wanted to.  What he wanted from me, was to give him some scriptures and guidance to help him do so.  What a loving gesture on his part.  How would you have responded to him if he had approached you rather than me? 

 This week's scripture passage is especially helpful in that endeavor because verse 10 tells us as believers: "He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself"; therefore any believer can lead somebody else to the point of believing in Jesus for salvation, it's already within you.  So, what's the problem?  In my friend's case, it wasn't a matter of 'want-to', it was a matter of 'how-to' and we can help with that.

Start with God's Word - tell them God's story contained in  scripture.  It is a story of love, repentance, redemption and grace.  John 3: 16, Romans 3: 23, 6: 23, 5:8 and 10:9 will help you tell God's story. 

Now, tell them your story.  If you're a believer, you already have the witness within you so tell them your story and how your story (horizontal)... intersects with God's Story (vertical)... at the Cross of Jesus Christ.  My friend, it's your story and only you can tell it best, so be willing to tell it anytime you have the chance! 

Pastor Paul