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August  2017 Newsletter

An ongoing series of informational entries

Holding God's Word In Our Hearts

by Laurie Nichols

August 1, 2017

Likely you are very familiar with First Peter 3:15. It tells us to always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks us for a reason for the hope that is in us. But often I ask myself, Am I really prepared? What if God brings me clear opportunities to share Him with others?

Recently I had the opportunity to share the full gospel message. I am usually a seed planter, planting snippets of the gospel as I interact with different people. Sometimes I pray with them, sometimes I remind that God loves them and is near to them, sometimes I share my own testimony of why I believe God is true and wonderful. But rarely do I get to share from start to finish.

So when I knew I would likely be able to do this, I was really excited about the possibilities. Our hour and a half conversation covered a lot, and I mean a lot, of ground. We talked about brokenness of this person’s past, the hurts of the church, and her belief that Jesus did die, but not necessarily for her.

Admittedly, there were a number of times in our conversation when I felt totally unprepared to respond to what she had just said. In retrospect, I wish I had memorized more scripture. Heck, I wish I had brought my Bible! I floundered in spots, but it all came out in a way that, I believe, honored her as well as clearly communicated the good news of our Jesus.

At the end of it all, I prayed for her. A lot. And she was grateful.

But as I look back, I realize I could’ve been more prepared. How are you preparing yourself for gospel conversations? In addition to praying for more gospel conversations, this week, let’s immerse ourselves in God’s word! Let’s bathe ourselves in His good commands and promises and in the work He has done and is continuing to do in the world. Let’s write scripture memorization cards or journal about what we just read.

Whatever we need to do to remember God’s word, let’s do it. As I discovered recently, you never know for what time you will need to pull it up so that YOU can be part of seeing someone come to saving faith.