What's the best news you've ever received? (Don't give me the bible answer). It might have been a bonus from work that was bigger than you expected, or a promotion, or that you were having a child. When you heard this news, what was your first instinct? My guess is, it was to celebrate. I doubt that you kept it to yourself. No, there's something in us that wants to share good news, we want to celebrate with others. Weddings are a group celebration of a couples love, birthday parties are a group celebration of a persons life, and on it goes. Good news is designed to be shared and celebrated.
If we are honest, this makes the fact that most of us struggle to share about Jesus all the more baffling. If He really is Lord and Savior of all and is making all things new, then there is no "good-er" news to share. Yet many of us hesitate or downright refuse to share. In Romans 1:16-17, the Apostle Paul says,
"For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life."
Paul was so compelled by the Love and Power of God displayed in Christ, that he could not help but share the Good News. But what is the Good News?
Take a few minutes and watch this video from the Bible Project on The Good News.
After you read, and listen to the preview podcast, here are some questions to think about and discuss this week in your DNA group.
1. What has been your experience thus far in sharing your faith?
2. What keeps you from sharing your faith? (Legitimate and illegitimate reasons)
3. Who are the people in your life who don’t believe?
4. How can the church family, support, help, partner with you as you seek to share with them?
Other suggested resources about Sharing Boldly
Book: Saturate - Jeff Vanderstelt
Book: Gospel Fluency - Jeff Vanderstelt
Book: Explicit Gospel - Matt Chandler
Book: Living the Cross Centered Life - CJ Mahaney