A draft blog post – proof of concept

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This blog post is a test of a concept for our upcoming discipleship guides. We are seeking to make the discipleship guides work in different ways for different people, and we thought this would be a good way to do it. The blog post is designed to get feedback on the layout / style, etc., not on the content.

The example we’ve chosen to demonstrate the concept is on sharing the gospel:

Speaking out – Sharing the gospel with outsiders

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace… so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:5-6)

If the message of the gospel is true, it is something that needs to be shared with the whole world. Everyone needs to hear the call to repent, trust and serve the risen Jesus Christ and so enjoy a relationship with God forever, free from sin and condemnation. The Bible expects that we will all play a part in this great task.

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One way to do this is to pray for and support our gospel partners. But we can and should also be praying for and using opportunities to speak about Jesus with those we meet: friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, etc.
It can start with just letting people know that you are a Christian, perhaps by mentioning church in the list of things you did on the weekend. You may also be able to provide a Christian perspective in conversations on various topics, and your preachers attempt to model this in their sermons.
Sometimes there will be opportunities for you to share your own story of how you came to be a Christian. It is a good idea to think about this beforehand; for example, you might like to write out a one-page summary of what being a Christian means to you, so that when somebody asks you you’ve thought about it beforehand. It is also a good idea to be familiar with a basic outline of the gospel, so you can share it with others when you have the opportunity. You could download the excellent free app called “Two Ways to Live”, become familiar with it, and use it as the basis for a conversation.

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