UNSTOPPABLE MESSAGE

The Acts of the Apostles

Act 3 – Scene 2

The lame man (Acts 3) had been healed by Jesus. There was great rejoicing as the man clings to Peter and John, a natural response from a man who had been lame from birth, and people are astounded at what has happened.

Peter saw this and began to preach to the crowd, in a way that the crowd understood. What you notice about all the New Testament preachers is that they pitch it at their audience. Peter is talking to a crowd who were present at the crucifixion of Jesus and had played their part (verse 14). He explains the good news to them in way that they would have understood.

Peter doesn’t pull any punches or try and soften the blow about the condition of the hearts of his audience but he does give them a message of hope. Hope that is only found in Jesus.

Christians are commissioned to be people who spread the good news of Jesus. However, we often talk in terms that people don’t understand and then don’t explain them! We need to talk in language that people understand or we’ll lose them from the conversation. We need to talk about sin but we have to explain it, as people don’t get the concept of sin. Maybe we need to talk in terms of selfishness, start there and then explain its destructive consequences (there is other jargon that we can fall into and it is a big put off for communicating the good news) the gospel’s focus is on the new life in Christ and eternal life at that, if we focus more on sin then we miss the point. Sin is serious, and has been catastrophic for the world, but Jesus is the great redeemer and restorer. What a beautiful message to bring to a broken world!

This message is still powerful and Jesus still mighty to save, a broken world, a broken humanity. Think about the language you use when talking about the good news; does it help or hinder conversations? How have people responded? How do you talk about the good news when a whole generation don’t know about Jesus? What Christian jargon is unhelpful and how can it be reworded and explained to a non-Christian?

If you have any helpful suggestions, then please feel free to comment or share stories of how you have either had successful (people still talk to you and are still asking you questions) conversations with non-Christians or when you have had un-successful ones.

Please help this conversation along and tell us what you have learned.

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One response to “UNSTOPPABLE MESSAGE”

  1. Johnny Jaczynski says :

    Any talk of turning to God for guidance and letting Jesus enter our hearts and use His life as an example for our lives is a big step and a heavy topic for most people. It’s necessary for them to somehow hear and consider this. I tend to drop hints and throw these things in at the end of a conversation about an issue someone is facing, ending with “…and while you try doing those things, say a prayer to the one who made you, for Him to help you”. Sometimes people respond with “Yeah, It can’t hurt” and sometimes they call me a fanatic. I might be laughed at right in front of me or behind my back but it’s a chance I’m willing to take, and you never know, maybe you touched their heart and they will secretly turn to God for help and guidance after all. That’s how a councilor at Circle Square Ranch got me to turn to Jesus and invite Him into my heart and guide my life. He is my biggest hero and I share this with others often. i have come so far and done so well with His help and I share my excitement about this with others often- sometimes with friends, sometimes with strangers. I think the trick is to be kind and smile kindly like Mother Theresa said and let others come to you on their own with a problem. Then LISTEN and share your opinions. Once you have their trust and attention you can tell them how Jesus fixed a problem similar to the one they are facing and that there are no limits to what He and the Father can do to help us out in times of great need. I mention that there are also lots of great stories, situations, ideas and advice in the Bible, written through the one who made us. Once a week, just close your eyes and open the Bible randomly and see what God really wants to say to you. This is what works for me when communicating with others.

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