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The One Thing We Might Overlook in Someone Becoming a Christian

What does it take for a person to become a Christian? Certainly a recognition of one’s need for grace and forgiveness, and an understanding and acceptance of what Jesus accomplished. But we might overlook another ingredient that’s often necessary:

You’re Being Watched (and That’s a Good Thing)

Do you realize that you’re being watched? At work. At school. In your neighborhood. At social events with your friends. At the grocery store and in the PTA meeting. At your kids’ sporting events. Maybe even at home.

No, I’m not talking about some Big Brother conspiracy. I’m simply pointing out the fact that people outside the Christian faith often have a front row seat to your life. And whether you realize it or not, what they see contributes to their view of what it means to believe in and follow Christ.

Now, if you’re like me, this is a bit unnerving. I’m not always the best representative of the Christian faith in my words and actions. On the other hand, it’s also a tremendous opportunity. Why? Because people often need to see that faith in Christ “works” in real life before they will consider embracing it for themselves. Seeing people they know living out their faith with integrity and winsomeness can provide motivation and vision for them to do the same.

And this leads me to three important points:

An Interesting Common Thread…and What It Means for You

What do the following things have in common? And what do they have to do with your life?:

  • A near shipwreck.
  • The beauty of an English day in mid-winter.
  • The repetitive chant of a child from a neighboring house.
  • A skin disease.
  • A “hard boiled atheist’s” evaluation of the gospels.
  • A modern piano composition.
  • Facing charges for tax fraud.
  • A mother reading her children bedtime stories.

Rio: Watch & Pray

As you enjoy watching the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, pray for: Christian Olympic and Paralympic athletes from around the world to be propelled by grace to use the platform of sport wisely and boldly to bring honor to Christ and encourage faith in others both during The Games and afterwards. God to open

Actor’s Worst Job: Working for a Christian

Because his resume includes everything from Oscar nominated work (Foxcatcher, The Kids Are All Right) to a well-received turn as the Incredible Hulk in the blockbuster Avengers franchise, it’s likely that actor Mark Ruffalo won’t have to worry about having quality employment anytime soon. But like most people, he hasn’t always enjoyed his work.

But when he was asked in a recent promotional interview about the worst job he’s ever had, Ruffalo didn’t mention anything in the realm of acting. Instead, he referred to working in a guitar store with a “hardcore fundamentalist Christian” who was “really mean.” He went on to describe the man in question as “a little bit racist” and “incredibly condescending and arrogant.”

I recognize that we only have Ruffalo’s account of his experience to go on, but it nevertheless sparked a number of thoughts:

Sharing Your Faith Might Look Different Than You Think–Pt. 2

Last week, we explored the fact that the way in which people come to faith should be thought of less as a singular event and more as a longer process. And as a result, effective outreach might include anything that helps someone move closer to believing the gospel.

Looking at the case of the apostle Paul, we found that his background as a Pharisee and his activities persecuting Christians were likely instrumental in him eventually believing in Christ. But what about other examples? What are some of the means that God uses to call people to himself (often through people like us)?

The following list is meant only to be suggestive, not exhaustive:

Sharing Your Faith Might Look Different Than You Think

Many Christians, even those with a longstanding belief in Christ, are unenthused or even intimidated by the thought of sharing their faith with others. And while there can be several reasons for this, I’m convinced that some of them have to do with expectations. More specifically, I think many of us have thoughts about what evangelism entails that fall short of the full breadth of biblical teaching.

And why is this important? Because when you understand the larger biblical picture, you just might find that you’re more capable of and excited about influencing others for Christ than you think.

There’s a lot to say here, but today I want to concentrate on our perception of how someone becomes a Christian.