I am constantly amazed at how God shapes His followers and leads them into their potential. When I started at the Philo Trust. I had been invited by J.John to re invent the way I communicated. The hope was that I could learn and develop how to use my past skills as an illusionist to communicate the faith of Jesus Christ. The mandate, be as creative as possible, try to communicate the powerful messages of Jesus in a deeply connecting and memorable way.
For the first six months I was given feedback at many events and unless each effect I used communicated the point I was making, if it could not be made better, it had to go. This helped me change my perspective and approach to communicating. Keep it simple but not simplistic.
So I was constantly shaping and adapting.
I was told to dream dreams about what could be possible as a communicator.
I was then asked to teach and develop J.Johns current six-week course on personal evangelism, called Breaking News.
I wonder if you were pressed to answer any of these four questions and not use jargon, could you do so without stuttering and looking unprepared?
- What is a Christian?
- What is the Gospel?
- What is your story?
- Why are you a Christian?
The point being that it became apparent that in many of the churches I was being asked to teach. Many Christians were struggling to even articulate the basics of their faith in a positive, non-jargon and contemporary way.
St Peter gives us some guidance on how we can share our faith.
1 Peter 3:15
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
In communication, Peter urges us to always be prepared and to speak with gentleness and respect.
If you are honest have you ever thought that you should rehearse your testimony? Because this is what Peter is suggesting. That means we need to be intentional in crafting and communicating what we will say and how we will say it, this requires preparation.
I think that in gentleness Peter is probably asking us to be aware of people’s boundaries and making sure that we pick the right moment to speak as led by the Holy Spirit rather than spiritually hijacking someone.
Also if you explore the respect aspect you could say that we can so often go down the road of using words that mean a whole lot to churchgoers but nothing to the un-churched. In fact our words if not explained can often leave people confused and uncertain about what we have articulated to them.
My point is that we all are being encouraged by God to share the message of hope that is Jesus’ message to the world. But not many of us understand or feel competent in how we can be really effective in our own personal evangelism.
Do we know our niche in evangelism? Do we know how to interpret the moment and have a skill set that enables us to use different methods and interactions in our personal evangelism at any one time?
If the answer is no then breaking news is the course for you. The focus is on your individual learning alongside others, where you get the skills you need in how to use your own God given gifts in evangelism in your own personal and individual way.
No one else can be where you are all the time. Each one of us meets people uniquely that God brings our way. We might be the only person they will ever have a chance to talk to about faith and Jesus. Breaking News helps those who attend to learn how to speak and share faith in Jesus in a way that is non cringy and will help you connect with the individual on a deeper and more powerful way.
I want to encourage you to consider running this course at your church and I know that you will see positive changes and new confidence grow in those who attend.