6 Tips To Help You Start Gospel Conversations

Anyone who knows me knows I love to meet people.  As I have followed Christ over the years, I have realized that the purpose of each encounter I have with people, whether in a coffee shop, grocery store, or gas station, is, as a former mentor, Stanley Ship, told me, is to “put in a good word for Jesus.”  Here are six practical tips that help me share Jesus in everyday conversations:

  1. God is the main evangelist. God saves people; we do not. This powerful truth lifts a heavy undue burden off of us. God is pursuing people with His love. His Holy Spirit is the one who convicts and draws someone to put their faith in Jesus. So, just relax. We have the joy of joining God in what He’s doing.
  2. YOU have a major role!  These semantics are common in certain circles of pop theology  today but not in the Bible: “God does not need you.”  The truth is God invites us to join Him in the Great COmmission.  In fact, Paul clearly and passionately  exclaims in Romans: “How then can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news (Romans 10:14-15)!”
  3. The Holy Spirit in you empowers you. God, Himself, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. His will is for people to be saved. He speaks for us, and He reminds us of what Jesus says in conversations. Jesus encourages us in our Gospel conversations:  “For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you (Matthew 10:20).”
  4. Initiate conversation. I have never met anyone who does not like for someone to ask how they are. Although we live in a world of connectivity through digital social networks, people often feel disconnected, are more isolated in real life and do not often get asked how they are. This week, step out, even if it’s out of your comfort zone, and ask someone simply, “How are you?” Ask about their lives and their story.
  5. Mention Jesus. There are many outgoing people. I’m outgoing and could have ten to twenty conversations a day and never mention Jesus. But I would miss out on my God-given purpose when I do not have purposeful conversations centering on Christ. Like my late mentor, Stanley Shipp said “put a good word in for Jesus”. This might be saying something like, “God has given us a beautiful day.” Most of the time, if the person is interested in talking about God, they’ll hear my faith and continue to converse about God or ask questions.
  6. Share the Good News. The purpose of our lives is to spread the Gospel of Jesus. Share why you love Jesus and what Jesus did for you on the cross. In other words, share your story or what I’ve coined, “The Gospel in living color.” One of the many ways to share the Gospel is using the visual aid of the bridge illustration.

I know by experience that you will walk (or roll, in my case) away from the conversation with deeper faith in Jesus, knowing more about what you have in Him.  This is one of my personal  verses that inspires me to start Gospel Conversations:  “And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ” (Philemon 1:6, ESV).  

What motivates you to start Gospel conversations with people you just meet?  How may we be praying for the ones in your life who you are having Gospel conversations with? Comment below.  This month the twenties in our ministry are going to “put a good word in for Jesus” in at least one conversation each day this month.  Will you join us?
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3 Bases To Run And Grand Slam Your Calling

I know, I know, baseball is “America’s sport”. But, there’s gotta be a deeper reason why 40

Our son, Oliver watching a Frisco Roughriders game.  We look forward to see Ollie bow, bask and BLESS!

Our son, Oliver watching a Frisco Roughriders game. We look forward to see Ollie bow, bask and BLESS!

MILLION people tuned in to see humans hit a ball and run around three bases on a baseball field just to see them reach the ultimate goal of sliding into home. Deep down, I believe every person wants to live out what they are made to do, their calling. Thriving in our calling is such a joy! I love living God’s calling on my life of being a husband, dad, a pioneering leader of a growing and thriving young professional ministry and a writer to bless YOU. Here are three bases YOU can run and grand slam YOUR calling:

1. Bow.

On his way to work, Peter thought it would be just another workday fishing. He and his co-workers worked all night and morning and caught no fish! Then Jesus showed up. Jesus supernaturally blessed Peter’s work and Peter caught so many fish that his boat started to sink. “When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you (‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬).” Peter humbled himself and bowed before the only one with the power to ignite and purpose Peter’s calling. Like Peter, when we bow before the Lord, He propels our calling. Peter, himself, explains this well: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time (1 Peter 5:6).” Bow before Jesus. He will mobilize you into your calling at “the proper time”.

2. Bask.

A huge part of Jesus’ ministry of making disciples out of twelve ordinary guys was simply “being with” them. Luke 9:1 depicts this vividly: “He went on through towns and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him (Jesus).” Simply, Peter basking in God’s presence, being with Jesus, gave Peter all the accreditation Peter needed to thrive in His calling. In fact, people who saw Peter’s life even noticed this: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13).” At the end of Jesus’ historical life on earth after Peter basked for years in Jesus’ presence, God commissioned Peter in his personal calling that not only purposed his own life but is one that actually blessed YOUR life and is why the Gospel spread so you and I could hear and be saved: “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” These commissioning words to Peter from Jesus changed Peter’s life and the course of the world. How does it feel that you can start your day having breakfast with Jesus basking in His wonderful presence?

3. Bless!

Do you understand your motivations to want to thrive in your calling? This is important. As a leader, I hear a plethora of tidbits on platform building. But is the goal of thriving in our calling merely to have a platform to be heard? This can easily pervert our original God-given desire to walk in our calling. A platform is a mere result of thriving in our calling just like success is a mere product of giving Christ our excellence. Living out our God-given calling is ALWAYS to bless! God’s calling on your life is purposed to bless God and to bless people. We see this in Peter’s life: “But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’ And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God (Acts‬ ‭3:6-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬).’”

  • How do you humble yourself before Jesus and bask in His presence?
  • What are other ways that God has led you to grand slam your calling?
  • What does your time with Jesus bowing before Him and basking in His presence look like?

In the thriving discipleship mission work we lead among twenties, one of our focuses is equipping twenties to have a daily quiet time with Jesus. One of the many reasons why is because we want each young professional in our mission work to grand slam and thrive in their God-given calling. You can help help us do this! Will you become one of the remaining 31 monthly supporters we are praying for? Will you make a sacrificial year-end gift to meet our goal of $21,000 in year end giving? Click here and make your tax-deductible ministry financial partnership with us and propel this growing ministry to thrive! There is no extra online giving fee taken out of your donation from today through December 31st. You can help us reach our goal today!

Originally posted 2016-12-04 07:00:35.

3 Steps To Make Your Desires Realized

My one year old son, Oliver, reached for the doorknob.  He couldn’t reach it. He looked up img_4985at me. I saw what he desired and simply reached over from my wheelchair and opened the door for him. Oliver looked back up, smiled, and confidently walked through. Here are three simple progressive steps to make your desires realized:
  1. Ask – Sound wisdom from the Bible states “You want what you don’t have…you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it (James‬ ‭4:2‬).” How many times have you wanted a relationship, a next step, or a gift, but you never asked God for it? Ask Him.
  2. Seek – After you ask, look and see what doors are right there in front of you. In my twenty years of ministries among twenties, I have counseled many who want to be married. Most of them married someone they already knew! When we ask, God opens our eyes so we can seek and find! “Then Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!’ The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw (2 Kings‬ ‭6:17‬ ‭NLT‬).”‭
  3. Knock – Don’t you know God is at work on both sides of the door? You asked God. You sought. Now give someone the opportunity to be blessed. There are people that God can use in your life to open doors. Ask that person and give him/her that opportunity to bless you like Oliver gave me. Yes, God blessed me in that moment that I got to open the door for my son, Oliver. It brought me joy to be the one that helped Ollie reach his next destination.
If these three steps look familiar to you, you know what happens after you knock: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him (Matthew‬ ‭7:7-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬).” If I loved opening that door for my son, Oliver, how much more will God love opening that door for you?  Comment below. I’d love to continue the conversation with you. 
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Originally posted 2016-09-14 08:00:18.

30 Day Quiet Time Challenge

A few of the twenties being equipped in the DFW Nav20s Disciple-making Training

A few of the twenties being equipped in the DFW Nav20s Disciple-making Training

God changed my life one day through a daily quiet time with Him when He showed me in 2 Corinthians 12:9…

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Ever sense then I have seen His power and love flow through my life, not despite of my weakness, Cerebral Palsy but through His power being made perfect in my weakness.

We, in the DFW Nav20s  firmly believe that the intimacy we have with Jesus through spending time with Him overflows right where each follower of Jesus lives, works and plays throughout your city!

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing….But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” – ‭‭John‬ ‭15:5, 7-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Originally posted 2016-07-11 11:41:00.