Friday, October 28, 2016

The Gospel I Preached (November 2016 Newsletter)

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried,that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 2 Corinthians 15:1-5

Sharing with my friend H____
Today I shared with a Muslim friend.
I started the conversation with: "This morning I was reading a story in the Injil . . ." and told the story of Nicodemus (which was what I was actually reading this morning).
In response to that story he brought up the final resurrection and that people would be separated.I agreed and shared the Two Kingdoms (a simple Gospel presentation focusing on the Lordship of Christ). He prompted me to write "forgiveness" in the Kingdom of God circle as I was sharing. I asked him if he was ready to make Jesus his King. He said that Muhammad was his king. He also said that he wasn't sure that Jesus died on the cross.
I shared the Prophet's Story (a short explanation of how Jesus was the sacrifice for sin) with him to explain that God planned for Jesus to die on the cross as a sacrifice for sin.
He said, "I have never heard that before. That makes sense, but I don't know what to say about that. I am afraid that I will say the wrong thing. I will have to think about that."
I shared the gospel up front. I challenged him to make Jesus his King. He still wants to be my friend. He still wants to talk about spiritual things. This is a fairly normal encounter in Hamtramck.

Sharing with my friend N____
One of my Muslim friends recently returned from over a month overseas. He called me and wanted to hang out ASAP.
We caught up and then I said, "I want to read you what I read in the Bible this morning." I read John 10:1-18. As soon as I was done he said, "Wow! That is amazing! Even though I am Muslim. I felt that. I felt that when you were reading it to me." He then retold it back to me in his own words without me prompting him. "Jesus promises that all of His followers will go to paradise," he said.
As we were discussing the passage, He brought up that Jesus would return. I agreed and said, "When Jesus returns He will come as King." I then shared the Two Kingdoms with him a second time. When I got to the cross he interupted me, "Yes! I used to not understand that, but you explained it and now it makes perfect sense. I thought 'why would Jesus die' but he died as sacrifice--for humanity--for forgiveness." I agreed and asked him if he was ready to make Jesus his king. "No," he said. "I think since Muhammed was the last prophet that he is king." I told him I would love to continue to talk about that. He agreed. "These conversations are beautiful." He keeps telling his neighbors to read the Bible with me.

Read the rest of the November 2016 Newsletter.

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