Part of John Wesley’s genius, as the founder of the Methodist Movement, was the way he organized to make disciples. He established small groups everywhere he went. When these small groups met, they would go through a list of questions at each meeting. The questions were designed to guide the group members into a deeper walk with God.
Here is the ninth question:9. When did I last speak to someone about my faith?
If the good news of Jesus really is good news, isn’t it worth sharing? Of course it is, but the typical United Methodist doesn’t want to be “that guy,” you know, the one who always locks down the conversation and heaven and hell and whether your faith is good enough to get you to heaven.
Rather than be “that guy,” many of us have turned our faith into something entirely personal and private. “My faith is between me and God!” we insist. We respect other people too much to insert ourselves and our beliefs into their lives.
But again, if the good news of Jesus really is good news, then it IS worth sharing.
The beauty of this question is that it is asked in the context of a small group of people who are all trying to follow Jesus a bit better today than yesterday. If we do have faith in Christ, and if we are indeed trying to follow him better today than yesterday, then we are open to speaking about our faith to others.
A great place to start is to write out the story of your faith. When did you first believe? How has your relationship with God grown? What are your biggest struggles, your greatest victories? Where have you been most challenged to feel God’s presence? How do you seek God’s presence when you don’t feel it?
Your answer to any of these questions will encourage you in your faith! They will also offer you connections with other people.
Remember, you aren’t necessarily trying to convert people. You might be, like a pastor friend of mine always said, “Just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”
What have you found in God’s love recently? Would you be willing to share this with someone else?