Focal passage: Acts 17:16-18, 22-23, 30-31
There is something comforting about knowing that you are not alone. Sometimes we tend to believe that we are the only ones who may have a particular experience, thought or question. Hearing someone else say, “Really? Me too!” relieves our silent fear that we were the only one.
As human beings, we are more connected to one another than we know. Our similarities are gateways for the gospel to spread like wildfire.
Because we know that God intends for us to share the message of the gospel, we must learn to be sensitive to opportunities to do so. We do not know when or how God will work, but we can expect that He will. As we depend on the Spirit, God will show us when and how He wants us to share the message. As we interact with those around us, whether at work or in the grocery store, God will give us chances to share the good news with others. We never know who He has already been working in!
As we share the gospel, we can use common ground as an introduction to our message. Just as Paul used common beliefs to transition to the truth of Jesus Christ, so can we. We have more in common with most people than we realize. Conversations about music interests, family, hobbies or sports can easily open up opportunities to build relationships and trust through which we can share the gospel.
When God allows us to find common ground and the opportunity to share the gospel, He allows us to help others understand the message. As we use common experiences and beliefs, we are able to articulate the need for a Savior. We can then clearly give a call to repentance, sharing with them that it is a call for everyone.