||[Oct. 10th, 2005|01:39 pm]
Today I talked with Olga, the lady who sits next to me in math class, about church. She mentioned she goes to a Catholic church in S.Y. I asked her if she's heard of The Rock, but she hadn't. She asked "Donde esta?" and I told her. This may be an opportunity to share one of the Catholic sermon cd's. I'm just not sure because it seems like it would be out of the blue. Do I need to talk/share more with her before giving her the cd? Maybe it could change her life. Hmmm.. Opinions?|
This is what Darren had to say:
God can work in any way that it happens really. I would recommend that she prays for the girl and really seek the Lord on what to do. It would not be unaceptable to just give her the CD though. I am sure God could use it.
The one thing that is key in a situation like this is just being genuinely interested in the girl as a person. Relationship evangelism is the best sort.
One good question to ask a Catholic is: If you were to die today and stand before God and he asked you "Why should I let you into my kingdom?" What would you say?
If they give a works related answer or because I'm a good person. Or I go to mass all the time or I have been confirmed. There is a good chance that they are not saved.
Then it is easy to share the Gospel with them.....Did you know that God said
Ps 14:2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
3 They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
Romans Road is also good to know well
* Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
* Ro 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
* Ro 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
* Ro 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Often times Catholics are the easiest converts or the most dfficult........One extreme or the other
And since I still didn't add my own thoughts either, prayer was definitely at the top of my list--seek God on how to reach her.
I don't think there's anything wrong with just handing her a CD and saying "I thought you might enjoy this sermon from my church"--but depending on the girl exactly, there might be other things that would be more effective evangelism.
I think the area out of this situation where I would place my focus rest on making sure she has a relationship with Jesus and is trusting in him as Lord and Savior and that she understands the idea that she is saved by grace rather than works. And if she doesn't have a relationship with Jesus, it may be more important to focus on helping her to understand why she needs one and how to begin one--because that's really your goal, to help her to know Jesus, not to go around telling her "gee, your religion is a little wrong cuz they say..." or somesuch that might get taken the wrong way as you bashing on her faith rather than being concerned about helping her faith
Okay, now that I'd read both of your replies, I will respond here.
I think I may continue a friendship with her for a bit longer before giving her a CD. I need to pick one up next Sunday anyway. And of course I will bring this situation to God in prayer. Thank you.
I've met a Darren at church before, I wonder if it's the same guy. But I don't know a last name, so that's hard to fidure out. Tell him I say thanks for his advice and opinion. :) (Does he have a LJ?)
No, he's not on LJ. I *know* there's multiple Darrens at the Rock (heck, there's even a pastor Darren in Junior High ministry?), but its also quite possible you've met this Darren since he's in the altar call ministry at the 7:15 service (and the evangelism ministry and missions ministry...)
Ay, I'm not sure which ministries he's involved in, and I haven't seen him in a while. Hmm...