Contacts to Date
How many lives can be reached during the COVID-19 lockdown? Round Hill Baptist desires to bring hope to our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ even during this time of pandemic. Join the cause of hope by committing to call or write two people each day during the downtime. In just 60 days you will have made 120 connections that will bring laughter, joy, hope, and maybe even salvation. Start today by writing down two people each day on your calendar who you can call or write. They don’t have to be 120 different people. They can be your friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors. Here is a list of people you should write down on your list:
If 100 Round Hill Baptist people connected with 120 people duding the lockdown, then as a church we would have made 12,000 connections. Connections that bring smiles, a listening ear, an encouraging word, and an opportunity to share the Gospel.
Each week take time to tell us how many people you connected with by filling in the poll above. Start today by praying that the Holy Spirit gives you names of people to call or write. Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare you and them to have conversations that bring life, peace, and salvation. Be excited about what the Holy Spirit can do through us as we intentionally connect with others.
Before calling, take a moment and pray. Ask God to guide and direct your conversation. Ask God to remove all perceived ideas and notions of how the conversation should go.
Ask God to comfort and bless the person you are about to call. Then spend a moment or two just talking with your Heavenly Father. He wants to hear from you. Be sure to stop and quietly listen. Finish by taking a deep breath and then pick up the phone, keyboard, or pen and paper – and prepare to connect.
“Hi, I’m just checking in seeing how you are doing?” (Be comfortable with the uncomfortable long pause). If there is long pause ask “What’s going on?” Be ready to listen, not fix, just listen.
Sharing your faith can be scary. What do I say? What if they laugh? What if they reject the Gospel? Ultimately, acceptance of the Gospel of Christ is solely dependent on God working in the lives of the listener. No argument, no sermon, no persuasive words can convince someone of their need for salvation without the working of God in their lives. The Apostle Paul had this to say:
This takes the pressure off of the presenter and allows believers to share the Gospel with boldness. But what do we say? What are the key points that must be shared with someone seeking Christ? There are many resources online to answer this question but here is a basic outline for sharing your faith:
4 Simple Steps
To share the Gospel, you can follow these 4 simple steps:
1. Tell them about God’s plan—peace and life. God loves you and wants you to experience the peace and life He offers. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). He has a plan for you.
2. Share our problem—separation from God. Being at peace with God is not automatic. By nature, we are all separated from Him. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God is holy, but we are human and don’t measure up to His perfect standard. We are sinful, and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
3. Talk about God’s remedy—the cross. God’s love bridges the gap of separation between you and Him. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, He paid the penalty for your sins. The Bible says, “‘He Himself bore our sins’ in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by His wounds you have been healed’” (1 Peter 2:24).
4. Our response—receive Christ. You cross the bridge into God’s family when you accept Christ’s free gift of salvation. The Bible says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
To receive Christ, a person needs to do 4 things:
- Admit you’re a sinner.
- Ask forgiveness and be willing to turn away from your sins.
- Believe that Christ died for you on the cross.
- Receive Christ into your heart and life.
Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Here’s a prayer you can pray to receive Christ:
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In your name, amen.”