What Have You Seen and Heard?

Seen and Heard

For many people the idea of telling other people about Jesus or “sharing the Gospel” feels intimidating.

Our internal monologue might echo with self doubt: “What do I say? I don’t think I can remember everything the pastor said in his sermon. I’m not a good speaker. What if I say something wrong? I don’t know enough Bible verses…”

Perhaps we can set ourselves at ease by following the example of John. In the New Testament letter of 1 John, he shares out of what he knows to be true from direct personal experience. He writes with simple words and speaks warmly about his relationship with those he is reaching out to.

We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
1 John 1:3-4, NLT

When you are with people you care about it is the most natural thing in the world to share your stories about life experiences. Sharing honestly, personally, and even vulnerably opens up the possibility for real connection with other people – and also with God!

What have you “seen and heard”? What has been your personal experience with God?
When have you known the reality of Christ most fully in your life?
How has a life lived with Jesus brought you joy?
What is your story of faith?
Who are you sharing all of this with?

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