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You Don’t Have to Share the Good News Alone
By Rick Warren

“You are standing side by side with one strong purpose—to tell the Good News.” Philippians 1:27 (TLB)

You were made for a mission. God wants you to share his love with other people—your friends, family, and the people you work with—who are not in his family, because God wants everybody in his family.

But you’re not alone! God wants you to go on mission with other people. Philippians 1:27 says, “You are standing side by side with one strong purpose—to tell the Good News” (TLB).

How do you share with your friends that God loves them? And how do you do it in partnership with other people? You do it through your small group.

First, you pray together. You ask your small group to pray for your friends who don’t have a relationship with God. You can’t force anybody to love God, but you can pray for them. Your friends may reject your arguments or refuse to listen to your logic. But they are powerless against your prayers. It goes straight to their heart!

The Bible says in Colossians 4:3, “Pray for us that God will give us an opportunity to tell people his message” (NCV).

As you pray for opportunities, you know what happens? You start seeing them everywhere! Prayer makes you aware. When you start praying for your family, then you start seeing the needs of your family. When you start praying for your co-workers, you start getting concerned about your co-workers.

And as you get to know the people around you better, you can start appealing to your common interests and create opportunities to share the Gospel with them.

Before you can share the Good News with others, you need to establish a relationship with them. What are your common experiences, interests, and needs? Talk with people in your small group about things you like to do and then ask, “Who do we know who also enjoys that who isn’t yet a believer? Who can we invite to join us?”

God will provide all kinds of opportunities and ideas like this. Start praying about it with your small group, and open your eyes to the people around you that you can serve together.

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