April 26th, 2012 at 2:28 pm
Yesterday, I went over to the apartment complexes and ran into Peter, a friend from the soccer fields. A few weeks back I had actually spent two days explaining the gospel to him and answering several of his questions about Christianity, but I hadn’t seen him for long enough since then to continue our conversation. I actually decided to bring a pair of Bibles with me in case I got the chance to talk with him again.
When I was thinking about what I could do to keep our conversation going, I wasn’t sure what the best approach would be. However, I remembered that I’ve heard several different church leaders and friends say that the gospel of John was a great read for people that were unfamiliar with the faith. That idea threw me because it would seem that all the metaphors and analogies in John would confuse someone who hadn’t spent years listening to sermons. However, when I talked over my concerns with a friend on the phone, he assured me that there were several important ideas that were very easy to pick up from the text without needing to know every detail.
I didn’t know how Peter would respond to the idea of reading the Bible, so I planned on making small talk for a while to feel out what he thought and see if I could sneak in a chapter of John whenever I got the chance. However, Peter was really excited with the idea of reading the Bible, so we actually took turns reading through the chapters of John out loud. We got through 11 chapters all in one day! I was surprised out how straightforward Jesus is about believing in him for the forgiveness of sins in John; that idea is repeated emphatically in every single chapter. He didn’t seem to take reading the Bible lightly, either, because he was asking me questions about parts of the chapter that he didn’t understand or words that couldn’t be understood very well from the sentence’s context. I had to get moving on to the next part of my day, so I stopped the reading there and asked him if he had any questions. He didn’t, but he still seemed very enthusiastic about what we were doing and we agreed to meet up later today. I left my extra copy of the Bible with him to keep until the next day and I plan on letting him keep it. He said he would hide the Bible somewhere very safe.
From my earlier talks with Peter, I know that he isn’t a believer, even though he comes from some sort of a Christian background, since he has been to church regularly with his family (whom I’ve never met). He thought that he was a Christian since he came from a Christian family, so it’s obvious that no one has really gone through the gospel very clearly with him. I am cautiously optimistic that something really good will happen in his life through our time together. Pray that the seeds being planted will grow into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
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