There’s no set formula or method for how we talk about Jesus with those around us. The Talking Jesus team are on hand to help you think about how to apply the research to your own contexts. If you would like a member of the team to come and share the findings with your church or organisation, fill out our speaker enquiry form.
To get you started, here are a few ways in which this research could inspire you to be talking about Jesus…
1 in 3 people, after having a conversation with a practising Christian they know, say they would like to find out more or experience Jesus for themselves. What an opportunity! Why not pray for 3 people you know to come to faith in Jesus, and look for opportunities to talk about Jesus with them? Also pray for yourself, for opportunities and boldness to talk about Jesus.
You can also find prayer ideas and resources on the Thy Kingdom Come website.
How might our friends and family describe the conversations we’ve had with them about Jesus? If we’re honest, maybe we haven’t taken the chance to speak to them about Jesus yet. Let’s look out for opportunities to share our personal story of the difference Jesus makes in our everyday life. While some may reject our message, let’s keep the conversations going, knowing that 1 in 3 people who hear us are open to encountering Jesus. And let’s follow up on the conversations we have, praying for the people we meet.
Many Christians say that reading the Bible was a key influence in them coming to faith in Jesus. Do you have something to give to people you speak with, or who ask to find out more? Why not carry something with you, so you’re always prepared?
By sharing with others how Jesus has impacted our lives, we can offer people the greatest invitation – the opportunity to encounter Jesus for themselves. Attending a church service was also a key factor in many people’s journey to faith. Are you on the lookout for opportunities to invite people to an event where they can hear more about Jesus, and have the chance to respond? How can you make the most of opportunities throughout the year to invite people to events, such as guest services at Christmas and Easter?
With 46% of people in England saying they don’t know, or aren’t sure whether they know, a practising Christian, who could you spend time and energy getting to know? Could you commit to making one new friend from outside your normal friendship group?
Churches come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and so will the way we reach out to our communities with the message of Jesus. Here are a few ways this research could inspire your church to be talking about Jesus…
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