Tell them about your plans

When you’re the only Christian in a conversation it might make you feel different.

Confidence comes with time and prayer. But because of feeling different, it can be easy to downplay your faith.

That’s why I’d like to suggest something.

When people ask you what you’re doing this weekend, include something about your faith:

–“On Sunday, I’m going to church.”
–“We’re learning a new praise song,” or “We’re in a teaching series about being content.”
–“Our kids get to be a part of the kids’ ministry.”
–“I’m reading a great book about servant-hood.”
–“I’m serving on our Sunday morning Fellowship Team.”

It’s not rocket science. As a result, someone might follow up with a question. All of it points to Jesus, our source of hope. And I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but for a lot of people, hope is in short supply.

Just last week someone asked me what I was doing on the weekend. I said we were going to a community breakfast, that my son had a hockey game, and that I was leading a teaching series at my church about being content when so many people aren’t.

In Romans 1:16 (NLT), Paul says, “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ.” Me neither.

Don’t hide your hope.

When people ask you what you’re doing this weekend, include something about your faith.

By Matthew Ruttan

THIS SUNDAY we continue the ‘Contentment’ series. Robber #3 tries to steal your sense of purpose. So, what’s to be done? Find out more on Sunday at Westminster Church in Barrie at 10:01am.
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–Bible quotes are from the NIV.
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