eInspire 3: Steps to faith in Christ
Don and Doug interviewed close to 2000 people who started as skeptics and found faith in Jesus. They wanted to see what patterns if any existed in the stories of these individuals. They identified five “thresholds” that skeptics typically go through to find faith in Christ:
Once your acquaintance/friend trusts you and sees the difference that Christ makes in your life, they will sometimes become curious and want to know more. In response share the story of your spiritual journey, how your faith and trust in Christ helps you face life and its challenges.
According to the authors for many people the third threshold is the most difficult to cross. Many people resist change. Pray that God would open your friend’s eyes to see their spiritual needs and specifically their need for God. Going through personal difficulties may help them to cross this threshold. This is a good stage to suggest they read one of the four Gospels. This will help them discover the love of Christ.
As they begin seeking after God, clearly present the Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection on their behalf. Encourage them to make a commitment of faith in Christ, which is the fifth and final threshold.
Think of each of your friends and acquaintances. Where might they be in progressing through these thresholds?
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