June 26 - Building a Bridge

By Mark Flattery

Today's Scripture: Acts 17:1-34

Central Thought: We must share our faith in ways that the listener can understand.

    I was walking with my son to the entrance of Disneyland but was unsure of which way to go. I stopped the first person to walk by us and asked for directions. To my surprise, she did not seem to understand what I was saying. I spoke clearly and politely, but we were not communicating. The reason was that she did not speak English!

    Have you ever tried to share your faith in Jesus Christ with someone and seem to get nowhere with him or her? One reason for this may be that you are not speaking in terms that the individual can understand. Paul faced this same issue when he wanted to share the good news with men in Athens. So he adapted his presentation by starting with a subject that his listeners understood. He talked about an altar with the inscription 'to an unknown god.” This piqued their interest! He then related this to God, the true God, and shared the gospel message.

    When you share your faith with others, start by interacting with their interests and then use that as a springboard to present the gospel. This is building a 'bridge” that will allow you to enter the mindset of the listeners and then allow them to come to Jesus.

Devotional Prayer: Dear Lord, please open my heart to understand how to relate Your love to others.

Today's Bible Reading: II Kings 9:14-10:31; Acts 17:1-34; Psalm 144:1-15; Proverbs 17:27-28.