May 5

"Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they re born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. 10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:1-16
 
We should learn from Jesus on how to share our faith.
 
The first lesson we should learn is to get to the point as soon as possible.
 
Second, engage the person through questions.
 
As you look at this encounter you can recognize that though brief, Jesus either asked questions or made statements that invited questions.

Questions do a couple of important things. 

First, they can quickly show how if the person is serious and sincere about hearing about the Gospel.

Secondly, questions pull the other person into our conversation engaging them mentally, emotionally and intellectually so you can reach them spiritually.

Nic, like most people I have shared Christ with, came looking for answers but didn't know which questions to ask. So Jesus offered statements that guided Nic's questions and then asked questions to raise more questions.

For example:

Jesus steered Nic in the right direction when He made this statement, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again."

Jesus knew that Nic would ask Him to explain what HE meant by "being born again" and Jesus would be ready with the answer.
Questions are one of the most effective ways to teach and to learn. Any teacher can tell you that. So, if you are preparing to share your faith with your friend, consider questions you can ask in order to draw your person closer to the Kingdom.

To help you get started, here are a few questions I like to ask.

"If I could show you in 10-15 minutes something that changed my life forever and could also change yours, would you be interested in hearing it?"

"Have you come to the place in your spiritual journey where you know for sure that if you were to die tonight you would go to Heaven?"

"Do you ever feel like there is something missing in your life but you can't figure out what it is?"

Study Jesus' interaction with Nic here is these verses. Learn how to get the right answers by asking the right questions.

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