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By the name of this post some of you may already be a little leary as to what you are about to read.  Persuade is a pretty strong word.  Some people in Christian circles don’t even like using the word as it conjures up images of pushy car salesman or invasive telemarketers that call in the middle of dinner.  Unfortunately this word does come with negative baggage.  However, it doesn’t change what we find in scriptures (NLT):

  • Acts 17:4 – Some of the Jews who listened were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with many God-fearing Greek men and quite a few prominent women.
  • Acts 28:23 – So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul’s lodging. He explained and testified about the Kingdom of God and tried to persuade them about Jesus from the Scriptures. Using the law of Moses and the books of the prophets, he spoke to them from morning until evening.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:11 – Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too.

Persuade = sharing your faith!

The word persuade describes how we are supposed to reach out to those who don’t know Jesus Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:11 makes the strongest case for it in mind.  It decribes sharing our faith with those who don’t know Christ as our “fearful responsibility to God” and affirms that it is a sincere persuasion. 

So who have you persuaded lately with the power of the Gospel?  Have you challenged your teen to identify one lost friend that they need to relationally and relentlessly share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with?  Don’t be intimidated by the nature of the word “persuade.”  Be persuaded by the power of the Gospel!

7 thoughts on “D&W: persuade

  1. I think persuade is an amazing word more Christian’s need to embrace. Manipulation does not have the best interest for others. Trying to persuade people really means the “persuader” really does in fact care!

    • Right on Jeremy. I appreciate the affirmation. Hope all is well! How did GJ Maui go? When are you coming to Denver?

      • GJ Maui went pretty well.
        A few highlights:
        1. talked a lot about reincarnation vs resurrection. GJ Maui provided some windows for us to re-hash why the resurrection is central to Christianity.

        2. My students loved when the Jewish guy got mad at the end.

        3. My students really related with the Mormon gal. In LB, there are a lot of Mormons who feel very similar to how she was feeling in the show.

        4. I had 1 student get closer to accepting Jesus. She is still stuck on the idea that He is the only way.

        I will be in Denver late next week: July 24th to 27th

  2. Great stuff Jason!

    Just looked up the original text at studylight.org and I love the translation of the word ‘persuade’ in the 2 Corinthians passage: “to be induced to believe”.

    Last week my wife was induced for labor to have our second little girl… In light of reading this today, I am given a whole new take on persuading people for the gospel…

    In many ways when I look at the word ‘persuade’ and use it with the idea of someone being ‘induced’ to believe, it’s almost as if they are being helped a little to see the truth that has always been there. God’s truth never changes, we just need to help people to see it.

  3. I agree Jason. However, the word persuade sometimes gets bad rap as a negative term. The art of “persuasion” is not always seen in a positive light. So, helping others understand what it means in context of scripture is important. As you’ve said, you can’t have the persuade without the prayer and pursue… they all go hand-in-hand.
    Keep bringin’ the good stuff!

    Stacey

  4. I just came across your blog and I really like what I see. You have some great stuff here. This post reminds me of what I read in “Tell the Truth” for a seminary class. There comes a time when a believer has to tell, and persuade, a person to believe. All of this “living my life until someone finally asks what in the world is going on” stuff has to go. Thank you for your writing!

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