I asked her if she was a Jehovah’s Witness and she replied that she was just beginning to study the Bible with a Jehovah’s Witness woman. What a moment. I stood before a woman who was interested in knowing the truth and finding God but found herself instead looking to a cult member for guidance. Since Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the divinity of Jesus Christ, salvation by grace, and all versions of the Bible but their own ¨special¨ version, her path to understanding Christianity concerns me.
This woman wasn’t my friend, and I knew I wouldn’t have another chance to talk to her. How could I warn her of the deceptions of the Jehovah’s Witnesses without being insulting, rude, and turning her off completely to critics of the cult? It was in that moment that I desperately wished I had one of two things—either a Why Jesus? booklet (a great little resource from Alpha) to leave with her or the information from the Share Jesus Without Fear program committed to memory.
I had neither, and so after making a brief comment about the value of her pursuit of Biblical truth, I left with a heavy heart. When the moment came, I wasn’t ready. The Why Jesus? booklet would have been good, but what I really lacked was the know-how to communicate briefly and openly what I think the central message of the Bible to this woman who was obviously curious about that very topic.
That’s where Share Jesus Without Fear comes in, and I wonder if God didn’t put this encounter in my path yesterday to strengthen my resolve in studying it. Five non-threatening questions about a person’s spiritual interest or beliefs, seven verses that summarize the Bible’s view on how to know God, and five (?) questions that help a person decide what they want to do with that information. I’m not into tricks and gimics, but this is a way of talking about the Bible that seems respectful of others but also enables me to share the objective information that I think can change his or her life.
More soon on those questions and verses, but I just want to say today that I’m glad for this woman and the way God used her to convince me to study this information. Sometimes I need a nudge.