This past Sunday we talked about how important it is for us to be as diligent at being a good steward of the Gospel as we are with our money.

So what now? Don’t you hate it when some loud-mouth preacher rails on you without giving you any real opportunities to do something with the message!

Well, here’s ten suggestions on how to begin to be a good steward of the Gospel:

1. Be intentional about the relationships you build. Ask God to point you to the people He wants you to get to know and beginning loving to Christ. Loving them to Christ means making them more important than yourself, asking about the things important to them, praying for them, earning the right to share about the difference Jesus has made in your life.

2. Do pray walks. Walk through your neighborhood, your campus, your workplace praying for the people you pass by. If you’re really industrious, jog and pray! Just make sure you pray silently or they will know how weird you really are.

3. Be willing to sacrifice what you are doing or what is important to you in order to seize a “gospel” opportunity with someone.

4. Take the first step. Be the one that begins the conversation, that invites the other to dinner, for coffee or dessert. When you do this, some folks will respond and some won’t. Don’t worry so much about the ones that don’t and focus on the one’s that do take you up on your offer. (Be sure you have something really good to serve them!)

5. Begin an evangelistic Bible study. There are several at CCC who have done this before and would be glad to coach you as you lead your study. There are all kinds of materials you can use. If you want to know about them, just email me!

6. Begin a book or movie discussion group. When it’s your turn to choose the movie or book choose one that will lend itself to spiritual discussions.

7. Host a backyard Bible club. Don’t think this is only about the children. Many parents will hang out wanting to know what’s going on. Invite them in and make them feel welcome. When you do that, you just went from children evangelism to adult evangelism!

8. Work on your personal testimony. Don’t let it be so long that you bore your guests to death. None of us have that good a story. Boil it down so you can tell it in less than 3 minutes. Even shorter would be good. Some call this your “elevator story” – in other words, can you tell your story in the time it takes to ride the elevator a few floors?

9. Attend the evangelism class at CCC. Last week Scott and Greg ran out of materials. Be there this week and begin to equip yourself so you can better steward the Gospel.

10. Finally, and this is the most creative idea – don’t fill out your census form. If you don’t fill out the census, our government will send a census worker to your door to ask you their ten questions and you can ask them a few questions back!! “Do you know where you would spend eternity if you get ran over by a car as you walk to the next house?” I bet their visit to your door will be unlike any other!!

If you begin to do any of these things I would love to hear about. We need to be sharing our stories with each other and praying about them. If you keep the good stuff to yourself the rest of us lose out. So spread the news of how your personal stewardship program is going! Leave a comment to share what you’ve done and how it worked out.