Finding Common Ground – My So-What Testimony
Key Bible Verse: I want to find a way to make the Jews want what you Gentiles have, and … save some of them. – Romans 11:14
Bonus Reading: Psalm 71:15-16
During the first week of school, a freshman, David, attended one of our meetings because a friend invited him. But he said he didn’t see what difference some guy’s martyrdom thousands of years ago made in his life today.
So instead of dwelling on the “content” of the gospel, I focused on how being a Christian helps me now. I sense a purpose and meaning to life, I said, I never feel alone, and—because I feel accepted by God—more willingly accept other people.
Being a Christian, I added, makes my marriage better, gives me a clear conscience, and fills me with optimism and hope. Then I changed the subject and asked how he was adjusting to our big urban campus.
He seemed lost. His rambling answer disclosed that he’d made few friends, liked classical music, and hated cafeteria food.
I told him that I’d been a music major in my undergrad days. We talked about Debussy and Dvorak, and how students could get free tickets for on-campus concerts. Then I invited him to play volleyball with us the next night to meet people, eat watermelon, and have fun.
David came and then, shortly thereafter, started attending a student-led Bible study in a dorm.
—Randy Newman in Questioning Evangelism
My Response: How could I share my life with another so as to create thirst for the abundant life Jesus offers?
Thought to Apply: How many people have you made homesick for God?—Oswald Chambers (British teacher)
Adapted from Questioning Evangelism (Kregel, 2004)