Take a Risk: Invest and Invite

Writer: McKenna Giordano

Big Idea: More often than not, growing in our faith requires taking risk. We know in other areas of our lives taking a risk means we can learn how to ride a bike, make friends, propel our careers, improve our athletic skills, and even fall in love. When it comes to our spiritual lives, risk helps us build faith (trust) toward God. One of the greatest areas for our faith is taking steps toward learning how to share our faith. While faith in Jesus is personal, it is never private. When we think of sharing our faith, we often think of those who stand on the street corners passing out booklets, but what if sharing our faith could be a simple as investing and inviting? Investing and inviting starts with authentic relationships where we allow God to work in and through our everyday relationships, hobbies, interests, and neighborhoods.

Key Passages: Acts 17:16-34; 1 Peter 3:15-16; Acts 1:8

The Lord challenged me a few years ago to really consider what I do in my free time and who I interact with on a weekly basis. When I really considered what I was doing in my free time, the reality was I was so focused on the ongoing to do list at the house, watching TV, or held up in my house enjoying way too much alone time.  The Lord quickly, and softly, challenged me to give up one night a week to do something outside my “normal” evening routine. I prayed about where God would be able to use me, and I ended up at a random dance night class at the local community college.  I guess it was good that I could get some exercise and meet new people?! I would pray on my way to the class for God to use me however He wanted. A few weeks into the class, one of my classmates began a conversation with me posing questions about religion and God.  And the following week the same thing would happen with a different person.  Every week there was another person asking some question about God or religion and somehow it got directed to me. I initiated nothing yet the Holy Spirit guided others towards me—all while I got to get some exercise and dance to a fun Bruno Mars song!  After a few months of honest conversations and in between dance routines, I boldly invited one of my new friends to church. 

I was in the right place at the right time for the Holy Spirit to move and stir something within her to be interested in church. All it took was obedience to see where God was asking me to go.  The best part about it was, I enjoyed going to the class (1) for fun and (2) because it created time and margin to engage in spiritual conversations. I needed nothing else but to be obedient.  I got to share the Gospel and enjoy the passions and talents the Lord has given me. But I did have to take a risk.  I did ask the Lord to use me where He wanted me, I did have to take a step out of my comfort zone, and I did have to be bold and share my faith.  

God’s command is clear, “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3: 15).  Someone took a risk on you to share the hope of Christ.  It required them to be bold and answer your questions.  All are seeking that hope, whether they know it or not. Sometimes it takes years to cultivate that trust and other times it might take minutes.  You never know who the Lord is stirring to want to learn more. People want to know, so be prepared to share. It can be fun and should be fun.  How can you be the right person at the right time?  You have the hope, now share it with others!

Sharing Life: 

  1.  If anyone is new, start here, if not go to question 2: 
    1. When/how did you become aware of God’s love?  
    1. Who were the people who played a key role in your spiritual journey? How? 
    1. What are 2/3 key moments in your relationship with God? 
    1. Take a moment to ask questions
  2. What do you do for fun in your free time?  What are your hobbies/talents/skills?

Opening Scripture:

Read Acts 17:16-34; 1 Peter 3:15-16; Acts 1:8

  1. In what ways did Paul invest and invite?
  2. What does Peter say we should always be prepared for? How do we do this?
  3. Are you prepared to give an answer and the reason for your hope?
  4. According to Acts 1:8, what is Jesus’ strategy to reach the world?
  5. What is the scariest part of sharing your faith?  Is it really a risk to share your faith?
  6. How could you use your hobby/talent/skillset to invest and invite someone else?
  7. Who is God inviting you to take a risk with, to invest and invite?

Prayer: Take a moment to share prayer requests and pray for each other. Spend some time in praying for God to give you His boldness and confidence to be ready to share your faith and take a risk.

Weekly Prayer Focus: Ask God to show who you’ve been investing in that’s now ready to hear the reason for the hope you have.