The five B.L.E.S.S. practices are the everyday ways that you are to love your neighbor and change the world. You will discover that these practices are grounded in the Old Testament but lived out by Jesus. They are:
B: Begin with Prayer
Surveys show that as believers, we are really confused about sharing our faith. When practicing Christians were presented with the statement “Part of my faith means being a witness for Jesus,” 96 percent said that they “strongly agreed” or “somewhat agreed.”1 This was a consistent response across all age groups. When practicing Christians were asked if they agreed with the statement “The best thing that could ever happen to someone is for them to come to know Jesus,” 96 percent agreed. However, 28 percent also believed that “it is wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith”2—and that percentage jumped to 46 with practicing Christians in their twenties and thirties.
Huh? How does that make sense?
It doesn’t! But maybe that’s the point. The data demonstrate just how confused and frustrated believers are about sharing the good news of Jesus! The inner conversation on this topic for many might go something like this: My faith has made a huge difference for me, and I know it could help others… Jesus tells us it’s good news, and I should share it… But whenever I try to present the Gospel, I feel like I’m selling a used car or I’m part of a pyramid scheme!… So maybe what I’m hearing from society—that “evangelism is wrong”—is actually right… Perhaps I shouldn’t even try doing this! Ever find yourself thinking along these lines?
We have just released a new Bible Study on the book BLESS: 5 Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor and Change the World by Dave Ferguson
These lessons are available on Amazon, as well as a part of my Good Questions Have Groups Talking Subscription Service. Like Netflix for Bible Lessons, one low subscription gives you access to all our lessons–thousands of them. For a medium-sized church, lessons are as little as $10 per teacher per year.
Each lesson consists of 20 or so ready-to-use questions that get groups talking. Answers are provided in the form of quotes from respected authors such as John Piper, Max Lucado and Beth Moore.
These lessons will save you time as well as provide deep insights from some of the great writers and thinkers from today and generations past. I also include quotes from the same commentaries that your pastor uses in sermon preparation.
Ultimately, the goal is to create conversations that change lives.