Gospel Opportunity with a Stranger

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The highlight of this photo is not the delicious breakfast burrito in front of me but Deb’s Bible opened up in front of her. Thank God for discipleship with Deb, which started this year and lead to a Gospel opportunity with a stranger at the coffee shop where Deb and I met up on Saturday! Just before I arrived, a 50 year old man at the next table saw Deb reading her Bible and struck up a conversation with us about faith for about 45 minutes. Deb and I were blessed with a unique opportunity to share the Gospel and be challenged to defend the faith with a stranger who was raised Catholic and curious about Christianity. Much of what we shared was not new to the man who grew up attending mass and Catholic school, knew the stories of God’s creation and Jesus’s life, visited a Christian church once, and has explored other religions, philosophies, and ideas, including Buddhism and science. We got to share the simple message of the Gospel, God’s mercy and grace in sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross that no god of any other religion has done to bring salvation to man, and the freedom and hope that we have in our personal relationship with God. We answered some of his questions and realized our own lack of knowledge about other major religions and science. It convicted us to memorize Scripture so that we can use the Bible to defend the faith. After the man left the coffee shop, we prayed that God would grow the seed planted in his heart. I found it soul-satisfying to preach the Gospel not only to the stranger but also to myself. Praise God that we are not saved by our own understanding of an incomprehensible God but by God’s grace in opening our eyes to know and trust in Him!

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. –John 14:6

Coffee and More: 100 S Murphy Ave #1, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
www.yelp.com/biz/coffee-and-more-sunnyvale-5
ordered – breakfast burrito ($6.95) and medium roast Brazil fresh brewed coffee ($2.00)

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