As I close this series, I’d like to review a few of the key points concerning tactics in sharing with Mormons.
We must always keep in mind all Mormons have been deceived by Satan and are deceiving others. We need to share the truth in the love and help them walk away from Mormonism. As we discuss beliefs we can relax because it is God that brings people into His kingdom and not us; we can celebrate the opportunity to talk about our favorite subject—Jesus Christ.
Remember to apply the five Principles for sharing with a Mormon. My first point was we need to be relational. Don’t think of the person you are talking to as a project; rather they are a person who cares enough about you to come to your door and share Jesus. As written in 1 Peter 3:15, treat them with gentleness and respect. Second be patient when sharing. Think in terms of a long term relationship and don’t shove information down their throats. Stop when they’ve had enough. Third we need to be courageous. Have the fortitude to share with the person at your door. Over time as you share, bring up more difficult and controversial issues that may make them uncomfortable. Remind them this is not a personal attack but an attempt to show the contradictions in their belief system. Fourth study what you believe and what they believe. Practice what you’ve learned by role playing with a trusted Christian friend. Fifth realize we share and God saves. By relying on the power of the Holy Spirit you can relax and share in a loving manner.
So what is success in sharing with Mormons? In my story about the Mormons that came to my door, success was the day two new missionaries showed up at my door while I was in my office preparing lessons to teach about Mormonism. They came because of the love my friend Dylan and I demonstrated 9 months ago with the previous 2 missionaries. Success was the fact these two missionaries kept returning week after week. They told us they were excited to talk with us. Success is having the privilege of being a witness for Christ and leaving the results to God. Do you want to enjoy the experience of success? This week do as Paul did, pray for opportunities to share and wisdom to say the right things and then step up to the plate.
God has given us the challenge in Acts 1:8 “…but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Jesus was telling the disciples, when you share your faith, you will not be alone; your power as a witness will come from the Holy Spirit. God has given us the opportunity to be a witness for Christ. The challenge is to start this week.