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The Passion


How to share Christ with people who have seen the film

By Randy Hurst

Films about Jesus usually offer short highlights of many events in His life without focusing for a significant length of time on the price He paid to purchase our salvation. The Passion depicts our Lord’s suffering and death in greater detail than any previous film of Jesus’ life.

The Passion focuses primarily on the final 12 hours of Jesus’ life — His suffering and death. Also in the film are several flashbacks to significant events in Jesus’ life. The final scene is the Resurrection.

This article can be viewed along with other evangelism helps online at www.howtosharechrist.com. Full-color booklets of this article can be ordered from Gospel Publishing House (1-800-641-4310). Ask for product #749145.

Most nonbelievers who view the film are deeply moved by the magnitude of the Lord’s suffering as He bore the sins of the world on the cross. It opens the door of opportunity to witness for the first time in the lives of some nonbelievers. For those with whom Christians have been sharing their faith, the film makes an inspirational impact that will help move them toward a decision to respond to the Holy Spirit’s convincing work in their minds and hearts.

But a film will not do our witnessing for us! It is not a substitute for our personal ministry in the lives of nonbelievers. Few people make decisions to receive Christ because of a single presentation of the gospel. Believers who assume that simply attending the film will give a person an adequate witness don’t understand fully how the Holy Spirit leads people to faith in Christ.

A critical part of effective witnessing is timing. God works in nonbelievers’ lives and allows us the privilege of entering into that work. Because God is at work in the circumstances, minds and hearts of people, we must be ready to respond to them when He gives us opportunities.

Both the apostles Peter and Paul taught the early Christians to be effective witnesses by being responsive to nonbelievers. Peter wrote, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”1 And Paul wrote to the Colossians: “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”2

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