Sharing Faith the Jesus Way

Jim Currin

Currently out of print £7.99

Provides Christ-filled insights plus practical and spiritual stimulus to get us naturally introducing our friends to Jesus the Jesus way with supernatural consequences.
David Spriggs, Bible and Church Consultant, Bible Society

Content

Faith is personal, but it is not private. We are Christians today because other people shared their faith in the past. We might think the good news mainly came to us through Peter, Paul and the other great preachers that have followed since. In fact the Gospel travelled down the centuries in a variety of ways: chiefly through ordinary Christians doing ordinary things made extraordinary by the Holy Spirit. We are part of a 2000 year old chain.

This book is written for all those who feel they cannot share their faith, or have never read about doing it before now. Together we shall explore principles linked to how Jesus shared the good news: on the road, in the home on the lake or up a mountain. We shall read the Gospels and follow his example, to make it possible, natural and a positive experience as we pray. Each chapter includes practical exercises to explore with a friend or wider group.

Endorsements

Provides Christ-filled insights plus practical and spiritual stimulus to get us naturally introducing our friends to Jesus the Jesus way with supernatural consequences.
David Spriggs, Bible and Church Consultant, Bible Society

Not a formula or a programme, just a challenge to live differently... I recommend it to all Christians who want to make a difference where they are.
Ian Bunce, Head of Mission Department, Baptist Union of Great Britain

If you want to know how to evangelise, study the Gospels. This is the simple and profound truth that Jim communicates with clarity and in an accessible way for all those wanting to more actively engage in home mission. Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly invited all Christians to participate in the 'New Evangelisation' - one that is new in means, ardour and expression. Sharing Faith the Jesus Way will be an aid to many in responding to that invitation which is so essential to the Church's future mission.
Clare Ward, Home Mission Advisor, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

Author info

Jim Currin has been a Church Army Evangelist since 1979, leading missions, training, and facilitating evangelism. He is currently Secretary for Evangelisation at Churches Together in England. He has written many articles, web material, study courses, and workbooks, as well as three booklets for the Grove evangelism series, most recently Paradox in the Gospel and hosts the website www.jesus360.org.uk

Reviews

Jim Currin has been a Church Army Evangelist since 1979 and is currently Secretary for Evangelisation at Churches Together in England. He has vast experience of leading missions as well as training people in evangelism. He has written articles, a number of Grove booklets including "The 360 Gospel of Jesus", which introduces some of these ideas and the website www.jesus360.org.uk which provides support material for the book.

The book is written for those who have struggled to know how to share their faith. It is presented in a very practical and down to earth way with good real life examples and each chapter includes practical exercises to explore with a friend or wider group.

Jim's basic premise is that by looking at Jesus' encounter with people in the gospels we can develop a model for our own encounters with people. Jim suggests that Jesus responded to the whole person and his response could not be predicted.

Jim develops a model of encounter which seeks to bring our story, God's story and the story of the person together so they speak to each other. The three being connected in a triangular relationship. Our encounters with people involve listening to their story and bringing our story and God's story to bear on it.

His chapter titles give a good indication of his approach.

  • Jesus accepts you as you are.
  • Jesus respects the other person and sees their need.
  • God's love is the key to the gospel.
  • Prayer, care and share good news.
  • Accompany those who follow Jesus
  • Your journey, going on with God.

At the end of the book Jim collects 50 things that Jesus said to different people at different times in the 4 Gospels, these are all things that could have been an answer to the question "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" One observation he makes that is a challenge to some evangelists, and a liberation for many, is that the word 'repent' appears in only one of them!

I highly commend this book to anyone who wants to think more about sharing their faith with others. It could be used by bible study / fellowship / cell groups or for a sermon series. Jim provides notes for a 6 week sermon series on his website.

Reviewed by Mark Wigglesworth, Director of Mission and Pioneer Ministry


From The Church Times - March 2012

When I began to read Jim Currin's book, I couldn't help wondering whether I would end up feeling guilty about not having been as effective as I would like in sharing my faith, or simply find myself with another model that somehow didn't really work for me.

Neither turned out to be the case: this is an excellent book - encouraging, liberating, and, given its price, an absolute bargain. It is the fruit of more than 30 years' experience as a Church Army evangelist.

Writing for those who don't find it particularly easy to speak to others about their Christian faith, Currin believes that "the heart of faith-sharing is about being available, as Jesus and his disciples were, to discover what God is going to do next with you and the people you meet."

The book uses encounters in the Gospels to help us see how we can do this, and, in doing so, not only gives us a new confidence, but also refreshes our faith. He approaches the encounters that Jesus had with his contemporaries in a way that is completely faithful to the biblical narrative, but which also left me excited by the freshness of his insights.

He writes about the importance of reflecting on our own story and how we are accepted by God, and on the stories of those we talk to, as well as on God's story and how his love is at the heart of the gospel. The author explores the link between prayer, caring, and sharing our faith; and writes about accompanying those who follow Jesus, besides reflecting on our own journey with God. There are some very helpful exercises, as well as some vivid and liberating illustrations from his experience, and three very helpful appendices.

Review by Revd Jeremy Crossley


Reviewed by Howard P Webber, Mission Partner in Evangelism, The Salvation Army

Evangelism has often received bad press because of the behaviour of some so-called evangelists who are seen shouting at people in the street, or using manipulative and forceful means in their dealings with people. Jim Currin's book, 'Sharing Faith the Jesus Way' deals with these misrepresentations, highlighting the grace and beauty of the way that Jesus dealt with non-believers, and emphasising how his way ought to be our way too.

The book will appeal to the many ordinary Christians who desire to share their faith effectively, and need convincing that they already have all that they need to be able to do so. As well as being a good read for an individual, I would commend it for group study, where people can learn together and encourage each other. In fact a six week series is suggested. The 'follow up activities' at the end of each chapter are invaluable in helping the reader to remember what they have read and relate it to their everyday life.

I loved phrases like, it's 'not what we say, but what they hear,' and the way Currin shows that God has an inexhaustible range of different ways of connecting with people just where they are, and that it is God who is the evangelist. That should be reassuring to us all. I commend this book. I am sure that it is going to help many people enjoy sharing their faith in a very natural, relaxed way, and remove the guilt some feel at not being able to do what God doesn't actually require of them.

To accompany the book, Currin has created a very comprehensive and helpful website, www.jesus360.org.uk



From The Good Bookstall - 15 September 2011

I have found this review difficult to write as I felt I would not give due justice to this exciting title. Jim Currin has been steeped in the subject of Evangelism for many years now, I first met him as Diocesan Officer for Evangelism in Cumbria, but he had been involved in Evangelism long before that and of course still is. He writes with passion and enthusiasm for his subject, and wants to encourage us all to share our faith.

In his introduction he writes 'Sharing faith is personal but it is not private. It is doubtful that we would be Christians today if the disciples of Jesus had not told others in their day. We are links in a 2000-year old chain. So how are we to pass on the Good News of Jesus Christ? I believe the key is to see how Jesus did it himself.'

And this is what Jim sets out to do. His chapter headings explain his approach, the first being 'Jesus accepts you as you are.' Making you take stock of your own faith. This is not a book to curl up with and just read. It is a book to work through, making notes for yourself and referring to suggested websites for further information. Possible to do on your own, but even better to do with a companion or in a group.

Reviewed by Mary Bartholomew


From a reader

I read Sharing Faith the Jesus Way, because I was afraid to speak of, and demonstrate my growing faith with my non Christian family and friends.

In the two months since then, I have shared my faith with many children in school assemblies and Sunday school, have led a holiday club, led worship and prayers, testified excitedly to friends and even preached a sermon. However, the biggest change has been my openness with family and colleagues and the ability to come alongside non Christian friends, recognising and helping to meet their point of need, with unconditional love, wherever they happen to be just as Jesus did.

I am no longer afraid of what people think of me, because I am confident in God's love for me. I hope that my relationships with others and my relationship with God will help them to come to know Him as He helps me to demonstrate His love.

I know that I am only able to do this, not in my own strength, but through prayer and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and my prayer is 'Lord show me how to love like You have loved me.'

At the start of his book, Jim encourages us to come on an adventure - one we don't undertake on our own. Jim's prayers follow the reader as they explore their own faith hand in hand with the Holy Spirit who is our greatest teacher and who will equip us with all we need as we share our faith. I have started on this great and exciting adventure and look forward with anticipation to where it will lead me.

Sue


From The Baptist Times - August 2011

This book benefits from Jim Currin's experience as an evangelist with the Church Army and his awareness of contemporary cultural challenges for evangelism as Secretary for the Churches Together in England Group for Evangelisation. He has the gift of writing with clarity. His passion is to help ordinary Christians overcome their anxieties about evangelism and help them do it.

Jim identified the top 50 sayings of Jesus, relating to sharing the Gospel. He has used these to create this book and other resources. The apparent simplicity of this approach should not be confused with ignorance or na vet .

Jesus' words indicate 'diversity and inclusion'; he had no set formula or approach when it came to explaining and involving people in the new life of God's Kingdom which he came to bring. So, we can be flexible in how we present the Gospel - both in terms of the language and the contexts we use but also in utilising approaches which fit our personality.

In the introduction Jim tackles contemporary concerns about evangelism, whether it is appropriate anyway and how you can do it in a resistant society. He likes the model of 'witness' and values the approach which seeks to connect three stories.

There is your story, there is the story of the other person, and there is God's story in Jesus. (Page 17).

This book also emphasizes, again following Jesus, the importance of deep listening on our side if the other person is ever going to hear.

The next chapters, which are the core of the book, consist of

1. Jesus accepts you as you are

2. Jesus respects the other person and sees their need

3. God's love is the key to the Gospel

4. Prayer, care and share good news

5. Accompanying those who follow Jesus

6. Your journey; going on with God.

Each chapter is broken down into helpful sub sections, and groups of these are stimulated with 'follow up activities'.

Supporting the use of the book there are six sermon outlines, six study notes for home groups (trialled in churches), plus other resources. Buy it; read it; use it, share it!

Book details

  • ISBN: 9781841018621
  • Published: 22 July 2011
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
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