@Brittany_Bowman1 Amen! Let us pray for both of these guys! As I said, I rambled a bit and I think that is fine, but here is the general outline.
The Fall of Man
Adam/Even lived in perfect world. God gave them one command - do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good/evil. The serpent came into the garden - here I usually briefly discuss 3 points, all throughout emphasizing that satan is a liar and works through distorting truth.
- Did God really say? satan always begins by questioning God’s Word
- You will not die - satan denies that sin has consequences - here I tied in the rapper who had died - since they had already said everyone expected him to be killed because of the life he had chosen to live - but more generally sin is destructive in all of our lives. Since they were young men, I talked a little about honoring God with our bodies and how the joy of God is greater than beer/pizza (than when their new wine abounds as it says in Psalms)
- the fruit is tasty - the lure of sin is like a trap - it pull us in and destroys
Our Sin Separates us from God
Isaiah 59 says our sin puts a wall between us and God. I talked about how we have all fallen short - listed the ten commandments very quickly and Jesus’ interpretation of them. Then discussed how everything we chase but God is a cracked cistern. Sex, career, sports - in the end only God can satisfy the desires of our hearts, but we have cut ourselves off from Him.
Jesus’ work on the Cross
Through Christ we have the hope of being reconciled with God through His death and resurrection. We can overcome sin - we are all slaves to sin - but Jesus can give us the victory. Even as a Christian we will always have a battle between the flesh and the Spirit, but in Christ we are able to walk in the Spirit and not gratify our flesh.
A New Heavens and Earth
I very briefly discussed how this world is very messed up - they had been talking about that before. But how Jesus will one day make it new - no more death, pain or people hurting one another.
I then asked if they had every prayed to know Christ - they were catholic after all. They said no - I asked if they would like to - they said yes. So I prayed over them after giving them a warning - I asked if they were truly willing to attempt to honor God with heart, body and soul because it didn’t matter if not and we are not saved by the faith of our parents, priest or pastor. They said yes and we prayed. Then we chatted some and continued playing.
I probably rambled more than that in reality But that is roughly what I felt the Lord wanted me to communicate.
Pray for these guys!!!
Do you have any feedback on what I communicated? If you notice there was no complex apologetics - just the good ole Gospel. And in my experience, for 8/10 people, that is really all it takes. Most people are not going to ask you hard questions - even if they have them - without a relationship. And the Gospel is enough to save - yesterday, today and forever! And even if they do ask you hard questions, people respect honesty - if you say you honestly don’t know that is not a problem at all. Most people respect that and will remember your sincere heart. And even when I haven’t had all the answers people often have still wanted me to pray for them - not necessarily to receive Christ but just for their lives - which is a blessing and shows that God had indeed made Himself evident.