Weaving the message of Jesus into our words and work:
Christians at the Office
Complete each assignment on a separate sheet, three-hole punched, for insertion into your workbook. Be SURE to do the 'mirror' practicing before coming to class--we WILL be practicing some of these IN CLASS with those sitting around us, and some WILL be asked to read their statements aloud.
Assignment 1: Goal and Method. Describe briefly a couple of your experiences at sharing your faith, both at work and in other areas of life. For each experience, describe your motivation, what actually triggered the sharing event, the outcome, good things about it, bad things about it, and whatever happened to the person. Then describe a couple of times you WANTED to share with a co-worker but didn't. Include in the description what the situation was, what you felt in your heart, what you wanted to say, what stopped you from saying it, and what would have helped you to actually say it (e.g. training, individual setting, less fear).
Assignment 2: Goal and Method. Make a list of the most vivid instances of the Lord's interaction in YOUR life; instances that you would find difficult to account for in any other way. Try to include AT LEAST one very specific answered prayer, one very specific case of providential events, and one very specific instance of when you sensed His presence in times of difficulty (with the result that you were strengthened and enabled to get through the crisis).
Assignment 3: Goal and Method. Make a list of 5 co-workers that you interact with most frequently. List their name, job title, how they relate to you on an Organization chart, how long you have known them, any interests they have, your guess as to their religious background, how frequently you interact with them, and any crises or major stress events in their lives that you know of. [We will refer to this list of co-workers in future assignments as the "starter list"]
Assignment 4: Goal and Method. Think about your business environment. Try to visualize 3-4 inappropriate ways of sharing your faith there. Then reflect back on the people who were most influential in YOUR spiritual journey--what did they do? What did they say? How did they communicate credibility to you? How did they communicate love and care for you? How did they bring the subject up?
Assignment 5: Goal and Method. Write up your own personalized version of a "Cease and Desist" conversation with your boss.
Assignment 6: Living the Life. For each person on your starter list, describe one thing you could do to show care in their situation. Then make a short list of the projects or tasks they are working on, and what you might do to make a small contribution to their success. Finally, try to design a schedule of who to 'praise', when, for what, and through what media (e.g. email, kudo letter to their boss, voicemail).
Assignment 7: Living the Life. For each person on your starter list, describe any 'tarnish' on your reputation they may have seen in the past, and when this would have occurred. Then, describe the most positive interaction you have had with them, and when. Finally, rate your overall "credibility" , your "ethical reputation", "gentle spirit", and your "work respect" in their eyes, on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high).
Assignment 8: Proclamation. Write out a Works-to-Words conversation for the last two compliments you got at work.
Assignment 9: Proclamation. Write up a "When you lose it" recovery statement for the last three such situations.
Assignment 10: Proclamation. For each person on the
starter list, try to make an initial guess as to which "approach" you
might use. Choose a first choice and a second choice from the list of
approaches" given in the Proclamation section (e.g., friendship setting, personal strength approach, past prayer approach), and give a brief explanation as to why you selected the first choice:
Assignment 11: Content. Describe how much clarity YOU had when you first became a believer. How much did it make sense? What was the overriding concept that was foremost in your mind.? If you used literature, how much of it do you think you understood?
Assignment 12: Content. Evaluate the following tracts (taken verbatim from the Web) for clarity and impact on your co-workers. Convert the fourth paragraph of the first one into a 'non-religious sounding' paragraph.
Come to me ,all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gental and humble, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matt.11:28-30.
Jesus has said, "come to Me, you that labor. "Do you have a heavy burden? Do you long for rest and peace? Jesus has said, "come to Me you that are burdened down." come to Jesus that you may find rest for your soul in a living Savior.
Jesus knows what you have been through. If you are depressed, lonely and feel as though you don't have a friend in the world, come to Jesus now. Jesus loves you and He cares. Won't you take the yoke of Jesus upon you? Thus, if Jesus sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
The Blood of Jesus has the power to wash away all your sins. The Name of Jesus has the power to set you free from your burden .No burden is too hard or heavy. Jesus wants you to come to Him that He may give you rest .Come to Jesus if you are discouraged. Cast your burdens on the Lord. Why carry your burdens any longer when it's Jesus who is your burden bearer. Give it to Jesus. Put it under the blood. Use the Blood. There is power in the Blood of Jesus.
You that feel there is no where or no one to turn to. It is JESUS who will satisfy your longing heart and soul. Come to Jesus while there is still time.
If you are planning on going to heaven, you will have to go through the precious name of Jesus Christ. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" ROMANS 3:23. All have sinned, excluding no one.
The same God that said He would not hold one guiltless for taking His name in vain, loved you so much that He sent His only Son to die for you. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." JOHN 3:16.Whosoever believeth in Him, can be saved Excluding no one. Whosoever.
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN BE SAVED!
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in shine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." ROMANS 10:9 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." 1 John 5:13
Wouldn't you like to know for sure that you have eternal life? I don't mean hope so think so, or guess so. I mean KNOW so.
DON'T LAY THIS LEAFLET DOWN UNTIL, YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE!
YOUR JUDGMENT IS SOON COMING!
Since you don't have the promise of tomorrow, ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart and save your soul today.
Just trust Him and pray, "Jesus I realize I'm a sinner, forgive me of my sins and come into my heart and give me eternal life. I now believe You can. Amen."
Assignment 13: Content. Write YOUR story (two-minute version). Make sure you minimize the religious terminology. Practice in front of the mirror THREE times before coming to class. Remember to include a description of the situation, a comment about the messenger, a statement about the perceived need, what content you understood from the message/messenger/literature, what thinking/evaluation process you went through in deciding to make that step, what doubts you had while you went ahead with the decision, what you expected to occur immediately, and how it helped.
Assignment 14: Content. Describe two False views of Jesus. Speculate on how those images are created and transmitted in our culture.
Assignment 15: Content. Write your own Pivot paragraph. Practice in a mirror at least THREE times before class.
Assignment 16: Content. Write out a mock-up of an entire 'someday lunch', up through the first paragraph of YOUR STORY.
Assignment 17: Call to Action. Write your CALL to ACTION statement. Practice with mirror three times. Then give the combination of PIVOT plus YOUR STORY plus your CALL to ACTION twice.
Assignment 18: Call to Action. Write out your response to "You're just trying to make me a Christian". Practice three times in front of mirror.
Assignment 19: Problems. Pick any three Tuff Questions and write out your response to each. Read each one to the mirror once. Then write up a "getting out of the argument" statement you could use for antagonists. Practice twice before the mirror.
Assignment 20: Problems. Write up a "how much do you know about Jesus" statement for someone with a background in eastern religion.
Assignment 21: Problems: Write up your response for when they "say No" and won't give you a reason for it. Practice three times in the mirror.
Assignment 22: When they say Yes: Write up a response for when they "say YES" and tell you. Especially be sure to include the invitation to get together regularly for a few weeks.
Assignment 23: When they say Yes: Based on YOUR understanding and experience of the Christian walk with God, design a "Follow up" program for ten lunches (2 per week for 5 weeks). Include for each meeting: the topic to cover, why it is important, what verses you would discuss, what problems you would discuss, any literature you would use, and any homework assignments and/or pre-work you would give them.