Leaving the Comfort Zone – DTS September 2017/18 – Week 5

Leaving the Comfort Zone


- Damaris Barrios and Hannah Skinner


Your heart is racing. You spot the person that you want to talk to but the words and courage have not found their way to your body. As you are on your way to speak with the person in mind you think “Maybe I should turn around and walk away.”

Evangelism forces us out of our comfort zones. We don’t like to interrupt. We don’t strike up conversations with strangers on the street. And we don’t talk about religion. But sometimes God asks us to do all three at once.

This was a really challenging topic for all of us. I sat down with Kelly, one of my fellow students, and talked about how this week impacted her.

What were some struggles you had to overcome to be able to talk to others about Jesus?

One struggle I had to work past was being scared about what other thought about me being a Christ follower. I also had to overcome not being ashamed of God and what I believe. God isn’t ashamed to call me His child, He isn’t afraid of saying that He loves me. So the real question is, why am I afraid saying what I believe?

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How did you deal with getting out of your comfort zone?

You can live in fear or faith but you can’t live in both. Fear doesn’t allow you to grow as a person. It doesn’t allow you to grow in your relationship with God. God looks at the heart, at your intentions. He understands we are nervous and that’s why He says that He is with us wherever we go. Mark Baxter said His glory is more important than our comfort. We have to remember that we are here for God’s purpose and not our own. His will be done and not my own.

What was the most interesting part of the lecture? What will you always remember?

Our speaker’s testimony really stuck with me. We often have these misconceptions of God. God doesn’t love me. God doesn’t care about me. God can’t use me after all the wrongs we’ve done. God won’t change me. But God can change me and my heart. He loves us all whether we chose to follow Him or not. His love is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. God can use me and my story to be an example to others of how much He loves us and how He will never leave us nor forsake us despite how much wrong we’ve done. He forgives us and doesn’t hold on to it.

Which part of the teaching really challenged you when it comes to evangelism?

Evangelism is interruption. That sentence in and of itself says a lot. We are a society of task one, task two, task three. We don’t like to interrupt people and we don’t like being interrupted, or at least that’s the case for me. To interrupt someone for something, it better have some sort of purpose. Jesus is my purpose. His will to be done, His kingdom come. If we want to be like God, we have to love like Him. We need to look at things through God’s eyes and through His perspective, not our own.

Kelly challenged me to remember my identity. God created me and loves me. This is a radical truth. But does it inspire me to act? Do I live like this is true? Evangelism is scary. It requires me to die to myself and live for Christ. I’d much rather sit here in my comfort zone. But Christ died for me. He calls me to something greater than fear. He calls me into life.

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