The 'No' to Good News
What do we do when we tell people the good news that Jesus is an able and willing Savior for them and they say 'no'? When they say 'no' to the invitation to embrace the Lord Jesus and find life? When they don't believe the good news and do not respond in repentance and faith?
There are a number of things we could do when this happens in our personal relationships.
There are two things we should not do.
1. Walk away and never talk to them again. (Luke 9:5)
2. Berate them for being so hard-hearted and foolish. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
There are a number of things we could do, depending on the situation.
1. Ask them why they said 'no' and try to address their concerns/thinking. (Acts 18:4)
2. Share your own testimony and troubles you had with believing. (1 Timothy 1:12-17)
3. Challenge them to read the Bible for themselves. (Matthew 12:1-8)
4. Challenge them to disprove the evidence for the resurrection of Christ. (Matthew 28:11-20)
5. Challenge them to find satisfaction outside of God. (Isaiah 55:1-3)
6. Challenge them to find a solution to their guilt outside of Christ. (Psalm 24:1-6)
7. Challenge them to look at life and the wonders of this world and still dismiss God. (Psalm 19:1-6)
8. Give them something to read and think about. (2 Timothy 2:7)
9. Give them something to listen to or watch and think about. (Luke 7:18-23)
10. Ask for more opportunities to talk with them again and to continue the conversation. (Acts 17:32-34)
11. Ask to read the Bible with them. (Acts 8:29-31)
12. Ask them to come to church with you or to other events where the gospel will be presented. (John 1:40-46)
13. Keep serving them and loving them. (1 Peter 3:1-6)
14. Continue to pray for them. (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
15. Encourage them to pray and to ask God to show them the truth. (Acts 8:18-24)
16. Warn them of the consequences of rejecting their only Savior. (Hebrews 10:28-30)
17. Make sure that you have presented the gospel as 'good news' and not just another religion of earning your way to acceptance with God through good works. (Luke 18:9-14)
It is our responsibility as good neighbors to love others with the good news of the gospel. But ultimately they are responsible for their response to the gospel. And ultimately God must change their hearts so that they will come to Christ.
You can hear more about what to do when people resist the gospel by going here and listening to 'No' Conversations.
You can hear more about our responsibility to respond to the gospel and the need for God to change our hearts by going here and listening to Happy Infants.