SPRINGFIELD – There is no room for timidity when it comes to sharing the good news of Jesus. That was the message of Greg Stier, the founder of Dare 2 Share evangelism resources, during the Great Commission Conference at Ridgecrest Baptist Church here Feb. 25.
Stier and his entire extended family are Christians today because someone shared the gospel with one of his uncles, quite literally on a dare.
“I don’t come from a typical, religious, hymn-singing, pew-sitting family,” he said. “I come from a family filled with body-building, tobacco-chewing, beer-drinking thugs, and that’s just the women.”
Still, a Christian acquainted with the mafia-involved family dared a preacher to share Jesus with Stiers’ uncle, Jack.
“He’d heard religion before, but for the first time when that preacher opened the Bible, my uncle heard that Jesus came to die for people just like him. Even the worst of sinners could be saved.”
When the preacher looked at him and asked if the Scriptures made sense to him, Stiers’ Uncle Jack replied back with an enthusiastic expletive, a colorful way of affirming that yes he understood the gospel and his own need for forgiveness salvation. He began sharing Christ with everyone he met, transforming his family.
“It all started because one person from the suburbs was willing to do whatever it took to get my Uncle Jack to Jesus,” Stier said. “Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get that one person to Jesus?”