The most recent opportunity was two weeks ago when Maria and I were studying plate tectonics, the earth's structure, earthquakes, and volcanoes. As we looked at different types of plates, I made an off-hand comment about how many natural disaster movies could be debunked if people actually understood where certain plates are and how they shift. For whatever reason, this caused Maria to think of end of the world movies, and she asked if the world would end and, if so, how it would end.
I asked her to grab the Bible I had given her, and we looked at Revelation 21:1, "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more." To answer Maria's question, this world will end, and this passage provided a great segue to discussing how we do not know when these things will happen but how we can have confidence about the future. As far as Threads go, the conversation began with the urgency of eternity and worked its way backward to talk about God's character, man's sin, and Christ's death and resurrection. But it provided another opportunity to reiterate things that we had previously discussed about how judgment and the end of this world comes because of man's sin and how the payment we deserve for sin is death (Rom. 6:23), but if we turn away from our sins and trust in Christ for salvation, Jesus' death counts as the payment owed for the sin we have committed.
Maria is not a Christian yet. In fact, I think the conversation ended with me showing her a few chapters she could read in Scripture if she wanted to know more, and in typical middle school girl fashion, the conversation quickly flitted to something else. But as I head to her home every week, I continue to pray for the family's salvation and for opportunities to talk to them about the gospel. And with Maria and her brother, opportunities to transition to the gospel often arise out of unexpected conversation topics - like plate tectonics.
*Names are changed to maintain confidentiality.
This past Sunday, Pastor David invited church members to send in stories of opportunities they have had to share the gospel. If you have any that you would want to share, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to learn more about how to share the gospel, I encourage you to listen to the Threads sermon series by clicking on this link.