God is speaking all the time. But we need to be on the right channels to hear him. One of the massive things he is saying to us comes from Jesus: “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Jesus is saying: “Live on mission with me!” Today Perry and Shawna welcome popular speaker, author, and college professor at Penn State: Dr. Heather Holleman to have a conversation about her new book: Sent: Living a Life that Leads Others to Jesus.
Living sent begins from a starting point of our identity as the Father’s loved child. So sharing Jesus flows from who we are rather than inviting us into something more to do. As a result, we live as sent people not out of guilt, shame, or a sense of duty. Sent people naturally enter into evangelism the same way they eat breakfast or walk down the street. It’s simply a part of who they are. So first we talk about living from a sent identity. Then we talk about how vital it is to use our own transformation story along with scripture as we share our faith.
Next, a 2019 Barna Group survey found that 47 percent of Christians believed it was wrong to share our faith, especially among millennials. It’s a conversation about seeing people as precious, not as projects. Then a conversation about using our home as a gospel outpost. What is that?? Turns out, it’s pretty sweet. And finally we share our big takeaways from the show including the story of Shawna’s friend Paula who chose not to take her life because three years before that, someone had told her: “God loves you!”
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.