How can you evangelize your friends and family without offending them or drive them further away from the faith?
Every Christian has a relative, a friend, colleague or acquaintance who is not a Christian. The Gospel with others is always difficult. The Gospel to others is even harder if you want to do this with someone close to you to the heart. The Bible tells us that some people will be offended by the Gospel (Luke 12:51-53). It is particularly worrying that we might run the risk that we offend someone with whom we have regular contact. But, we are commanded to share the Gospel with others - and there are no excuses for not doing so (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 3:15). How can we then evangelize our families, friends, colleagues and / or acquaintances? The main thing we can do for them is pray for them. Pray that God will change their hearts and eyes to see the truth of the Gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). Pray that God will convince them of His love for them and their need for salvation through Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Pray for wisdom about how you can serve them (James 1:5). Besides praying you must also ensure that you have a godly Christian life, so that they can perceive the change that God has made in your life (1 Peter 3:1-2). As St. Francis of Assisi once said, "Preach the Gospel always and use words if necessary." After all this you must be willing and brave to share the Gospel effectively with them. Proclaim the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to your friends and relatives (Romans 10:9-10). Be always willing to talk about your faith (1 Peter 3:15), but never do it on a gentle and disrespectful way. It is God's power and grace that save people, not our efforts. The best and most important thing we can do for them is pray for them, be a witness for them, and show them that we have a respectful Christian life.
How to lead them to repentance!
Most simple thing that you could use is the "Four Spiritual Laws." It is a Bible study that programmed to call people to Christ. Study this carefully before you go to them. Take it step by step with them.
"By the way, do you know Jesus yet?"
"Many Christians find excuses not to evangelize"
Christians should principally evangelize through friendships. Loudly proclaiming the Gospel on the streets no longer works, one finds. However, that according evangelist Joop van Ooijen not say that the great mass of Christians should not try to speak. "When you stick to your own friends or family, you reach more than a hundred people. Plat said the hit rate than the minimum that the person to repentance. I try not to look for the person who is lost and saved to be. I learned of Jesus. We also have people really look that we would not normally encounter. " Joop van Ooijen often evangelizes on markets. "That we read in the book of Acts also. Christians were proclaiming busy. In markets do you meet people and create conversations. If you're lucky, someone puts his heart a little bare. People often just want to talk to strangers about God . Then you can start about Jesus. You can appeal to a market 200 people a day. About 95% say in general 'bonjour', 4% and 2% will be talking really do something with. Those are four people . These people give me something and they are welcome in our Bible studies. " The evangelist stresses the importance not only to their own circles to focus, but also for strangers to find. Jesus said, "Preach the Gospel to all creation." That this happens more often than not, is all excuses. "Many Christians find excuses not everyone they encounter the Gospel to tell," says Joop. "They have their problems of conscience not to do. I do many believers in the street. If you ask to go, they do so often. There evangelize but very few people. Where are the evangelists? I am never approached by people if I Jesus already know. That's weird? ' "Every Christian has to tell. Corrie ten Boom once said:" The best thank you to God can give because you are saved, is it to testify. " Many Christians say: 'I'm saved, but I want it now not about. Every Christian can still appeal to people that they encounter? If someone asks you a packet is delivered, you can still say:' By the way , do you know Jesus yet? '"
"Many Christians have a Christmas-faith"
"There's a hole in our Gospel"
Christians must not only preach the Gospel, but the Gospel must come alive. It would be a dramatic improvement in the condition of the poor in the world. That said Richard Stearns at the presentation of the Dutch edition of his book "The Hole in our Gospel", says Fries Dagblad.
Stearns denounces in The Hole in our Gospel according to him the one-sided view that Christians in America and probably elsewhere in the world, on the message of the Gospel: that would only be about personal forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ . Crucial for a fuller understanding of the gospel was Luke Stearns 4, where Jesus begins his public ministry and like a mission statement indicates. When he was in the synagogue Jesajarol unrolling and reading about the poor, blind and prisoners, this says Stearns that not only proclamation of the Gospel there, but also of compassion (pity and concern for the poor and blind) and of justice (for prisoners). "Across our hole (hole) in the Gospel is a whole (full) Gospel of Jesus himself. It calls for not only the good news (s) sermons, but the good news to do."
Stearns described the situation of two churches to show how dire the consequences of such unilateral Gospel can be. One church in Haiti and is built of rags and canvas, set among a camp of thousands displaced as a result of the earthquake two years ago. On Sunday the church service lasts three, four hours and saw there Stearns totally destitute and crippled people praising God. The other church was that of the University Presbyterian Church in America. It is the building of a rich city, where everything sparkles and shines Christmas time come and enjoy the beautiful church choirs, after they have done in the shopping malls around. "What would God think when he looks at these two churches,'' said Stearns wondered aloud.
"Evangelism methods should with the times"
Evangelism in the electronic world is necessary if people are increasingly dependent on technology to communicate. This conclusion drew Christians during a conference. "While the Gospel never be changed, the methods used to convey this message with the time of the last communication," said one of the participants at the annual conference of the Great Commission Research Network (GCRN). The conference focused on how the average local church can use the electronic medium to share the Good News. "The electronic media is increasingly becoming a powerful tool to be used for both good and evil," says GCRN Chairman Bob Whitesel. "And the church must know how to do good position to take, which is against the poor." The GCRN consists of a group of Christian writers, researchers, professors and doctors who examine how it can be more effectively evangelized. Participant Rusty Reuff advises churches to a video introduction of the church on their website. He noted that videos are becoming increasingly popular. Whitesel also notes that electronic evangelism is much cheaper than other forms of evangelism. "It's a kind of democratization of evangelism. More and more small churches to evangelize at this level because it is less expensive." The Christian researcher Ed Stetzer adds that Skype also shows that people over the Internet to enter into a dialogue with someone.
Author: Jeffrey Schipper
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