Friendship Evangelism Evangelism occurs most easily within existing relationships, rather than by talking to strangers. Since we usually already have credibility with our friends and family members, they are more likely to take the gospel seriously. Because of identification with friends, it is easier for the non- Christian to envision him/herself becoming a Christian. Also, the skills involved in effective friendship evangelism are much more common than those needed for cold-contact evangelism. At Dalworth Park the third Sunday of each month has been designated as Bring-A-Friend-Sunday.
Scripture gives examples of this principle. See John 1:41-51, Acts 16:30-34, and 1 Peter 3:1, 2.
Application Those of us who have non-Christian friends or relatives should be aware of the opportunity that we have to reach these friends and loved ones for Christ. Part of our motivation for sharing the gospel with others is the vision of seeing our friends find Christ and grow spiritually.
We should ask for prayer support from Christian friends in reaching these people. Then, we should patiently and carefully endeavor to share the grace of God with them. If we are unsure about how to bring the subject up, or what to say, we should ask older Christians for help in these areas. Likewise if we encounter resistance or other difficulties, we should not hesitate to ask for ideas from older Christian friends.
Discussion Question In the case of those of us who do not currently have friends or relatives who might be responsive to the gospel, in what ways can we still be directly involved in friendship evangelism?
Answers We can continue to maintain and foster a convinced outlook that outreach is right, and that it is important. This consensus is a vital part of the motivating, healthy environment needed to encourage evangelism in others.
We can pray for non-Christians by name (see below). We can spend time with non-Christians trying to make friends, showing them the love of Christ in various ways. Christians need to be willing to socialize with non-Christians. This is directly implied in Christ's command that we not only "love them that love us"(Matthew 5:46, 47).
We may be able to help those who have friends investigating Christianity by advising them, encouraging them, or joining them with their friends.
The evangelism team here at Dalworth Park CoC would like to inspire every Christian to share their faith.
Evangelism Team JIMMY MOBLEY, BOBBY JACKSON, and ZEB BRADLEY
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