Thinking Thursday: Relating the Gospel part 2 – Connecting with Friends and Family

Relating the Gospel to Friends and Family

[Part 1 of this short series can be found here]

The fear behind evangelism

We do care, but lack courage to talk to strangers.
Evangelism will provoke hostility.
Jesus sent the disciples out as sheep among wolves (Matt.10:16), but told them not to worry. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matt.10:20)

We must not respond with hostility, the Holy Spirit will help us to know how to behave.
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)
Rico Tice said, ‘God is the great evangelist, the great seeker.’ We need to be the same.

God has a plan

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place. (Acts 17:26)
Coincidences don’t happen in God’s plan. You are always in God’s hands, trust him.
If you’re not bubbly and confident, remember God made you that way. You can witness in your own way, don’t try to be something you’re not.

The marvel of grace

Evangelism begins in our hearts.
In the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11- 32), the father shows outrageous grace. But the older son displays anger, lies, self righteousness. We need to show grace, as we have received it, not pride.

The priority of prayer

Prayer must be a priority, and in that we must acknowledge God’s sovereignty. By his spirit God gives us the words. See Matt.10:20 above.

The power of love

We are the first account of the gospel that many people will read.

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Col.4:5-6)

Loving others is about really wanting the best for them, not a project to share the gospel.
Sharing with family is much harder. Maybe they don’t need a gospel presentation, they just need to know we love them.

Bringing the Gospel HomeBringing the Gospel Home is a book by Randy Newman about sharing the gospel with family and friends. You may find it helpful.

Be humble not arrogant. For example, say, ‘I need forgiveness,’ not, ‘You need to repent.’
Listen carefully to them.

The value of patience

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:7)

As we continue to pray for them, we will grow and our love of and understanding of the gospel will grow.

[EMW Ladies Conference 25 April 2015: Speaker Kath Paterson from Bristol]

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About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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