Resources and Training
Who are our neighbors? What do they believe? What is their culture like? How can I interact with them?
We’ve all wondered things like this from time to time. As we set out to be more intentional the next 10 years in being a blessing to the nations it is important for us to be informed about the people God has placed right here in our neighborhoods. Community Connections has captured these series of monthly seminars led by experts in the particular topic of the day.
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- “People don’t make any kind of life changing decision unless they are in pain.”
- Explains how the pendulum has swung from one end of the spectrum to the other starting with the 1920′s up to the 2000′s
- Explains why the 30 year old and under crowd are “hungry for moral absolutes, teamwork, and hungry to join something that will change their lives.”
- You have to be intentional, relational, and hold an event.
Why is it that many Christians become frustrated and don’t follow through when they are asked to bring their friends to an outreach event, or to tell their friends about Christ? Maybe it’s because we don’t know many non-Christians and those we do know, we consider to be acquaintances rather than friends. This makes it even more difficult to bridge the gap to spiritual issues. Have Christians become cocooned?
HEART OF THE MATTER
Cocooning was a buzzword of the ‘80s. VCRs and Domino’s Pizza have made it possible for people to spin a web of safety and security in their own comfortable environment rather than venture out into the world.
Sometimes Christians cocoon into spiritual safety and security rather than take risks to build relationships with the lost. We fill our evenings with Bible studies, fill our lives with Christian friends and end up isolating ourselves from the very culture to which we were called to be salt and light.
The Christian community should be a place from which we can confidently go out into battle building common-ground relationships with the lost. It should not be our fortress where we hide from the world separating ourselves from those we are seeking to reach.
Jesus was often criticized by the religious leaders of His day for associating with tax collectors and sinners. His response revealed both His heart for and pursuit of the lost: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
As Christians, our mission is to reach out into the world around us and love people into a lifechanging relationship with Christ. The following steps are principles for building bridges of friendship with lost students.
STEPS TO TAKE
1. Make new friends
- Make a list of unreached friends.
- Get involved in common ground activities such as intramurals, band, greek system, clubs, etc.
- Be yourself and have fun.
- Remember there are lots of morally neutral places you can go and things you can do with non-Christians.
- Study the life of Christ; He was a friend of sinners.
- Pray consistently for your new friends.
- Ask God for sincere compassion (Mark 9:36).
- Pray for God’s Spirit to work in their hearts (John 16:7-11).
- Pray for open doors and opportunities (Colossians 4:3).
- Pray for their salvation (Romans 10:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-7).
- Imagine a group of 10 believers praying for 10 people each. That would be 100 non-Christians being prayed for!
3. Give yourself
- Be a good conversationalist and friend.
- Be available in the hard times.
- Enjoy being with them without having an agenda.
- Focus on their heart, not their actions. Don’texpect them to live the Christian life yet.
- Idea: Small groups in a Los Angeles church throw a party once a month. The Christians in the groupinvite their non-Christian friends, allowing relationships to form with other Christians.
4. Tell them
- Tell them your story of the difference Christ has made in your life.
- Invite them to church or to an outreach event.
- Ask if anyone has explained to them what it means to be a true Christian. Let them know how to begin a relationship with God.
- Begin an investigative Bible study of the Gospelof John. Lead them to Christ as you sense they are ready.
REAL LIFE STORY Damon and Andrea were involved in Campus Crusade in college. After graduating they got married, and Damon went to medical school while Andrea got a job. After becoming involved in a church, they helped give leadership to a church-based campus ministry with students attending from two universities. They also got to know another couple from Damon’s class in medical school.
They prayed for this couple, took them to church, and spent time with them. After several months, their friends received Christ. Because they had a relationship with Damon and Andrea (and with the church), it was natural for the new couple to receive follow-up and become involved in the church.
6 Part Conversational Evangelism
Taking Conversations To A New Level
DVDs that you can borrow from the Community Connections Office:
- Escaping Scientology- One woman’s remarkable journey from L. Ron Hubbard to Jesus Christ
- The Marks of a Cult-A Biblical Analysis
- The Bible Vs. Joseph Smith- Testing the predictions of Biblical and Mormon prophets
- Jesus the Cross and the Resurrection-One converted from Christianity to Islam. One converted from Mormonism to Christianity.
- Is Mormonism Christianity?-The Debate, A Two Hour Discussion between James Walker; Evangelical Christian: Former Mormon and Elder Joe Evans; Mormon: LDS Institute and Seminary Coordinator.
- Witnesses of Jehovah
- Understanding Jehovah’s Witnesses-In the Name of Jehovah
Email Kim Grice or call the Community Connections office (817-276-6477) if you would like to borrow any of these videos.