Posts by Ben Hogan

Posts by Ben Hogan

Step Three: After Rapport… ENGAGE Them More!!!

The first two steps of the personal evangelism process can and probably will be the most awkward. Even though this should not be the case, the idea of being PERSONALLY evangelistic has become uncomfortable, uneasy, and unsettling for the growing majority of Christians. Introducing oneself and building a rapport with your neighbor are two essential steps in bringing them to Christ. However, the journey does not end there. Perhaps the most crucial question is, “What do I do after that?”…

STEP TWO: No RAPPORT??? No Open Doors…

Last time, we examined the first step of the Who Is My Neighbor Ten Step Process, “Introduction.” We talked about the dire need for Christians to be PROACTIVE in the evangelism process. We cannot wait for THEM to come to US; we must go to them, and we do that by making introductions. Today, we will be talking about step two in the Ten Step Process, “BUILDING A RAPPORT.”  In our current world and culture, a seemingly more and more…
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STEP ONE: Allow Me to INTRODUCE Myself…

The past few weeks, we have been challenged to seek out our neighbors who need Jesus. After examining the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, we understand that everyone around us is our neighbor. Whether they are next-door, a co-worker, a classmate, a friend, or a family member…they are a neighbor whom we are to love as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39). To love them as we love ourselves, we must love them enough to care about their…
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For Those in Need of a Physician

What does the phrase ‘Gospel Meeting’ mean to you? What do you think about when you see these two words? For me, it has always meant good food, good speakers, good topics, good sermons, and good times spent with Christian brothers and sisters. Growing up, I always looked forward to the yearly Gospel Meeting because I knew we were going to have a great week of fellowship and spiritual growth. To me, it was one of the highlights of my…

Am I Doing Enough???

Self-examination is a wonderful thing that God’s Word frequently challenges followers to practice throughout their walk (Psalm 119:59; Lamentations 3:40; Matthew 7:5; I Corinthians 11:28; Galatians 6:4). In many ways, examining ourselves as to how close we are to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit can be an invaluable habit to our spiritual well-being. However, I am afraid that too many Christians walk about with an overwhelming fear of the life to come. We examine ourselves…

It Means No Worries???

Growing up in the ‘90s and 2000s was truly an amazing time to be a kid. Animated films such as Toy Story, Aladdin, A Bug’s Life, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Shrek, The Incredibles, Tarzan, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Rescuers Down Under (Did I leave any out?) dominated theatres and Blockbusters everywhere, and were, “coming soon to own on video and DVD.” Chief among these films was Disney’s, The Lion King, which combined truly life-changing quotes and an incredible…

The Cost of Independence

On July 4th, 1776, the world was changed forever. The “thirteen united states of America” came together to declare their independence from Great Britain, which launched the Revolutionary War. Fifty-six individuals signed their name to the document that has cemented itself as one of the most important writings in world history, the Declaration of Independence. One of those signatures was Button Gwinnett, the man our county was named after. Little did they know while signing that document, many were signing…

Saving the Saved

If you’ve ever had an illness or injury that was of any significance or seriousness, you probably know how annoying but necessary the constant check-ups are to maintaining your wellness. Going through rigorous physical therapy, periodic check-ups, or other appointments that seem to be forced upon you can grow to be a nuisance. Even though these often seem to be overkill, the doctors are simply trying to maintain our wellness. What if they “fixed” our original problem and then never…

Do You Know What You Hold in Your Hands?

This week I found myself at a loss as to what I should do concerning one of the people who showed up to our doors asking for assistance. She was a sweet tiny little woman who spoke little to no English whatsoever. I slowly but surely discerned she was searching for a class where she could learn the English language; she only spoke Vietnamese. Sadly, I had no idea how to help her, how to assist her, and most importantly,…

The Glory in Rejection

Rejection is no stranger to any of us; we all have experienced it. Regardless of how much talent, pizazz, wit, good looks, or brains one might have…everyone experiences rejection in life. There are so many different areas of life that can lead to potential rejection: rejected in a job interview, rejected in regards to a pay raise, rejected from the job promotion, rejected for a loan, rejected by that person you have always wanted to date, rejected by a friend…all…

Forgetting Nemo

On May 30th, 2003, one of the greatest animated films to ever be made came into theaters. Finding Nemo became a generational sensation from the very opening weekend and still rests easily in the list of the top ten grossing animated films of all time. Finding Nemo was a worldwide phenomenon raking in $940,335,536 and four Academy Award nominations. The beautiful story of a father searching for his son that was lost and overcoming insurmountable odds to see once again his baby…
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What Is Your Story?

Our story shapes who we are. It explains how we have gone from what WAS to what IS. Our stories are all different; no story is the same. What story am I referring to? I am referring to the story of how each of us was brought to Christ, and what He has done in our lives since then. I am convinced that God has given each of us a different story to tell for a reason. Even though we all…