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Step Six: Let’s Have a DISCUSSION…

At this stage in the evangelism process, we have already: introduced ourselves, built a rapport, engaged them, expressed our faith to them, and served them.  The majority of these first five steps are intended to separate us from the ordinary encounters our neighbors make daily. However, if we are not careful, we can get all the way through step five and know very little about OUR NEIGHBOR’S thoughts, beliefs, or faith. The overarching goal of evangelism is to meet the…

Selfless Control

Recently I read two articles in succession that struck me with how much they had in common. The first was from the Associated Press, it spoke of how a president of a Midwestern theological seminary was fired after the trustees determined that his temper had “imperiled his leadership.” The president confessed to “misappropriation of anger,” and “after hours of agonizing discussion and interviews with the president and the vice presidents, a majority of the board members concluded that the expressions…

Don’t Forget to Exercise

The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the most well preserved elevated Roman aqueducts in the world. It was likely constructed toward the end of the first century or beginning of the second century CE, and yet it still stands today. It was designed to transported water from the Rio Frio River to the city of Segovia, Spain, spanning a distance of nearly eleven miles. The elevated portion of the aqueduct measures 2388 feet in length and is 93.5 feet…

New Year’s Resolutions

A common practice that coincides with the start of a new year is the making of new year’s resolutions. A New Year’s resolution is a personal declaration of what one intends to do at the start of a new year in order to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve one’s life. Setting such resolutions can be beneficial because they provide a strategic plan for how you intend to make beneficial changes in…

Step Five: First Come, Then SERVE

So far, in the evangelism process with our neighbors, we have: introduced ourselves, built a rapport, engaged them, and expressed our faith to them. A common theme that we have established among the first four steps is how we should be trying to separate ourselves from the rest of the encounters they make daily. This is not to be fake, disingenuous, or to have ulterior motives. Simply put, this is to show them there is something different about us because…

Fully Involved

Have you ever heard the phrase “fully involved”? To me, that phrase refers to whether or not you want all of the fixings on your sandwich at Firehouse Subs. However, that phrase actually comes from the world of firefighting. In firefighting jargon, the phrase “fully involved” is a “term of size-up,” indicating that “the fire, heat, and smoke in a structure are so widespread that internal access must wait until fire streams can be applied.” If I understand this terminology…

Step Four: Express Yourself

Last time, we discussed three ways to accomplish one of the most practical milestones in the evangelism process, step three: ENGAGE, be ENGAGING, and arrange ENGAGEMENTS. It is during step three that we begin to spend quality time with our neighbor.  Many of the steps to follow will rely on a consistent dedication to this. For example, without having first accomplished step three, achieving the very next step can be awkward, weird, and uncomfortable. However, if we truly succeed in…

Thoughtfulness & Thankfulness

My whole life, I’ve heard the phrase, “What would you have today if you woke up with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” This thought is always a sobering one as I reflect on my daily prayer life and the level of thankfulness I show in it. A couple of weeks ago, our whole nation, at some point or another, had their minds on the topic of being thankful. They may have done so around a big Thanksgiving…
Month of Prayer

Month Of Prayer

Have you ever struggled with knowing what to pray? Have you ever felt as though your prayer life is not as deep or diverse as you think it should be? Do you simply want to improve your prayer life? Then consider participating in a Month of Prayer.  The Buford Church of Christ has put together a prayer initiative to assist people in growing their prayer life. We call it the “Month of Prayer,” and our congregation will be conducting it…

Patience Is A Virtue

More than likely, we have all heard the phrase “patience is a virtue” at one time or another in our lives. One might hear the phrase most commonly in a specific situation where patience is lacking at that time. As with many other common colloquialisms, we freely say it or hear it with little thought to its origin or full meaning. This sentiment is a reflection upon someone’s ability to wait for something. By calling patience a virtue, or state…

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?”…

BE THE ONE, NOT THE NINE

Although the Thanksgiving holiday traces its roots back to the 17th century and was first observed nationally under the presidency of George Washington, it did not become an annual holiday until 1863 by proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. In Lincoln’s address regarding the Thanksgiving holiday, he noted that all blessings “are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” His statement is reminiscent of Habakkuk 3:2 in…