Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan

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…

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…

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…

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,…