Engaging in Redemptive Relationships

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
This last Sunday, we were reminded that our primary purpose in life can really be boiled down to this: proclaiming the Gospel to others. As a church, we’ve called that intentional evangelism.

However, we often think of evangelism as an event that we do. But instead of thinking of evangelism as an event, we should start thinking of it more as a process. The reality is that people do not often come to salvation the first time they hear the good news. It is a process that can take several weeks, months, or even years. And when you start to think of evangelism in that way, it brings encouragement and removes the pressure from feeling like you need to see people respond to the Gospel right away.

Instead of thinking of evangelism as an event, we should think of it more as a process. @paulseger Click To Tweet

One way to help keep you encouraged in this process is to track the progress of the ones you are working with that may not yet be ready to follow Christ.

Here is a chart to help you. In fact, why not start today filling this in?

CONTACT
Can you write down the names of people you know that are not followers of Jesus? Evangelism starts by simply meeting people. Since God has intersected them with you, that relationship is now your mission field.

What nonChristians do you know? Neighbors? Coworkers? People at the gym? Children’s sports teams? Barista?

FRIEND
At some point, this person should move from acquaintance to a more personal friend. In fact, the goal is to move from your contacts being strangers and acquaintances to real friends. Write down the date or event when you sense that shift.

How you can begin developing friendships with your contacts? (Click here for some ideas)

INTERESTED
While witnessing can take place from the first day you make contact with a person, they may resist spiritual conversations. However, at some point they may begin to show interest in spiritual things.  Often it is because of a “crisis” or a “question.”

Are your friends talking to you about your beliefs and your commitment to Jesus? Continue to foster spiritual interest in your friends.

SALVATION
Write down the date that your friend confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior. 

Remember that your success in evangelism is not determined by this step. We have no control over that. Success is simply being faithful in steps 1-3 and praying that God would save people.

  • Do you have any nonChristian contacts? Friends?
  • Are there those that have expressed spiritual interest?
  • What about those that have come to salvation?
  • Have they been baptized and brought into the church for the purpose of being discipled?

But the process doesn’t stop there.

REPRODUCING
We want to encourage them to begin this process with their nonChristian friends. This is how Christianity has spread through the centuries and will continue to do so today. Our role of making disciples is not complete until new believers are “observing all that Christ has commanded” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Our role of making disciples is not complete until new believers are 'observing all that Christ has commanded' (Matthew 28:19-20) Click To Tweet

As you head into this new year, why not take some time with this chart and consider how you are putting feet to your mission in life to proclaim the Excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 

How will you strategically engage in redemptive relationships this year?

 

This post is a summary from a section of Paul Seger’s message on Sunday. If you were not here for the message, take about 35 minutes to listen to the whole thing here.

 

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