Evangelizing gifted but unbelieving neighbours

Since Christians should continually seek ways of reaching their neighbours for Christ, a recent post by Dr. Nelson Kloosterman here got me thinking about this again. A good way to get unbelievers talking and thinking about God their Maker (Father), Saviour (Son) and Life-Giver (Holy Spirit) is to commend (not flatter) them for things they do well.

As in, “Thanks for the great job you did helping me fix my computer problem: God has obviously given you a special talent. Do you worship God?” That takes some boldness, I confess. And probably a quick prayer for the Spirit to give the right words and tone to convey it (Mt. 10:19,20).

Who knows where the conversation may lead? Even if not right then and there. Some may refuse to answer you or be offended by your question since you’ve put them on the spot. But that’s OK. It’s not all about my or my neighbour’s comfort level. It’s about God’s glory and my neighbour’s salvation! Besides, the results aren’t mine to control or decide. We can leave that in God’s hands.

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Published in: on April 27, 2012 at 11:20 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. Definitely something to keep in mind! Especially now as we are outside and seeing our neighbours more often! thanks for this outlook, Theo!!

  2. It’s about God’s glory and my neighbour’s salvation!” Simple, eloquent, truth. The whole point of evangelism. To God be the glory.


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