|CHAPLAIN RESOURCE INDEX|
|— WELCOME CHAPLAIN|
|— THE ROLE OF CHAPLAIN|
|— THE MINISTRY OF CHAPLAINCY|
|— GRIEF: CARING FOR THOSE THAT HURT|
|— MINISTERING TO THE SICK|
|— PRAYING WITH A PATIENT|
|— BASIC LISTENING SKILLS|
|— WHEN GOD SHOWS UP|
|— COMMON SENSE EVANGELISM|
|— CONVERSION BY CONCUSSION|
|— STANDARDS FOR BIKER CHAPLAINS|
COMMON SENSE EVANGELISM
If you have the ability to stand on a street corner and preach the Gospel and see people come to Christ, that’s awesome! I don’t have that gift. For every one "John the Baptist” there are a thousand Matthews who know how to “have a party” and make friends. Here’s a few common sense tips to help make it easier to share Jesus with a friend:
1. Start by knowing that the Holy Spirit is far more interested in the lost than you or I will ever be. It’s His power in us to speak and His power in our friends, preparing their hearts before we ever get there and His timing that makes it all work.
2. Look for neutral ground. Look for that place and opportunity where it’s not Christians vs. non-Christian, but rather just people with a common interest. In our case, the most obvious scenario includes motorcycles, but it could also be your child’s soccer team or Rotary. Jesus was “a friend of sinners.” He could be found at a wedding or down by the seashore. We Christians need to get out more; out of so many Bible studies and into the presence of sinners. We need to be in the world but never of the world.
3. Expect that IF you pray and IF you prepare and IF you follow some of the next few steps that you will indeed be used by God to lead someone to Christ. When I go fishing or hunting or even shopping I EXPECT to come home with the goods. I’m not real big into “positive confession” but there is a lot to be said about expectations being reached. A little positive thinking never hurt anyone! That’s not to say that you have failed if you have shared Christ and people have not responded. But so many times I believe that deep down inside we’re not really ready for that opportunity to pray with someone and the Spirit knows that and so He doesn’t send us anyone. We’re like the five-year-old t-ball player out in center field playing with the butterflies instead of anticipating the pop-flies! The Bible tells us to “prepare your minds for action!”
4. Be willing to INVEST your time into people. You don’t have to meet them and convert them in the same day! People are worth loving and spending time on. Get to know them. Get to know their families. Care about them as people first. “While we were still sinners Christ died for us” knowing full well that some would be lost causes.
Taken from the December ’02 Black Sheep HDFC Members Only newsletter
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