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Definition and Value. Relationship Evangelism. Review. Forces that hinder our personal evangelism efforts: Too many people Too fast and complicated lives Limited models of evangelism Misunderstanding separation The credibility gap Now let’s introduce a new model for evangelism.

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Definition and value

Definition and Value

Relationship Evangelism


Review

Review

  • Forces that hinder our personal evangelism efforts:

    • Too many people

    • Too fast and complicated lives

    • Limited models of evangelism

    • Misunderstanding separation

    • The credibility gap

  • Now let’s introduce a new model for evangelism


Saving the lost

Saving the Lost

  • Evangelism is “spreading the good news”

    • The good news is salvation

    • What methods did God supply for us to get the good news of salvation to the lost?

      • The message (Rom 1:16)

      • The manifestation (e.g., 1 Pet 3:1-2)

    • We often start “personal evangelism” by putting the message first

      • Even with prospects we know, we treat religion as a separate topic


Relationship evangelism

Relationship Evangelism

  • Using the 2 means to best advantage

  • Starts with developing meaningful relationships

    • Must allow the beauty of the gospel to be demonstrated in our lives

    • The message flows freely and naturally as the relationship progresses


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Relationship Evangelism

  • What would it look like?

    • Initial contact

    • Becoming acquainted

    • Being a servant

    • Being a friend

    • Sharing your faith

    • Introducing the church (not the building)

    • Sharing the message of the gospel

    • The gospel’s invitation

  • Often we want to skip from 1 or 2 to 7 or 8

    • We’ll discuss each stage in later lessons


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Relationship Evangelism

  • Will take time and effort

    • No quick fixes or shortcuts

  • Is available for use with all contacts

    • Everyone has acquaintances (step 2) so you’ve already started

    • You may already be at step 3 or 4 or 5 without even thinking about it as evangelism

  • Requires a total life commitment

    • Which is what God requires anyway (Rom 12:1-2)


The value of relationship evangelism

The Value of Relationship Evangelism

  • Its effect on our lives

    • Requires us to grow and develop spiritually

      • Other forms can be used by hypocrites or “casual Christians” as well as the dedicated

      • This form requires our lives to be an “open book” (2 Cor 3:2-3)

    • Motivate us to draw closer to God (Jms 4:7-10)

    • Will make us better Christians


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The Value of Relationship Evangelism

  • Its effect on the lives of non-Christians

    • Takes evangelism where the lost are

      • Let’s the salt mix with the food (Mt 5:13)

      • Let’s the light be seen where it is needed (Mt 5:14-16)

    • Can make our communities better places to live

    • Can improve the moral quality of our workplaces, schools, etc.


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The Value of Relationship Evangelism

  • Its potential for success

    • In the past, most Americans considered themselves Christian and worshipped regularly

      • Conversations could start with the message

    • Harris Poll (10/31/06)

      • Only 26% say they worship weekly

      • 46% attend a few times a year or less

      • (1998 poll) 94% believed in God

      • (2005 poll) 82% believed in God

      • (2013 poll) 74% believed in God

    • Often can’t start with the message


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The Value of Relationship Evangelism

  • Its potential for success

    • Poll of 10,000 church-goers (by IACG)

    • How / Why did you come to attend your church?

      • I had a special need - 2%

      • I just walked in - 3%

      • I like the minister - 6%

      • I visited there - 1%

      • I like the Bible classes - 5%

      • I attended a gospel meeting - 0.5%

      • I liked the programs - 3%

      • A friend or relative influenced me - 79%


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • Relationship evangelism is NOT the only way to convert the lost

    • For some Christians, a traditional approach is easier

    • For some non-Christians a traditional approach works fine

  • But relationship evangelism

    • Is a natural result of Christianity

    • Makes us better Christians

    • Doesn’t scare off prospects

    • May lead to more success among the “unchurched”


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