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Over the years I have written several "book" or "booklets" and many, many, many newsletter and bulletin articles. Because the book market seeks writings to meet specific needs at specific times, my material has never been accepted. I have a tendency to write what is on my mind and so I am left with self publishing. So, with the encouragement from my wife and others, I am beginning this blog in order to put my "ramblings" "out there"! I hope you enjoy!

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Please note that while my intentions are to use good grammar, because of the way in which some of the material presented here is presented (orally) the grammar and syntax might not always be the best English. Also note that good theology is not always presented in the best English so there may be times when the proper grammar rules are purposely broken.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lifestyle Evangelism is . . . Relational.

Not too many years ago, a report stated that most automobile accidents happen within ten miles of one’s home. At first, that statistic sounds startling. However, as you take the time to think about that statistic, you might begin to realize that, of course most accidents happen within ten miles of one’s home, because, logically, you are within ten miles of your home whenever you drive away from you home; thus, you spend more time driving close to home than you do driving farther from home.

With that said, I want to make a second “startling” observation. Most of the people with whom you have contact are your family and friends. As you have read these “Lifestyle Evangelism” tips, you may have noticed that I use the term “circle of influence.” I use this term in reference to your family and friends because, if there is anyone over whom you might have any influence, it will be those family and friends who know you and who respect your opinions and judgement.

Because your family and friends are closest too you, it is reasonable and logical that these people are the ones with whom you will be able give a first witness of your faith through your words and actions. This witness is non-confrontational and non-threatening because it amounts to living your faith in such a way that they ask what is your hope; then, you are able and happy to give an answer for the hope you have to the people you care about most.

Thus, Lifestyle Evangelism is relational. Our relationships with family and friends is important and even more important are our relationships with our unchurched family and friends. These relationships are important because, as we are able, it is through our relationships with unchurched family and friends that we have opportunity to show our faith naturally as we are always ready to give an answer for the hope of eternal life that we have in our Savior, Jesus Christ.
7 of 52 © Rev. Ronald A. Bogs

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