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.