Archive for November 19, 2012

Nov 19

Sharing Jesus with Friends and Family During the Holidays

2012 | by Clint | Category: Local,Mission Opportunity,Prayer

Back in 2011, Trent blogged about a great resource called Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others

Who Know You Well, written by Randy Newman.  Just this past Sunday I saw a copy of it in the DSC Resource and simply seeing the title again challenged me to be thoughtful and prayerful as the holidays approach.  Here’s a review of the book over at The Gospel Coalition.

Who in your family that you will see again this month and next need to meet Jesus?  How will you go about praying for them, understanding them, serving them, and looking for opportunities to speak the truth in love to them?

In the blog post form last year, there is also a very helpful video that I’d encourage you to watch again or for the first time.  In it, Randy encourages a patient, loving, and thoughtful approach to discussing spiritual issues with family members and close friends.

As you think about Thanksgiving and Christmas (and really the rest of the year too), and as you think about interacting with family and close friends a fresh, please continue to pray that God will use you.

Here are some more resources from Randy Newman as well, including excerpts from the book.

Here are some ways you can be praying:(taken from Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs)

Asking God…

  • to work in the hearts and minds of people we know to draw them to Himself – John 6:44
  • for open doors in our relationships to talk about the Gospel – Colossians 4:3
  • for courage/boldness to walk through doors by speaking boldly and clearly – Ephesians 6:19-20

And for more encouragement and teaching in this area, please refer to our past seminars with Jerram Barrs.  They contain several encouraging stories of patient, winsome relationships and proclamation that have led to conversion and discipleship.

May God use His family to reach their families for Christ.