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Becoming a Contagious Christian Overheads
By Bill Hybels
Zondervan Publishing CompanyCopyright © 1995 Bill Hybels
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Why Become a Contagious Christian?
In Session 1 you will:
1. Describe what Relational Evangelism is not
2. Identify the components of Relational Evangelism
3. Revisit the biblical basis for evangelism
4. Begin an Impact List of relationships to build
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14)
A person's coming to Christ is like a chain with many links. There is the first link, middle links, and a last link. There are many influences and conversations that precede a person's decision to convert to Christ. I know the joy of being the first link at times, a middle link usually, and occasionally the last link. God has not called me to only be the last link. He has called me to be faithful and to love all people.
7. "PUTTING OTHERS FIRST"
VIDEO: WHY BECOME A CONTAGIOUS CHRISTIAN?
1. As you watch the video, listen for the reasons why you would want to become a contagious Christian.
2. Write your responses in the space provided below.
BEGIN AN IMPACT LIST
1. Carefully consider the people in your life to whom you could give concentrated effort in the attempt to bring them to the next step in the evangelism process.
2. List the names of these people in the space below.
Please note that these names will change as these people become Christians or move out of your sphere of influence. This list, therefore, should be an ongoing part of your lifelong evangelism strategy.
Remember it is important to develop no-strings-attached friendships with the people on your list. Let them know by word and action that they matter to you, regardless of whether or not they agree with the Christian message.
PRAYING FOR THE PEOPLE ON YOUR IMPACT LIST
Begin to pray for the people on your Impact List. Ask God to work in their lives and to give you wisdom on how to effectively reach out to them. In praying for them, keep in mind the following three areas:
Them Ask God to:
Pull them toward Himself
Open their eyes to the emptiness of life without Him
Help them see their need for forgiveness
Remove the confusion they have about Him and the life He offers
Help them grasp the meaning and importance of the cross of Christ
Open the person's heart to God's love and truth
You Ask God to:
Help you live a consistent and attractive Christian life
Make you authentic and honest as you deal with life's ups and downs
Give you wisdom in knowing how to approach the relationship
Expand your knowledge so you will be ready to define and defend the Gospel message
Grant you appropriate boldness and courage
Use you to help lead this person into a relationship with Christ
Us Ask God to:
Cause depth and trust to grow in the relationship
Open doors for spiritual conversations
Guide those conversations in pace, frequency, and content
In this session you:
Described what Relational Evangelism is not
Identified the components of Relational Evangelism
Revisited the biblical basis for evangelism
Began an Impact List of relationships to build
SUGGESTED READING: CHAPTERS 1-3
(Becoming a Contagious Christian companion book)
For more information on the topics we will cover in each session, we will provide a "Suggested Reading" section from the companion book for this course, Becoming a Contagious Christian (by Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg, Zondervan, 1994).
For this first session, we encourage you to read the first three chapters. As you'll see, they illustrate and expand upon the principles we're discussing in this course. Other reading suggestions from this book will be listed at the end of later sessions.
Chapter 1 reinforces the value that all people matter to God. Chapter 2 explores the overwhelming rewards of becoming contagious Christians. And Chapter 3 spells out a biblical formula for influencing our worlds for Christ: HP + CP + CC = MI. The first element, HP, refers to high potency (chapters 4-6 in the book lay out three character traits to help us achieve this). The second is CP, which means close proximity with those we hope to influence-we've got to get close to them. The third is CC, clear communication of the gospel message itself. As we combine these three things, God will use them to produce MI, maximum impact on others.
PREVIEW OF REMAINING SESSIONS
Session 2-Being Yourself
Session 3-Building Relationships
Session 4-What's Your Story?
Session 5-What's His Story?
Session 6-Crossing the Line
Session 7-Putting It Together
Course Goal: To Become Contagious Christians!
Christians who are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively communicate our faith.
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