Care before You Share

Discussion in 'Thoughts for Today' started by CoffeeDrinker, May 31, 2017.

  1. This is a good reminder for us all.....

    Care before You Share

    Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.
    —Acts 8:5

    I was listening to a Christian radio broadcast the other day, and someone said he had come up with a lot of new conversation starters to turn a dialogue toward evangelism—clever little things we can say to get a person interested in hearing the gospel.

    That is all good, but none of it matters if we don’t care about people. People can tell whether we care about them. (Even a dog can tell.) And people know whether we’re sharing with them out of sincerity or doing it out of a mere sense of duty.

    Philip had a heart for nonbelievers. We read in the book of Acts that Philip, along with Stephen and others, were called to be deacons in the church. Stephen was martyred, and Saul of Tarsus began to attack Christians, so they spread out. And where did Philip go? He went to Samaria.

    That is significant because Philip was a Jew. Jews hated Samaritans, and Samaritans hated Jews. They had a conflict that never ended, which was passed on from generation to generation. Yet Philip went to Samaria. He went to these people, the untouchables, that a Jew normally would not even have a conversation with, much less want to reach.

    If we want to be effective communicators of the gospel, we need to be willing to go to people who are different from us. We tend to want to hang around people who are just like us, people who look like us, talk like us, and have the same interests as us.

    Are you willing to leave your comfort zone and go to a person completely different from you with the message of the gospel? Everyone needs Jesus. May God give us a sense of compassion for people who do not yet know the Lord.

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  2. I’m in agreement CoffeeDrinker, but I also think that Jesus expects us to use common sense:

    Matthew 7:6 (KJV)
    "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you."
     
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  3. so true.

    i find that people want to know what i think when i have proven to them that i want to know what they think/feel/want.

    i also find that when sharing the gospel, the more questions i ask to find out what they know/believe, causes them to be more invested in the gospel truth.

    for example, i hand out tracts and say "Did you know that God loves you?

    i try to tell the gospel through 1/3 questions and 2/3 statements.

    they quickly realize i want to know what they think/believe.

    people are more than willing to talk to me, and in the end accept our wonderful Savior, because they see Him in a personal way now..
     
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  4. Excellent points. I so agree. I remember when I first came to Christ (I was a teenager) it was because the Christians in my life cared about me. I felt and experienced the love of God through them for me much more than I did every time I went to church or heard a sermon. And, it is true that, people do know when we really care for them and when we are simply being preachy. :)
     
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