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Aug. 15th, 2004 @ 01:15 pm (no subject)
Lately, I've really been struggling with how to minister to some of my non-Christian friends. They come to me for advice, and most of the time, all I can do is present the Gospel. It's what I perceive as the answer.
Very often, that's not what they want to hear, but what they need to hear! I don't do it in a pushy way, but I do do it.

How do you temper how much you talk about God with non-Christians? Should you temper it?
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From:chantalspeak
Date:August 15th, 2004 10:37 pm (UTC)

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I hear ya. Unfortunatley, when you are unsaved, there is only one REAL problem with your life and that is that you are the walking dead and going to hell. but they dont know that.
With beleivers, the answer to our problems are found in the Word, prayer and trusting in our God. But with the unsaved that is not so.
Here's my advice. Pray for the words to speak. Let the Holy Spirit answer for you and try to get some kind of the Word (get some scripture in there) in your conversation.
Don't forget, the Word (God's spoken Word) will never return to you void but will accomplish what it set out to do.

And then what you do is lift that person up in prayer that night and their need. Pray that God would answer them in such a way that they would know that it was God that answered it. Then He gets the glory and you just might win a soul!
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From:tranceseraph
Date:August 16th, 2004 07:25 am (UTC)
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I think what you can do is to answer their immediate concern by suggesting a course of action that agrees with Scripture. After all, that course of action is there because it is the right thing to do and God knows best after all. :)

If they find this course of action strange or it doesn't agree with them as it may, be prepared to explain the rationale behind the suggested action, that is the Gospel of Christ, God's moral law, and following this:

* Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, strength.
* Love your neighbour as you would love yourself.

They came to you for advice so your immediate concern I believe is to give it to them.

Some people might not be receptive soil for the seed of the gospel as yet and for this thing, prayer really is the only and most effective course of action to take. Important to match words with deeds, so we should live our lives worthy of Christ.
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From:rwfranz
Date:August 16th, 2004 09:58 pm (UTC)

unbelieving friends...

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Usually, I pick an answer that gives them the information to solve their own problem.

Sometimes I phrase it in the form of a question that's designed to discover what the real problem is. I figure, if I can get them to think that far, they might dig a little deeper and find another real problem (Christ isn't there, and that's a huge problem).

For example, if someone has difficulty with finances, I might ask, "And what have you given to others that they would give back to you?" (oddly, the root cause of financial issues seems to me to be usually greed)

Other times I'll simply quote a scripture in the modern vernacular (the Proverbs are wonderful for this). Since "faith comes by hearing the word" - there will be some effect.

I also pray, a lot, for my unbelieving friends.
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From:blondewyn
Date:August 17th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)

Re: unbelieving friends...

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ah, thank you!

Can't go wrong modeling responses on Christ! :)