Posts from 2019

Posts from 2019

New Year’s Resolutions

A common practice that coincides with the start of a new year is the making of new year’s resolutions. A New Year’s resolution is a personal declaration of what one intends to do at the start of a new year in order to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve one’s life. Setting such resolutions can be beneficial because they provide a strategic plan for how you intend to make beneficial changes in…

Step Five: First Come, Then SERVE

So far, in the evangelism process with our neighbors, we have: introduced ourselves, built a rapport, engaged them, and expressed our faith to them. A common theme that we have established among the first four steps is how we should be trying to separate ourselves from the rest of the encounters they make daily. This is not to be fake, disingenuous, or to have ulterior motives. Simply put, this is to show them there is something different about us because…

Fully Involved

Have you ever heard the phrase “fully involved”? To me, that phrase refers to whether or not you want all of the fixings on your sandwich at Firehouse Subs. However, that phrase actually comes from the world of firefighting. In firefighting jargon, the phrase “fully involved” is a “term of size-up,” indicating that “the fire, heat, and smoke in a structure are so widespread that internal access must wait until fire streams can be applied.” If I understand this terminology…

Step Four: Express Yourself

Last time, we discussed three ways to accomplish one of the most practical milestones in the evangelism process, step three: ENGAGE, be ENGAGING, and arrange ENGAGEMENTS. It is during step three that we begin to spend quality time with our neighbor.  Many of the steps to follow will rely on a consistent dedication to this. For example, without having first accomplished step three, achieving the very next step can be awkward, weird, and uncomfortable. However, if we truly succeed in…

Thoughtfulness & Thankfulness

My whole life, I’ve heard the phrase, “What would you have today if you woke up with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” This thought is always a sobering one as I reflect on my daily prayer life and the level of thankfulness I show in it. A couple of weeks ago, our whole nation, at some point or another, had their minds on the topic of being thankful. They may have done so around a big Thanksgiving…
Month of Prayer

Month Of Prayer

Have you ever struggled with knowing what to pray? Have you ever felt as though your prayer life is not as deep or diverse as you think it should be? Do you simply want to improve your prayer life? Then consider participating in a Month of Prayer.  The Buford Church of Christ has put together a prayer initiative to assist people in growing their prayer life. We call it the “Month of Prayer,” and our congregation will be conducting it…

Patience Is A Virtue

More than likely, we have all heard the phrase “patience is a virtue” at one time or another in our lives. One might hear the phrase most commonly in a specific situation where patience is lacking at that time. As with many other common colloquialisms, we freely say it or hear it with little thought to its origin or full meaning. This sentiment is a reflection upon someone’s ability to wait for something. By calling patience a virtue, or state…

Step Three: After Rapport… ENGAGE Them More!!!

The first two steps of the personal evangelism process can and probably will be the most awkward. Even though this should not be the case, the idea of being PERSONALLY evangelistic has become uncomfortable, uneasy, and unsettling for the growing majority of Christians. Introducing oneself and building a rapport with your neighbor are two essential steps in bringing them to Christ. However, the journey does not end there. Perhaps the most crucial question is, “What do I do after that?”…

BE THE ONE, NOT THE NINE

Although the Thanksgiving holiday traces its roots back to the 17th century and was first observed nationally under the presidency of George Washington, it did not become an annual holiday until 1863 by proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. In Lincoln’s address regarding the Thanksgiving holiday, he noted that all blessings “are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” His statement is reminiscent of Habakkuk 3:2 in…

The Fear Factor

It seems that when tigers hunt, they have a remarkable capacity for causing their prey to paralyze with fear, a size greater than any of the other big cats. As the tiger charges toward its helpless victim, it lets out a spine-chilling roar. Now you’d think this would be enough to cause the prey to turn and run for its life, but instead, it often freezes and soon becomes tiger food. At the turn of the 21st century, scientists at…

STEP TWO: No RAPPORT??? No Open Doors…

Last time, we examined the first step of the Who Is My Neighbor Ten Step Process, “Introduction.” We talked about the dire need for Christians to be PROACTIVE in the evangelism process. We cannot wait for THEM to come to US; we must go to them, and we do that by making introductions. Today, we will be talking about step two in the Ten Step Process, “BUILDING A RAPPORT.”  In our current world and culture, a seemingly more and more…

What Does God See When He Looks At Me?

The Bible repeatedly refers to God as an all-seeing entity. In Genesis 16:13, Hagar called God El-Roi, which means “the-God-Who-Sees,” because he saw her plight and intervened. In 1 Samuel 16:7, when Samuel was sent to anoint David as the next king of Israel, God told him that He “sees not as man sees” because He “looks on the heart.” The author of Hebrews wrote, “no creature is hidden from [God’s] sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes…