“Be careful how you build”, Class 4 – Relationships with people outside the Christian faith
November 30, 2018

“Be careful how you build”, Class 4 – Relationships with people outside the Christian faith

Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:20
Service Type:
“Be careful how you build”, class 4. Building relationships with those outside the Christian faith.
Tim & Alice Dannatt
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV11)
We are God’s plan to shine his light around us.
Alice
  • We have a need to get to know people so that they have a chance to seek and choose God.
  • When you get to know people you begin to see their need for God more clearly
  • “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” (Proverbs 27:6 NIV11)
  • Hard to help people if we’re not their friend. Might do more harm than good!
  • Put friendship first and then look for opportunities to help.
  • There are times to address the difficult issues, but friendship helps.
Tim
  • One of our goals as a church is to grow to be the church the world needs us to be
  • That will take building good friendships
  • This will mean going outside our comfort zone
  • Will take one of our most precious resources - time
  • A good goal for us in the year ahead is to have time for people
  • We’re looking for people like this: “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.” (Acts 17:10–12 NIV11)
  • God sets the times and places.
    • ““The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” (Acts 17:24–27 NIV11)
  • God’s hope is that ‘perhaps’ people will seek him
    • Our friendships can be the door that opens the way for people to do this
  • Need to consider how to make a connection with the people around us
  • Our work, hobbies and life situations provide a channel for building friendships
  • When people go through life challenges we can hope they will come to us and, perhaps, look for spiritual help if we have a pre-formed friendship with them
  • A "Tear fund” survey revealed that 3 million people in the UK will come to church if asked by a friend or someone who is there during a tough time in their lives - 1 in 20 people.
  • Paul’s approach to ministry was to share his life, not just his doctrine: “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well” (1 Thessalonians 2:8 NIV11)
  • Can we find out more about our neighbours? Can we make it our goal? We can stand out in connecting our neighbours with us and one another.
  • Can we come up with ways to spend more time with our neighbours?
  • Respond to invitations our neighbours extend to us. If we don’t respond they will stop inviting us and be less inclined to respond to our invitations.
  • Look for common ground.
  • Our pain can connect us with other people. Make the most of the pain-opportunity.
  • By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. (1 Cor. 3:10)
Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.
Do you have a question about the Bible or the Christian faith? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send us your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: tvcochrist@gmail.com.
Thanks again for listening. Have a super day.
God bless,
Malcolm

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