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How to engage with others

by Mike Vandermause on September 29, 2019

Opposition to Christianity has increased in recent years, which has prompted Christ followers to respond in two primary ways: withdraw or attack.

Guest speaker John Dickson said at Community Church on Sunday, Sept. 29, that neither is the right approach. Instead, the Australian pastor offered a different approach that Christians should take in order to engage with the world.

Here are key points from John’s message:

Conduct ordinary public worship as a powerful public witness.

*We are to declare God’s praises and glory (1 Peter 2:9, Psalm 96), which will serve to attract people to faith in Christ.

*What is the best way for churches to grow? When attenders invite their neighbors, friends and family members.

Live out the gospel to defend and commend it to the world.

*We are called to live such good lives that non-believers will be attracted to seeing Christ in us (1 Peter 2:12, Matthew 5:16).

*A negative view of Christianity can be shattered by a Christ follower living a godly life. When non-believers see the purity and reverence of your life (1 Peter 3: 1-2) they can be won over. 

Speak up for the Lord when opportunity invites.

*Be prepared to answer when people ask about your faith (1 Peter 3:15, Colossians 4:5-6).

*You don’t have to be more than who you are but simply be prepared with simple answers.

*In conversing with people, revere Christ as Lord. But let your confidence in Christ be balanced with humility.

*Be bold but don’t be a jerk. A brash, bold church is actually insecure. If you’re truly secure in Christ you can play your part and afford to be gentle.