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Just love People

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Don’t rush people. I have a friend who is a rabbi. One time I said to him, “Don’t you get nervous hanging around a guy like me—a confessed evangelist who’d love to see you converted?”

He’s an expert on Romans 9–11 and teaches in seminaries. He said, “Oh, no. I’m a gift of God to you. According to my understanding of the New Testament, my job is to give you an opportunity to love. If I’m to be convinced, that’s the Holy Spirit’s job. You’re to love, and the Holy Spirit is to convince.”

That rabbi may understand this process better than we do! People feel safe when we love them and don’t try to force decisions for Christ too soon.

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Growing Your Church Through Evangelism and Outreach. 1st ed. Nashville. Tenn. : Moorings, 1996 (Library of Christian Leadership), S. 9

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