Today at the conference in Grapevine I heard a new thought about relational evangelism. Relational evangelism means building relationships so that there will be an opportunity to share Jesus. A relationship is a bridge over which the message travels. The message of new life in Christ is a very heavy message. The bridge needs to be strong so that it will bear the weight. Strong relationships take time and effort. This does not mean that we cannot share with someone we have just met. It means that we will be more effective in most cases with people who know that we love them.
How many people do you know who seem to need the Lord? What will you do to build a strong bridge to them that will bear the weight of the message of Christ? When we stop building bridges our churches are out of the Lord’s business. Witness to your world.