Identifying receptive people

This material is from a Church Growth class presentation by students. The words in bold face type are those which students were supposed to write in blank spaces on a printed lecture guide.

Some people are like the "good soil" of Jesus' parable in which the seed of God's Word is planted, takes root, grows, and flowers.

In terms of openness to the gospel, Donald McGavran noted that cultures swing back and forth along an imaginary line -- from hostility, resistance or just indifference, to interest and receptivity. In every population, some people will almost always be scattered along various points of that line although the majority of a population is often clustered at one single point.

Christians must see that the Holy Spirit prepares people. While He reveals God to us and is responsible for conversion, often He chooses to make face-to-face appeals to people through human agents. While the Holy Spirit empowers us to make those appeals, it is He Himself who had already prepared those people. [ more on prevenient grace ]

John Wesley's strategy, like that of Donald McGavran's, stressed concentrating on the harvest. That meant continually seeking out receptive people and attempting to win the winnable.

Speaking to the masses means:

How open is the local church to receptive people?

Does the church . . .

  1. . . . want newcomers?
  2. . . . seek newcomers?
  3. . . . invite newcomers?
  4. . . . invite newcomers?
  5. . . . welcome newcomers?
  6. . . . involve newcomers?
  7. . . . nurture new people when they come to Christ?

Effective personal evangelism

NextNeed help and guidance in personal evangelism? How do you share your faith with someone who is receptive? [ read more ]

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