How do I help my friends become Christians?

How do I help my friends become Christians?

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How do I help my friends become Christians?

Firstly, as Christians we all need to recognise that it is God who does the work of calling people to him. While he uses us to do this, it is ultimately his work [Rom 9:16, Eph 1:4]. So we need to realise that any success or failure is not because of our own ability or inability.

Secondly, in light of the first point, we should be praying [Phil 4:6]. Pray that God will move the hearts of your friends to believe in Jesus and that he will give and others opportunities to share the Gospel with them. Maybe you could pray with some other Christian friends or people from church on a semi-regular basis?

Thirdly, be proactive about creating opportunities to talk about Jesus [Matt 28:19-20]. Things such as (i) Ask them if they have read the Bible and would they like to? If they would, then start off reading through Mark’s gospel (ii) Or you could ask what questions or issues do they have about Christianity? This gives them an opportunity for them to set the agenda and allows you to engage with them on a point that is of interest to them (iii) or invite them to an evangelistic event where you know there is going to be a talk aimed at explaining the Gospel to non-Christians. Be prepared to follow them up and not drop the topic after the speaker has done his bit.

Fourthly, keep speaking openly about Christian things, like you would the talk about your family or any other interest you have. If your friends realise Jesus is part of your life and you are talking about it regularly, then they will be more open to engaging with you about it and less surprised than if you raised the topic out of the blue.

Finally, keep living a Godly life that makes it clear you are Christian [Matt 5:16]. In the decisions you make, things you say and things you do, ensure these are consistent with what the Bible has to say about Christian living. When your friends see you being different, it will have an impact on them.

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