Often our church leaders talk about GRACE Friends trusting that God will enable us to help them come to faith in Jesus. We have found this helpful in thinking about reaching our friends. Think about it this way.
G – go spend time with them.
R – respond to the needs in their life.
A – accept them into your home and friendships.
C – care enough to explain the gospel to them.
E – encourage them to trust Christ.
The summer months provide the perfect time to do this. Cookouts are happening; baseball games, golf scrambles, parties. Everyone enjoys spending time together with people who care about them. Truth is, lots of people just don’t have true friends who love and care for them.
Every Christian, at one time, didn’t know God and wasn’t a Christian. But God showed them His grace through people who loved them and helped them discover how to have eternal life. Since we are recipients of the greatest gift, we among all people know the value of this gift and desire others to have it too.
“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24