Relationship Evangelism

Do you find it harder to witness to a relative, friend, neighbor, or co-worker or to witness to a stranger? Isn’t it harder to witness to someone you know? It is because you have invested time into a relationship with that person – you have more to lose if the person is offended by the message of salvation.

Many churches are promoting a “relationship” type of evangelism – that you first have to build a relationship with someone before you witness to them. They say you have to know the person better so you can better relate the gospel message to him or her.

So if it is harder to witness to someone with whom you have a relationship, why should we take time to build a relationship with someone before witnessing? That doesn’t make sense. The more relationships we build, the more difficult witnessing becomes. Besides that, we have no guarantee that we have the time to build a relationship before we witness to them. We could be dead before tomorrow.

Don’t you believe the lie that we have to know the person better so we can know how to relate the gospel better. We don’t have time for that. Jesus didn’t take time to build a relationship with Nicodemus, with the Samaritan woman at the well, or with the rich, young ruler.

We have an urgent message. Preach it today.

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