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We call this relational evangelism, and I have spoken of this many times before. It is showing people that we care, it is about building relationships with people who may not know Jesus and in that relationship, bringing them to a place where they can get the information they need to decide for themselves whether they want to accept Jesus or reject Him.

Bill Hybels says it boils down to a simple equation so for all you algebra nuts here it is:

HP + CP + CC = MI

It is that simple, so we can all go home now and the church should grow from here. Well maybe we should put this formula to work.

HP simply stand for HIGH POTENCY, it means being a good example. It means letting your light shine brightly throughout your everyday life. It means understanding that those who live in darkness are attracted to light, so you need to be that light, not a flickering candle. Lose your temper and curse in public, you just lost some wattage. Pass judgment on people in town with others, your light is getting dimmer. Get involved in gossip about your neighbors, you become a candle flickering in the wind. We need to be a HIGH POTENCY light for the world.

CP - stands for close proximity. This simply means, being a shining light only at your house is doing nothing for the expansion of the kingdom.

Matt 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Put that light out there, get involved with community events that have LOST PEOPLE, talk to and become friends with the lost. Get close enough for them to see the light that shines in your life or it does NO GOOD.

CC - stands for clear communication. This is sometimes the one thing people have a real difficulty with. They don’t know how to clearly communicate their faith. There is no simple answer for this, other than, be yourself and speak the truth. Don’t make up things, telling people “yeah its in 3 Corinthians chapter 55, I read it just last week.” I must admit, I am floored by some of the things I hear people tell me are in the Bible. Clear communication involves being yourself and being honest. If you don’t have the answer, tell your friend you don’t know, but you can surely find out.

HP + CP + CC = Maximum Impact and this is what we need in this world.

(From a sermon by Joseph Stapleton, Like A Moth To A Candle, 9/28/2011)

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