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How To Reach The Lost

What is the best way to reach drug addicts, prisoners and at risk teens for Christ?

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 ---Redeemed_By_His_Blood on 12/9/11
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Hi Elena, my church has a food pantry which is open one evening a week to the needy in our community. We also help the homeless throughout the year, by providing overnight shelter on the coldest nights in the Winter.
---Trish on 4/19/12

Hello,family,at my church they try'n start a harvest/plants for food program. Myself,never gave a thought but,yes,here many communities (poor)encouraged by church's & city council projects "grow vegetables"free to the surround'n community....1.way people ' come to know the Lord...God is love.These few good examples we care about our neighbors... this harvest may bring souls to Christ! Love of Jesus!
---ELENA on 4/19/12

hello,family! 1. wish ( this ELENA) find out volunteer wit' youth/teens inspire them! Can be done! Make them "accountable!...loved not a go-over board/ teens like to feel they are "respected & worthy!" good give them support/upon wrk. ethics.Tell'm wow! "that was a great job!"........ They need responsibilites! be good to them but,make them respect you!really resent when we adults try to be "on their level"... act like the adult but talk to them seriously but not like angry...they know exactly how to read love with respect! Godly love!
---ELENA on 4/18/12

hello,family years ago, God heal my legs,first thing I did was try'd open a shelter/help poor & needy,etc.. Had a person come 'npreaching teaching/took my own $ try start.. caught up city codes,etc.. had ' women them learn a skill...long story shut me down 2mo./all $ spent. never one to lose a vision! Last nite(had not even saw this)I said Lord If be you heal me 1.goin'try help the "People who society mistreats!" I wud love the Lord bless me & anyone else join the people who really 'n despair!If God could do so much for a wretch like me... God can do anything! Thankyou!
---ELENA on 4/17/12

I have witnessed to people under the influence of drugs and alcohol before, and it is better if you can share the gospel with them when they are not under the influence because they are more clear thinking and more able to comprehend the good news than when their minds are altered by drugs. Each person you witness to is different, just be personable and relate to them as you would a friend whom needs Jesus in their life, and then summarize the gospel and ask them if they would like to receive Jesus and his new life for them, and hopefully they will say Yes. And then take their hand and pray with them leading them up to the Lord in prayer for salvation.
---Eloy on 12/18/11

"What is the best way to reach drug addicts, prisoners and at risk teens for Christ?" Love them without judgement or conditions. Let your light so shine in their presence that it begs an explanation. Then share the source of that light.
---joseph on 12/17/11

Redeemed, the best way to reach out to others concerning the gospel is to use the example of Jesus. He always did what the Father told Him. Right now God is working all around us and if we do what Jesus said, "just follow Him" we will know the will of God and where He is working. Jesus told us about our relationship to Him, "As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you" (John 20:21). So when God is about to do something through you, He has to get you from where you are at to where He is. So He comes and tells you what He is doing. When you know what God is doing, then you know what to do, first you need to join Him. Then your life will change, because you cannot stay the way you were and go with God.
---Mark_V. on 12/14/11

2Co_4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

Mat_13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it, which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Mat_13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

2Co 4:16-18
---TheSeg on 12/13/11

James, that was a great answer you gave and so true. I can now see what it was you were trying to say. Thanks for explaining.
---Mark_V. on 12/13/11


Feed them, give them clothes. Spend time with them and love and accept them where they are at.

It's the kindness of God that leads us to repentence.
---anon on 12/13/11

And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
---TheSeg on 12/12/11

Apologies for the typo.

First, I never accepted Christ as my Savior. I grew up in an Arminian church, and when I first heard the gospel, I rejected it flat.

I never chose to believe the gospel, or accept Christ. I didn't want Him to save me, I wanted to save myself.

God convinced me of the truth of the gospel, and I BECAME a believer.

BUT, where did I ever say that my life has been unchanged?

Maybe not in the way that YOU think it should have changed. You see, I was a very religious person, so I was doing ok OUTWARDLY.

The change was internal. And it came about through believing the message of Jesus dying to cover all my faults, not because I heard about a "changed life"
---James_L on 12/12/11

James L: If you never experienced any changes in your life when you accepted Christ as your savior, then you were not "converted" or "born again".

P.s. It was 2 Cor 5:17 - not 1 Cor 5:17, and while the FUTURE resurrection is discussed, the tense of the changed life is clearly PRESENT. What is your motive for an UN-changed life?

---jerry6593 on 12/12/11

James, I'm sorry you feel that way. We are been change right now. We now have an understanding of Christ something we did not have,
"We know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding that we may know him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ, this is the True God and eternal life" If we were not changed, then we would be the same, walking to the course of this world according to the prince of the power of the air. But we are not, Jesus Spirit has changed us. We can enjoy those changes here on earth. Praying and talking to God whom we now believe. Witnessing to others about the One we now love. Having communion with Him. None could be possible if Jesus had not changed us.
---Mark_V. on 12/12/11

First you have to befriend them and that isn't always easy.You have to associate without commiting there sins and still not be judgemental.Often they will come to a musical program if they enjoy music most folk do.Eating meetings work sometimes but most important live the life and mention now and then (not every day) how much you enjoy the Christian life.Pray for them daily and be patient.
---shirley on 12/11/11

Mark V,
I agree with part of your answer. We are "conformed" to Christ's image, but it's through suffering, over time

Acts 16:31, did Paul and Silas say "believe in Jesus Christ, and He can change your life" ?? NO. They said "You Will Be Saved"

Did Jesus say "He who believes in Me will have a changed life" ?? NO. He said "Will Never Perish"

The gospel is Eternal. If we have hoped in Christ for this life only, we are of all men to be pitied most.

But "changed life" implies THIS LIFE.

That means it is a bogus counterfeit. A "changed life" isn't worth a hill of beans if your destination hasn't been changed first
---James_L on 12/11/11

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Mark please! I will never intentionally offend many one person.
You are absolutely right in what you just said to me!
(This must refer to every man alive including you!)!
Maybe even more so to me, because of the way I see God.
Have I ever said I was any different than man?
Or better than any men, if I am anything it is dirt.
I see every man as better that myself, no matter what!

Everything I have heard from you, I agree with 100%
And God bless you for that. The only place we disagree.
Is that I believe everyone has been saved by Christ.

You really have no idea how I feel when I read your words, do you?
Mark, God blessed you!
---TheSeg on 12/11/11

James, I believe what you were refering to was, that just telling someone Jesus will change you life, it is not the gospel. But one part of the gospel. Because as jerry said, we are been transformed to the likeness of Christ. That means, in Jesus Christ we are been change day by day. Jesus is changing us through the Holy Spirit. Regeneration is a transformation.
Concerning the question, I believe the best way to witness is to see where God is working, and then follow Him. He prepares the heart of the unbeliever so they can hear the good news of the gospel.
---Mark_V. on 12/11/11


1Cor 5:17 only says that if you want it to.

The context is resurrection, starting in verse 1. Because of a hope in the resurrection, we walk by faith (vers 7, 14).

Regard no one from an outward appearance (the flesh - verse 12, 16)

Because if any man be in Christ, He is new INSIDE.

Changed life? sure. Because of a hope in the resurrection, we have a new perspective, and count death as nothing, shame as nothing, money as nothing, this world as nothing.

That's not the "changed life" that most have in mind.

"Changed life" is very subjective, and means something very different to those in the Word of Faith movement

the gospel should not be open for interpretation
---James_L on 12/11/11

Jesus declared, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
---christan on 12/11/11

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James L: ""Jesus can change your life" Where is that in scripture?"

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.

Sure sounds like a change in the life to me!

---jerry6593 on 12/10/11

My church is part of a ministry to the homeless. Last year, a homeless woman killed her homeless mother, and was in the county prison awaiting her trial. Every week, several women from my church visited her in prison, and led her to the Lord. At her sentencing hearing, the judge mentioned the faithfulness of the women from my church, and recommended her life sentence be spent at the closest state prison, so these women could continue to visit.

I am certain that these women did not present her with the gospel at the very start. First, they built a relationship, and ministered love to her.
---Trish on 12/10/11

The best way to reach anyone is with the truth of the BIBLICAL gospel, which is simply a promise of redemption and inheritance.

It's such a shame that Christians have done such a horrible job conveying a simple truth.

The modern day pitch is "Jesus can change your life" Where is that in scripture? NOWHERE. That's a cheap infomercial bogus Christianity. Watch ANY infomercial, and that is the pitch - money, women, diets, clothes, acne medicine, even vacuum cleaners. They all promise to "change your life"

If we hawk a "life-changing" gospel, we make Christ no better than a vacuum cleaner.

We should be offering a gospel of peace through the cross, and let God take care of the results
---James_L on 12/9/11

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:19,22b "thoughI am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone,to win as many as possible" " To the weak I be came weak, to win the weak, I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might win some.
Sometimes I ask myself why havent you reached more people for Christ? Then the answer came to me Im already saved.I forget to often what its like to be lost.TO have no hope.Suddenly I am convicted because I have never seen a selfish person do something for someone else. I have to always remember what its like to be lost and wher I was when Christ called me
---Redeemed_By_His_Blood on 12/10/11

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First, any teen without Jesus is at risk even if they live "good" lives.
We can do nothing of ourselves,but the Word is able to reach the lost, it is powerful, active, accomplishes the purpose which GOD sent it out in order to do, and DOES NOT return unto Him void. There is no other way. Jesus is the Word, we have Him within, and are sent out as HE chooses to bring the gospel. We ought to be led by Him,it may involve just speaking the Word, or may include first building a relationship by whatever means He directs, feeding, clothing, helping with needs, listening opening our homes,loving. God will put it in our hearts and minds to do as He desires, and it will line up with His Word.
---Chria9396 on 12/9/11

Even if you know nothing about groups of people with special problems, at any time you could be someone who will be talking with one of these people. And just how you are and relate in love can reach them with your example, so they know someone cares about them.

You can ask a person to tell you what is going on with that person, and just listen and learn.

And I consider how a housewife can reach a disobedient hubby, "without a word" > by good example and being pleasing to God who makes things work > 1 Peter 3:1-4.
---Bill_willa6989 on 12/9/11

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