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Use the Ambassador model to share your faith

31 Aug

An ambassador is …

  • Ready. An ambassador is alert for chances to represent Christ and will not back away from a challenge or an opportunity.
  • Patient. An ambassador won’t quarrel, but will listen in order to understand, then with gentleness will seek to respectfully engage those who disagree.
  • Reasonable. An ambassador has informed convictions (not just feelings), gives reasons, asks questions, aggressively seeks answers, and will not be stumped by the same challenge twice.
  • Tactical. An ambassador adapts to each unique person and situation, maneuvering with wisdom to challenge bad thinking, presenting the truth in an understandable and compelling way.
  • Clear. An ambassador is careful with language and will not rely on Christian lingo nor gain unfair advantage by resorting to empty rhetoric.
  • Fair. An ambassador is sympathetic and understanding toward others and will acknowledge the merits of contrary views.
  • Honest. An ambassador is careful with the facts and will not misrepresent another’s view, overstate his own case, or understate the demands of the gospel.
  • Humble. An ambassador is provisional in his claims, knowing that his understanding of truth is fallible. He will not press a point beyond what his evidence allows.
  • Attractive. An ambassador will act with grace, kindness, and good manners. He will not dishonor Christ in his conduct.
  • Dependent. An ambassador knows that effectiveness requires joining his best efforts with God’s power.

Gregory Koukl, in Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing your Christian Convictions

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Books, Evangelism, Quotes

 

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