by Bill Nugent
If you’re like me you see your aunts, uncles and cousins at weddings and funerals and seldom in between. A typical example is that you’re at a wedding chatting — over the loud music — with a cousin you haven’t seen in 5 years. You’re burdened for his soul. You want to lead him to Christ so that he can receive forgiveness of sins. After the small talk and friendly banter you gently try to shift the conversation over to spiritual things and then . . . . someone else comes along and interrupts!
Part of the legacy of our fast paced age is that relatives and friends move to distant parts of the country and we see them only at major family events. Truth be told, we don’t even see relatives that live near us as often as we’d like! Yet we love them and pray for them and yearn for them to come to know Christ as Savior and Lord.
I believe the internet, when utilized in a simple way that I’ll show you, provides a major means of effectively reaching our relatives, co-workers, high school friends, college friends and in-laws.
As you know, I’ve been sending you Defending the Faith (DTF) articles on a regular basis. If you haven’t ever received them or stopped receiving them and would like to get them just reply to this email with “subscribe” in the subject line. These articles deal with various issues that confront or attack the Christian faith. Issues like evolution, UFOs, extra-terrestials, worldly philosophy, modernist theology, postmodernism, communism, fascism, mythology, New Age Movement and major world religions are discussed and defended against. These articles encourage your own faith and equip you to bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” and to be “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you” (II Cor. 10:5, I Pet. 3:15). Every DTF article is written to be sensitive to the unbeliever and many articles are openly evangelistic. The steps to salvation appear in a post script at the end of every article.
Some of you have been forwarding the DTF articles to your own email lists and this is good and I certainly want you to continue to do so! I get favorable replies to the articles from people I’ve never heard of and some from overseas. I have a suggestion that can make this even more effective.
It’s a simple three step process. Step one is to simply gather the emails of all your relatives, friends and co-workers both saved and unsaved and form them into an email mailing list. Step two is to correspond with the list in a friendly way with news about your family, job, hobbies, etc. This is something many of us like to do anyway. Step three is after some time has elapsed and a rapport has been established choose a DTF article that you discern as being particularly incisive and appropriate for your list and cut and paste it into your email and send it to them. Your whole list will receive an effective presentation of the Gospel every time you do this!
This is not spam. You are writing a friendly email to your own relatives and friends. They will open it and read it because they know you. In your email you can introduce the DTF article by writing “This is something interesting I’ve read” or similar. You can edit the DTF article itself or add your own insights and testimony to it. If you have relatives who are into, for instance UFOs, you can scroll through the DTF archive on this website and find back issue DTF articles that deal with UFOs. With over 200 DTF articles available you can be sure that a wide range of issues are covered. Many of you save the DTF articles on your own computer and therefore you can just look for back issue DTF articles in your own file.
This simple evangelism program uses the internet to instantly reach people all over the world with the salvation message. With proper prayer and follow up we can believe God for an abundant harvest!!!