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Five Insights on Evangelism

                                                from an Arab Christian

                                                BY HIKMAT KASHOUH

                                                We should be careful never to treat the people we meet merely as potential
                                                converts. They are people created in the image of God, and as such they deserve
                                                our love and care. But unfortunately, we sometimes go to the opposite extreme
                                                and fall prey to our own fears and do not share Christ with others. If it is true that
                                                95 percent of believers in the world do not lead one person to Christ in their whole
          PHOTOS: Langham-equipped
          leader Hikmat Kashouh (pictured       life, we are in serious trouble. This statistic would seem quite accurate; otherwise,
          above in prayer and at right with     why would God have to visit people in dreams and visions if we were all sharing
          a young Syrian refugee) trains and    our testimony faithfully?
          mobilizes the Lebanese church to      Our calling as believers is not merely to visit and to listen to others, but it is also to
          serve and love the mostly Muslim      speak in the way Paul encouraged when he said, “Let no corrupting talk come out
          Syrian refugee population.
                                                of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that
                                                it may give grace to those who hear” (Eph 4:29). We should speak remembering
                                                that our Christian witness is a duty and a privilege. Christ has commanded us to do
                                                it, and by obeying his commandment, we receive the honor and the undeserved
                                                privilege of being part of his divine purpose.
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