Finding Christ Among the Lost

by Paul on April 16, 2009

I wrote this post awhile back at the request of my friend, Tony Steward .   You should check out what he and the guys at  Lifechurch.tv are up to.  They posted this on their blog on April 6, 2009.  I’d thought I re-post it here today.

I am the most disconnected with Christ when I am the most disconnected from lost people.  The darker the place, the more my need for Christ slaps me in the face and I have to drop to my knees and seek His holy embrace and drink from His Word.

  • I pray more because I need Jesus.
  • I pray more because the stories that come out of darkness overwhelm me.
  • I seek fellowship with other Christians because I need their encouragement and support.
  • I want accountability because I need it to survive.
  • I read Scripture because I have to have it to bring Light with me as I wander in dark places.

Because walking up to strangers in the mall and saying, “Hey, I’d like to be your friend.” is a little awkward; I prefer to meet people online.  At some level or another, people are online to connect.  So talking with some random person is not weird, it’s normal.

Here is a quick way to jump into the online world and strike up conversations with lost people that love them to Jesus:

  1. Get a Twitter account. (http://www.twitter.com) Take the time to set it up right with a picture and a non-religious bio.  (People online have had run-ins with religious fanatics.  They are hyper-sensitive to religiosity.  You don’t want to turn them off with your bio.  Don’t worry.  You don’t have to tell them you love Jesus.  You will show them you love Jesus.)
  2. Download Twhirl. (http://www.twhirl.org) Follow the instructions and connect it with your Twitter account.
  3. Set up filters. In Twhirl you can set up filters so that when people use specific keywords their tweets appear on your screen.  I have friends who have two kids.  They adopted the youngest.  They set up filters for ‘parenting’ and ‘international adoption’ because these were terms they felt they could talk about.  They were also non-religious terms that non-Christians would use in conversation.
  4. As your filters pick up tweets, reply when you have something to add to the conversation. Twhirl makes this easy with the little @ button on people’s profile picture.  Press it to reply to that person’s tweet and then type your message.
  5. As you get to know people, there will be opportunities to pray for them. Do it.  Let them know you did it.  I’ve never had anyone get mad at me for praying for them, especially when I’ve taken the time to get to know them. (Update:  After over a year of doing this, I finally had someone reject my prayer just a couple of days ago.  Totally surprised me.) Say something like, “So sorry to hear that!  Wish I could buy you coffee and we could visit.  Prayed for you and your family just now. Keep me posted.”  In doing so, you identify yourself as a spiritual person who is willing to talk about spiritual things.  As God works in their hearts, lost people who are spiritually seeking with be drawn to you.
  6. Read their blogs. Many people have links to their blogs in their Twitter profile.  Read them. Comment if you have something to add.  Don’t flame them or pick an argument on their blog!

Remember: as you engage lost people and disciple them to fall in love with Jesus, you join God in His work.  You are in the center of Jesus purpose and mission.

And, in running to the lost you will find a deeper passion for Christ than you’ve ever had before.

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Bishop Calvin J. Winslow July 18, 2009 at 10:19 am

Thanks for the great site and info!

Andy September 17, 2009 at 2:18 am

Great practical tips for engaging the lost. In full-time ministry, I don't cross paths with the lost every often…or get out of my Christian bubble.

Thanks!

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