By Don Case
Most of us probably have friends and family members that attend various denominations. Perhaps they go to the church of their choice because of a friendship, social activities, or because of its neighborhood location. What measures should be taken to convert these already religious people? The numerous examples of teaching and conversions in the New Testament should be examples for us.
The 3,000 converted described in Acts 2 were devout men who had come to Jerusalem for the day of Pentecost, a religious observance.
The Ethiopian nobleman traveled to Jerusalem to worship when Philip preached Jesus to him.
Saul was zealously religious yet he was converted to Christ.
Lydia found a place of prayer and engaged in religious activity on the Sabbath when Paul presented Christ to her.
Cornelius was a deeply religious man when Peter made a special trip to his home to convert him.
The Ephesians were devoted to the goddess Diana when Paul preached Christ to them.
Many members of denominations are already familiar with basic biblical principles. They are good, moral friends and neighbors that we should not hesitate to convert. Many who have religious beliefs do not conform to the New Testament pattern set by Jesus Christ but can be aligned and converted to His way.
- CHOOSE TO LOVE... RATHER THAN HATE
- CHOOSE TO SMILE... RATHER THAT FROWN
- CHOOSE TO BUILD... RATHER THAN DESTROY
- CHOOSE TO FORGIVE... RATHER THAN CURSE
- CHOOSE TO PERSEVERE... RATHER THAN QUIT
- CHOOSE TO PRAISE... RATHER THAN GOSSIP
- CHOOSE TO HEAL... RATHER THAN WOUND
- CHOOSE TO GIVE... RATHER THAN GRASP
- CHOOSE TO ACT... RATHER THAN CURSE