What is it about verbalizing our faith that leaves our knees knocking and our tongues tied? We know it's the most significant thing we can do and that sharing it is the most important gift we could ever give to a friend. Yet evangelism remains one of the most frustrating parts of the Christian life. Until now. Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg believe that it doesn't have to be that way; effectively communicating our faith in Jesus Christ should be the most natural thing in the world. What we need, however, is encouragement and direction. In Becoming a Contagious Christian Hybels and Mittelberg offer a practical plan of action for touching the lives of friends, family members, and others, illustrated with powerful, real-life stories. Their emphasis is clear: be yourself in Christ, find a style that works for you. Hybels and Mittelberg use simple, straightforward language and diverse biblical characters such as Paul, Dorcas, and the Samaritan woman to encourage us with the good news that God knew what he was doing when he made each of us. As a result, all of us can impact our world for Christ.
It is an approach the authors have seen work again and again at Willow Creek Community Church. They articulate the important principles that have helped the believers at Willow Creek become a church of "contagious Christians," a church known around the world for its outstanding and effective outreach to the unchurched. Becoming a Contagious Christian may well be one of the most important contributions to relational evangelism in decades. It presents a blueprint for starting a spiritual epidemic of hope and enthusiasm for spreading the Gospel of Christ.
Table of Contents
Contents Section 1: Why Become a CONTAGIOUS CHRISTIAN? Chapter 1: People Matter To God Chapter 2: The Rewards of Contagious Christianity Chapter 3: A Formula For Impacting Your World Section 2: The Prerequisite of HIGH POTENCY Chapter 4: The Attractiveness of Authenticity Chapter 5: The Pull of Compassion Chapter 6: The Strength of Sacrifice Section 3: The Potential of CLOSE PROXIMITY Chapter 7: Strategic Opportunities in Relationships Chapter 8: Rubbing Shoulders with Irreligious People Chapter 9: Finding the Approach that Fits You Section 4: The Power of CLEAR COMMUNICATION Chapter 10: Starting Spiritual Conversations Chapter 11: Making the Message Clear Chapter 12: Breaking the Barriers to Belief Section 5: The Payoff: MAXIMUM IMPACT Chapter 13: Crossing the Line of Faith Chapter 14: Contagious Christians and Contagious Churches Chapter 15: Investing Your Life in People
Runner-up for Christian Book Award 1995.
Bill Hybels (BA, Trinity College) is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Willow Creek's innovative ministries have made it one of the most attended churches in North America. Hybels has authored over 20 books, including Fit to Be Tied and Rediscovering Church (with his wife Lynne), Honest to God, Too Busy Not to Pray, and Courageous Leadership. Bill Hybels es el fundador y el pastor mayor de Willow Creek Community Church en el Sur Barrington, Illinois. Willow Creek's Ministerio innovador ha echo una de las Iglesias mas atendidas en Norte America. Hybels ha escrito mas de 20 libros incluyendo, Fit to Be Tied ( Caber Para Estar Unidos), y Rediscovering Church (Re-descubriendo la Iglesia) con su esposa Lynne. Honest to God ( Honestos con Dios), Too Busy Not to Pray ( Muy ocupados para no Orar) y Courageous Leadership (Liderazgo Valeroso). Mark Mittelberg (MA, Trinity Evangelical Theological School) is the primary author of the celebrated Becoming a Contagious Christian training course, the coauthor with Bill Hybels of the bestselling book Becoming a Contagious Christian, the author of Building a Contagious Church, and contributing editor of The Journey: A Bible for the Spiritually Curious. He has been the evangelism leader for the Willow Creek Association for more than a decade, and speaks on evangelism to leaders all around the world.