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Winning People for Jesus with Actions

by Mario Vega

For evangelism to be effective in the cell, emphasis must be placed on action rather than in words. People without Jesus are drawn to the actions of believers rather than their mere words. For this reason, at Elim Church, our leaders have been trained to evangelize using the following five steps:

1. Make a list of family and friends (oikos).

2. Choose two people from the list and start praying daily for their conversion.

3. Build ties of friendship with those two people, serving them and introducing them to other Christians.

4. Do works of love and care for them.

5. Invite them to the cell.

Notice how the invitation to the cell is the final step. Before this, it is necessary to define the circle of influence and to make a systematic effort of prayer and works of love for these people. When a Christian has dedicated himself to cultivating loving actions, the people will find it hard to resist an invitation to a cell. We emphasize that these works of love are not to be used only as a hook to catch guests, but must be genuine and sincere. This effort has borne much fruit.

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Mario

Spanish translation:

Evangelismo en la célula.

Para que el evangelismo en la célula sea efectivo, se debe colocar énfasis en los hechos más que en las palabras. Se sabe que las personas reaccionan más ante las obras de los cristianos que ante sus palabras. Por esa razón, en Iglesia Elim, nuestros líderes han sido entrenados para evangelizar siguiendo los siguientes cinco pasos:

1. Elaborar una lista de familiares y amigos (oikos).

2. Escoger de esa lista dos personas para comenzar a orar por su conversión todos los días.

3. Estrechar la amistad con esas dos personas, servirles y presentarles a otros cristianos.

4. Hacer obras de amor e interés a favor de ellos.

5. Invitarlos a la célula.

Como puede notarse, la invitación a la célula es el paso final. Antes de ello, se hace necesario definir el círculo de influencia y realizar un esfuerzo sistemático de oración y obras de amor a favor de esas personas. Cuando un cristiano se ha dedicado a cultivar acciones de amor, es muy difícil que las personas se resistan a una invitación a una célula. Enfatizamos que esas obras de amor no deben ser usadas sólo como un anzuelo para cazar invitados, sino que deben ser auténticas y sinceras. Este esfuerzo ha llevado mucho fruto.

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