I would humbly say that John Fischer and I are "old" friends…there are stories I could tell but I'll skip them at this juncture in life. Suffice to say that I have all of John's books…most of his recordings…I've hosted him a couple of times in the past at conferences and churches as well as had the honor of doing some music ministry with him "back in the day". I've always admired John's wisdom, forthrightness and perspective into the truth. He was saying things years ago that are now generally accepted by those who are being prophetic about the Christ-following movement. He's been a teacher, master musician, creative thinker and prophet in many lives including mine.
John has a website and a daily email "blast" that is part devotional, part theological treatise, part societal/cultural critique….always provocative and encouraging. I would encourage you to go to the site and sign up to get the daily Catch! Here's a sample of what John has been writing…it just so happens to be on a topic that is near and dear to my heart – what it means to follow Jesus as a person embedded in culture as a ambassador of the Kingdom of God – enjoy!
Coming alongside by John Fischer
I am normally not a fan of ten steps to this or five ways to do that. But for one of my recent talks I came up with these six things to remember about being around those who may not yet be Christians, and thought some of you might find it useful.
1) Assume everyone is searching for God. Why? Because everyone is. We were created this way. God has purposely frustrated humanity by creating us with eternity in our hearts, yet with an inability to fathom what that is or what it means (Ecclesiastes 3:10-11). He has done this so that we might reach out for him and find him though He is not far from any of us for in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:27-28).
2) Come alongside. This is really the crux of it all. Just walk alongside people and enter into their lives. Listen. Talk. Laugh. Cry. Find out where you can contribute and what you can learn. There's something to give and something to receive in every relationship.
3) Point. You don't tell someone what the truth is; you point to it. "There it is over there," or "Here it is in my life." This is why we need to learn to identify truth in the context of the world around us. Truth isn't religious. You don't have to get into a certain posture to see it. It's not something that hasn't been there all along.
4) Find out what people already know before you set out to tell them anything. Don't ever think you have to clear the table and start over. This is why it's so important to listen first. Find out what's already on the table that you can use.
5) You don't have to tell everything you know. Just the next thing.
6) You don't have to correct everything someone says that is wrong. You are not the protector and defender of truth. You don't have to decide where to draw the line. You don't even have to be concerned if someone may be walking away with the wrong idea. You are not that smart anyway because you don't know what's in someone's head. As long as they have something to think about, that's a good thing.
And now here's the one final thing that makes all this possible. It is the most important of all. (This is the one thing that makes all six of these make sense.) We don't save anybody, convince anybody, "win" anybody to Christ or close the deal. All that is God's business. The Holy Spirit is doing this all on His own terms and timetable. We are not salesmen, marketing reps, counselors or prosecutors. We are just friends who come alongside.
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