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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 12:00pm

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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 12:36pm
I think as long as you can continue to have rational conversations with someone and maintain civility you keep witnessing. When the other person becomes hostile, unresponsive, irrational, etc. you can shake the dust off. Or if the person tells you they don't want to hear it anymore.

Our minister gave a sermon not too long ago about this, and a couple of points stuck with me. He said our job may just be to plant the seed. One scripture he referenced was 1 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV) - "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow." Paul was talking about establishing a church, but the point was applied to witnessing as well. Our minister's point was that God has given talents and tasks to each one of us, and our task may only be to plant the seed. He may give another Christian the task of cultivating growth after the seed is planted. But ultimately God finishes the work, that is if the person's heart is open to it. Often their heart is hard and an unsuitable environment for the seed to take hold and grow. The point that it's our job to plant the seed really took a weight off my shoulders. It would be great to witness to someone for a long time and see them come to Christ seemingly of our effort, but that has never happened to me. I came away from the sermon with this in my head: "just plant the seed."
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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 2:38pm
My Pastor did a sermon on planting the seed also. I agree with that, and see it in my life. I planted a seed to a friend of mine by discussing Christ with her. She didn't agree with me, and said some bad things. But, now she has started going to church with her coworker. She still acts and speaks like an unbeliever. But the seed is planted, has been tended, and I can't wait to see how God makes it grow!


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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 4:32pm
nice! Keep us posted!

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Registered: 12-30-2007
Tue, 03-01-2011 - 5:04pm
I'm so sorry that it got so vicious so quickly and I pray that the seed you planted and the example that you set by not fueling the fire or attacking her beliefs as I think she was going for/expecting will lodge in her brain. I will say that as I look back to my old self, the seeds were definitely planted (mostly by complete strangers) and later when i did seek info on what Christianity actually meant, i could really see where things had been at work. So i pray for your cousin and also for her friend--there is definitely something dark going on to get an attack like that and i pray that she is guided out of the darkness.

As for the dusting off...that can be a hard one. I do believe in praying for friends that are unsaved and tend not to completely shake the dust, but i also feel that at some point, it's important to go to prayer and trust God to provide a fresh perspective from another seed planter or waterer. (sorry for that rambly sentence lol) And in cases where there is outright hostility, i do believe it's ok to commit them to God and move on, and though i do try to remember to pray for them from time to time, i also don't obsess over them and just try to be sensitive for other opportunities to plant or water


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Registered: 06-22-2008
Fri, 03-04-2011 - 10:47am

I agree with everyone about shaking the dust off and planting seeds.

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