16. A WINSOME NETWORK

"The Saviour went from house to house, healing the sick, comforting the mourners, soothing the afflicted, speaking peace to the disconsolate. He took the little children in His arms and blessed them, and spoke words of hope and comfort to the weary mothers. With unfailing tenderness and gentleness He met every form of human woe and affliction. Not for Himself but for others did He labor. He was the servant of all. It was His meat and drink to bring hope and strength to all with whom He came in contact. And as men and women listened to the truths that fell from His lips, so different from the traditions and dogmas taught by the rabbis, hope sprang up in their hearts. In His teaching there was an earnestness that sent His words home with convicting power."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Networking--a combination of interacting people or groups for the exchange of information, association, and influence, to advance the common interest and assistance of all involved. In the Christian context people are the emphases. They are won through relationship networking.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

Countless passages in the Bible speak to the value and necessity of practicing good people skills in order to be effective, but arguably the best is the emphasis on love in 1 Corinthians 13.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I will mingle with and associate more with people, all kinds of people. I will go where they are.
  • I will study people and their needs, interests, and challenges more so that I might have opportunity to apply the principles of the Bible to them in an effective manner.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, use me as an attraction to the gospel. Let me be a good recommendation to the power of the gospel and the joy and satisfaction that results from a life connected to You. Let it be that when You look for one who can illustrate the ideal Christian life, You will look for someone like me."