Encouraging us to 1-Think Globally and 2-Act Locally, Eric pointed out that as Paul is addressing us from prison in Col 4:3-6 he is assuming we live among people who don't know Jesus. Eric pointed out what should already be obvious - we are to be friends with non-believers, we are to live among them. "Don't just make them your mission. Make them your friend" -Eric Simmons. Whew. Am I glad he said that. I've gotten hints of just the opposite in past messages and I must agree with Eric in that we are called to love people of the world. He followed with a caution to retain conduct that matches the message we are preaching and living, but also gave a very practical tip to ditch the trendy Christian talk. To leave the words behind that are not understandable to a non-believer. He exhorted us to be bold, humble, and gracious in our conversations. To be more aware of how we say things than what we say. Attitude > Apologetics.
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