Concentric Circles of Concern 1

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Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary A Critical Review of Concentric Circles of Concern A Paper Submitted to Mr. Mark Traeger In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Course Personal Evangelism EVAN 565 By Robert C. Stilwell, Jr. Feb. 7, 2010 Bibliographical Entry Author Information Oscar Thompson, the original author of Concentric Circles of Concern, was a pastor for twenty years before teaching personal evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served as the president of the Oscar Thompson Evangelical Association. After being diagnosed with cancer, Thompson served as pastoral consultant of the Cancer Counseling and Research Foundation, as well as pastoral consultant…show more content…
We should then pray for those in these relationships; specific prayers of intercession and for wisdom for both us and them (pp. 120-123). Building bridges involves utilizing points of contact to develop a closer and stronger relationship with others. Thompson offers several suggestions for various occasions, such as sending cards, making phone calls, or visiting others. Showing God’s love by meeting the needs of others also helps to build these bridges. Thompson closes by addressing the ultimate point of this book; the act of sharing Christ and helping new believers to grow spiritually, including making disciples themselves. Evaluation Thompson presents a very convicting treatise on the significance of relationships in the Christian witness. This book causes the reader to examine their own relationships, as well as their lifestyle, in order to evaluate the degree of the reflection of Christ in their incarnational witness. Through his systematic process of self-examination and relational observation, combined with intercessory prayer and discipleship ministry, Thompson offers a simple, yet profound method of using personal relationships to share the gospel of Christ with family, friends, coworkers, and complete strangers. He expounds on the principle that mankind is a relational being, created to fellowship with God and other humans, to develop his approach to personal evangelism and, equally important, follow-up

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