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Organic Outreach for Ordinary People: Sharing Good News Naturally Paperback – September 13, 2009
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“Every person you meet is an eternal soul. That reality alone underscores the tremendous value of a book like this. Organic Outreach for Ordinary People will equip any believer to share their faith in effective and natural ways. Kevin presents practical illustrations to communicate with all kinds of people and in all kinds of situations. Reading this book will truly encourage you to raise your evangelistic temperature and passionately pursue that which causes angels to sing---even if you don’t have the ‘gift of evangelism.’” -- Marilyn Hontz
“Personal evangelism is not your thing? You don’t have the spiritual gift? The whole idea of sharing your faith seems intimidating and unnatural? Perfect---this book was written for you! Read it, and with every page you’ll be more encouraged and equipped to talk to others---in natural ways---about the things that matter most.” -- Mark Mittelberg
God spoke pointedly to my life when reading this inspiring book. It is refreshing to see a very practical book that is solidly grounded in Scripture. While being loaded with practical helps, it refrains from presenting a canned or stereotypical model of witness that everyone should follow. Instead, we see different ways of outreach, which individuals could adopt according to their differing personalities, gifts, and circumstances. This book is unique in being amazingly comprehensive, covering many issues that other books on witness miss out on. Clearly, it is the work of a practitioner.” -- Ajith Fernando
“Too many people think that evangelism is reserved for a handful of specially gifted people. Read this book and you will say, ‘I believe God can use anyone, including me, to reach out with his love and good news.’ Practical, well-illustrated, and biblical, this is a great tool to help prepare ordinary Christians to share the extraordinary message of Jesus.” -- Lee Strobel
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Part 1 deals with preparing ourselves for the mission. Harney starts with explaining that God's love and God's grace are very important when we start our training. He lets us know the Bible is our source of truth. Part 1 ends with an examination of our evangelistic temperature.
Part 2 introduces the concepts of praying for people and with people. Living a Godly life as an example to others is the third chapter of this section. The section ends with examples of different ways to reach out to people when evangelizing.
Getting in touch with the Holy Spirit is introduced in the first chapter in Part 3. Starting conversations, personal testamonies, and various ways to evangelise are introduced in the last chapters of the book. Part 3 is the work section of the book.
Harney stresses that the book is not a system or program and he is right. Everything in the book is based on scripture. He also suggests opening ourselves to the Holy Spirit and watch what God will do. This is a wonderfully well written book that will inspire every willing heart to spread the Gospel.
Kevin G. Harney's remarks can be summed up this way: Simply be real and God will use you to reach others for Jesus. This reality requires minimal new information; it does require a new attitude. That's where Harney focuses his effort.
In reaction to too many apprehensions, too many programs, and too many musings about evangelism, Harney advocates: Change your attitude to outreach and try it out. This volume is one in a line of reactionary books to the myriad evangelistic methods and programs in the 1970s-1990s. In response to the "task list to successful evangelism" approach, Harney offers an "attitude to effective outreach" approach. This book is about changing our spiritual attitudes to outreach and letting the tasks flow from there.
While affecting the reader's spiritual attitudes dominates Organic Outreach, Harney does offer specific tools. He insightfully describes how to pray for neighbors, begin spiritual conversations, describe one's own faith, and recognize an opportunity to talk about Jesus. He also details several catchy "laws" and "rules", such as the Law of Love and the One-Degree Rule. Furthermore, these suggestions remain faithful to his organic approach to outreach: they are not contrived or awkward. The reader will likely be able to picture using them in his/her own situation.
The first time I heard him speak, my husband had just gotten stationed in Monterey, California. I got to hear Kevin's first sermon as pastor of his new church, and I wasn't disappointed.
When I found out that he was also an author in addition to being a pastor, I was thrilled, and getting to read a copy of Organic Outreach for Ordinary People: Sharing Good News Naturally was not disappointing.
I was attending his church right when this book was published, so Harney incorporated a lot of his ideas from the book into his sermons, which was really fantastic and interesting to listen to. A lot of pastors try to give generic sermons that anyone can relate to, but I enjoyed Kevin's sermons because they were so specific.
One thing I'll never forget was the way Kevin and his wife interacted with their waitresses. When they went to restaurants, they would ask their server, "Hey, we're going to pray before we eat. Is there anything we can pray for you about?" Things like this are a fantastic way to start sharing God's love with other people without being cheesy or weird. Most of the time people are more than happy to share a prayer request with someone, especially when someone asks and really cares about the answer.
If you're looking for more ways to reach out to the people around you without being awkward or overly preachy, check out this book for everyday ways to express love to the people around you.
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It is a great book. I really enjoyed it and it has immense practical value for the person who is afraid of reaching out.Published 2 months ago by Paul B. Warren
Very insightful and challenging book by Kevin Harney, I am so impressed I ordered 10 copies to give to friends!Published 15 months ago by Paul C Young
There are many books on evangelism, but this one is one of the best because of its simple yet practical guide.Published on May 25, 2014 by William Campbell