What They Need to Hear — Sharing Christ with Family and Friends is the story of how the Rev. Klemet I. Preus helped bring his father-in-law, Lloyd Bingaman, back to the Christian faith he had given up years before.
The letters, Preus says, “were my attempt to tell someone who was not a Christian about Jesus. Thankfully, the Lord worked through these letters, and by all accounts Lloyd became a Christian in the months before he died.”
Preus, pastor of Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Minn., says that “in the process of writing to a family member about Christ, certain lessons about sharing the Gospel with family and friends became apparent”:
- Evangelists speak to one person often.
- Evangelists answer questions.
- Evangelists know they work better in an environment of trust.
- No matter how unpleasant, true evangelists will always correct false doctrine when necessary.
- Risky as it may seem, evangelists learn to speak the Law.
- Evangelists learn to speak what they know of Christ in a variety of ways.
These lessons and his letters, he says, “can be a template for you to follow with your own Lloyd — that person in your life who is questioning God and the Church.”
Included in the book are two post cards that can be mailed — along with a personal message — to a friend or family member in an effort to start a conversation about God. The post cards also are available as free “e-cards” on the CPH website (click here).
To order the book What They Need to Hear ($15.99, plus shipping, item no. 124419), call CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit cph.org.