DO YOU HAVE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE REACHING OUT TO?
Of course you do, as we know we are to be a light to the world!* ABF wants to help equip you to share your faith and to do that we are committed to supporting you in a few ways. Firstly, we want to educate you in all of the resources that we have available to be extended outward, through you, so that your friend, relative, or person you are reaching out to has as many tools available to them. We are hoping this will be an easy step by step guide to help you as you reach out.
*Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
James 5:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back from wandering will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.”
WHAT IS A SATELLITE CHRISTIAN?
A Satellite Christian is a term we have used to define the phenomenon of a sincere believer in Christ who has not (or is not now) fully succumbed to the gravity of Christ. This can be for varied and complicated reasons. Because we cannot wade through all the variables to determine the status of their faith, we have classified this type of faith as a Satellite faith.
Christians are not called to be Satellites. They are called to be grounded in Him. Colossians 2 says it this way.
6 Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
Though these Satellites are not grounded as they should be, this shouldn’t alter their status as legitimate brothers and sisters until they have denounced their faith. Instead it should inspire us to earnestly contend for a right faith and a saving knowledge that they are not ashamed of. Unfortunately, we often encounter Satellite Christians who are either ashamed or confused about the issues of Christian doctrine, the Bible and the Church. Fortunately, this phenomenon is often avoidable and even capable of being rectified if Satellites are given proper care and attention.
A.C.E.S. : ASSESS, CONNECT, EXTEND, SUPPORT
The external ministry arm of ABF seeks to bring the satellite from A(SSESS) to C(ONNECT) in the A.C.E.S. process and to further CONNECT by conducting check-ins as they receive SUPPORT where they ultimately ground themselves in Christ. This is why we are arming YOU with the tools to reach the satellites in your life!
WE ALWAYS SEEK TO GROUND SATELLITES IN 3 WAYS:
- IN SCRIPTURE
- LOCAL BODY
DO THEY HAVE A BIBLE?
Start with the free Youversion App or contact our ABF librarian for a free physical copy.
WHERE SHOULD THEY START?
Below we have listed a quick and easy way to understand the Bible.
2. LOCAL BODY
DO THEY HAVE A HOME CHURCH ?
DO THEY WANT TO ATTEND ABF?
Invite them to join ABF services in person.
Invite them to check out ABF services online.
CONNECT THEM IN OTHER WAYS
WHAT ARE THEY READING?
DO THEY NEED EDUCATION?
DO THEY HAVE QUESTIONS?
DO THEY HAVE QUESTIONS?
TRUSTED RESOURCES OUTSIDE OF ABF-This is a great list of websites and links to where you can find even more resources to help answer their questions. All of them are trusted to continue to shape a Christian Worldview.