How to Win Friends and Influence People by J. Gerald Harris

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I Corinthians 9:19-23

For some time now we have been talking about how Eastside Baptist Church can have an impact upon our community and upon our world. We have been talking about how we can build relationships with people who are outside the family of faith. And it is obvious that there is a cultural gap between believers and non-believers, and there is a spiritual gap between believers and non-believers. We need to learn how we can establish common ground between ourselves and those who have not yet discovered the abundant life which is in Jesus Christ.

A few people will come to church because they see the buildings and they are attracted to the
architectural structure of the facilities. Some people will come to church because they are drawn into the church by the music ministry. There are those who will come because of the youth ministry or the provisions that are made for the children. A few would even dare to come because of the preacher and his homiletical style. But more than anything else, people will come to church because someone has cultivated a relationship with them, and out of
that friendship extended an invitation for them to come and discover what God is doing in the life of that particular fellowship.

So this morning I want to challenge you to win friends and influence people. Not for any selfish
reason, nor for the glory of the church, but for the glory of God.

In fact, this morning I want to suggest to you ten ways to develop friendships.

1. Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

2. Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown; only 14 to smile.

3. Call people by name. The sweetest music to anyone's ears is the sound of his own name.

4. Be friendly and helpful. If you would have friends, be friendly.

5. Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost everybody if you try.

6. Be generous with praise – cauti ...

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