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Memorize To Evangelize

Undoubtedly the Word of God is the most powerful tool that you have in sharing the gospel. It is like a double edge sword able to judge the intentions of the heart. I like to liken the Word of God to dynamite. It is explosive in nature being that it convicts, convinces, and converts. The Word of God is what makes men wise unto salvation. Through out Acts it is said that the word of God grew mightily and prevailed. The importance of the word is highest of all in our evangelistic endeavors. By committing ourselves to the memorization of scripture we can be a handy tool in the Masters hand.

Memorization should be something we strive for and aim to do. In the New Testament when we see men standing up and preaching it is often unlikely that they have a Bible in hand. And yet their command of the Bible was impressive. Peter, in Acts 2, preaches an extensive sermon from multiple book. Here are Peter’s texts.
Acts 2:17-21 Joel 2:28–32
Acts 2:26-28 Psalm 16:8–11
Acts 3:34-35 Psalm 110:1

Clearly memorization was important to Peter. And we could mention Stephen who used 12 different verses to get the gospel out. Just read Acts 7 and you will find that his extensive use of the Scripture to herald forth the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul uses 7 different passages in his preaching in Acts 13. I have to say that I have a decent amount of Scripture memorized but feel my own conviction that I should know more.

The scriptural command to memorize. Memorize can not be found anywhere in the Bible. There is, however, a word used to describe memorization and that is meditation. Here are a few verses.
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.
Psalm 77:6 I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit makes diligent search.

Practical reasons for memorizing.

First, memorizing is good for our souls and helps refine our knowledge of God. This is important because we are communicating the Gospel we believe in. If we know it well then our ability to communicate is easier when we have it memorized. Actors and actresses do this in order to play a part well. In fact, often times they have it so well memorized a director can start a place and they can often go to it with ease. Shouldn’t we know the Bible with ease.

Second, memorizing keeps the gospel delivery going. Whether your gospel conversation is with one or with a crowd having verses tucked away in your heart and mind will give a lot to talk about. If you have one verse it is useful to salvation of some but if you have a great many than you can give a great many verses to a lot of people.

Third, memorizing keeps from distractions. There are times when memorizing has kept me able to address an issue that someone has without divergence. Often times people in the gospel will distract you from a topic they’ve started without you able to finish. But when I have had to open my Bible those questions keep me from actually being able to finish the topic at hand. It also can be distracting because you may be looking for a verse while someone else is talking. It might be perceived that you aren’t listening.

Memorizing is key to help you share the gospel with others with ease and skill. Here are some verses to get you started.

Matt. 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.
John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
1 Cor. 6:9-11 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

This is a good start for your ability to share the gospel. I hope that you purpose in your heart to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone. Memorizing will make it easier and more effective.

Gospel According to Al: Sharing Your Faith with a Muslim

Al was a gas attendant that I met at a local gas station. In Oregon, there is a law that only a gas attendant can pump gas. This gives opportunity at times to share the gospel with people despite what some as inconvenience. Here was my approach to sharing the gospel with Al.

Al claimed to be a Muslim but was not as strong of a Muslim as some that I have met. But the approach is the same. I like to begin with something that breaks the ice. Do you go to church is great because I don’t mind inviting people to church. Al’s response was I am Muslim. Anyone who responds with a religious based response I like to ask what do you believe? The reason is for most people whether they are Muslim, Catholic, Jew, Jehovah Witness, or any other religion can still mean a lot of different things. So rather than assuming I find out what people believe by telling me and then I know how to bring them the gospel. It saves time and years from know the gospel.

Turns out the Al wasn’t a devout Muslim. He said that he prayed regularly with his parents. I asked what he thought about Jesus to which he wasn’t sure what he believed about Jesus except maybe he was a good prophet. Since what we believe about Jesus is important I like to address this issue.

Begin with the law of God. The first commandment is to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength and to have no other God’s before him. I believe changing the person of Christ is a departure from this commandment. So I use it to point out there is one God. The rest is our actions toward God based on our beliefs about Him. Since many people try to be a good person, including Al, to get into heaven it is important that we show them the truth about Romans 3 which says that there is none good. Once the law establishes and exposes our evil deeds it is much easier to see that it isn’t works that saves. Whether prayers, attendance to meetings, or simply trying to be a good person is not what God merits a persons salvation.

The requirement of the Law. The law of God requires the remission of sins to be satisfied through the shedding of blood.

Leviticus 17:11 states that “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”

That is why Jesus Christ was called the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. No sacrifice, no forgiveness. And we can’t continue sacrifices because Christ did it once and for all. Makes the cross so much more wonderful to understand that Christ finished that work for all who believe. So this is where I change focus on whom Jesus Christ is.

The testimony of Jesus Christ. So the belief of a Muslim is that Jesus Christ was a good prophet. If he was a good prophet he wouldn’t claim to be God unless it were true. The reason Christ came into the world was to fulfill all righteousness (Matt. 3:15, Rom. 8:2). Muslims need to see that it is nothing good in them that saves but Jesus Christ’s goodness. So what is the testimony? Here is a few examples.
1) At his birth angels worship. Luke 2:13-14
2) Men worship through out his life- Magi, shepherds, the disciples, the sick, lame, both men and women. (Matt. 2:1-2, Lk. 2:8-20, Matt. 9:18 )
3) He healed multitudes. His testimony was authenticated by the miraculous power that he had. (Matt 4:23-25) The importance of multitudes is that it was undeniable. You would think that if multitudes experienced it and testimony was preached written about these things that someone could state how false it was. But there is no testimony.

The Claim that Sealed His Death. Jesus had many claims but one of the most astounding and controversial is his claim in John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” The I Am claim was the same claim that God made to Abraham. This was so offensive that the Jews picked up stones to kill him. Jesus told just a few verse back that “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He… He was crucified and they knew Him to be God in his resurrection.

The Testimony of James. Jesus half brother was James. I have two brothers and I know my own sinfulness and they know my own sinfulness. Not in a million years would I or my brothers say that I am God or the other way around. What was it the proof that turned James from doubter to tauter? The proof was in his resurrection. This is all good and fine until a testimony like James. And don’t forget that he wrote a book of the Bible about it. 1 Cor. 15:7-8 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. What does James say about Jesus? My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. James 2:1.

The Testimony of the rest of the Apostles. I think that the testimony of the Apostles is astounding. The reason is because right after his death they didn’t hang around believing that Jesus was going to be resurrected. The believed that he was dead some much that they locked themselves in their home for 8 days.

John 20:19
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
John 20:18-20 (in Context) John 20 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
John 20:26
And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”

If you didn’t get this- that is twice we see Jesus coming to them. Both times the doors are shut for fear of the Jews. Both times Jesus speaks peace to you (because of fear). Doesn’t sound like victoriously believing right away to me. And to add to that they ended up going and preaching everywhere. What turns a hiding, fearful, locked in your home disciple to proclaiming resurrection touting apostle? THE RESURRECTION!

End with Repenetance. Anyone, everyone, every belief must repent and believe on Jesus Christ. It is that simple. Turn from your sin and be a doubter, reviler, or blasphemer no longer. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief.

I think this is a good method to share with the Muslim but it can be a good testimony for anyone you share the faith with. I hope that one day I see Al in heaven believing upon Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior.

What are your thoughts or approaches? I would love to hear from you and some thoughts about bringing someone to Christ whose a muslim.

Fear, Trembling and The Gospel

There is nothing more exhilarating than to share your faith with someone else. The joy of telling them of the grace you have received and to tell they to can be saved by the power of God by faith in Jesus Christ His only Son. Yet I find that fear can have an effect on sharing our faith and often keep us silence. Here is some thoughts on dealing with fear in the midst of sharing the gospel.

I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation for all those who believe for the Jew first and the Gentile also.

Becoming unashamed in the gospel. I will say first that I am not perfect and have not mastered my own emotions as there are a great many times that I tremble. I remember one of the first times I got up to preach open air style. My body was shaking in fear. I opened with this text.

1 Cor. 2:1-4 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

I can’t say that I was that eloquent as I trembled in fear and I find a little comfort in Paul’s words that he trembled.

Here are some things that I have found that compel me to speak. When I look at the book of Acts I notice that in chapter 4:19 that they say “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” The context is that they are threatened. The strange thing is that the Sanhedrin seemed to be more afraid of the people than Peter and John or their jailing. What drove the two disciples to speak is what they saw and heard. Likewise if I believe, if have seen, if I have heard then it is incumbent upon me to speak.

Paul also affirms this. In 2 Cor. 4 he states: It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. What drives him is resurrection and his faith in Christ to save. If you read the whole chapter it speaks about this in persecutions, beatings and seemingly all kinds of difficulties. Yes, he is Paul, but again the glory outweighs the trials.

The cause of fear. I would say what most of our fears are driven from the unknown. We have the idea that our first time witnessing or preaching is likely going to get us hated, jailed, and killed. This might be true but often times it isn’t The Bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and a sound mind. Fears can be irrational ideas that cause us to tremble. Again I will say I haven’t mastered my own fears. And based on the passages that I posted previous, I can safely say that Paul might trembled a little also. You are in good company with Paul.

Fear can either motivate us to preach or to be silent. In most cases it cause us to keep quiet. I find that I need both my emotions and my mind to be educated by the word of God. I would say that John Mark who fled from serving in the gospel with Paul and Barnabas had fear. Thankfully he came back and was found useful to work of the gospel. So what educates me to preach the gospel. Below are a few verses.

Luke 9:26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.
1 Peter 4:16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
Luke 12:4-5 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
Mark 4:40 “But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
Phil. 1:28-30 And not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
Romans 8:35-39 “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There are a wealth of passages that we could read on this subject. I hope that these are some encouragement to speak the name of Jesus Christ.

One final note on overcoming fear to speak the name of Jesus Christ. Go with someone. Paul often had people with him. I think much Acts was written with Luke with Paul. And we see in Acts 17:5-6 that Jason was dragged from his for harboring Paul. Having a partner with you can make it a little easier to stand and preach or share your faith.

I hope this is an encouragement to you to share your faith. Be strong and courageous to share your faith. I would love to hear your thoughts and adventures in the gospel.

Sam’s Sad Words: A Short Witnessing Encounter

The other night I met a young man named Sam. He was out with his buddy to enjoy the pleasures of this world. I ran into these two young guys while sharing the gospel in downtown Portland. Neither really had heard the gospel which I am finding more and more regular with young people. I engaged with them by giving a tract that says on one side Ticket to Heaven and on the other Ticket to Hell.

I began with asking if he were to die whether he would go to heaven or not. His quick and immediate response was “Hell.” I replied “How do you know that?” He said; “From the age of 13 I began smoking pot and I do that a lot.” “I see.” This is remarkable because he was likely about 15. “Did you know that Christ came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief? I point this out to you because a man named Paul murdered Christians. I don’t think you have murdered Christians have you?” “No.” The Bible tells us that it is appointed for man to die once and after this the judgement.” I proceeded from there to administer law of God to help revive his conscience to his need for God to save him from hell. After all hell is a real place.

Sam’s destination of hell is not as exciting or fun that people think it is. We are desensitized to the concept of hell by its presentation in movies, commercials, music and friends. The idea that it is fine and it will be fun and I’ll see you there is false. The reality is that hell is not Satan’s realm. Hell is not a party where we will see friends. Hell is a place where God is dealing with those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel with fiery judgement. 1 Thess. 1:9. Even Psalm 11 tells that He [God] will reign coals upon the wicked. Not a place I want anyone to desire or want to go. I then plead with them to turn from their sin that they were enjoying and flee to God. Over all the message was well received and seemed to sober Sam up.

Sam and his friend heard the gospel of Jesus Christ that night. They heard the law of God, the penalty that we all deserve, and the grace of Jesus Christ through faith in Him. I pray that Sam is saved as well as his friend. Perhaps I will one day see him in heaven. Please pray for Sam.

Close To Heaven

A couple of our friends from church recently were married. There is something special that I find with marriage as it reminds me of the coming marriage of Christ and his Church. It really is a picture of Christ’s love for his bride as he laid down his life for her. What a great picture. But this post isn’t about them. It is about two men who worked at the church they were wed at.

After the wedding I have the opportunity to talk to two of these men who worked at the church. Come to find out that neither of them attended church and it soon became apparent that they needed to hear the gospel. Which is shocking to me that men would work in a church but not be part of the church. I think this really speaks to the state of the church that many no longer preach the gospel. Many churches don’t believe in the realities of heaven and hell that we no longer find the necessities to share Christ with those nearest to the church. So here is a tragic reality of churches.

Tragedy 1. People (unbelievers) work with in the walls of the church but never hear the gospel.
Tragedy 2. People attend the church but never hear the gospel.
Tragedy 3. Neighbors to the church have never been evangelized with the gospel.
Tragedy 4. The neighbors of people within the church never heard the gospel.
Tragedy 5. The pastor doesn’t share the gospel.

The first four problem are a result of the greatest problem. The pastor doesn’t preach the gospel. It is clear that the command for pastors is to “do the work of the evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Tim 4:5) Dr. Steve Lawson brings up this issue in his book titled Famine in the Land. He says, “Biblical preaching must always occupy the leading place of influence in the life of any church. At the core of any healthy congregation is a vibrant exposition of God’s Word. Unfortunately, though, many pastors are turning away from the central role of expository preaching and doctrinal teaching. But in so doing , they fail to realize that new converts, first and foremost, need to be taught God’s truth.” The fact is that the two men who I spoke with suffered one from not hearing the word and possibly being converted.

The message I gave to these men is one of repentance and faith in Christ. The sad thing is that these two men reminded me of the men on the cross next to Jesus. Both heard the words of Christ and yet only one was saved. These men at church were close if you will to heaven and yet both were so far away. One had parents who attended the church and the other had no church background. Seems strange that these men who worked inside the church hadn’t really heard the gospel. I hope that no one ever comes to a church I attend let alone work at one and yet not be saved. Even 1 Corinthians 14 tells us that the uninformed coming into the church should hear and be saved. So why isn’t it happening. Perhaps the gospel is some unintelligible sound to those who come and hear.

6 People to Share the Gospel With

One of the scariest was when I was shot in the head with a BBgun. A kid down the street thought it would be funny to point the gun even at me and friend at close range. He said and thought it was unloaded. Bang and the rest is history. For many Christians gospel witnessing might as well be as life threatening as my moment with a bb gun. Yet let us have courage since the Bible does give a blessing should something go wrong (in our preception) while evangelising. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Obviously this isn’t a sure way into heaven like the Jewish exorcists in Acts 19 or those who preach Christ from envy and strife Phil 1:15. We do want to hear well done good and faithful servant.

Let’s cover six people we should witness.

1) Share with your family. It is likely that you have family members unsaved. Whether this is you brother, sister, mom, dad, wife, children they are an opportunity to share your faith.

2) Coworkers. Most of have people we rub elbows with every day. As time and occurance permit, sharing the truth is worth the time and effort.

3) Your Boss. This is a little different because it might raise a challenge to find a good and contextual moment to share the gospel. But finding opportunities to witness to a boss can be challenging. Using events outside of work or when small talk is brought up to stir it toward heaven. How was your weekend. Great, did this, did that and went to church can be a great opportunity to share the gospel with them.

4) Your neighbors. Many people don’t know their neighbors. But it is a great opportunity to talk with your neighbors in passing. Another might be that if you got save to go bring the gospel to them. Setting aside a day and time to do that would be great.

5) Your Friends. Their are people that you call friends. It is likely that some of those people do not know Christ and they are opporunity to give the gospel to. Invite them to a cup of coffee, over for dinner, or an outing with the chance to share the truth.

6) Strangers. This is can be intimidating but grab someone because together you are likely follow through. Now there are two types of places you can do this. One would be door-to-door and the other in public places. The benefit with door-to-door is that after knocking you are left explaining why you are there. Public witnessing can be tough but I approach the same way I approach door to door evangelism. The reason I am interrupting you.

Making a point to think and pray to share the gospel will help you follow through. Make time to share your faith. Read up on the 6 Indispensible Elements of Evangelism.

Biblical Prayer In Evangelism

Green GO GospelonPrayer is commanded throughout the Bible. It is the habit that every Christian should be in daily practice beyond the table. The Bible gives examples of saints and even Jesus on how we should pray. Yet it has crossed my mind lately that in many cases we likely do not pray rightly. James 4:3 says that “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” Although this is often sinful prayers it probably is applied in the form of me not obeying the great commission. I will say that even if we do pray and not correctly that we have an intercessor on our behalf. I would challenge you pray from a Biblical perspective for the lost.

I find that people pray (me included) when it comes to the lost that God save them. Even if our prayer is for family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors that we pray but with little application. For instance we might pray for say Cindy. “Lord, will you save Cindy? Help her to repent and come to faith in you.” Yet this is hardly supported in the scripture. It might be more easily said Lord help me to share the Gospel with Cindy. Enough of my thoughts lets look at what Jesus says on the subject.

The Lord’s prayer is an obvious choice. “In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.”

The Lord Jesus does in deed pray and it seems that it is the Lord’s return soon. So in one sense we might pray for those family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors that the kingdom of God would come to them and that the will God be done in their life. But here is what Jesus says about prayer and evangelism in Luke 10:2; “Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” In Luke He was sending them to preach and while at it pray for more laborers. Why because the harvest is plentiful. There are people who are prime for the truth and God has set them to be saved.

Paul would say that we should pray for boldness. [Pray] “for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” In Ephesians 6:19 Paul is asking for prayer that he would speak boldly in the context of praying. Many supplications and thanksgivings would be made including boldness to preach the word. This might be a bit controversial but look at what Acts tells us.

Both Peter and John pray to God for boldness. After a day of sharing the gospel these two are arrested, beaten, jailed, and then threatened. Now we might look at success as the man who was healed. But say you saw Peter and John arrested that this was a successful ministry. Many would say it is not. But here is what Peter and John prayed. Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus (Acts 4:29-30).” So again it seems that boldness to preach the gospel was the prayer. It seems that even the disciples needed a little prayer to be bold and witness.

It seems that the gospel needs people who are willing to share it. It looks to me that a more Biblical approach to prayer in evangelism is that we should go and do the will of God. Will I completely stop praying for the lost. Not likely. Will I pray more that I or someone would be sent that they would hear and believe. Yes.

How Beautiful Are The Feet

Not many people think that feet are beautiful. I am among that group. Yet Romans 10:15 says “ How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” I could only imagine how terribly dirty and perhaps marred the feet of Paul were. It is estimated that he traveled over 14,000 miles during his missionary travels. He endured hardships of all kinds. I think he would know something about beautiful feet.

Feet were not like how we view them in our modern society. People didn’t have comfortable shoes with socks, pedicures, and desk jobs that kept them from being on their feet. Dirty feet were common between rich and poor. People would offer water for their guests to wash their feet or have servants do it for them it was so common. I had the opportunity to do some missions in India and my feet were constantly dirty. Every night I would have to wash them before I would go to bed. I didn’t view my feet beautiful nor clean and I am sure neither did others.

Take for example the beauty of the Lord Jesus’ feet.

Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Luke 7:44-47

The woman who washed Jesus feet had good news given to her. Her savior forgave her sins and thus she washed his feet. The contrast was Peter who had not offered water even for Him to wash after coming to his house which was the custom.

I would encourage you put on the full armor of God including the feet that are shod with gospel of peace. That we should be joyful at the message of Jesus Christ lest we be under judgement worse than Sodom and Gommarah (Matt 10:14). How beautiful are your feet?

Public Witnessing On November 11 2011

The photo here portrays three things I love: prayer, the Word, and evangelism. So really coffee is something I like a lot but in this picture it is from evangelism last night. In our evangelism efforts we often go door-to-door and at other times we go publicly. You probably guessed where we were this time. Local coffee shops and other establishments where people sit, converse, and hangout are great places to witness.

Being a bit under the weather and the weather being a bit cold I found myself at the local “watering hole” along with my pastor. Usually in colder temperatures we find people sitting outside but tonight we took the gospel inside. We usually buy something to be a good patron and reduces our chances of getting asked to leave. Really you need to be a bit sly about engaging people because you don’t want to be a huge distraction to the typical flow of business. Unless of course you find yourself at a silver smith shop where Diana is the object of worship.

My Pastor and I sat for a little while looking for an opportunity to engage someone. It took some time before someone came along so we used it to do a little Bible study from the book of Proverbs and Ephesians 5. Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.” Then we spoke briefly about a great book I encourage you to read or reread. The Soul Winner by Charles Spurgeon.

After a half hour talking about the word a man sat near to us. We engaged him about the gospel and at first he said he didn’t want to talk. So we asked another question about where he was from since he had an accent. Netherlands was his home and he was visiting on business and was returning back the following morn. We asked how long the flight was which quickly allowed us to bring it back to the gospel.

“What if while on your flight your airplane had a problem, crashed, and you died. Would you go to heaven?”
He responded; “I think I might.”
“Well that’s good,” we said, “So what would you say that God would let you into heaven?”
“Define God.”
“Well, He is omniscient, omnipresent, all-knowing, just, holy, and perfect.”
He muttered some stuff about how he saw God which wasn’t anything Biblical.

We then looked into the law of God and challenged his view of a god that is everything. Which is quite pantheistic. We spoke a bit through the law and finished with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He listened and thanked us. We also then talked about other things regarding his country, family, and work. It was a good time.

One thing that drives me to witness is that Paul went through trials worst than a cold (1 Corinthians 11:22-30). I also know that my flesh will often give reasons both actual and imagined to not go. And sometimes it is good to get out and buffet the flesh whether it is though prayer and fasting or through evangelizing.

Friday October 16 2011 Evangelism

Admittedly, I like sharing the gospel on Friday nights with my church. Sometimes there are many and other times it is few. This time I was reminded that the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few. Pray therefore until the Lord of the harvest that He would send laborers. Though the laborers are few I don’t give up but press on. There reason is that there still might be some.

This past Friday seemed to be a blessed one. It makes me thankful for these times when the other times it is more difficult which is really not that often. So I am praising God for His goodness. For we witnessed between my gospel partner that night to three good long conversations.

The first door was a woman blind whom mostly blind with several children. She hadn’t been to church for sometime but seemed to have a descent gospel. Many people say that come to church for various reasons. This woman’s hurdles was well more legitimate then any I have heard. Her blindness. If no one is willing to come get her then it becomes incredibly difficult to get to church. We encouraged her despite her difficulties that we could pick her up. She seemed genuinely open to that.

The second door was a man with children. Said he went to church but after digging a little more we came to find that he had not been to church in while. He admitted that he was living in sin and toward the end of it was wondering when he would change. We admonished him that today was the day of salvation.

The third and final family was of Hispanic descent. They were Catholic who trusted in the good work. I mostly spoke to the son who could speak English which I think that the mother couldn’t. I then labored to point him to Christ as we went through the law, hell, and the good news. He rejected hell and yet the scripture is clear to say that there is hell. (Revelations 20:11-15, Psalm 7:11-13, Proverbs 15:11, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10). We encouraged to repent and look unto God.

So why do people reject something from the Bible even though they say they believe it? I think it is because we suppress the truth in righteousness. That unless God moves them to repentance then it is impossible for them to believe.

One great thing that came of our evangelism was a man came out to church. And said he would even come the next week. I praise God for that!