Category Archives: Evangelism

Considering The Objects of Your Worship

I could only imagine what Paul saw as he passed through Athens. My closest experience was visiting India. The multitude of gods and temples of worship were abundant. We don’t quite have that same experience here in Portland. Yet there are times that I come across a door that makes me consider the objects of worship like Hinduism.

This particular Friday was a night that I considered with a man about the object of his worship. He had strung about his door a banner of images and in the center of his door a god. I began with how he was going to heaven which I find many Hindus don’t know. It really didn’t take long to get to the law where I began with “You shall have no other gods before Me”. I do like to start with lying as it is the most common but in this case it was clear that he needed another message. When we are sharing the gospel with someone we really need to talk about the sins that your audience is dealing especially when it is so clear. This man’s was idolatry.

Here are a list of verses I used last night with my Indian neighbor.
Deuteronomy 5:20 Speaking of carved images, worship, and bowing down to them.
Isaiah 42:8 God will not share his glory with another. (The reason here is they want to say that the many god’s are the same)
Isaiah 44:9-20. This passage is good, it just takes a little time to go through it which I had.
Romans 1:18-23 God’s glory revealed and we change it into other things
Acts 17:22-31 To the unknown God.
1 Corinthians 6:9,10; Revelations 21:8 Idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of heaven
John 14:6 Jesus is the only way.

Evangelism During The Shepherd Conference

This week at the Shepherd’s Conference was such a blessing. The preaching of God’s word was encouraging, insightful, and accurate. We were som blessed that it was as if we were filled to overflowing with the meat of God’s word, the manna of heaven, and the water of the word. Yet one of the highest hilights was the gospel we shared while in California.

We had the privilege to share the gospel with several different people during the week. At the conference a local hamburger establishment is trucked in to feed us. In my mind it is a perfect opportunity to give the gospel. While they were cleaning up I took the opportunity to share with several employees. One man was a Catholic who claimed that his basic goodness would get him to heaven. I assured him from the law that he would not receive eternal life unless he received the perfect righteousness of God.

(From left to right)
Carlos, Daniel, Pastor Chuck, and Derek

We also had a great conversation with a business owner named Daniel. He owned a Mexican food cart which was across the street from our hotel. He was given the gospel by my friend Carlos because he spoke mostly Spanish. He was presented the law and the certainty of hell (infierno in Spanish). I caught onto that part and asked Carlos about it later. Daniel responded that he would likely go to hell. The conversation went on for a little while longer but then we left. That night we prayed for Daniel that God would save him and give him unrest in his soul that he would repent and be saved.

The next night we returned to the cart and had other conversations. Our Pastor, Chuck O’neal, shared the gospel with a psychedelic rock band member. The man immediately said that he was an atheist. Pastor shared his testimony of having been atheist an also gave the law and the gospel. The man talked with Pastor for a while but was unconverted at the time. The man thanked our pastor.

After that conversation Daniel came out of his cart and told Carlos that he had been thinking about what he had said. He wondered where Carlos went to Church. It was unclear whether he was being saved but he was thankful and wanted a picture with us.

There was also another man at the hotel who we gave the gospel. He was a Catholic man who trusted in his goodness. He said his family is Christian and often talk to him about Jesus and invite him to church. I managed to catch this one on video. This video although in Spanish tells more about the conversation than what I can write. I hope you who do speak Spanish are encouraged.

Six Indispensible Elements of Evangelism

The Shepherd Conference has been such a blessing. I wanted share with you a few notes from Alex montoya’s message on evangelism. I do want to point out about these notes that they may not reflect Pastor Montoya’s view. It is clear that Pastor Montoya’s preaches the gospel both in the pulpit and publicly.

  1. Uniqueness of Christ Acts 2:14-23
  2. The Universal lostness if mankind (Acts 2:40)
  3. The Atoning Work (Acts 4:12)
  4. Eternal Consequence of sin (Acts 17:31)
  5. Repentance and Faith (Acts 2:38)
  6. Clear Call to Union with Christ and His Church (Acts 2:40-45)

You can get more resources and hear the sermons on the churches website. First Fundamental Bible Church

Three Types of Slaves

I am excited about this conference this week.  Among many of the preachers there is one who I look forward to hearing preach on evangelism Alex.  I like to be admonished by others to share the gospel.  It is because I know that sometimes I can get a little distracted.  As I was reading Matthew I started noticing a theme on slavery in regard to the gospel. There are three types of slaves in the Bible.  

The first slave is the good slave. Matthew 24:45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?  You might question my use of slave but the word is doulos which means slave.  As a slave are we found as wise and faithful?  I would like to be found by the Lord as wise and faithful.  Proverbs 11:30 …he who wins souls is wise.

The second slave is evil.  Matthew 24:48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards.  It is the evil servant who doubts the Lord’s coming and thinks the Master does not see his evil deeds.  He lives like the world and enjoys the sins of the night.

The third slave is lazy. Matthew 25:26-27 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’. This seems to be great many who hide the talent, the gospel, int the ground.  They were afraid and did nothing with the truth given them so they hide it.  It does not sound good to have what is given taken away by the Lord.  To have the Master angry at our laziness to which what we our talent will be taken away.  In fact the the Lord says cast out the unprofitable servant.  

There are three slaves.  Which are you?  May you be found as the wise and faithful slave being as Luke 17:10 says ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ”

The Perfect Law

Perfection is different to everyone of us. In the art community there are paintings that are considered perfections. In sports there are performances that are consider perfect and shouldn’t be altered. We all have different levels of how we value perfection. There is one person whose standard is always perfect without alteration and that is God. When He created the heavens, the earth, and everything it it both man and beast he said it was good. It was perfect without the curse and without sin. There is still one thing that we have here on earth, the scriptures. Psalm 19:7 says “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.” The law is perfect converting the soul which should be our first source for evangelism.

Using the law makes perfect sense. God has said his law is perfect. The word for law is torah meaning the entirety of God’s law. That would include the first five books of God’s from Genesis, the creation, and the giving of the law. Yet if God’s law is perfect why are we swayed by arguments to prove God’s existence outside of the law. Not that I am against using apologetics to help illustrate the law but that I am for upholding the scripture before earthly arguments. 1 Corinthians 1:20-22 gives us a good example of this.

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.

It is the preaching of God’s word that saves. God’s word is perfect which converts the soul. The problem with the philosophical illustrations without a heavy dose of the scripture is that man will suppress the truth in unrighteousness. He will not be saved no matter how fine an argument you deliver. A fallen world without the law will only drive us to a skewed perception of who God is until we have the full revelation of God through his word.

The law and your use. I would encourage you to get a hold of resources that help you deliver the gospel. Here are some resources you can use to help you deliver the law. Way of the Master is para-church organization that develops resources for evangelism. Beaverton Grace Bible is the Church I attend which also has some resources for evangelism.

Listen to Ray Comfort on Hell’s Best Kept Secret.
Buy Hells Best Kept Secret
Find more resources on The Way of the Master.
Beaverton Grace Bible also has a good list of evangelism resources.

February 20th 2010 The Lord’s Day

Every Sunday we have the great and high privilege to receive the Word of God. My wife and I attend Beaverton Grace Bible Church which we have been attending for some years now. It has been a blessing to us both to mature us and grow us in the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I would like to point out a portion of scripture that was preached upon this morning.

Evangelism requires preaching repentance and faith. The pastor has been preaching from Hebrews 2 about neglecting so great a salvation which was first heard from our Lord. In hearing the first words of our Lord’s ministry we read: “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17) Again in Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” If Jesus, our Lord and Savior, called men to repent and believe is it up to us to devise different methods? No, Jesus called men to repent even with a loud voice as seen in John 7:37. This is what every Lord’s day should be like. One preaching the word of God and may we do likewise.

Jesus commissions us to preach the good news. Evangelism is the Christian purgative with Jesus final words to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16 With such a commission we are left with a commandment that shouldn’t be ignored. The end of Mark concludes with the Apostles obeying that command through preaching the Word everywhere. I suspect our Pastor is headed there in the next section.

Let me ask you friend how are you preaching the word? May I encourage you to share with those who haven’t heard to repent and believe the gospel. It is your great privilege to God’s glory!

The Gospel for Mormons: God’s Glory Alone

Friday Night we went to the LDS Temple to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with Mormons. The reason we went to share the gospel is that Jesus of the Bible is different than the Jesus of the LDS Church. The Mormon Jesus came to make man in the “likeness of God.” This sounds right except they define likeness differently. What is meant by likeness is one trusting Jesus will also be elevated to God status. This is a heresy and as such men and women need to be rescued from such false doctrines.

The fall both of Satan and Man stemmed from a desire to become like God. In Isaiah 14:13 Satan was cast from the presence of God because he want to be like God. He then went on to deceive Eve into disobeying God that when she ate of the fruit should be like God knowing good and evil Genesis 3:4. God also brought low Nebuchadnezzar who attempted to exalt himself above the LORD Duet 4:28-33. The Scripture is clear that God will bring low everyone

Here are some Scriptures that every Mormon needs to consider in regard to God’s glory and whether there are other gods. May God save Mormons from their false Christ and bring repentance and faith in the true Lord Jesus Christ.

I would encourage you to mark these passages in your Bible so that they are easy to find. (Bold Sections are to give emphasis and are not found in the Scripture)

Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD, that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.

Isaiah 43:10 “ You are My witnesses,” says the LORD,

“ And My servant whom I have chosen,
That you may know and believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
Nor shall there be after Me.

Isaiah 44:6 6 “ Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel,
And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:

‘ I am the First and I am the Last;
Besides Me there is no God.
7 And who can proclaim as I do?

Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me,
Since I appointed the ancient people.
And the things that are coming and shall come,
Let them show these to them.
8 Do not fear, nor be afraid;
Have I not told you from that time, and declared it?
You are My witnesses.
Is there a God besides Me?
Indeed there is no other Rock;
I know not one.’”

Isaiah 45:4 For Jacob My servant’s sake,
And Israel My elect,
I have even called you by your name;
I have named you, though you have not known Me.
5 I am the LORD, and there is no other;
There is no God besides Me.

I will gird you, though you have not known Me,
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting
That there is none besides Me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other;

Isaiah 46:8-10 8 “ Remember this, and show yourselves men;
Recall to mind, O you transgressors.
9 Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’

Isaiah 48:11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;
For how should My name be profaned?
And I will not give My glory to another.

Have you shared with a Mormon before? What scriptures would you share?