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.