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Evangelism

Can’t keep it quiet!
When a girl has just received a diamond engagement ring, she shouts it from the house top. She flashes her ring, showing her friends and even strangers that she is engaged. Her eyes sparkle like the diamond on her finger. She has good news to share and she can’t keep it quiet. So when one receives Christ as Saviour and is born again into the family of God, it is normal that he cannot keep it a secret. He just has to share the good news with anyone who will listen.

The Samaritan woman whose conversion is recorded in John 4, had very little understanding of spiritual things, but she went throughout her town talking up Jesus and as a result, the people came to hear Jesus. John 4:39 says, “and many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him, for the saying of the woman.”

In Acts 2 we read of how the early Church in Jerusalem mushroomed in growth as the Apostle Peter preached the Gospel. Later on persecution of Christians began and in Acts 8 we read of how the Christians were scattered abroad and everywhere they went they preached the Gospel. These were not Apostles. They were not spiritually mature, trained Christian leaders. They were simply excited Christians who could not hide the light of Christ that blazed wherever they went. That is evangelism, pure and simple!

Gifts to the Church
Ephesians 4:11-16 teaches that throughout the Church Age these past 2000 years, Christ has given gifted Christian leaders to His Church.

First it was the apostles and prophets who laid the foundation of doctrine concerning Christ, the cornerstone of Christianity. Ephesians 2:19-20 In Acts 2:42 we learn that the early church was grounded on the Apostle’s Doctrine. That foundation is spelled out for us in the epistles of the New Testament. However, a New Testament preacher is not to limit his preaching to the New Testament epistles only. II Timothy 3:16-4:5 teaches that he is to preach all the Bible from Genesis through Revelation, using it to instruct Christians how to live the Christian life..

Through the years Christ has called evangelists, pastors and teachers to edify (build up) and equip the saints to carry out the work of their ministry. Every Christian is a saint. Every saint is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and is given a particular gift to enable him to fulfill his ministry. These gifts are listed in I Corinthians 12-14. The gifts are not given to us to make us feel pious and self-righteous. They are given for us to use to reach others with the Gospel. Some have the gift of teaching with such clarity that others can understand spiritual truth.

Others have the gift of hospitality. They can invite people into their homes and make them feel comfortable. Some have the gift of helping others, perhaps with an automotive or a computer problem. Some have the gift of helping a young mother with the care of her children. Some have the patience and empathy to listen to someone’s personal problem and try to guide them to Scriptural help. The varied ways of helping others go on and on. But in all we do to meet the needs of others, our ultimate goal is to introduce people to our friend and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, when the timing and circumstances are right.

The pastor’s calling is to first of all, set a godly example to his congregation by his own life and that of his family; and then through the preaching of the Word of God, to help individuals and families become beautiful saints who attract people to Jesus. In this age of fragmented and broken families and wayward children; a godly family with submissive, happy children is a tremendous advertisement for Christianity in a neighborhood.

We can’t save anyone!
In our efforts to evangelize the lost, we must understand that we cannot save souls. We cannot open hearts to the Gospel. Only God can do that. I Corinthians 3 teaches that some of us sow the seed of God’s Word. Some water it through acts of kindness and through intercessory prayer. Some have the opportunity to lead receptive hearts to Christ and thus be involved in the harvest. Whatever we do does not make us more important than other Christians. I Corinthians 3:9 teaches us that we are all laborers together with God. In Acts 16:14 we read of how God opened Lydia’s hearts to the Gospel. I Corinthians 3:7 makes it clear that God gives the increase.

Loner Christians?
Some Christians have the idea that they do not need to be involved in a local church. They fly off on their own, doing their own thing and ignore the church and end up just “spinning their wheels” and accomplishing nothing Every Christian needs to be in a church where he can receive sound Biblical doctrine and be fed. Every Christian needs a pastor who loves and cares for him and helps to hold him accountable and helps to steer him in the right direction as to how and where he can best prepare to serve the Lord. If you have a question about your spiritual gift, ask your pastor or some other mature Christian who knows you. He may be able to help you discover your gifts and God’s will for your life.

Share the Good News!
Though this web site is addressed to Christians, we try to weave the Gospel through many of the articles so that if unbelievers read it, they will understand the Gospel and be saved. My desire for you if you are a Christian is that you might grow in the knowledge of God and become a beautiful saint who is “always ready to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” I Peter 3:15 If this web site is a blessing to you, would you share it with another?

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June 5, 2006 - Posted by | Evangelism

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