Become such as I am: Acts 26.29

“Paul replied, ‘I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.'”

Acts 26.29

The apostle Paul used his time before King Agrippa, when he was supposed to offer his defense, to proclaim the gospel. He was open about his purpose to save others.

Do we spend our time making friends before proclaiming the gospel, thinking that we must build relationships first? Or are we open about our purpose, to teach others how to be saved?

#votd #evangelism #gospel

Millennials And The church of Christ (Hugh Fulford)

MILLENNIALS AND THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Millennials are that generation born roughly between 1980 and 2000. At 80 million, they represent the largest segment of the U. S. population and the largest segment of the U. S. workforce.

I have been doing a bit of reading about the Millennials and their characteristics, and have been thinking about how the Lord’s church might have a special appeal to them if they could be led to have a clear understanding of it. Of course, all people need to know about Christ, His gospel, His church, and the way marked out in Scripture for how the Lord would have all people to live (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). Continue reading

#evangelism, #hugh-fulford, #millenials

April 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Be Evangelistic!)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • How to Excel in Personal Evangelism (Rob Whitacre)
  • Some Evangelism Do’s and Don’t’s (Cody Westbrook)
  • Why Every Christian Should Be Interested in Evangelism (Doyle Wells)
  • You Never Mentioned Him to Me (Sam Dilbeck)
  • Bring Them Back (Jimmy Ferguson)
  • Learning to Teach from the Master Teacher (Russell M. Kline)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#advice, #christian-worker, #evangelism, #evangelistic-studies, #following-jesus, #individual-responsibility

Anybody have a biblical version of the ‘4 spiritual laws’

We know that there are multiple problems with the evangelical presentation of the so-called “Four Spiritual Laws,” created by Bill Bright working with Campus Crusade.

Are you aware of anyone in the brotherhood coming up with a biblical version of this presentation?

I know of one here in Brazil.

I’d be interested in seeing others. I’m working on an outline about it (in Portuguese, sorry). Would love to insert some tweaks by the brethren.

Please share a link if you know of one.

#evangelism, #four-spiritual-laws, #salvation

Searching for eternal peace

And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

(John 12:44-48 ESV)

Most holy and awesome God, dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for providing everything that will help me live a productive life on this new day. Give me a share of your perfect wisdom greater than Solomon’s, so that I will use my talents and abilities in a way that is pleasing to Christ my Master. Help me to never hesitate to share the joy of my salvation with people who are searching for eternal peace, love and joy. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley #productivity #evangelism

Say a prayer for this new study venue

Last night I mentioned that I’d be teaching tonight in a new venue, one new to me, at least, at the exercise gym down on the main avenue in our part of the city. I’m studying the Bible with the owner, who is my neighbor across the street, and he wants to do this once a month during 2018, starting at 10 pm, after all the sessions are finished.

At the beginning, at least, it’s going to be directed toward men. He said it might be just him and me and my son Joel, who works out there. But worth a try! People of all religious backgrounds — and some with none — work out there.

(Note, I work out at another gym close to my office, but the owner still likes me.)

Please say a prayer that this will be a good outreach for the kingdom.

#evangelism

What do your feet look like to God?

Let’s face it – feet aren’t always the most attractive part of the human body. Reality is, most of us can only dream about being a foot model.

Pedicures don’t cure all!

Corns, bunions, callouses, ingrown toenails, fungal infections and sometimes an inordinate amount of hair all contribute to the “real reason” humanity quit wearing sandals and started wearing shoes.

And yet, when God looks at our feet it’s still possible for him to use a scarcely heard adjective for the base of our basely body-parts.

How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15 NKJV)

#evangelism, #feet, #god

‘What about the lost in Africa?’

This commentator draws a lesson from Luke 13.1-9:

The passage is significant because Jesus constantly avoids letting the question get off-track; he keeps people considering their own sinful state. I am reminded of the standard question that comes up in evangelistic contexts, often to shift the subject: “What about the heathen in Africa [or some other remote area]?” This abstract question is often posed to deflect a personal confrontation with our sin and our need for God. In former days when confronted with such a question, I would wax eloquent on the evangelistic possibilities or lack of possibilities for those distant folk in need. Recently, thinking of this Lukan exchange, I have tended to quickly refocus the question by assuring the listener that God is perfectly capable of handling the needs of those distant folk, but the real question for us to discuss is what we will do with God and his call to turn to him.

via Luke 12 Commentary – Know the Time: Israel Turns Away but Blessing Still Comes – BibleGateway.com

There is an answer about the lostness of man and the condemnation that sin brings. Like the author above, however, I tend to emphasize the need of the questioner.

God has made the church responsible for telling everyone about Christ. If they’re lost without hearing the gospel, we bear responsibility for it. Let us therefore fulfill our mission with the news of salvation.

(Oh, in Brazil, the question often is asked about the natives in the depths of the Amazon jungle.)

#mission #evangelism #perdition

Alive again: 1 Thessalonians 3.8 VOTD

“For now we are alive again, if you stand firm in the Lord.”

1 Thessalonians 3.8

The apostle Paul felt discouraged by his circumstances. Good news through Timothy about the Thessalonian saints gave him new life. “The missionary whose task was to encourage others (2) was himself encouraged and revived by news of the church” (I. Howard Marshall, NBC21, 1281).

Relationships between evangelizers and converts are, and ought to be, a close one. How would you describe the concern for saved ones to continue to be faithful?

#1-Thessalonians #evangelism #VOTD

Foreheads with a mark

If you watch or listen to the news, the idea that this world’s heart is “only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5) starts to ring true. A mass of people gets killed by a single gunman. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people die every day due to a drug overdose. Political leaders seem to be constantly guilty of corruption. What are we to do?

Edmund Burke was quoted as saying, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” The duty of every Christian is to do something about that evil. The apostle Paul by inspiration wrote that we should, “Preach the word; be instant (be ready) in season, out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). Paul is telling us that whether people want to hear the truth or not, it is our job to preach the gospel.

Perhaps the best thing we could do is follow the teaching of our Lord Jesus: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify you Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). If people do not see a difference between your life and theirs they probably will give no heed to the gospel message you preach. Continue reading

#evangelism, #sin, #society

Here am I: Acts 9.10

“Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias,’ and he replied, ‘Here I am, Lord.'”

Acts 9.10

When the Lord called Ananias to go teach Saul, the persecutor, he hesitated, but finally went. He was God’s instrument to bring a powerful proclaimer to Christ.

Christ won’t appear to us in a vision, but he calls Christians today to go and teach. What fears or concerns do you have that must be overcome? Where are the limits of your comfort zone?

#evangelism #calling #VOTD

Nothing Satan threw at them worked

“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went” Acts 8:4.

This statement has always run counter to what I’ve observed in the my two decades of ministry. If evangelism is to happen, then every factor in people’s lives have to be perfect. After things are going well in the marriage, with the kids, with finances, at work, and with friends, then life is stable enough to think about telling someone else about Jesus. But, as long as even just one piece of our life’s puzzle is out of place, then we shrink back into ourselves to lick our wounds and figure it out.

Guess how often Satan is going to make sure that you have a struggle going on if it will keep God’s people from preaching the gospel? Always.

Not Christians in the first century! Like coals of a fire when a large log is thrown onto them, they spread and catch onto other tinder. How frustrated Satan must have been during the early decades of Jesus’ church! Nothing he threw at them worked; those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.

How could that be us again? We tell of other things that are important to us. The gospel must become important. Our faith must grow.

Are you telling the gospel?

Doug Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

#evangelism #devotional #struggles #gospel

Conviction

Hebrews 11:1 reads, “Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen” (ASV), and then in verse 6 it reads, “and without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.”

The other day some people came by the house to hand out literature on an upcoming (at that time) conference in Dayton. The people (women) were with the Jehovah Witnesses; Anne received them as she was tending to her flowers and garden. They invited her to the conference, but Anne declined. After a little while, the three spoke about the garden and flowers, then departed for wherever they were headed next.

As I reflect on that which these women from the Watchtower religious group did, I reflected on the idea of conviction. I asked myself, “exactly how convicted are we, as members of the Lord’s church, how convicted are we to tell people about Jesus, to speak aggressively about His holy name in a world of sin in which we live?”

False teaching is all around us, but we can hardly know what false teaching is being promoted around us if we don’t know the Lord and His way. How many of us are aware the very word of God that is made available to us, that is preached each Lord’s day is the measurement by which we will be judged? A good many of us know that already. Still, we have a hard time picking up the Bible and reading twenty minutes each day, while we have plenty of time to watch a favorite program or programs. “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my sayings, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I spake, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:38, ASV). Rejecting comes in different ways. It could be out-right rejection or simply neglect. “For if the word spoken through angels proved stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation? which having at the first been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard” (Hebrews 2:2-3). Instead of putting in effort to understand the Lord’s way, we want to have programming put in effort to entertain us.

I don’t pose all of this to you, as much as I pose these questions and observations to us. I certainly am a person of conviction; I engage people in discussion as often as I can, regardless of location or venue. I do so aggressively. I have not, however, gone door-to-door in my evangelistic efforts. Some may say that is not needed or not as effective as it once was and, perhaps, this is so. Still, I have not done so of late. The Jehovah Witness ladies did. RT

#conviction #evangelism

I’m not going to teach anybody

“Father forgive them for they know not what they say,” is my thinking on the above disturbing statement and “We’re not going to reach people around here. So many are already established in their own churches and aren’t going to change.”

It chills me to hear members of the church making such bold statements about not trying to win souls for Christ. “Jesus gave us our marching orders,” brother Ira North used to say. Jesus said to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel. He that believeth and is baptized will be saved. He that believeth not will be damned (Mark 16:16). Though that command is old, it is still as young and fresh as it was the day Jesus issued the command. And it will still be fresh on the day of judgment.

Who are we to say, “I’m not going to teach anyone.” Who is so bold? Is it a fear of asking another to study the Bible with us? Is it that we in the church believe that one church is good as another? Is it that we believe everybody is going to heaven, just in different directions? Is it really acceptable for us to attend the church of our choice?

Jesus died for one church, the church He built. The worship pattern is the same as we read about in the Bible, the real “first church.” We don’t have the right living under the blessings of God each day to say, “I’m not going to teach anyone.”

Even Jesus said, “I must be about the Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). He said for us to go and teach others. Dare we do any differently?

#evangelism

Many people: Acts 18.9-10 VOTD

“The Lord said to Paul by a vision in the night, ‘Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent, because I am with you, and no one will assault you to harm you, because I have many people in this city.'”

Acts 18.9-10

Because of the Lord’s revelation, Paul stayed a year and six months in Corinth.

We need courage to speak, because the Lord has many people yet to be saved.

#courage #evangelism #VOTD