Delighted to tell: Daniel 4.2

“I am delighted to tell you about the signs and wonders that the most high God has done for me.”

Daniel 4.2

Daniel was a special servant of God for a special time in Israel’s history. God used him in a special way, with visions and revelations. He was delighted to serve God and show him to be the only God.

Daniel’s delight before King Nebuchadnezzar ought to be ours as well before people of the world. How do you feel about evangelism? Are you excited to tell others about what God has done in Christ?

#votd #Daniel #joy #evangelism

Help us! Acts 16.9

“A vision appeared to Paul during the night: A Macedonian man was standing there urging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us!’”

Acts 16.9

God closed some doors to Paul and opened others. By this vision the Lord wanted his apostle to see the need in a new place.

We need no such miraculous visions today. The need is in the whole world, places that have yet to hear the gospel. It is good to be motivated by others’ need of salvation.

#votd #Acts #evangelism

The waiting harvest

This is one of the best things William Barclay wrote in his Daily Study Bible:

THE WAITING HARVEST (Matthew 9:37-38)

9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest.”

Here is one of the most characteristic things Jesus ever said. When he and the orthodox religious leaders of his day looked on the crowd of ordinary men and women, they saw them in quite different ways. The Pharisees saw the common people as chaff to be destroyed and burned up; Jesus saw them as a harvest to be reaped and to be saved. The Pharisees in their pride looked for the destruction of sinners; Jesus in love died for the salvation of sinners.

But here also is one of the great Christian truths and one of the supreme Christian challenges. That harvest will never be reaped unless there are reapers to reap it. It is one of the blazing truths of Christian faith and life that Jesus Christ needs men. When he was upon this earth, his voice could reach so few. He was never outside Palestine, and there was a world which was waiting. He still wants men to hear the good news of the gospel, but they will never hear unless other men will tell them. He wants all men to hear the good news; but they will never hear it unless there are those who are prepared to cross the seas and the mountains and bring the good news to them.

Nor is prayer enough. A man might say, “I will pray for the coming of Christ’s Kingdom every day in life.” But in this, as in so many things, prayer without works is dead. Martin Luther had a friend who felt about the Christian faith as he did. The friend was also a monk. They came to an agreement. Luther would go down into the dust and heat of the battle for the Reformation in the world; the friend would stay in the monastery and uphold Luther’s hands in prayer. So they began that way. Then, one night, the friend had a dream. He saw a vast field of corn as big as the world; and one solitary man was seeking to reap it–an impossible and a heartbreaking task. Then he caught a glimpse of the reaper’s face; and the reaper was Martin Luther; and Luther’s friend saw the truth in a flash. “I must leave my prayers,” he said, “and get to work.” And so he left his pious solitude, and went down to the world to labour in the harvest.

It is the dream of Christ that every man should be a missionary and a reaper. There are those who cannot do other than pray, for life has laid them helpless, and their prayers are indeed the strength of the labourers. But that is not the way for most of us, for those of us who have strength of body and health of mind. Not even the giving of our money is enough. If the harvest of men is ever to be reaped, then every one of us must be a reaper, for there is someone whom each one of us could–and must–bring to God.

#harvest #evangelism #mission

Diotrophes’s evil

“If evangelists were not supported, then many people would never have an opportunity to hear and obey the gospel. Those who live the gospel know this. Diotrephes’ behavior, however, was disrupting the evangelistic function of the body of Christ because he was threatening Gaius and others who supported the preaching of the gospel. In contrast to living the gospel, he was doing evil by obstructing the evangelistic function of the body of Christ.” —Roger Dickson

#gospel #evangelism #mission

Tailor the Message

By Johnny O. Trail — We are continually looking for ways to share Christ with those around us. In the name of evangelism, some have pursued ways of attracting crowds of people with very little attention to God’s word (Col. 2.23). Suffice it to say, we should never compromise the truth or the practice thereof. It is not within our purview to contradict the authority of God’s word.

Nonetheless, we want to communicate with our friends, family, and neighbors about Jesus (Matt. 28.19). The god of this world has blinded the minds of many who might have otherwise obeyed the word. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 says, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” Given the current climate and the postmodern mindset, how does one effectively communicate with others about Jesus? Continue reading

#evangelism, #johnnyotrail, #offenses

Jim Waldron: The challenge to the faith

Jim Waldron writes with great zeal on “The Challenge to the Faith.” It’s a tad long, but worth a read to stimulate some positive reflection on our task.

My attentions and energies turn to the local congregation, where converts may most effectively learn, observe, and practice the mission of God. The church contains all that is needed for the growth of the gospel. (Do you believe that?)

Let’s turn away from politics to devote ourselves to the work of the Lord.

#training #evangelism #challenges

Come to Ohio

If you’re in the Chillicothe area, come join us for the gospel meeting Sunday, Sep 30, through Wednesday, Oct 3. The theme I’ll be developing is “The Divine Initiative.” Topics include:

  • Word of God — hear, believe, obey
  • Glory of God — repent
  • Son of God — confess
  • Salvation of God — be immersed
  • Family of God — serve, love

In each lesson, we’ll see what God has done and how we ought to respond to his loving actions.

Thanks to Ron Thomas for the invitation and opportunity to share these wonderful truths.

#gospel-meeting #evangelism #God

He assisted greatly those who believed: Acts 18.27-28

“When [Apollos] arrived, he assisted greatly those who had believed by grace, for he refuted the Jews vigorously in public debate, demonstrating from the scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.”

Acts 18.27-28

In Achaia Apollos defended the gospel among the Jews. This greatly helped the saints, because he aided them in their mission and strengthened their faith. “For” identifies his preaching as the means of his assistance.

Evangelism benefits the whole church. It is central to her identity and edifies all in every way. The best one can do for the church is to teach others how to be saved.

#votd #Acts #evangelism

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