Posts Tagged ‘Evangelism

31
Mar
20

Who?

You may be familiar with the heroes of the Bible. People like Abraham, Moses, Deborah, Esther, David, Mary, Peter, John and Paul. Then there are some lesser known figures about whom we know very little. We may come across their names in Scripture and think to ourselves, “Who?” These are people who may not be familiar to us, but they had a name and a purpose. Paul wrote about some of these people in Colossians 4. The first one is found in Colossians 4:7 (NLT) where the apostle Paul wrote:

Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you.

We know very little about Tychicus except that he was obviously serving with Paul while he was in prison. We may not know about his accomplishments, but we know that he had a purpose and a mission. The same thing can be said of you and me. We have a God-given purpose and mission for our lives. Part of your mission is to tell people about Jesus. That starts with the people in your home and spreads out from there. Part of your mission is to be a faithful follower of Jesus and to serve others in His name. You may not ever become famous, but you can be faithful in carrying out your mission. Let’s start with today so it may be said of us one day, “Well done.”

26
Mar
20

Passion For Evangelism

The apostle Paul asked the Colossians to pray for him and his protege, Timothy, to have opportunities to share the Gospel while Paul was in prison. Paul had been imprisoned for sharing his faith in Christ. He wrote in Colossians 4:3-4 (NLT):

Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. 4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.

If only we had such passion for evangelism. If only we would pray for opportunities for ourselves to be able to share the good news of Jesus and His love for the world. So why don’t we? We either don’t believe that lost people do not go to Heaven or we’re scared to share our faith. The fact is that lost people do not go to Heaven and that should be our greatest fear. If we don’t pray for opportunities to reach them, how will they hear about Jesus? You may be the conduit God wants to use to change someone’s life and eternal destiny. Take 2 minutes right now to pray for someone you know who doesn’t know Jesus. Ask God for an opportunity to talk about His love and invite them to go to church with you this weekend.

11
Mar
20

The Richness Of The Gospel

There is nothing like the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is so rich and life-changing that nothing else compares. The true story of Jesus has the ability to transform the worst of sinners into saints. The message of God’s grace can change anyone, including you and me. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:16 (NLT):

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

Once we receive the Gospel message, it begins to transform us and empower us to live differently. Now, we are able to teach one another and encourage one another. We are given new songs to sing to praise and thank the Lord. Everything is different and it is all because of the Gospel. Think about how the rich and fulfilling message of the Gospel has changed your life. Share that good news with someone today and it might just change their destiny.

28
Jan
20

Everyone

People, including Christians, are on a mission to discover their purpose in life. Why are we here? What does God want me to do with my life? Christians realize that He gave it to us, He saved us and has promised us a home in Heaven. How can we give back to the One who has given us everything? How can we use our lives for His purposes? Paul wrote about purpose in Colossians 1:28-29 (NLT). He said:

So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. 29 That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.

We share the good news of Jesus with everyone. We tell family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and even our enemies about the love of Jesus. Why? So that they will discover what we have discovered. God loves us and sent Jesus to prove it so we can spend forever with Him. This is the highest purpose for our lives. Everyone needs to hear about Jesus because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Everyone needs to know about Him. Everyone.

01
Nov
19

Time’s Running Out

If you knew that your time was running short, what would you do? The apostle Peter knew what to do. He wrote in 2 Peter 1:14-15 (NLT):

For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life, 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.

Peter devoted himself to sharing the Truth of the good news of Jesus. He promised to work hard to remind people of what Jesus did for them. What would you do if you knew you had only a short time left on this earth? Would you tell people that you love them or would you get to it later? Would you share your faith with someone who doesn’t know Jesus yet or would you act like faith doesn’t matter? Would you seek forgiveness from those you’ve hurt in the past or would you go on about life as though nothing happened? Would you be reconciled to people with whom you had a falling out long ago or would you continue to wait for them to make the first move? Would you spend more time with those you love or would you spend more time working? What would you do if you knew that you only had a few days or weeks or months left? Here’s the thing: none of us know how much time we have left. It could be days or weeks or months. Don’t put it off any longer. Take that step that you know you need to take today.

05
Sep
19

Gently Evangelizing

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, why? Why do you follow Jesus? Why do you go to church? Why do you give your tithes and offerings? Have you ever pondered these questions? Peter says that we should be able to explain our hope in Christ. He wrote in 1 Peter 3:15b-16 (NLT):

And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

Here’s the thing about sharing our faith: it should be done gently and respectfully. Being a Christian doesn’t make you better than anyone else. It just means that you’re forgiven. It means that you’re going to Heaven, but it isn’t because of anything you have done. It is because of what Jesus did. So we should share our faith with the humble awareness that our salvation isn’t about us. We shouldn’t beat people over the head with our faith. We need to be gentle and we should evangelize because we love people. You know, just the way we’d want someone to love us.

04
Sep
18

This Is Your Story

The apostle Paul, as he concluded his letter to the Philippians, sent greetings to them and then pronounced a blessing over them. He wrote:

Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. – Philippians 4:21-23 (NIV)

Notice what he said in verse 22 about those who belong to Caesar’s household. Paul had been under house arrest because of his faith. Did that stop him sharing the blessings of God’s grace with people? Nope! Wherever Paul went, he talked about Jesus. Whether he was in chains or free, he talked about Jesus. Even the people who worked for Caesar were being changed by the grace of Jesus. As a follower of Christ, your job is to be an ambassador of Christ wherever you are. You don’t have to go halfway around the world to tell people about Jesus. You may simply have to walk across the hall or across the street. The key is to know your story about how Jesus has changed your life for the better and being willing to share it with others. Pray for an opportunity to share your story with someone today.



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