Category Archives: Evangelism

Street Evangelism

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Last night, I saw these two guys – presumably an English speaker and a Spanish speaker – standing in the mall offering free Bibles. They were not loud, obnixious, or belligerent. They just had a small table with some literature and a sign offering free Bibles.

We were on the upper level and in a hurry, so we didn’t get a chance to talk with them. But I did pray a short prayer for their ministry before we moved on. Most people passed by, more interested in Christmas shopping or Santa photos, but it seemed like a good way to do street evangelism in public places.

Question: What do you think are good ways to evangelize in public? Click here to leave a comment.

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Evangelism

evangelismLast month at our church’s 35th Anniversary Banquet, one of our members gave out copies of the book Evangelism: How The Whole Church Speaks of Jesus by Mack Stiles.
Some of you started reading it right away, and a few have even finished it!

Dr. Al Mohler says of the book, “Every reader will be inspired, encouraged, and equipped to be a congregational evangelist. For the sake of the church, the gospel, and the world, this book belongs at the top of your reading list.”

I plan to start reading it next week, and want to invite you to get a copy and read along with me. I will be tackling one chapter per week and writing a summary and reflections on my blog. Then, I encourage you to post your own comments and feedback. This should help us all get more out of the book and consider together what it could mean for the local church.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, I will write a review of the Preface, Forward, and Introduction (pp. 11-20). Come join the conversation!

Fishers of Men

14472862878_6fb1429ef3_bThe fishing rod is clean, tackle box is stocked, and lunch is packed. You climb into your boat and gaze out over the lake. Hmm. Where to start?

If it’s your first time out, you might want to begin by asking the locals about the best fishing spots. Maybe it’s out in deep water, or along the shore where a creek spills into the lake.

Jesus says we are all to be “Fishers of Men” (Matt. 4:19). We are to find people and rescue them by bringing them to Christ. Wouldn’t it make sense to start with the prime fishing spots?

One of the most strategic areas of evangelism is children. Missiologists have even coined the term “4-14 Window” to describe kids between the age of 4 and 14 who have a higher likelihood of accepting Christ.

Certainly, God is sovereign, and we should evangelize every age. But children do have a uniquely tender heart and teachable spirit. They are precious in the eyes of God and deserve a significant amount of time and ministry.

We’ve been praying for years that the gospel would spread in our community. Perhaps our church’s new Awana program is one way God is going to do that.

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