THE WIND OF THE SPIRIT IN EVANGELISM.
INSTEAD OF A CANNED APPROACH
YOU HAVE BEEN ALERT TO THOSE WHOM
HE PUTS IN YOUR PATH
BEING HIS HEART, HIS EYES, HIS EARS,
LOVING AND LISTENING,
AND SENSING THE WIND OF HIS SPIRIT!
SO MANY STORIES:
NILA IN HER BED AND BREAKFAST
SUSAN AS A NURSE AT THE HOSPITAL
JACKIE TALKING TO THE OWNERS OF PETS
LIZ BEFRIENDING A NEIGHBOR AT THE MAILBOX
REBECCA LOVING HER SONS’ FRIENDS
LAURA INVITING HER NEIGHBORS FOR TEA
AND SO MANY MORE!
YOU ALSO WERE LIKE IRON SHARPENING IRON
WITH LINKS TO ENCOURAGE US.
A COUPLE I LOVED:
MARY E. GAVE THIS SO YOU CAN FIND OUT WHO YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE
AND BEGIN TO PRAY:
AND REBECCA FOUND THIS CLIP FROM AN ATHEIST
WHO WAS SO IMPRESSED BY THE LOVE FROM A CHRISTIAN
WHO GAVE HIM A BIBLE:
I AM CLOSING THIS SERIES, WITH A SESSION ON HOW TO HOIST THE SAIL,
AND ALSO, AN INTRIGUING MESSAGE FROM TIM KELLER ON WHY PEOPLE RESIST JESUS. IT WILL HELP US PRAY FOR THOSE WE LOVE,
AND WHOM WE MAY BE SEEING OVER THE HOLIDAYS.
I ALSO WANT INPUT INTO THE BLOG FROM YOU!
- What do you think you will remember from this series one evangelism?
- Did you see any noticeable changes in your life? Any praise reports? If you have a SPECIFIC story TELL IT AS WELL AS YOU CAN!
Monday-Wednesday: Hands to Hoist the Sale
Again, we must be sensitive to His Spirit — for each person. These are a few things I have learned and I would love your input.
3. Do you remember how Timothy came to faith? (2 Timothy 3:15)
I have come to believe that if you teach children about Jesus through the Scriptures, they will tell you when they are ready to put their trust in Him. I believe, because children are so impressionable, that you should not take the initiative with asking them if they want to trust Jesus, but let them be the one to ask. That way you know it is sincere and not just an attempt to please you. I remember my daughter Sally’s little friend Tricia. Tricia played at our house nearly every day and took part in our family devotions. One day when she and Sally were in the backseat and I was driving, she said, “I want to go to heaven.” Then she unbuckled her seat-belt and knelt in the back seat. I said, “Wait, wait — let me pull over.” And so I did and I came back with her so we could talk and I could make sure she understood, as much as she could for her young age. Today she is a caring Christian nurse. I was so proud when she won the nurse of the year award at her hospital. I knew it was Jesus in her.
I also think it is important to remember how very literal children are in presenting the gospel. For example, I wouldn’t ask them to “ask Jesus in their heart,” for they would picture Him climbing inside. I love the way my friend Carol presents the gospel to children because she takes a heart and has them cover it first with a black cloth (for sin), then red (for the blood of Jesus) and then white (for being made clean.) She also teaches them the Song “Nothing But the Blood.” (Which our own Lizzy gave us a link to:
4. What thoughts do you have on the above?
5. What has been your experience and thus wisdom about hoisting the sail with children? Do you have advice?
WITH WOMEN IN YOUR BIBLE STUDY
What I have found is that any Bible study can intrigue an unbeliever, but seeker studies are particularly good. I often find in a study, if i’m alert, I see someone is close but who needs some clarification. I usually try to find a way to talk to her one on one, as I shared with my neighbor Gladys, or I invite them over. It is often in those visits that I feel led to explain the gospel clearly.
6. Read Acts 18:24-28
A. What do you learn about Apollos?
B. What did Priscilla and Aquila do?
C. What change took place in Apollos?
D. How might you apply this in evangelism?
WITH PEOPLE IN YOUR PATH
7. You have been living this out, but I think this Scripture is relevant: 1 Corinthians 3:6. What do you learn?
There is also more than one way to present the gospel — but it is good to have one in your mind. I think if you can make it visual it helps: the bridge, the four spiritual laws, even using a presentation for a child…Using Scripture is vital — one approach is the Romans Road:
8. Given the opportunity, how would you clearly present the gospel?
9. Sometimes I find that the person already is His, but doesn’t have assurance. Using 1 John 5:11-13 (note particularly the verb in 13), how might you assure someone of his salvation?
Sometimes you’ll find a person has a hard time grasping the gospel. Again — there are different reasons for this. I remember with Ron is was because he has been taught religion — he had to be good! But this last week I met with a young woman and I discerned her problem was different. I told her a story from a Keller sermon. When a woman was leaving after church she told Keller: “The gospel is very hard to grasp.”
Wisely he asked her, “Why do you think that is?”
And she said, “Because if Jesus did it all, then I’d owe Him everything.”
My friend said, “That may be my problem.” (It’s a start to opening her eyes.)
THURSDAY- FRIDAY: Rejecting the Real Jesus from Tim Keller (free)
10. What stood out to you from the above and why?
I’d love your wisdom on the blog. I’m planning to do Thanksgiving and Advent.There is less participation, but that doesn’t mean I should stop — though it could. I so want to hear from the Lord and I’d love your counsel.
10. Is it meeting a need in your life — as my kids would say: “I want the brutal truth.”
11. What suggestions do you have for me — either positive or constructively critical.
12. What is your take-a-way and why?