Posts Tagged ‘evangelism’

Speak Openly Girlfriends!

Nov 24

by Victoria Robinson

Have you ever had the privilege of leading someone to the cross of our Lord and Savior? If so, you know that speaking to them about how to receive eternal life was necessary. In fact, the Word of God tells us, “… how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

So now you may be thinking, “Where’s my pastor? Obviously he is the one who preaches. I’ll let him tell everyone I know!” Uh, girlfriends… I hate to tell you this, (Well, not really, I am smiling as I tell you this because it is the truth.) you are the one God has commanded to openly tell others about Him. All of us are to openly share the truth about our Lord and Savior.

If you have remained silent, it could be due to fear of rejection. This is a threatening tactic the enemy will use to keep you silent. Scripture shows us we should not worry about what people think of us, but we should be more concerned of what God thinks of us. Or perhaps you just did not know it is your responsibility. And now that I have just told you God’s Word declares you are responsible, you can no longer use that excuse. Sorry girlfriends! 😉 There is also one other possible reason you do not share your faith. You do not know how. If this is your reason, then enroll in evangelism training at your church. If you want to learn a simple way to share Jesus, click on this link and see how easy it is to share your faith. Using Your Hand to Share Your Faith

Dearest girlfriends, let us speak openly about the wonderful gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

God sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. We saw his Son and are now telling others about him. God stays one with everyone who openly says that Jesus is the Son of God. That’s how we stay one with God and are sure that God loves us. ~ 1 John 4:14-16 CEV
 
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” ~ Romans 10:14-15 NIV
 
I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. ~ Luke 12:4-5 NIV
 
… Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. ~ Acts 18:9 NIV
 
… Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. … ~ 1 Peter 3:15 NIV
 
And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. ~ Colossians 4:3-6 NIV

Drawing the Line on Compromise

Nov 22

by Victoria Robinson

Compromise is an interesting concept. When I hear the word used, I sometimes cringe at the thought of losing one’s biblical morality. So can compromise ever be godly? Where does one draw the line between compromise and sin?

The apostle Paul knew that when it came to evangelism, there would need to be a sort of compromise in order to relate to the lost. He said, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” I like how the Believer’s Study Bible describes how Paul drew the line on compromise. It states, “Remarkable elasticity is necessary in the major task of evangelism. Paul concludes a long sentence emphasizing his own mode of life by stressing that he had “become all things to all,” so that he might be effective in reaching some. The statement implies absolutely no compromise of theological or moral truths, but flexibility in methodology.”

Our Lord and Savior walked so comfortably in the matter of not crossing the line of compromise. There is the story of Jesus eating with “sinners” and facing criticism for His behavior, yet He spoke so clearly about His role in this situation. He considered His loyalty with His Father and knew His mission was to call the sinners unto Him. Though He was sometimes accused of crossing the line of sin, He never once committed any wrongdoing.

In the book of Exodus we are told our heavenly Father claims absolute loyalty and exclusive devotion. Girlfriends, this is a wonderfully secure thought concerning our relationship with our Father. Isn’t loyalty and devotion exactly what you want in a relationship? Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would consider how to show our loyalty and devotion to our heavenly Father by never compromising our actions and behavior.

To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 NIV  

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” ~ Mark 2:15-17 NIV  

… But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” ~ 1 Peter 2:20-22 NIV  
Be very, very careful never to compromise with the people there in the land where you are going, for if you do, you will soon be following their evil ways. Instead, you must break down their heathen altars, smash the obelisks they worship, and cut down their shameful idols. For you must worship no other gods, but only Jehovah, for he is a God who claims absolute loyalty and exclusive devotion. ~ Exodus 34:12-14 TLB
 
Happy are all who perfectly follow the laws of God. Happy are all who search for God and always do his will, rejecting compromise with evil and walking only in his paths. ~ Psalm 119:2-3 TLB