If you only witness on airplanes…

I’m writing this in an airplane over the Atlantic Ocean.  I’m supposed to be witnessing to the person sitting beside me.  Isn’t that the main venue for evangelism?  Airplanes?

The problem with airplane evangelism is that it is sporadic.  Most people never get on a fly.  Airplane evangelism ignores regular evangelism back home.  It is like short-term missions.  People will evangelize in another country in a different culture… but they won’t do it at home.  That is why I hesitate to tell stories about evangelism on airplanes.  This is not the norm.  Everyday evangelism should be the pattern.

By the way… the person sitting next to me doesn’t speak English. It is good that I wasn’t relying on this as my only evangelistic outlet.

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Evangelists who are not eloquent

Does Scripture present us with any list of qualifications when it comes to evangelism?  Do you have to have a degree or something? You have to at least have a minimum GPA from a good Bible College, right?  Do you just need “the gift” of evangelism! Or perhaps evangelism should just be reserved for the professional pastor, missionary, professor or some other church leader.

The Apostle Paul came to the port city of Corinth where the people loved entertainment.  It was a city enamored by eloquence and deeply impressed by fancy orators.  The city was filled with people who relished the amusement of fancy phrases and clever words.  The most impressive, the most eloquent and the most amusing storytellers were well paid, very prestigious, and greatly admired.

Is this what is needed in order to share the Gospel with people: orators, storytellers, and prestigious presenters?  How did the Apostle Paul come to those in Corinth?  “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.  For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).

There is a wonderful “qualification” list in this passage.  Verse 3 is one biblical grid through which to measure whether or not one is qualified.  The Apostle Paul says, “I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.”  Wow, I am qualified!  In many ways evangelism boils down to speaking the truth about Christ and walking in total dependence upon God (power) and not in self (weakness).

My mentor and dear friend, evangelist/pastor Mike Shea, shared a quote from Charles Spurgeon with me years ago that I still carry in my wallet (he probably does as well).  It reads: “Speak from the heart and never mind about eloquence. Do not speak after the manner of the orator; speak as a lover of souls and then you will have real eloquence. The oratory that allies itself with the dancing-master and practices before the looking glass and is fond of classical quotations and obscure verses from unknown poets is forever to be abhorred by you. Perishing sinners do not want your poetry, they want Christ!”

Clegguart Mitchell, Pastor

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How do we give “glory to God?”

One of the most quoted verses of scripture is: I Corinthians 10:31. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

That is a principle that should govern everything in our lives. Is should be our constant driving force and the dominant principle that overshadows our actions.

But… the primary application in the context of this verse is evangelism. The next couple verses say: “Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,
just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.”

It is obvious that God intended this verse to relate to evangelism. The primary way we bring glory to God is through declaring His greatness to the world. So as we quote this verse, we should think primarily about evangelism and doing it.

So how are you doing?

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The Perfect Gift (Part 2)

By: Robert E. Zink
Previously, I wrote of the commencement of the Christmas season which brings the initiation of the search for the perfect gift. Yet, that spectacular search often overlooks Christ, the focal point of our celebration, as the perfect gift for every person (you can read the previous article by clicking here). However, the proposition of sharing Christ this Christmas is often met with intimidation from a fear of both the action and aftermath that comes with sharing Christ. Fearful that one cannot articulate the gospel message combined with anxiety that many will respond with rejection of not only the message but the messenger make many of us reluctant to share with others. How then, can we be intentional in giving this previous gift to others?
Truthfully, the answers to that question is not something that causes wonder because they are very straightforward and well-known. Therefore, there are three ways in which to put attention on the perfect Christmas gift this season, which include the following:
  • Through Accounts: Words can be scripted to form powerful communications and therefore, we have an opportunity to give testimony of Christ with the words we use. In fact, we could say that we have an obligation to give an account of who He is, what He has done for others, and what he has done for us individually. Those words have the propensity to be used by the Holy Spirit to convict hearts.
  • Through Actions: Many will often say, “Actions speak louder than words.” Words are a necessary part of conveying the message of Christ this Christmas, however actions add an additional level of conviction because they come with immediate consequences. As a result, actions towards others can be an outward demonstration of Christ. Actions come with an ability to captivate hearts.
  • Through Affections: Finally, the most receptive way to give Christ this season is through loving others, an activity that involves both the previous two points. A deep, godly love is effective because it is real, but it is also slow because it takes time to show that genuineness. However, the result of such a profound love is a softened heart.
  • So how do we give the perfect give this season? Through our words, through out actions, and through our love. There is no wonder in how we share because it is the same way the message has been shared for generations, but instead wonder comes from the results when we do share.
The perfection of this gift is greatly seen through the imperfection of people. In fact, it’s that imperfection of people that will cause them to deny the beauty and necessity of this gift and result in the rejection that so many fear. However, while our imperfection can help us to understand more of Christ’s perfection (and vice versa)t, that same imperfection does not negate His perfection. The truth is, every person stands in great need for the work of Christ’s perfection in his or her life, and therefore, Christ is the perfect Christmas gift.
By: Robert E. Zink
Missionary to Argentina
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