Monday, October 15, 2018
Mark 16:15 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation."
EVANGELIZING POINTS TO PONDER IN PRAYER
These that follow are in no way exhaustive of all that we should consider. May they act as stimuli to get us more to thinking and praying:
A. What greater love can be given to others than to proclaim the precious Good News of a Savior slain and risen again for our deliverance. And when we talk to people, are we interested in them? Do we seek to have points of commonality and contact that might eventually open doors to share the gospel? In 2 Corinthians 5:14 we see that Love is the motive that impels, drives, controls, and moves us. It is His love for us that we in turn show to others.
B. When we proclaim, do we pray before and after speaking? We do all within our power to convey the saving message to others. Like Paul we seek to persuade (Acts 18:4, 2 Corinthians 5:11). We get personally involved with anguish in our heart over people (Romans 9:2), and we pray that God would work on their hearts.
C. Are you concerned about making an intentional effort to win (as Paul says) for Christ? In 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, the very use of the words "win, save, or gain" show us the intentional effort.
D. In our evangelism, do we expand our opportunities and go on to yet other individuals? The history of the church is one of expansion. From Acts on it continues: "And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith" (6:7). "But the word of God grew and multiplied" (12:24). "So the world of the Lord grew and prevailed mightily" (19:20). When we view the history of the church, it gives us confidence to move on!
E. We know that God gives the increase. This causes us to commit all to the Lord in prayer. While we do all we can, it is God who produces.
F. We want to be proclaiming His Good News in season and out of season. There is nothing so great as the Good News of what our Jesus has done. May God allow each of us to do the work of an evangelist.