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My Great Evangelism Adventure, Part 2

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I never considered myself an evangelist.

I would only share my faith when opportunities arose: like when friends in deep trouble needed some answers, or when I was asked about what I believed (which was rare); then and only then would I witness to what Christ had done in me. That’s why I’m still amazed that I made a commitment to evangelize everyday after hearing a New Year’s message in 2004. (Read part 1 here.)

I had always thought that evangelism was somebody else’s job; only those who had the gift of evangelism actually did it.
It certainly was not my job!

The day after I made that commitment to share my faith everyday I found myself in the chair of my hairstylist. She told me how her marriage was in trouble, her kids were screwed up—you know, the typical American family story—and I listened, waiting for my opportunity.

I didn’t know how to share my faith so I took my cue from 1 Corinthians 15:3—“For what I received I passed on to you as first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”

My goal was to share this with someone everyday: “Jesus died for your sins, was buried for three days and rose again.”

So I did, with my hairstylist cutting a little off the top. She listened, listened, listened… then, to my amazement, repented right there, scissors in hand, as I spoke to her about the significance of what those Gospel words meant. In between snips of my sideburns I asked her to pray to receive Christ. She did. And those in the waiting room heard her praying as I sat there somewhat embarassed.

The first day out of the gate and someone got saved! Hoo-boy! Those “magic” words “Jesus died for your sins, was buried for three days and rose again” really worked! This poor hairstylist was now saved!

Or was she?

Nevertheless, I looked at this result as the firstfruit of what God had in store for me in my new determination to share my faith everyday.

But I found out a very short time later that this wouldn’t be as easy as I thought… I still had much, much more to learn. With just one question from my pastor—one well-meaning, helpful question—I had to reconsider everything I was saying… and doing. (Read part 3 by clicking here.)

5 Comments

  1. You talk about Hell’s Best Kept Secret… I think this doctrine is Hell’s SECOND best kept secret, that it’s a misinterpretation of Eph 4:11 combined with I Cor 12:28, which you can’t just throw together haphazardly, and say: “Somewhere in there is the reason why it’s not my job:

    Eph 4:11:
    And He Himself gave some [to be] apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers …

    I Cor 12:28:
    “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.”

    If you take it that the Bible specifies that only certain people were called to witness/evangelize, then this Corinthian verse is a problem, because it doesn’t mention “evangelism” at all.

    Biblically speaking, An evangelist is a preacher without a home church. He goes from church to church, preaching wherever he is allowed to preach…

    As far as telling people about salvation from our sins, I don’t think it’s even an issue that we are called, not called – if we receive the revelation we are dead in our trespasses and sins, lost and doomed to spend eternity suffering the wrath of a holy and righteous God who cannot dwell with sin, and that our only hope for eternal life is the righteousness found by being born again, by being crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20), and receiving the redemption found in his precious blood, his perfect sacrifice, that we should naturally WANT to tell others. It’s like they are blind men and women about to walk off a cliff, do we wait to pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit, do we pray about whether we are called to “witness,” or if we have the “gift” of evangelism ?

    I think Mark 16:15 is just a way of admonishing us to get off our lazy butt (me first) and seek and save the lost – don’t wait for someone to knock on your door and say “Excuse me, how do I inherit eternal life ?”

  2. Keith,

    I think you’re the first Christian I’ve come across on-line who was willing to admit that there might be some fault with some of the arguments presented by Dr. Dino or Ray Comfort!

    I appreciate there’s some oddness with the nature of your posts – I gather you would have preferred not to have written them all out and posted them here, but they make for very interesting reading nonetheless.

    Regards,

  3. EDIT: Comments deleted.

    ExPatMat is referring to some comments made last year by a brother of mine. When I re-posted this article, I forgot to delete his comments. The reason I deleted them was because they were unclear and very long. To protect my broher’s reputation, I thought it best to just remove the comments.

    All criticism, when applied in a gracious, respectful way, will be allowed.

    Again, I deleted “Keith’s” comments because they were very confusing.

  4. Ha!

    I can certainly attest to the confusing (and long) nature of Keith’s posts!

    [this is exactly how, in my opinion, comment should be edited – totally transparent and clear, with valid reasoning. Gold Star for you, Steve!]

  5. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 blows your argument out of the water, does it not?

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