A Pebble in His Shoe


Does our style of evangelism work? Does using the 10 Commandments, warning of Judgment Day and Hell… then presenting the Gospel make a difference?

I met a very nice young man the other night while witnessing on the Redondo Beach Pier where I take a team out every Friday evening for the Hour of Power. Read this email he sent about two hours after our conversation:

Hey Steve,

I just wanted to thank you for the conversation we had outside the Fun Factory today at the Redondo Pier. I’m sure you remember me; I was with my Aunt and my cousin. I just wanted to apologize if it seemed I was being rude or contemptuous at all. I was just trying to emphasize that I understood everything you were saying and that I really, really do think about these things every day. I also want to make it clear that I don’t challenge your “what if you died today” question and that I am full aware that if the Bible happens to be the Word of God, then I’m going to hell.

Our style of evangelism “works” in that we plant seed, and water seed, trusting that God will make it grow. “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:7)

Everyone’s goal should be to put a pebble in the shoe of a sinner.
Tell them the truth, then let God deal with them, regardless of whether they respond positively or not.

Jesus said, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they have life.” (John 6:63b)

2000 years ago God came down in the form of man, Jesus Christ. Now He comes down in the form of words, the words we speak about Him.


  1. So, if anyone knows of a better method of sharing your faith with a stranger. Please let me know. The bad news… then the good news…please. Let’s warn folks about judgement, hell, repentance and trust in Jesus.

  2. The young man Pastor Steve spoke with in this story is my son (CS). The seed has been planted, watered, fed, emphasized and re-emphasized, but so far the seed has not taken root.

    I believe that God’s word never returns empty. I also believe in the power of prayer. I ask all of you to pray that the Lord will soften my son’s heart and that he will accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

    Praise God! Thank you, Steve and the team, for spreading the word.

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