Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 which reads: “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Jim Petersen: “When we bring someone to a decision to trust Christ in the course of a conversation or two, we can be sure of one thing: considerable preparation and laboring has already occurred in that life before we arrived on the scene.”
Our soul winning devotional today is part 9 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler’s fine book, “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.”
Evangelism is a process leading to an event.
Marriage is a serious commitment. It is supposed to last a lifetime. No reasonably sane, secure American girl chooses to marry someone she does not know fairly well. Therefore people will spend months or even years getting to know all they can about a person and finding out if that person can be trusted.
In a similar way, trusting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is a significant commitment, which the Bible likens to marriage. Jesus is called the Bridegroom. It will last throughout eternity.
No reasonably sane, secure person would ever agree to commit his life to Jesus as Lord and Savior if he did not know Him fairly well. He will usually take time to get to know more about Jesus before committing his life to Him.
Ideally a marriage is a process (getting to know and trust each other) leading to the event (the wedding ceremony) resulting in a lifetime spent together. Evangelism is similar. There is usually a process whereby the unbeliever gets to know about Jesus and the gospel, leading to an event, the act of faith and repentance, resulting in eternity spent growing in relationship with Jesus
Effective evangelism introduces unbelievers to a relationship with Jesus. It respects the process and does not rush it. It leads people step-by-step to an eternal marriage with the heavenly Bridegroom Jesus Christ.