Evangelism is Not Following the Example of the Disciples, Part 5 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #40)

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Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Psalm 19:1 which reads: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Thomas Chalmers: “Every man is a missionary, now and forever, for good or for evil, whether he intends or designs it or not. He may be a blot radiating his dark influence outward to the very circumference of society, or he may be a blessing spreading benediction over the length and breadth of the world. But a blank he cannot be: there are no moral blanks; there are no neutral characters.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 23 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism is not following the example of the disciples.

In our previous broadcast we looked at the first part of the conclusion of why we should not follow the evangelism example of the disciples. Today we will look at the last part of the conclusion of why we should not follow the evangelism example of the disciples.

The disciples eventually changed.
After seeing the resurrected Christ, the disciples radically changed. It was as if their spiritual eyes were suddenly opened and now they understood. Everything they had heard Jesus say and had seen Jesus do came alive to them. Instead of treating people and the harvest as they did with the Samaritan woman, they began to follow Jesus’ example. They noticed people and their needs, and they acted to meet those needs. As a result vast numbers of souls came to Christ.

For example, when Peter and John went to the temple to pray, they noticed a lame man begging by the side of the road. Rather than silently passing by, they stopped and ministered to him in the power of the name of Jesus. Later they all ministered to scores of sick and demonized people.

On top of that, when Samaria began to turn in vast numbers to Christ through the ministry of Philip, the apostles actively responded. Instead of ignoring the Samaritans, as they had before, they sent Peter and John to minister to them.

You can make a difference.
Like the disciples, all of us need to be enlightened to the power of biblical multiplication through investing our lives on a daily basis. Are we like Jesus who reached out to a helpless and hopeless woman with no fear of political or religious retribution? Or are we like the disciples, who at the time refused to open their eyes and accept that God could be working outside of their limited understanding?

The truth is, just as the disciples changed when they were confronted by the coming of the Holy Spirit, we need to remain in His presence as well. Since the Holy Spirit is the discerner of all truth, if we are willing, He will mold us into the image of Christ. God can erase our deepest fears and prejudiced attitudes and replace them with courage and boldness to proclaim the Gospel at any cost!

We never know if our obedience for a moment could start a movement of God that might impact our communities, schools, workplaces, or maybe the world! Yes, just like the woman in John 4, you can make a difference!


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