Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 which reads: “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Leonard Ravenhill. He said: “Isn’t it staggering when you think that one sermon on the day of Pentecost produced 3000 people? And we had some cities yesterday where 3000 sermons were preached and nobody was saved. And it doesn’t even faze us.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 53 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Reaching People Through Relationships (Part 5)
Evangelism is lived out through intentional relationships. Without Christian foot soldiers leading the way by fostering relationships, praying, sharing Christ in the field, bringing friends to the crusade, and making a commitment to follow up, the other activities would be minimally effective. The bottom line is that while relationships can be elusive in contemporary culture, they are nonetheless essential!
One of the requirements Jesus gave His followers was to love one another. He told them that by loving one another they would attract those who were not yet following Him. John 13: 35 reads: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Evangelism is a living example of biblical community. The issue of genuine community is huge in contemporary church. Everyone wants to feel accepted and loved, not condemned and prejudged, especially by the people who are supposed to represent Christian ideals. You may recall the old theme song to the television show Cheers, “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.” If it is true at a fictional bar on television, it is certainly true in reference to the church and the process of evangelism!
The Eternal Process of Multiplication
Evangelism is an eternal process of multiplication. The gospel was never meant to be lived out in a vacuum. While one’s faith is personal, it is not meant to be private. Christianity is a living process of multiplication that is prompted by the fact that believers claim to have a relationship with the living Savior, Jesus Christ. As part of Christ’s body, Christians are expected naturally to multiply their faith just as one’s body remains healthy through naturally multiplying cells.
In our next broadcast, we will look at why evangelism is…Hanging Out With a Purpose.