Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Acts 4:20 which reads: “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Chuck Swindoll. He said: “Christianity doesn’t get more basic…It is seeing value in, and loving and caring for, and reaching out to, and spending time with the least of these.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 56 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Hanging Out With a Purpose
There are several keys to make hanging out with a purpose most effective.
1. Be Fully Present as You Walk Through Daily Life
To be fully present means that you are always on the lookout for opportunities to exalt Christ through ministering to others. Jesus practiced this in His daily life. He noticed and healed a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for 12 years. He made time for a nobleman’s son who needed healing. He took the opportunity to minister to a crippled man waiting at the pool of Bethesda.
All of these miracles happened because Jesus was present among the people He came to serve. He was never blind to the multitudes. On the contrary, Jesus saw beyond the masses of humanity and felt compassion for their individual needs. To put it another way, Jesus did not just casually hang out among the people; rather He hung out with a purpose, always being fully present with them.
2. Be Intentional About Seeking Witnessing Relationships
Hanging out can become an act of intentional ministry leading to evangelism as one walks through daily life. A good example of this occurred when Jesus met Zacchaeus. Even though Zacchaeus was despised by society for being a dishonest tax collector, Jesus intentionally sought to build a relationship. He was not deterred by negative comments from the local people. As a result, a man’s life was changed!
In our next broadcast, we will continue to look at why evangelism is…Hanging Out With a Purpose.