I remember back in High School in a English Literature Class we learned of the importance of a good first line to a story. And we were introduced to one of the best in Charles Dickens’ “Tale of Two Cities”. The memorable line goes, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Something like that is going on in our First Lesson...
Latest NewsletterGrace Notes 2022-11-16
Called to the ministry of evangelism by giving witness to Jesus we rightly recognize that we witness to Him by word and deed. The way we live our lives matters greatly. And here we are not just talking about moral rectitude, the avoidance of all manner of evil, but we are speaking about what we do positively. That is, the love, charity, and compassion that we show forth. Our actions are important. That said, we also need to give verbal witness. Yes, walk the walk. But it will be necessary also to talk the talk.
As we consider how to go about the ministry of evangelism it is always worthwhile to note the examples in Scripture. This week I want us to consider the effect of the Apostle Paul and Silas’ witness on a Philippian Jailer and his family that we read about in Acts 16.
It has been said the evangelism is relational. And that is a very helpful insight and true to the very nature of spreading the good news of God in Christ Jesus. The result of the Word of the Gospel taking hold in a person’s life is being joined to Jesus, adoption as God’s child, and becoming a part of the family of God. This is all relational!