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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 26, 2011 - Making Disciples

By Jerry D. Scott

The word “evangelism” comes from a biblical word that means “the good announcement.” It is not about assaulting anyone verbally in the name of Christ, nor is it about brainwashing. It’s letting others in on the good news that they have a purpose for being alive, a Father who loves them and a way to know the best quality of life possible!

Evangelism is saying, “Would you like to meet my Friend?” For the Spirit-filled disciple, evangelism not something that is done one day a month or once every now and then; it is a way of life!

Jesus told His first disciples that when He left them to return to the Father they were to spend time waiting in Jerusalem until they were “powered up.” What for? So they could have great, happy lives, becoming the city’s most prosperous citizens? Not according to the Book of Acts. So that they could become emotionally and spiritually well-adjusted, enjoying wide acceptance within the community? Uh, wrong, again!

Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere — in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NLT).

“Witnesses” is another of those words that make a lot of Christians shudder. It brings up visions of earnest people going door to door arguing about the Bible with those who are willing to open their door, or good-looking guys in white shirts riding bicycles through suburban neighborhoods trying to convince people to read the Book of Mormon. But, like “evangelism,” “witnesses” is not really a bad word at all. It just means “spectators who tell others what they have seen and know.”

The Holy Spirit living in you and me creates the kind of life (one that Galatians 5:22 describes as demonstrating “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”) that makes others want to know what makes us tick and gives us the chance to tell them. The basic component of evangelism is not knowing a catalog of Bible verses that you use to convince another of your superior truth, but rather living authentically, purposefully and wholly holy (not a typo). The Light within shines into the darkness and creates multiple opportunities for us to say, “Would you like to know my Friend?”

 The one thing most Christians have never done is the one thing all Christians are called to do — make disciples! They are bereft of a great joy. It’s rather like a young couple reluctant to have a baby because they see how much work an infant brings into the lives of their friends, but then when they finally have their own child, they realize the joys far outweigh the inconveniences of parenting.

 Let me ask you some key questions today:

1. Is Christ your greatest treasure? Are you full of the Spirit of God? Are your words and actions compelling examples of what it means to live as a true disciple?

2. If so, are you taking opportunities to pray with people, to sensitively and courageously say, “May I talk with you about my Friend?”

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

 

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