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Bringers IV... My Part

"Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I commanded you.... " (Matt.28:19-20).

As I started this Friday series about personal evangelism a few Fridays ago, it was stated that at least three (3) parties are involved every time an attempt is made to bring a soul to Christ: God, me and the hearer. For the last two weeks we zeroed in on God, so this week it is about my (your) part. Suppose you asked a young teen if he wanted something for which he would have to ask his parents for money to get. In today's world, might he emphatically say, "well, I could use a new updated cell phone?" Of course we asked what he thought the odds were that he would face his dad with the question after hearing him speak about the family's financial woes, he might some thing like this; "Well in that case, the odds would be small that I would get it...." From a very early age, we learn to size up a situation to determine a course of action toward a desired result. For example, in the above scenario, we might ask differently for the money if that conversation about financial woes had not taken place. I think that personal evangelism, involving my part, works the same way. To achieve our desired result, that being the sharing of God's Good News with others, we must recognize that each situation probably requires a slightly different approach. See if this makes sense to you... There's a time to speak, a time to listen an a time to boldly proclaim the truth of God's message.... Agree? The broad spectrum of Jesus' actions ranged from sitting a young child gently on his lap, to overturning the tables of unethical folks in the temple. That runs the gamut, wouldn't you agree? Certainly, Jesus understood that every situation provided special challenges of its own to accomplish the desirable outcome. Do we have a better role model than Jesus? God has given us each the intellect and experience to weed out the effective, therefore potentially successful methods, from the ineffective ones. If a particular method is not working, is it fair to conclude that we need to tweak our methodology? I don't think its at all arrogant to analyze the abilities God has blessed us with, if the end goal is to improve our effectiveness.... More about "me" next Friday....

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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