Category: Evangelism

Witness Well

Starting spiritual conversations with prayer

Be still and know that God is God and I am not.

Be quiet and listen to his promises.

Stillness and quiet are adequate descriptions of contemplative prayer. It’s more about what we receive from God rather than what we give him. It’s more about his voice that resonates in our hearts rather than giving him our voice.

Start spiritual conversations by sticking to the basics

“It’s best to remain silent and be thought of a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” 

“Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” (Proverbs 17:28)

If silence is golden and a silver tongue commands respect, then why do I tend to open my mouth and remove all doubt about being a fool?

Perhaps that is why evangelism is so dangerous.

Starting spiritual conversations

Most people consider themselves spiritual. There is a desire for inner peace, harmony with body and soul, or a reconnection with a higher power. While many spiritual paths are offered, few provided satisfying solutions. And sadly, there is a growing reluctance to seek out a Christian church to find answers.

We seem to be arriving at a time to employ evangelism strategies that emphasizes individual believers to go and get the Word out rather that inviting people to come and hear the Word.

How can we start spiritual conversations with people who don’t know Christ?

Witnessing Christ during Christmas

Christmas is the best time of the year.

It’s the season with the greatest opportunities to proclaim the message of Good News to ears that are more willing than usual to listen.

The statistics prove it.

A Way to Start a Spiritual Conversation

Words matter.

With eyes of wonder, believers in Christ grasp on to the words of grace, redemption, and justification. These words define the Christian faith.

The meaning behind these words appear obvious to the faithful but may have an entirely different connotation to an unbelieving world.

And this chasm of misunderstanding is growing wider.

It’s becoming more challenging to verbally express the hope believers have in Christ when they rely on meaningful Christian terminology to express their faith.

To proclaim Christ in today’s world, it may be helpful to bring a dictionary.

Slingshots or Silence

God works through his Word to create faith in the hearts of unbelievers.

His Word is like a weapon used in warfare. It cuts like a double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) and explodes like dynamite (Romans 1:16).

One of the greatest weapons ever used in the Bible is a profound example for believers who unleash the power of his Word by proclaiming it to others.

A slingshot.

Reasons for Witnessing Reluctance

Spiritual conversations are becoming increasingly rare in today’s world.

Verbally proclaiming the gospel to a lost soul is becoming a lost art and a daunting prospect.

Many Christians believers are reluctant to talk about their faith with others and a recent study has proven this to be true.

Praise and Proclaim launches outreach initiative in Yakima WA

Evangelism is far more about trusting God’s promises and assurances than it is about ourselves. Believers trust that God’s Word works, even though we may not see the visible results of our efforts. Immediately following the Praise and Proclaim outreach initiative at Redeemer Lutheran Church (Yakima, WA), Rev. Isaac Cherney posed the following question during his sermon on Sunday morning,

“Is the Holy Spirit in charge of the results or not?”

Mission-minded congregations embrace the joy and privilege of being God’s messengers. They are far more concerned about bringing as many people as possible to heaven through the power of God’s Word than finding new members for their church. God is in control of the results. His children are in control of getting the Word out and unleashing its power.

It is God’s wisdom that he has chosen human messengers to be his representatives or ambassadors for the purpose of driving his message out. It is God’s responsibility to convert people by filling them with his Holy Spirit. It is only through the Spirit that lost souls hear, see, and believe his Truth and are set free.

A core group of faithful members from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Yakima WA embraced this truth, received evangelism training, and went out into their community to unleash the power of God’s Word.