The simple purpose of this broadcast is to encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to share your faith in Jesus Christ with those who are lost around you. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.
Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 28:19-20 which reads: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:
Because Jesus has this authority, we are, therefore, commanded to go. It is His authority that sends us, His authority that guides us, and His authority that empowers us. The command is to make disciples, not merely converts or supporters of a cause. The idea behind the word disciple is of a scholar, a learner, or a student. The kind of commitment expected from a disciple is expressed in the command to baptize. A person is totally immersed in water, and total commitment is the goal for a disciple.
In His previous ministry, Jesus deliberately restricted His work to the Jewish people and previously sent His disciples with the same restriction. Only on rare exceptions did Jesus minister among the Gentiles. Now all of that is in the past, and the disciples are commissioned to take the gospel to all the nations. There is no place on earth where the gospel of Jesus should not be preached, and were disciples should not be made.
Disciples are made through teaching. This teaching is not with words only, but with the power of the always-present Jesus. He will be present with His people until the job of making disciples is done – until the end of the age. The content of the teaching must be all things that I have commanded you. The followers of Jesus are responsible to present the whole counsel of God to those who made disciples.
Jesus sent His disciples with a mission to fulfill, but He did not send them alone. The promise of His constant presence was more than enough to strengthen and guide the disciples as they obeyed Jesus in making disciples of all the nations.
His presence means privilege, because we work with a Great King. Paul understood this principle well in 1 Corinthians 3:9, where he wrote: For we are God’s fellow workers. Since Jesus promised “I am with you always,” then we work together with Him in all our service. We certainly work for Jesus, but more than that we work with Jesus.
His presence means protection, because we are never out of His sight or supervision.
His presence means power, because as we fulfill this great command, we work in His name.
His presence means peace, because it always reminds us that the church belongs to Jesus. It is His church and His work. How then can we worry?
Our soul winning quote today is from Rebecca Manley Pippert. She said: “Often we are blind. We act as if those around us were not really people like us. If we see them bleed, we pretend they aren’t really hurting. If we see them alone, we tell ourselves that they like it that way…But Jesus wants to heal our sight.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 64 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Being the Change You Wish to See In the World (Part 3)
Putting Feet to Your Faith
By putting ministry into action, evangelism becomes a natural byproduct. Consider the possibilities. Someone with carpentry skills can update a kitchen for a single mom or build a wheelchair ramp, repair drywall, or paint a house for an elderly person. An accountant could donate his or her time to assist struggling workers to file their annual tax returns. A teacher could provide free math or science tutoring after school. High school athletes could lead sports camps in low-income neighborhoods. Church members could volunteer to provide free English as a second language class or free transportation for people needing rides to the grocery store or doctors visits. If you are willing to be used, the possibilities are endless.
Consider one small church who responded to a need when their community received 12 inches of ice and snow. When the electricity went out, the men gathered together with their chain saws and assisted (for free) the local power companies in removing fallen trees. While others were charging exorbitant fees to assist vehicles stuck in snow, church members took their four-wheel-drive trucks and pulled vehicles out of snowdrifts for free!
The key to ministry evangelism is getting to know your community and finding ways to use your resources and talents to meet perceived needs and to build relationships. The end result is changed lives both inside the church and out in the community!
In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at why evangelism is…Being the Change You Wish to See In the World.
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Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can be a part of the church in this life and in the life to come. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time,
Keep the soul winner’s fire!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.