LISTEN: Evangelism Is… Learning to Listen, Part 5 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #88 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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 John 12:32 which reads: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:

The verb used for lifted up (the ancient Greek word hypsothenai (hyp-so-the-nai)) has a deliberate double meaning. It means both a literal elevation (as in being raised up on a cross) and exaltation (being raised in rank or honor).

We don’t “lift up” Jesus with our praises in the sense He means here. He was lifted up on the cross, and we proclaim that fact to the world. We lift Jesus up by preaching Christ.

Our soul winning quote today is from Paul Little. He said: “The Holy Spirit can’t save saints or seats. If we don’t know any non-Christians, how can we introduce them to the Savior?”

Our soul winning devotional is part 71 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Learning to Listen (Part 5)

The woman at the well did not have to be honest when she responded to Jesus’ questions. After all, at that time in their conversation, she did not know she was speaking with the Messiah. So what made the woman trust Christ? It was the fact that He listened and rewarded her honesty by revealing His deity.

Jesus accepted the woman regardless of her shady past. As a result, His nonjudgmental conversation about sin, grace, and everlasting life gave the woman a new kind of confidence. She responded by going into town and boldly proclaimin, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”

Jesus is the ultimate example of effective evangelism. His bold actions and ability to listen and engage in relationship with the woman at the well give us the challenge to do the same. Had Jesus ignored her because she was living in sin with her male companion or because she had lived a life full of sin prior to their meeting, He would not have had the opportunity to bring the others into relationship with Him as well. Jesus knew the woman’s lifestyle, and He went straight to her heart. He did not sit as a male Jew worthy of respect; instead He sat with her and spoke to her as a person in need of a friend and Savior. Jesus did not dominate the conversation; He did not confuse her with big words or judge her for past mistakes. He also did not shame her into accepting His living water. He simply listened to her heart and responded to her greatest need…salvation!

In our next broadcast, we will look at why evangelism is…Empathy with Action.

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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 over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty 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/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, 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, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven 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.

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