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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|SEPTEMBER 2 2018
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BILL VAN RYN
|SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
“He (Andrew) first findeth his own brother Simon…and he brought him to Jesus.” (John 1:41,42)
The normal method of personal evangelism is for Christians to witness for Christ within the context of
their daily lives. This does not mean that God never uses the “cold turkey” approach, that is, walking up
to total strangers and presenting the Gospel to them. He does! But it is far more convincing when a
believer witnesses to people who know him and who can see that Christ makes a difference in his life.
This is what Andrew did.
Walter Henrichsen tells of a young man who was extremely apprehensive about witnessing on his
college campus. Henrichsen asked him, “Joe, how many students on campus do you know personally?
By that I mean when they see you they know you by name.” After being there for a couple of months, he
knew only two or three men.
“I said, ‘Joe, in the next four weeks, I want you to get to know as many students on campus as you can.
Let’s set our goal at fifty students. You don’t have to witness to them. You don’t even have to tell them
you are a Christian. All you have to do is get to know them. Stop by their rooms and chat with them. Play
ping-pong with them. Go to athletic events with them. Go to meals together. Do anything you want, but
get to know fifty men so that one month from today, when I return, you can introduce me to each one of
them by name.’“
When Henrichsen met the young man a month later, this fellow had led six men to Christ. “We didn’t talk
about whether he had gotten to know fifty people. We didn’t have to. He had discovered for himself that
as he became friends with ‘the publicans and sinners,’ the Lord naturally provided opportunities for him
to share his faith.”
With regard to this method of evangelizing within the context of our daily lives, two observations should
be made. First, the life of the personal worker is important. It makes a difference whether he is walking
close to the Lord. He may be ever so glib in presenting a prepackaged message, but if his life isn’t holy, it
cancels out his message.
The second observation is that this method doesn’t put the emphasis on instant results, and that is in its
favor. Jesus likened the salvation process to the growth of grain; you don’t harvest the crop the same
day you plant the seed. It is true that some people are saved the first time they hear the gospel, but they
represent a small fraction of the total. Generally speaking, conversion is preceded by a period of hearing
the message, of being convicted of sin, and of resisting the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
We have invited Eric and Joy Seward to be
with us on September 30, 2018 at the Family
Bible Hour at 11:00 AM. Eric plans to
minister on the subject of prayer and has
suggested that they will both give their
personal testimony at that time. Eric's sister
Beth Rogers plans to sing at that time as
well. Also, Eric will lead the discussion at
our 10:20 AM adult Sunday School class
where we will be looking at the Gospel of
John, chapter 9. Eric and Joy met with us
years ago, prior to their move to the
Champaign, Illinois area. We are happy to
see them return for a visit!