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Attitude Doctrine Evangelism Ministry Textual Studies

We Would See Jesus

Over the last three years, Jesus had developed a reputation throughout Israel as a miracle worker and a prophet of God. It seems that his disciples had also come to be identified with the Master.

In John 12:20-22, as the Jews are gathering for the Passover, a group of worshippers find Philip, recognize him as Jesus; disciple, and ask to see Jesus. They weren’t there to see Philip, but they knew that Philip was connected to the Lord, so they sought him out.

In the same way, when we identify ourselves as Christians, those around us expect to see Jesus. They expect to see Him in our attitudes, our actions, our worship, and our teaching.

Ultimately, it is not about us. Our goal should be to help others to see the Savior. If they see things in our lives that are not consistent with followers of Christ it won’t go unnoticed.

At the same time, by living as Christians, we will find opportunities, like Philip, to bring others to Jesus. It all begins with a life that is lived by following the Master.

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Devotional Evangelism Perspectives

Unclaimed Fortunes

On August 26, 2017, at a Sam Food Mart in Lewisville, TX some nameless individual purchased a lottery ticket worth one million dollars. However, winning lottery tickets are only redeemable for a limited time. After the expiration of 180 days, on Thursday, February 22nd the ticket became totally worthless. Whoever the lucky, or perhaps unlucky, person was that purchased the ticket, they held a small fortune in their hands and never even realized it.

How many valuable opportunities are missed because we are too blind, too busy, or too afraid to see them? Many Jews had the opportunity to meet the Son of God and hear Him speak, but they were unwilling to accept the truth of the opportunity before them (Mark 4:12).  For those Jews, and for many today, the problem was that the Gospel challenges them to change, and change is often uncomfortable.

In Exodus 4:2, God asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?” It was simply a humble shepherd’s rod, but with that rod, God would bring great deliverance to the nation of Israel. Just as Moses’ rod or the unclaimed lottery ticket, opportunities of measureless value, and often the very change for which we have been praying is in our hands this very moment. This should challenge each of us to give pause, and ask, what blessings or opportunities am I failing to see?

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Church Comfort Evangelism Relationship

An Invitation To Belong

Recently, I was visiting with a member of our community who expressed that she was thinking about moving away because since coming to town she had never really felt a part of our town. I can’t help but think that she’s not alone in that feeling. These days everybody stays so busy, it is hard not to get wrapped up in your own schedule, and if a person isn’t already a part of that, you just don’t see them.

That is one of the reasons why the church is so important. The church brings people together who otherwise would never have anything in common. It isn’t so much about us, though. It’s about Jesus. He is the one who left his “comfort zone” in Heaven and came to Earth so that we could be a part of His family. He invites us to come to Him for the rest, comfort, and home that we need.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt 11:28-30).

From the very beginning, the church has been a group where anybody can belong because of the love and grace of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41-47). It could be that you feel like an outsider. We all do from time to time, and the truth is that we all would be outsiders to Heaven were it not for Jesus. Consider this our invitation to you to be a part of something greater than any of us.

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Church Marketing Evangelism Ministry

How To Evangelize Worship Guests

How To Evangelize Worship Guests


Source: Lee M Snow