Okay, so here’s what I’ve been thinking about…as a result of this post:
And as I’ve been pondering that, this verse came up at Bible study:
Colossians 4:5-6 NLT
“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”
A response requires a question. Live wisely among unbelievers, and have the right response for them when they ask questions about your faith in Christ.
And then I thought of this one:
1 Peter 3:15 NASB
“…always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”
Again! They will ASK YOU a question. The conversation seems to start with THEM. Hmm…
Jesus said to the to-be disciples, “Come, follow Me.”
Multiple times, Jesus said things that caused people to stop following Him. For example:
“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.”
““ If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”
“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
“Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.””
He wasn’t afraid to not have followers. He invited others to Him; some followed, others chose to live their own lives instead of a life with Him.
As I was thinking about this, this post came up in my Reader here on WordPress:
So what are your thoughts on evangelism?