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Series: Luis Palau | Evangelism beyond Words

This week on “Reaching your World with Luis Palau,” Luis reminds us that our lives must back up our words. We must “walk the talk” if we want people to trust and believe us when we tell them the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

The Bible, Theology, and Evangelism Friday, November 1, 2019

In my family, the Bible, theology, and evangelism go hand in hand. The apostle Paul certainly modeled this in his own life and ministry for decades. And, God used him in remarkable ways. What’s more, Paul planted brand-new churches almost everywhere he went. Then, as he continued his missionary journeys, Paul took time to write brilliant epistles. Those Spirit-inspired letters review the Good News of Jesus Christ, and then present amazing theological truths and practical applications. A dozen of them have spoken to the church all through the ages.

Rarely do you find someone who knows the Bible inside out, who can teach theology to amazing depths, and who feels at ease explaining the Good News. Somehow, spending years in the classroom has resulted in complicating the simple truth of the Good News.

When our team was in Scotland, a well-known professor from Aberdeen Theological College showed up at one of our classes for counselors. Here is a man who has written books of theology, but there he was, paying careful attention to the basics of how to introduce someone to Christ.

How good that each of us can always learn more about the life-transforming power of the Good News of Christ [Romans 1:16]. That’s what these radio spots are all about.   

This is Andrew Palau.

Sacrificial Evangelism Thursday, October 31, 2019

You are probably familiar with the concept of sacrifice. But unless you’re a big sports fan, you might not know about how sacrifice relates to baseball. In baseball, a sacrifice bunt is when a batter just barely hits the ball, knowing that he will be out before he gets to first base. But he does this so that his other teammates can move forward, maybe even gaining a run for the team - and winning. The batter’s sacrifice is for the good of the team, even though it means that he’ll be out and go back to the bench.

As important as it is to baseball strategy, this sort of sacrifice is not as important as some others.  However, it does illustrate an important component of sacrifice. Sacrifice doesn’t just benefit one person; it benefits a whole team. We are called to be sacrificial, to give up what we love for the sake of the Gospel. We are called to put others before ourselves, not just for the sake of one person but the sake of us all. In this way, we are called to “walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God,” as Ephesians says (Ephesians 5:2).

In our selfish world, sacrificing for our neighbors in big and small ways will make an impact both on them and on our communities, and I believe it will ultimately affect our entire team – the whole world. Let’s reach the world for Christ through our sacrifices.              

This is Luis Palau.

Kind Evangelism Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Let’s do an experiment. Think back to a moment where someone was kind to you. Really, truly kind. Picture that person and that moment. Was it yesterday? Or was it 30 years ago? Did someone help you? Listen to you? Give you something you needed? Give you what you didn’t deserve? Those moments are ones that stick with us, and usually bring a smile to our faces when we remember them. Whether the kindness is unexpected or long-awaited, it is always welcome, and it always makes an impact.

Kindness is so necessary in today’s rude and mean world. When we are told that to get ahead in life we have to be ruthless and unkind, a simple act of generosity and goodwill can make a big difference. The impact of kindness might not appear to change the whole world, but it can change someone’s world, and the ripples of a kind act usually go beyond what we can see.

True kindness comes from God. As Romans says, we often overlook how God’s kindness is what leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). God’s justice can help us recognize our faults, but His kindness is what helps us change our lives. We repent of our sins because of God’s goodness and mercy. We are changed by God’s kindness to us, so it makes sense that others will be changed by our kindness, which comes from God. Let’s use kindness to lead the world to Christ and ultimately, repentance.

This is Luis Palau.

Joyful Evangelism Tuesday, October 29, 2019

How do you know when someone is happy? Do you only know it when they actually say the words, “I am happy”? Or can you tell it by their faces? Think back to a little kid on a swingset, soaring high in the air. Or a parent seeing a child who has been far away for a long time. Or even someone eating a really good dessert on their birthday. Usually someone who is happy shows it: their eyes sparkle. Their mouths grin. Their cheeks flush, and their whole body radiates happiness. It’s amazing: after spending time with someone happy, usually you feel happy too.

Happiness is a fleeting emotion, but it’s related to the concept of joy. Joy is more a state of mind and a way of life. Joy is also easily seen in someone’s face, but it lasts longer, and it persists despite difficult circumstances. No one can be happy all the time, but God’s joy should be a steady current running through our lives. In fact, the book of Nehemiah says, “The joy of the Lord is [our] strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). 

Joy in the Lord’s goodness and provision isn’t just about being happy; it’s the reason we get up each day. It’s the source from which we draw our strength. Many seem to draw their strength from anger or frustration, but if we draw our strength from the joy God gives us, we will stand out. People will wonder where our joy comes from, and we can share about the life-changing joy of the Lord.

This is Luis Palau.

More than Words Monday, October 28, 2019

As a proclaimer of good news, I often communicate the Gospel using words, whether I’m speaking to one person or to thousands, or writing a letter or a book. When I communicate the Gospel, I have thousands of words at my disposal; plus, I speak two languages, so I even have a choice between Spanish and English. I also have hundreds of verses in the Bible to choose from, words given us by God that teach us the truth of God’s mercy and Jesus’s love.

I love words. I love using them, hearing them, writing them. But while words are important, they’re not the only aspect of sharing theGgospel. Our lives are not just communicated in words. We share who we are not just through what we say about ourselves and others, but also how we act and react in situations. Colossians 3:17 says that whatever we do, in word or deed, we should do it in Christ’s name. It even goes so far as to say what we eat and drink can be traced back to Christ. So, when we consider how to best be ambassadors of Christ, we need to think beyond words. We need to start paying attention to how we treat others and live our lives.

The words we speak are the important part of God’s good news, but our lives also speak loudly to the impact of Christ. To reach the world for Christ, in addition to our words, let’s make sure our lives proclaim the love and joy of Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

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