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Series: Luis Palau | Different Strokes for Different Folks

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” you will be challenged to reach out to others with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Whether you are shy or bold, young or old, you can benefit from Luis’s lifetime of evangelism experience.

Jesus' Multicultural Ministry Friday, November 19, 2021

Did you know Jesus traveled not only to Egypt as a young boy, but to three other countries during His public ministry? What’s more, Jesus met with people from many, many nations. They included Jewish people from a wide assortment of nations traveling to Jerusalem for the sacred feasts. They included Greeks, Romans, and others who had converted to Judaism. And they included officials, soldiers, and others serving Rome.

In other words, Jesus didn’t just know and minister to Jewish people. He ministered to a Roman centurion (and all who knew him), to a Syrophoenician woman (and many in her town), to two Gadarene demoniacs (and many in that region), and to many Samaritans of all ages (in the town of Sychar).
What’s more, right before His ascension back to heaven, Jesus told His disciples, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, [pause] and to the ends of the earth,” Acts 1:8 [NLT].

I’m so thankful for that last part. We are included in it. Let’s do all we can to spread the Good News of Jesus in our world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Evangelism for the New Thursday, November 18, 2021

Recently, as I was reading the Bible, I was struck by something about the early followers of Jesus. When Jesus called the disciples, they dropped everything and followed Him. Similarly, after Jesus appeared to the disciples shortly after His resurrection, they immediately began going out and sharing the good news everywhere. In both of these cases, they didn’t say, “I’ve met Jesus, but before I can really follow Him, I have to go to seminary. Or I have to read all of these books.” No! They had an encounter with Jesus. That was all they needed in order to start telling everyone about the gospel of Christ.

There is no waiting period when you become a Christ follower. As Jesus said in Acts chapter 1, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” As soon as the Holy Spirit is in us, as soon as we start to follow Jesus, we are witnesses of Christ.

If you are a new follower of Christ, or a young follower of Christ, you can start sharing His love now. Sure, it is important that you continue to learn more and more about God by reading the Bible, worshipping, and going to church. But your story is the most important part of your witness, and you already know that. Start sharing it with those around you, and see the difference you can make in reaching your world.

This is Luis Palau.

Evangelism for the Shy Wednesday, November 17, 2021

People have said to me before, “Luis, I could never be an evangelist. I’m too shy.” Maybe this sounds likes you.

God makes us all different. Some of us are loud talkers, and others are quiet. Some are quick to speak, and others are more cautious. Some of us like to mingle in a crowd, and others would like to be in the back of the room, serving the cake. That’s wonderful! God’s kingdom needs all sorts of people.

But just because some of Christ’s followers don’t talk much doesn’t mean that they are not meant to evangelize; that is, share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We share God’s love in many more ways than just our words. In fact, our words will mean little if we do not back them up with the testimony of how we live our lives and treat other people. First John says, “Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” This isn’t saying that talk is bad. It’s just saying that actions speak as loud as words, especially if we are the type of people to use action to communicate more often than we do words.

So, if you’re quiet and shy, God still needs you to spread His Good News. You can do this by serving the people in your world, and loving those who need His love. Then, when someone asks why you are different, God will give you the words and courage to share the gospel with both your words and your deeds.

This is Luis Palau.

Evangelism for the Bold Tuesday, November 16, 2021

My father set a great example for me by sharing God’s love anywhere he could: on street corners, at work, with friends and strangers alike. I inherited his caring for people and his passion for proclaiming the Good News of God, whether that is in my living room or on a stage in front of thousands of people. There is nothing like the energy of being around so many people, talking about the love of God.

God called me personally to be an evangelist. He made me a person who loves to travel and gets energy from talking to people. Not everyone is built like me, but those who are often are pastors and teachers, and worship leaders. We are often the ones who get excited about evangelism, sharing our stories with anyone who will listen.

We are all called to be witnesses. First Peter says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” Sometimes it is easy for us to do the first part — tell our story — but hard for us to remember to do it with gentleness and respect. We sometimes become overbearing and overexcited, and we forget that God’s love doesn’t need to be pushed on people. It just needs to be presented to them. God, the Holy Spirit, lives in you and me. He will work in the listeners and they will realize how much they need Christ in their lives.

This is Luis Palau.

Evangelism is for Everyone Monday, November 15, 2021

I loved taking my kids, and then my grandkids, to the playground at the local park. But I couldn’t help but notice all of the different kids and their personalities. Some kids would go up to anyone and play with them. A stranger was just a friend they’d never met before. Other kids preferred following the more rambunctious kids. They would go down the big slide, but they liked to see someone else do it first. And then there were the kids happily playing by themselves in the sand, making designs and singing to themselves. They would stop singing anytime someone else came near them.

A playground is just a miniature version of adult social situations. We can see the same personalities in any workplace or coffee shop. God has made us all different. He’s done that for a reason! We can’t all be leaders; otherwise, who would follow? We can’t all be followers, either. God has given us special gifts that we can and should use for His glory to build His kingdom. As it says in Romans, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” We need to be the people God has created us to be, to the best of our ability, in order to bring others to Christ. All of us! Leaders and followers, bold and shy, new believers and older disciples: we all need to find ways to reach our world by spreading the Good News Gospel to those around us.

This is Luis Palau.

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