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Series: Luis Palau | Intentional Evangelism

This week on “Reaching Your World” Luis Palau addresses what it means to practice intentional evangelism. He talks about living with purpose, and taking opportunities to share the Good News.

We are First Responders Friday, December 7, 2018

I’m constantly thanking God for people who serve as firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and in other roles that put them in the line of defense. These individuals are prepared to and often do save lives every single day.
 But did you know if you are a Christian, that you are truly the first responder of souls? Imagine if we woke up every day with the appropriate pressure to tell the Good News to the lost. Everything would change for the better. We have to get in this mindset.

Jude 1:23 puts it like this: “Save others by snatching them out of the fire; Show mercy to those facing fear.” I like how the Message Version puts it too: “Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who go the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin.”

Spreading the good news of Jesus to the lost and the lonely is our greatest responsibility and our greatest privilege. This is a serious business we’re in as Christians. And you are truly in the role of an evangelist as a Christian because Jesus said to ALL believers “Go and make disciples of all nations…” How you model your faith and what you say today could affect somebody else’s life for eternity.

Be encouraged. God is with you every step of the way.

This is Andrew Palau.

Intentional Listening Thursday, December 6, 2018

We have a lot of coffee shops in Portland, Oregon. People sit in them to do work, check email, and talk to others. I once read a story about a man who went into a coffee shop. He sat down at a table and put out a sign that said, “Free coffee if you listen to my story.” No one came up to listen to his tale.
The next day, he did the same thing. He sat down at the same table and put out a sign. This time, it said, “Free coffee if you tell me your story.” Before he knew it, there was a line of people waiting to tell him their stories. They even brought coffee to him.

The lesson is clear. There are people who are desperate to have someone, anyone, listen to their story. Sometimes sharing the Gospel starts with not saying a word. Just listening to someone else’s story can make all the difference in their lives. The Bible says to be “quick to hear, and slow to speak.”

Jesus often said to the people, “Listen and understand.” He then would present the good news of God’s salvation, but that is also good advice for us even before we present the Good News Gospel. We must make sure we are intentionally listening and understanding the lives of those around us. Then we can tell them how Jesus can heal the specific pains in their lives. Jesus is the answer, but we need to understand the questions first. Then we can share the Gospel with joy.    

This is Luis Palau.

Light in the Darkness Wednesday, December 5, 2018

One way to be intentional in your life and evangelism is to go where the people are. It sounds so simple. But how many times do we just stay at home because it’s easy and comfortable? Sometimes we only leave to go to church or Bible study. Spending time learning about Christ is very important, but so is spending time bringing others to Christ. To do that, we must turn off our TV sets and step away from our computers; we must get outside and meet people.

For example, in Waco, Texas, there is a church that meets under a bridge every Sunday morning. They bring in sound equipment and chairs, even food. Every Sunday, homeless people or other people who would not feel comfortable in a church building have the opportunity to worship and hear the Gospel. These Christians bring the church to them.

The Bible says in Matthew 5:14 that we are “the light of the world.” Wherever we go, we bring the light of Christ with us. Here’s the interesting thing about light: it always removes the darkness. The darkness cannot overcome it, which science and the Bible both recognize. Our light can fill the darkest of places.
Your light will shine bright, as long as you don’t compromise your beliefs. Go to places where you feel God has asked you to go, and be intentional about spending time with people he wants to bring into his family. Bring God to them.

This is Luis Palau.

Everyday Evangelism Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Everyday evangelism doesn’t mean you have to uproot yourself and move to a foreign country. If that is what God is calling you to, go and do it. But many of us are called to life in cities or suburbs or small towns. Wherever we are, we will be around people who need to know about the love of God. We just need to intentionally look for opportunities to share the Good News Gospel.

For example, if you’re a parent, hang out with the parents of your kids’ friends. Invite people over to watch a movie you like, maybe one that will inspire good conversation. Walk around your neighborhood in the evening, and meet your neighbors.

We have to eat. So, instead of bringing your lunch to work, go out with some coworkers and talk to them about their lives. If you’re a student, sit with someone different at lunch. Bring lunch to someone who has just recovered from surgery or just had a baby, and keep them company for a little bit. Hebrews 10:25 calls us to this when it says not to neglect meeting together, but instead, to be encouraging one another.

We each have different roles in life. Nurses, you have different duties, hours, and responsibilities than teachers, or businesspeople. The same goes for students and police officers and grocery store employees. But we are always surrounded by people who need to know God’s love, either people who are working with us or who benefit from our services. Open your eyes. Take someone to lunch. Spread the great news of Jesus wherever you are.

This is Luis Palau.

Think like a Missionary Monday, December 3, 2018

When someone says the word “evangelism,” what comes to mind? Standing on a street corner and preaching? That’s what my father did. Or what about giving an altar call in front of thousands of people? I’ve done that myself many times. These are forms of evangelism that can be very effective in spreading the Word of God.

But what if you don’t consider yourself an “evangelist?”
You are, though! An evangelist is someone who gives others the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. And all it requires is living intentionally--living in a particular way that points other people to Jesus. Our daily lives can be an effective way to spread God’s love to those around us.

But how do we live intentionally? One way is to think like a missionary, even if you aren’t one overseas. Missionaries consider everything very carefully in the context of bringing others to Christ. This includes where they live, what jobs they have, who they spend time with, what they do in their free time. 2 Timothy 4:5 calls us to be “sober-minded, endure suffering, (and) do the work of an evangelist”. If we have that mentality, we will live with greater purpose. Even going to the grocery store or to the bank can be an opportunity to spread the Gospel. Our lives will not be boring and ordinary, but rather exciting and full of purpose.

This is Luis Palau.

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Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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