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Series: Luis Palau | Thinking like an Evangelist

On “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis once again gives us guidance in how to introduce others to Jesus.  Learn how to reach children, how to address millennials, or just how to be a good Christian neighbor.

What's you Story? Friday, January 11, 2019

By inviting someone to tell his or her story, we learn more than a set of facts. If we listen carefully, we end up learning how they think, feel, and relate to others. Even more importantly, a bond is formed when we resist the temptation to talk and instead simply hear that person’s story, no matter how long it is. Yes, sometimes it may mean missing our next appointment.

Yet something very deep happens between that person and me once I’ve heard his or her story. I get glimpses of God’s fingerprints all over his or her story. It doesn’t always mean I’ll have the opportunity to introduce and eventually hook their interest in God’s stories. Then again, that often happens.

The crazy thing? Nobody ever asks, “What’s your story?”
As a result, many people are caught off guard, and may put up an initial defense. But if you keep smiling, allow for silence, and ask again, and then ask a third time, many will start a meaningful conversation.

After someone tells you his or her story, they often will say they have never told it to anyone else.

So, never hesitate to ask the most beautiful of questions: “What’s your story?” It could open a door for you to share the greatest story of all time – the Good News of Jesus.

This is Andrew Palau.

Evangelizing Neighbors Thursday, January 10, 2019

My wife and I recently moved into a new community here in Portland, Oregon. That means we have had many new people to meet. Many of our neighbors have been so welcoming to the new folks on the block, and we’ve enjoyed making friends with those who live around us. We were surprised and delighted to find out that so many of our neighbors are fellow followers of Christ, but there are also many who do not know Jesus. These new relationships also delight me! I may be getting older and traveling less, but I will always have the perspective of an evangelist. So, I want to make sure all of my neighbors know the Lord.

Neighborhoods are wonderful places. We live by people we might not have met otherwise. We are out of our bubble of work or church, and we are engaging with those we live around. What a great opportunity to share God’s love! I once heard a statistic that 80% of people would attend a church event if they were invited, but only 2% of church-attenders ever invite people to these events. Often we don’t invite people because we’re nervous about what they’ll say or do. But that fear isn’t from Christ. As 2 Timothy says, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” So, we need to be reaching out to our neighbors, young and old. It’s our chance to create spiritual community in the places we live, in a natural way.

This is Luis Palau.

Evangelizing the Millennials Wednesday, January 9, 2019

I often hear from media and people about how Millennials are turning their backs on Christianity. They are leaving the church. They are walking away from faith. I don’t see it. I also hear countless stories of young adults who want desperately to know Jesus. They need something – or someone – to guide them and give their life meaning. They are becoming adults in a world that is unpredictable: socially, economically, politically. They’re not sure what to do.  They want to know if Jesus is relevant to their young life.

Part of the problem is how the church is talking to young adults; we aren’t speaking their language. We aren’t meeting them where they are. We aren’t telling them that their concerns are important to Jesus. Instead, we get so stuck in our old ways of talking about faith and community, that some Millennials can’t imagine that the church is a place for them.

So, what do we do? Well, we learn a new language! We meet young people where they are. We ask questions. We learn about their lives. Then, we show how their lives need Jesus. We share with them the verse from Deuteronomy: “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Can you imagine what amazing things will happen once all Millennials are guided by the Holy Spirit? They will change the world. For good!         

This is Luis Palau.

Evangelizing the Little Ones Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sometimes I think our society doesn’t know what to do with children. We either try too hard to protect them and almost smother them with our care. Or we discount them, saying things like, “Oh, he’s just a kid. She’s too young to know much!” There’s truth to both sides: yes, children are precious, and yes, they need a lot of guidance. Which is why we should make sure children hear the glorious good news Gospel from a young age. Believe me, they understand a lot more than we give them credit for.  So from a very early age, let them know that Jesus loves them, and what He did for them.

Often, when I talk with adults about life and death issues, sometimes they scoff at me, saying, “Only children believe in heaven, right?” I say no! Actually, we should be more like children! Jesus himself said unless we become like children, we’ll never enter the kingdom of heaven. I think that is because children don’t need to have everything explained. They ask many questions, but they’re fine with mystery. Have you ever taken a little kid to a magic show? They can’t believe what they’re seeing! It’s the same when you introduce a little one to Jesus. They are blown away by the love and grace of God. They don’t completely understand it, but that’s okay with them. They are content to live in the loving embrace of Jesus Christ. We should be more like children, and we should never miss an opportunity to share God’s love with a little one and so reach our world.  

This is Luis Palau.

Listening as an Evangelist Monday, January 7, 2019

For many years, I traveled constantly. I was always flying off to a campaign in this country or that one. I would arrive home, and my wife would ask, “So, when’s the next trip?” I was always on to the next thing, and I loved traveling the world for Christ. But for the last six months, as I have dealt with health issues, I haven’t gone anywhere. I’ve stayed in my home and neighborhood, adjusting to a new pace of life. In this season of life, I have had a chance to listen to what people say. I’ve been able to sit with people and with books, and think about what they have to tell me. It’s been so valuable to have the time to really listen.

All Christians are called to be witnesses for Christ, but few actually live out that calling. We’re not all called to be vocational evangelists, jetting around all over the world to share the gospel in packed venues. But we are called to share the good news with those around us, wherever we are. And all Christians – evangelists included – could do a little more listening. It’s not easy: the world is loud and busy, and the voice of God often comes in a low whisper, as the prophet Elijah discovered. For us to be able to speak to those around us, we need to listen to what they have to say – and what God might be saying through them. Then we’ll be able to present God’s message in a meaningful way and reach our world. 

This is Luis Palau. 

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This Weeks Offer



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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