Dealing with lost people will cause us to get our hands dirty and sweaty just like tending to yard work. Part of evangelism is to clear up misconceptions and misperceptions people have about the gospel. Dealing with people and evangelism is often messy. When I think about my own conversion experience, which initially occurred for me at the age of twelve; I can’t honestly say that I knew what I was doing but I did know that I loved the Lord. I didn’t get baptized until twenty years later at the age of thirty-two and even after getting baptized I still ran from God for ten more years. The Lord ministered to me through the Holy Spirit but I didn’t fully understand that He was living on the inside of me. The one thing I did faithfully, no matter what, was pray. It is only by the grace of God that I am here today and I thank God for not letting me die in my sin.
The discipline of servanthood evangelism has taught me that we are just that “servants.” Just as Jesus washed the disciple’s feet we are required to do the same. Jesus didn’t think He was too great or too good to get down on His hands and knees and get dirty by washing the dust and dirt from the feet of His followers and neither should we. This is where we are to exercise the spirit of humility (by serving others with a humble spirit). We must remember that we were once lost, dirty, and filthy. The Bible says such were some of us, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV
As I think about how my emerging biblical theology of evangelism and practical experience of faith can assist people in addressing their misconceptions/misperceptions regarding the gospel; I’m reminded of what McRaney said, “There is no effective approach to personal evangelism that does not involve planting, watering, weeding, and then waiting for the harvest. Our role in working toward the harvest involves all these facets.” Just like a plant that has to be cared for by the gardener, as the plant grows the weeds have to be plucked up, the plant has to be pruned, and at some point the plant may need to be re-potted. I would like to go even further and say you can cut pieces of the plant off and give it to your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers and it will take root and grow and they each will now have a plant of their own to care for. But they may reach out to you from time to time asking you how to care for the plant or asking you for tips and pointers about the best treatments, soil, fertilizer(s), etc.
According to McRaney, part of our role as a witness is to be a safe person, in spite of the fact that our message has dangerous consequences. The consequence of salvation is that people must change loyalties. They must move from loyalty to themselves to loyalty to Christ. People want the truth and it is our responsibility as Christians and Great Commission Worshippers to give them the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Not adding to it nor taking away from it.
One misconception/misperception of mine was that I had to be ready and free from sin before coming to Christ only to find out that you will never truly be ready all you have to do is be willing. God will do the rest!
Join in the discussion by sharing a misconception/misperception you had about the gospel, salvation, giving your life to Christ, etc.
 McRaney, William. The Art of Personal Evangelism, Nashville, TN: B and H Publishing Group, 2003, 46
 Ibid., 66
I enjoy movies with a meaning and a message, sitting in the park overlooking the water, and eating my favorite ice cream Heavenly Hash.
Fredricka Cypress © 2018-2099. All rights reserved.