This podcast was recorded at the Disciple-Making Conference breakout session training and focuses on joy in evangelism. Joy is the serious business of heaven,” C.S. Lewis once wrote. And that joy can be purposed on Earth as motivation for Christians to lead nonbelievers into true fellowship with God in fulfillment of His purpose for humanity. What are believers doing with personal evangelism? While there are a million ways to start a gospel conversation, many ask, “But then what?” Josh Reed relates practical tools to both share and train others in telling their story and God’s story competently, confidently and humbly.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
Today what we’re going to try and do is grow in our understanding of what we’re doing in personal evangelism. If you will, turn with me to 1 John real quick. Then we’re going to work on some very practical tools for the remainder of our time. My hope and goal, what I believe God has called me to do, is help accelerate many movements of disciple-making in all these little pockets throughout the state, so that hopefully this state is set afire. All these little fires will combine into one big fire in the hearts of the roughly 6 million people who self-identify themselves as far from God in our state. That their hearts will be melted by the love of Jesus. Let’s read 1 John 1:1-4: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” What are we doing in personal evangelism? What John says is the life that’s always existed, of the Father, Son and Spirit, that eternal life, a life of self-giving love, where everybody gives of themselves, where nobody goes without. And it’s overflowing with joy. C.S. Lewis said, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” Joy is bubbling out of the very life of God—that life was made manifest to us and we have fellowship with that life.
by Josh Reed / Adult Evangelism and Discipleship / Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
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