Jeff Yost Evangelist Report January 2017- January 2018

Wow, if my records are correct I have not compiled an evangelist report since December 2016! “Compiled” being the optimum word. In 2017 I wrote a number of posts here at WordPress about various events in my work. Sometime during this past year, I also began a private Facebook group titled Think Souls Without Ceasing, combining the evangelistic theme I’ve adopted in my work of Think Souls and the exhortation of 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “pray without ceasing;”. The goal of this Facebook group is to encourage members of the body of Christ to encourage and find encouragement in one another’s personal evangelistic efforts through prayer. Participants are encouraged to share their goals to grow in evangelism, their hopes and fears in evangelism, their efforts to participate in evangelism and the fruits of their evangelism. This has now taken up most of the time I give to writing about events in my work, which has slowed my posts here.

I’ve made the Facebook group private and invited only my Facebook friends I’m fairly confident have obeyed the gospel biblically. My reason for this is that the focus of the group is to encourage its participants to share the gospel of Jesus with the lost in their lives with a biblical plea to obedience to it (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). Though I am grateful for everyone who shares the biblical gospel of Jesus (Mark 9:38-40), it grieves my heart that so many obstruct it’s saving message, an obstruction I cannot in good faith, encourage to be spread. What I mean is this, the fundamental message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is salvation through faith in the justifying work of Jesus death on the cross of Calvary (Rev. 1:5). The power God exercises through the gospel to save us (Romans 1:16) is realized only through our submissive, penitent participation with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection through water baptism in Jesus name (Colossians 2:11-13; Acts 2:38). To teach anything else, like forgiveness of sins through penitent prayer, is nowhere represented in the scriptures. To teach the lost of the saving message of Jesus only to erringly encourage them to falsely claim salvation through prayer, short of being united with Jesus and washed of one’s sins in His blood (Romans 6:1-11, Acts 22:16) is at best a shame and at worst sinful. Teaching that baptism is important after one is saved, is not the purpose of baptism I see in these scriptures or any others addressing it (Galatians 3:26,27, et. al.). Where I want to encourage all who believe in Jesus to live for Him, I do not want to encourage people who obstruct biblical salvation to spread that teaching.

If as a reader my words somehow confuse or offend you, I hope will contact me for interchange on this topic. If we get everything else right in our application of scripture, but do not get this right, we are not united with Jesus, do not have our sins forgiven by this blood, are not children of God and are not saved! This, the gospel of Jesus Christ and biblical obedience to it, is the most fundamental truth of our faith and the only foundation upon which a saving faith can be built. This topic needs to be understood biblically for either of our futures to be secure in Christ and resulting in a true hope of a home in Heaven with God. Please re-read the passages I’ve shared carefully and contact me for more interchange on the subject. I am praying for our understanding (Ephesians 4:1-6).

For me, this past year has been full of conversations about the Lord with a variety of members of several Southern California communities. As I shared in another WordPress post, thirty-eight of these conversation included some form of sharing the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-8) with nine also including an appeal to obey it. I am unsure of the exact number of souls whom I saw obey, but it is something like three or four (1 Corinthians 1:16,17).

This year has brought increased partnership in my work with congregations contacting me affirming their prayers and financial support. It has also brought an increase in individual members partnering in my work through prayer, doing outreach together and financial support.

Several new avenues of evangelistic outreach have provided interesting experiences in new ways to connect with the community. One I’ve labeled “Shopping Cart Service,” and another “Bus Stop Benevolence” (I just made up these titles as I typed this report :)). In Shopping Cart Service, brethren walk around parking lots where customers bring their goods to their vehicles with a shopping cart. After they have unloaded and are ready to take the cart to a cart receiver or leave it in the parking spot next to their car :(, brethren walk up offering to take their cart for them, while giving them a spiritual tract about how God and His church care for them. Bus Stop Benevolence is another tract based outreach where brethren stand near bus stops handing out free small bottles of water and tracts about how God and His church care for them.

This past year I have continued what I call Soul Walks, where I walk through communities seeking people to talk to about the Lord. This has extended from the Anaheim community I live in to neighboring towns where other congregations of the Lord’s church (Matthew 16:18) are located – i.e. Long Beach, Norwalk and La Verne. When I go out of town, I have been doing so on Wednesdays. I try to arrive in the neighborhood of the meeting house in early afternoon and then just begin walking and talking to whomever I meet. Then I join that congregation’s mid-week Bible study. These efforts have resulted in many gospel presentations, one of which produced a conversion. The other two studies affirmed two men’s salvation and were followed by personal studies aimed at helping them leave denominationalism and join themselves to a biblical assembly. Other results of these efforts include partnering with Bruce Monroe of the La Verne congregation a couple of times in souls walks, opportunity to lead a group four La Verne young adults in an evidences study, a study with a ministry couple from a denomination, and invitation from the Adam’s Street church in Riverside California to lead a series of evangelistic improvement studies beginning February 2018.

Another new avenue of evangelistic outreach that I engaged in this past year was passing out New Testaments on college campuses. Using the We Care New King James New Testament, which has a gospel presentation chain referenced through its scriptures, I approached college students asking them about their faith and inviting them to personal Bible study with me or/and a survey of the chain study on their own. Each student who accepted the Bible survey committed themselves to provide me feedback the following week via text or email. There were probably twenty students who took the Bibles, only one of which re-contacted me. All however have a copy of the New Testament, an outline of the gospel and how to obey it to be saved, our conversation and other resources found in the back. I am stronger in faith because of the interaction too!

Leon Sims of the Anaheim church and his wife Sandy had a bunch of candy left over from Halloween which Janice Shelton of the Anaheim church and I put in goody bags along with a spiritual tract and delivered to students at a local College.

Still another avenue of sharing the gospel that I took advantage of in 2017 was various internet based buy and sell groups. Once in awhile I post things on Craig’s List and other sale sites. When potential buyers text me for more information or to make an offer, I invite them to walk with the Lord and share a series of scriptures presenting the gospel and obedience to it to them. Sometimes I also include an invitation to the Anaheim assembly. Most text me a thank you. A few have a little more interchange and those who show up to pick up items receive an invitation to a personal gospel presentation.

Three or four months this summer, I helped the Anaheim church do devotional outreach in the park. Each time we hand delivered something like a thousand invitations to the neighborhoods around the meeting house. The outreach included singing mixed with four or five short devotional thoughts from different Anaheim men. Only one visitor came as the result of our efforts, but several repeat contacts were made in the community as well as a couple of Bible studies.

This Sunday I begin leading a series of Sunday morning Bible studies at Anaheim dealing with the non-miraculous gifts the church continues to possess today and how to use them to improve our unity with one another and service to God.

The lost continue being invited, souls are being saved, disciples are being mentored and the church equipped!

Thank you for your continued support of my ministry and family. You mean very much to us!

Keep thinking souls!

Love in Christ,

Jeff Yost


We Hit What We Aim For

In November 2017 I shared a personal goal I had been laboring toward since the beginning of the year of sharing the gospel of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-8) personally with fifty-two souls. 2017 ended with my having shared the gospel with thirty-eight souls, nine of which included a direct appeal for obedience to it (2 Thess. 1:7-9; Rom. 6:1-11). Three of these nine souls obeyed the gospel by putting on Jesus as their Lord and savior in baptism for the forgiveness of their sins and were added to the Lord’s church (Ron, Sylvia and Karla; Ac. 22:16; Gal. 3:26,27)! Two others were discovered to be Christians already but mirered in denominational doctrines and practices (Larry and Sean).

My records say that I also shared the gospel with at least ten other souls via texting. I did not include these toward reaching my goal because my goal is about personally verbally sharing the gospel of Jesus.

Your prayers and partnership with me through prayer in this effort in 2017 have been invaluable. Thank you!

This year in 2018 I have decided to continue this goal of personally sharing the gospel verbally with fifty-two souls. With strength from the Lord, I hope to increase my invitations to obey the gospel from nine to fifty-two. Your continued prayers for me to reach and exceed this goal are appreciated.

How about you? Do you have plans of sharing the saving message of Jesus with others this year? You should. You must (1 Pet. 2:9; 1 Cor. 10:31-11:1; Mat. 28:18-20)!

How are you going to accomplish it? Someone has said that, “You hit what you aim for.” Set a goal this year for improving sharing the gospel with the lost in your life. It doesn’t have to be as many or few as fifty-two, only an improvement from what you’ve done in the past. Believe that God will help you reach it and even exceed it! Think and ask big!

“20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Eph. 3:20,21

Gospel Sharing Goal

At the start of this year I made a goal of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ personally and verbally with 52 souls by the end of the year. With just 47 days left in the year I am at 30 souls of whom I have shared the gospel! Is this a commendable accomplishment? Maybe.

Only six of my invitations have concluded with a direct urging to obey the gospel. Though the lack of urging has been the result of varying circumstances, it is regretable to me that I have not urged more. None the less, the gospel of our Lord is inviting in itself.

I pray God help me see and take the opportunities to share the gospel with at least twenty-two more souls by year’s end?

How are you doing on sharing the gospel with the lost this year?

If we truly love the lost and want to see them come to know the salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will help them hear His gospel invitation. Find a way. Make a way. Set a tangable goal for sharing the gospel and petition God to enable you to reach it!

13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who  bring good news of good things!” Romans 10:13-15

H2 O Refreshing The Soul

Have you ever thought much about the potential of water in ministering to people?

Jesus used and continues to use water as a contact point with people for their spiritual good – 1. Canna where he turned water into wine and caused attendants to take notice (John 2:1-11), 2. Jacob’s well where He invited the Samaritan woman to know eternal life in Him (John 4:4-26) 3. The Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on water impressing upon His apostles His deity (John 6:16-24), 4. The pool of Siloam where He instructed a blind man wash in order to gain his sight and come to know Him as Lord (John 9:1-41 (v. 7)), 5. Jesus impressing upon His apostles their need to be servants by washing their feet with water (John 13:1-17) 6. Baptism, where today He meets us to cleanse us of our sins, effectively saving us and making us children of God (John 3:1-21, Colossians 2:11,12, Galatians 3:25,27).

Similarly, water can, and in some fundamental ways is still, a contact point for our service to others today. For brethren who care for the aged or ailing, water is used to serve their needs of hygiene and sustenance (i.e. baths and meals; Matthew 25:31-46). For our brethren employed as waiting staff, water is used in rendering service to their bosses and patrons (Colossians 3:17). Family members include water in their service to one another in all of the above ways (1 Timothy 5:8). Brethren sharing the Gospel of Jesus include baptism in water in our proclamation and invitation for the lost to be saved (Acts 8:25-40).

Recently, I implemented new way to use water in ministering to people’s souls. Not new to the brotherhood mind you, for I’ve heard of others doing similar things, but new for me. This past Tuesday I visited an intersection near the Anaheim meeting house that is the location of four bus stops. Temperatures that day were in the hundreds. Buses were scheduled to arrive every fifteen minutes.

With a cooler, full of bottled water and ice, I visited each bus stop as it filled with people. I asked every person if they’d like a free bottle of ice cold water. Over the course of the next two hours, twenty-seven people accepted. Each bottle had a home printed label with Anaheim’s meeting house location and website information. There were fourteen who politely refused the water, but others who enthusiastically received it. Every one said, “Thank you.”

Who knows what will come of it, but God? One thing is rather certain though, there are twenty-seven more souls in the community who have reference to the caring heart of the Lord’s church in Anaheim! God be praised.

How might you help the community see the caring heart of your local congregation of the Lord’s church?

Shopping Carts

This past Thursday I walked around Target and Wal-Mart parking lots offering to take people’s carts for them after they emptied them. For each cart I took, I also handed out Anaheim’s custom designed tract, ‘Does Anyone Really Care’ and said, ‘I want you to know that there are people who care.” Every person I approached in this way received me very well. Everyone said thank you and many enthusiastically. Comments were limited to this, except for the occasional expression of how thoughtful they thought the gesture was.

No names were exchanged nor did I ask for them or introduce myself. I figured the tract would do all that. However, to put a bit more relatability in this report, following is a list of minor details about the people I encountered and the time frame in which they occurred:



  • A man and his son 9:29AM
  • A man in his 30’s 9:32AM
  • A Woman and toddler ?AM
  • Two early twenties women 9:43AM
  • An man in his 60’s 9:49 PM.

After about 20 minutes, walking along the outer edge of Target’s parking lot, I picked up a few discarded cups, hopped a short hedge and took them to a trash can near a bus stop. As I discarded the cups in the trash can and aimed myself back toward the parking lot a man addressed me asking for change. I informed him that I do not give people money and asked what he needed the change for. He said he wanted to go to the 99 cent store up the street to buy some pop. I responded by saying that I’d be happy to go there with him and purchase it for him. Introductions were made and Brian Cravens and I discussed things on our way to the store. Brian was originally from Springfield Illinois and still had family there. He said he believed in God but was not “going to church” anywhere. We bought a two liter bottle of pop and then talked a little while more. Brian did not show interest in Bible study or attending our worship. He thanked me for the soda and we parted as friends.

Later in the afternoon I visited a Wal-Mart parking lot with the following results:



  • A middle aged woman 1:45PM
  • An older lady 1:55PM
  • A middle aged man 2:10PM
  • An older woman 2:15PM
  • Two men, one older and the other middle aged 2:23PM
  • A lady with an infant 2:28PM
  • A middle aged woman 2:30PM
  • A young mother with her child 2:35PM
  • A middle aged woman 2:39PM
  • A Young man 2:41PM
  • Two young men sitting in a van 2:46PM.

One of the ladies I encountered asked if I was an off duty Wal-Mart employee. She said she saw me walking around the parking lot when she went in. She said she thought what I was doing was very thoughtful. Another woman, when I suggested that I’d put her cart away for her said, “Ok, how sweet is that!” One of the two young men who were in the van, whom I’d passed multiple times, got out and asked what I was doing. He said he’d seen me walking the parking lot for the past hour and asked, in what seemed like all seriousness, if I was having trouble finding my car! Funny!

This was a new experience for me, and a very enjoyable one at that. I’ve been asking God to help me think of some way to serve the public while inviting them to know the Lord and this came to mind. The only negative to the whole experience was a fear in the back of my mind that department store management or security might come out and address me asking what I was doing and send me away. But this did not happen as often is the case with our fears. A brother who was a vacuum salesman once shared an acronym for fear that is quite often fitting- False Expectations Appearing Real. So often what I fear in evangelism turns out to be only negative false expectation. When I dig deep, reach out to God in faith and attempt to invite people to know the Lord through the saving message of Jesus, I most often…no always find it rewarding. I’m always better for having tried! Thanks to God.

The next time you use a shopping cart, instead of just being relived you got one that works well, think of the potential it holds of being an avenue of leading your fellow shoppers to salvation in Christ Jesus!

Ask our Lord to open your mind to the possibilities of avenues for sharing your faith, then give them a try. God will reward your efforts and you just might be blessed with a new brother or sister in Christ!

Keep thinking souls!

Instruments of Peace

There is a song I have sung with fellow Christians titled: “Instruments of Peace.” The lyrics of this song point its singers to the Lord in prayer asking Him to make us instruments of His peace in our world full of hate, prejudice, injury, striving, crying, blindness, darkness and sadness.

A few weeks ago, while out seeking souls in Anaheim to engage in spiritual conversation, I stopped to make some notes about interactions I’d just had with a some people. Not thirty feet from where I was standing was a young couple standing in a parking lot, with their young daughter in the man’s arms. They were engaged in a verbal battle with one another. One stabbing at the other with accusatory words. The other responding in kind. It was not hard to hear them, because they were being rather loud. In fact it was hard not to hear them. I decided that I had chosen a sad place to try and concentrate to write my notes.

My first thoughts included how I it was sad how they were treating one another and how petty their jabs at each other seemed. I thought that I would not approach them with the tract I was handing out because I was pretty sure I would not be well received and that they might be rather offended that I interrupted. I made my notes and determined to leave to catch my next appointment which I was in danger of being late for anyway. After heading away from them ten or twelve feet, I was convicted that if it was obvious that anyone could benefit from the truth of God it was these two, and I turned back in their direction and approached them. While still fifteen or twenty feet away I offered a greeting to them and apologized right up front for my intrusion into their conversation. My next question was whether they were married to which they said no. I asked if the little girl in the man’s hands was their child together to which they answered yes. I confessed that I was no relationship expert or professional counselor, but that I was a Christian and had been married for twenty three years. I suggested that my wife and I had found ourselves arguing like they were early in our marriage and that it was regrettable and ought not be so. They agreed. I shared that the pivotal point in our relationship that got us on a better track was when we realized that instead of thinking we needed our spouse to be a certain way to get along with them, instead we needed to decide to be the person our spouse needs us to be for them. I shared that doing so helps the other person have every reason to be the person we need them to be, whether they rise to the occasion or not. They said that what I shared made a lot of sense and thought that they could see how it could make a difference in their relationship. I shared that we learned the idea from God who though people do not deserve His goodness, keeps lavishing it on us in order to give us every reason to chose Him and live the way He created us to live (Acts 17:25-27). I shared that while we were still helpless and enemies of God because of our sins, Jesus died to provide forgiveness and a close relationship with God to all who would believe in Him (Romans 5). I asked if they’d ever heard these things before. They said, “sort of.” I asked if they knew what the gospel was. A question answered no.

At this point in our conversation we discussed what the word gospel meant (i.e. good news) and that the Bible declares that the gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s power unto salvation for all who would believe it. I asked if they wanted to be with God in heaven at their death or Jesus return and they answered affirmatively. I asked if I could share the gospel of Jesus with them right then. They said, “Yes.” So I walked them through the gospel! While presenting the gospel to these two young souls, I asked along the way if they believed the things being said. The woman affirmed that she did and that man said he was unsure.

Here is where my memory of the event gets a bit fuzzy. I do not recall if I gave them a straightforward invitation to obey the things taught at that moment or not. I believe that I did, but maybe not, because later that day I texted them both seperately to invite them to obey or get together to discuss it further. He responded to my text saying that he would contact me if interested further. She did not respond to my text, though I have a recollection that at some point in our conversation she said she decided, because of our conversation, that she should start going to church with a friend. I’ve attempted contact with both of them through text again since that first text, but have not heard anything.

To my knowledge neither has obeyed the gospel by being baptized to date, so why share this account? In order to encourage boldness in shining the light of Christ in your community, allowing God to use you as an instrument of peace in a world in desperate need of it – both physically and spiritually. What at first I thought was not a situation I should get involved in, because I was willing to try, by the grace of God, became an opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ! Also, hopefully it helped equip this couple to have a better relationship with one another for their sakes and their daughter’s.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Lord make us instruments of Your peace!

Need Some Excercise?

Today’s Soul Walk took me from the Anaheim meeting house into the surrounding neighborhood and back.

I saw thirty people or so not in vehicles. About 10 of them were within distance to greeting. I greeted 10. 9 returned my greeting. I gave 8 a tract introducing the Anaheim church (see below) while personally inviting them to visit. There was a brief interchange with 6 of them, extending beyond the greeting.

Though I did not specifically share the gospel with any of these. I did shine the light of Christ among them, as I expressed friendliness and invitation to Bible study and worship.

Perhaps this will move some to visit Anaheim’s assemblies and give them an opportunity to hear the gospel. Perhaps it will prepare the soil for future interaction between them and the church or some other Christian God may use in their lives. It certainly promises more potential fruit than having done nothing.

Make what you already do evangelistic. Speak the name of Christ in your conversations, share an invitation to know God better, or just say, “Hi” and give them a spiritual tract that points them in the right direction.

Need some excercise? Why not combine your body’s need for excercise with your souls need for exercising your faith?

Keep thinking souls brethren!

Leaving The Door Open

Even when people do not show interest in speaking to us about the Lord, we can leave them with an open door, should they change their mind in the future.

While on a soul walk (walking a neighborhood with hopes of encountering people to talk to about the Lord), I came across a man standing near the street in front of a group home smoking a cigarett. His name was Jay. We both greeted the other with a “Hello,” me being the instigator. I continued by inviting telling him that I’d like to invite him to worship with us at the Anaheim church of Christ just around the corner. He responded by saying that he really did not have interest. I asked if he’d ever read the Bible and he said that he had being brought up in Catholic school. He said as an adult he went to Catholic church for a while and then gave it up. I asked if he had faith in God and he said that he did but that he just wasn’t Catholic anymore. I suggested that I was a Christian and not Catholic either nor did I adhere to a brand of Christianity but just attempted to be a Bible believer. I asked Jay if he was familiar with Jesus’ statement that He was the way, the truth and the life and the only way to the Father. He said he had. I asked if he had heard the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:13,14, 21-23 and quoted it them to him. He said he had.

As I write this account from the notes I took when this encounter occurred, I do not see evidence that I asked Jay what he thought about Jesus’ statements. I only asked if he had heard them before. This was an oversight on my part. Asking him for his thoughts could have revealed more about his faith and possibly created meaningful dialogue from him. Also missing from this conversation was a gospel invitation, inviting Jay to belief, repentance and obedience to the gospel.

Nonetheless, I did ask Jay if he would be interested in studying more about the will of God together. He said, “Not really.” I told him I was going to give him a card with my personal contact information on it anyway so that if sometime in the future he changed his mind and wanted to talk again, he’d have my number. He responded with an “ok.” We parted company with well wishes.

Certainly not the reception I was hoping for, but some truth was shared and perhaps ground was tilled and seed sown that may get a chance to be watered another day. To God be the glory!

Though this interchange was not all I hoped for it, I am still glad to have initiated it. It was an exercise of my faith, it added to my evangelistic experience, it had potential for encouraging Jay to engage his faith, possibly leaving him with spiritual things to ponder and it sowed seed that could be nurtured. Had I not spoken to Jay, none of this would be true.

Something new learned from the experience is leaving the door open. I think I leave the door open in most of my evangelistic encounters with people, but the way I did so in this exchange seemed more intentional than other times. I had it in my mind that I wanted them to know very directly that just because the conversation ended, the invitation to sharing a spiritual relationship remained open.

When we share spiritual conversations with others, let’s make it our goal to always leave the door open.

 “Excercise” For The Soul! 

At 43yrs of age I am finding certain things much easier and others growing harder. Among the things growing harder is staying in shape. Through my teens, twenties and thirties I thought very little about staying in shape because my interest in extreme inline skating and skateboarding and the manual labor of my jobs and hobbies kept me in good shape. Now, with my participation in extreme sports ending and my manual labor becoming the exception rather than the rule, I have to think about staying in shape. Wait, what? Yea, I have to think about staying in shape now! I know, poor me right. Many of you may be thinking, “Welcome to my world, I’ve had to think about staying in shape all my life.” If you are among my readers who think this, kudos! I’m learning how much self discipline it takes to be intentional with one’s health. If you’ve been doing it for years, God bless you for your intentional stewardship of your health.

Among the things I now do to remain in a reasonable resemblance of good shape is I attempt to walk at least an hour every day. I don’t do it with weights or power walking. I “just” walk. Physically I walk in the same manner as I would at any other time, but mentally I set my heart on finding others to share the light of Christ with. When I make my walks intentional like this I call them soul walks. I begin each of my soul walks with a cup of water,  a prayer for God to help me come across people who will converse with me and the first verse of the song, “Give Me One Soul Today”:

“Give me one soul today, Lord teach me just what to say; Friends of mine are lost in sin and cannot find their way. Few there are who seem to care and few there are who pray; melt my heart, use my life, give me one soul today.” 

If I am walking my neighborhood, I attempt greet everyone within talking distance with a “Good morning neighbor.” If it is not my neighbor than only a “Good morning.” In both cases I try to part with them with a “God bless you” or “Go with God.” Sometimes interchanges only last the time it takes for us to pass by one another. At other times their responses create opportunity for more conversation. Though I am walking for exercise, I do not hesitate to stop and talk if the opportunity presents itself (Colossians 4:5,6).

Whatever direction the conversation goes, I have as my focus, representing the truths of God and revealing Him as the source. This might include saying things like, “Yea, God is good in that way,” or “As a Christian I…” Really this is the kind of conversation I try to have in any context of interaction with others and not just during my soul walks. During these conversations, I have it as my goal also to invite people to know the Lord, whether it comes out as an invitation to meet with the church or do personal Bible study together or both, I have it as a personal goal to offer some form of invitation.

My last couple of soul walks have resulted in multiple interchanges including three extended conversations. One of these interchanges resulted in the man whom I met having personal Bible study with me and attending church services with me that very evening! In fact, this guy, Sean was sitting on his porch playing video games on his phone when I approached. At my greeting quickly followed by an invitation to church services, he revealed he was in a rough patch in his life and that he thought God knew he needed someone to talk to and sent me. Humbling to say the least.

We’ve since texted some and spoken on the phone once. Though our schedules have not coincided yet again, it is our desire to meet and study together further. My goal for our next encounter is to study the gospel and compare our obediences with it to see if we’ve actually put on Christ to be saved or not (Galatians 3:26,27, et. al.).

Walking for “exercise” has a dual benefit when it is done with souls in mind. It aids good physical and spiritual health. Soul walks build up my body and my soul, with a view to greater physical health, stronger spiritual living and the promise of the fruits of salvation in the lives of others! I urge you to try it!

Reasoning In The Market Place

“Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:16,17

Keenly aware of the need of the people around him of the saving message of Jesus, the Apostle Paul used the synagogue of the Jews and market place of the citizens of Athens as a platform by which to share. 

I don’t think I’ve quite figured out what places today might be our “synagogue” opportunities for sharing Jesus. Our “market place” opportunities however seem more obvious. Literal physical places of buying and selling (restaurants, grocery stores, department stores, garage sales as well as the digital marketplace.

Yesterday (June 28th, 2017) I posted my family car for sale on five what I would call social media marketplaces – Offer Up, multiple Facebook sell sites and good ol’ Craigslist.

Offer Up:


No sooner than I got my ads posted than did I start receiving calls, texts and messages! For most of the next three hours straight and a portion of the next two hours after that, I fielded inquiry after inquiry about our car. Until finally a buyer arrived, looked it over thoroughly, test drove it and bought our car, six hours later! It was quite the ride! No pun intended, but enjoyed nontheless. Not what I had planned for the day, but productive for the family at any rate. 

My time spent selling our car was also evangelistic. Some time ago I decided to attempt to do something direct to point every person I communicate with to God. Opportunity and my own personal courage in each instance determine just how far I go, but my attempts include everything from simply saying, “Go with God” to “How interested would you be in discussing some scriptures about that together?” Responses to me range from simple amens to obedience to the gospel. There being almost no deriding negative responses. So few in fact that it is hardly worth even mentioning. In fact I cannot think of one in recent history.

Following is a statement I made at the close of all of the message interchanges I had about selling our car. Following my statement are the responses I received.

Me, “​[Buyer’s name], our ’96 Camry has been sold. I hope you find another deal. Go with God (John 14:6; Acts 2:36-40, Romans 6:3,4). If you are in the area some time join us for worship and rich fellowship at the church of Christ in Anaheim 10 AM Sunday at 1759 B Orange Ave, Anaheim.”

Gabriel, “Thank you. God is good, God is great.”

Robert, “😊. Amen…”
Julian, “Ok, thank you.”

Junior, “You are awesome thanks 👌”

Israel, “Thanks”

Ryan, “ty”

I received no response from Melvin, Rigoberto, Dominego, David, John.

Luke records results from Paul’s reasoning in the marketplace of Athens. The later part of this record reads, “Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you again concerning this.” So Paul went out of their midst. But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.” Acts 17:32-34. 

Brethren, though we may not see ourselves as Pauls, most of us frequent market places of some kind weekly. Don’t worry about whether you can share Jesus like the apostle Paul or not. Determine to share Jesus, pointing people to God the way you are equipped to do so. Even if all you can think to do, or find the courage to do is say something about having faith or say, “God bless you” or “Go with God” or give a tract or hand out a business card for the church, or something else, attempt to do something. And then keep reaching for improvement, confessing Christ and inviting others to know Him better and better. 

Unlike Paul, many of us have much more time to reason in our market places. He had a relatively short stay in Athens. Some of us frequent our market places five, ten, twenty plus years. Imagine what God could do with our influence for Him in these places over that period of time!

Think souls brethren!