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! 

What You Can…

Yesterday was a phase three (invitation) and five (discipling) day for me evangelistically. The previous day was a phase one day (awareness; see previous post: Stepping Your Way To An Evangelistic Walk). 

Yesterday I intended use the entire afternoon to seek souls in various ways. Though the day went in a different direction than I thought, there was still ample opportunity to be evangelistic. In fact I began my day being evangelistic by thinking and praying about what I might say about Jesus, God, Bible study and or the church   to anyone I might encounter (phase 1 awareness). At breakfast the family discussed our different bible reading from that morning (phase 5 discipling). It was a good start to an evangelistic day.

The hours that followed breakfast were filled with unscheduled ant control, adjustment to my outdoor office, email interchanges and phone interchanges (some of which involved phase 5 discipling), lunch with the family and unscheduled meeting house signage improvement, shopping and time consuming installation. By the time I was available to “be evangelistic” in the way I planned, it was already 4:45 PM and I planned to be home by 5PM to enjoy supper with the family. Needless to say, my plans for the afternoon went out the window, but only in a matter of speaking.

As I said earlier, my goal for my afternoon was to find people to talk share Jesus with and this did happen in a way. Though I did not speak about Jesus directly I did find a few opportunities to leave a little God with others and even offer a couple of invitations to worship and study the Bible. 

Yesterday afternoon I went to Home Depot. As I checked out, handing her my card (below) I invited my checker to visit our church assembly and also consider an online Bible study we offered (phase 3). She seemed delightfully surprised and receptive. As I stepped out the exit door encountering a man waiting in for store help to load his materials, I offered to help him load so that he did not have to wait for store help. He thanked me for my gesture while declining my help. I parted his company after saying, “God bless you.” (phase 2). While in the parking lot I saw an older woman and man in a minivan having a hard time backing out of their parking space, I walked over and spotted for them to make it out without hitting anything. From their car they thanked me for my help. I said, “God bless you” to them too. (phase 2). After working on the project I had gone to Home Depot to buy supplies for, before heading home, I stopped by a grocery store. After checking out I offered my checker my card and invited her to join us for worship some Sunday (phase 3). She received the card with enthusiasm and the a fellow patron in line behind me said, “amen” rather loudly. 

Though I consider the interchange I had with those mentioned rather light for me, preferring to have an actual conversation with people about their relationship with God and need for Jesus followed by a study of the gospel and invitation to obedience, I acknowledge what I did was evangelistic. And not only was it evangelistic, it was further into the phases of evangelism than I had made it the day before! Improvement of any kind is good. 


Brother’s and sisters in Christ (Galatians 3:26,27), do what you can with whatever time you have, to the degree your courage will allow, in walking evangelistically. And if our Lord blesses you with another day the next day, do it again and then again and again and you will be walking pleasing to the lord evangelistically. 

“ Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders,  making the most of the opportunity.  Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Colossians 4:5,6

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1

Keep thinking souls! 

Quotes from Khalil

“I am a caterpillar. Well, that’s not really entirely true. My mother was a caterpiller, my father was a worm, but I’m okay with that now.” Khalil/Jonah: A Veggietales Movie

You probably have to have watched the movie to fully appreciate my quote from Khalil (above).

The reason I quote him is because of his statement of what he is and then correction to say that it is not really entirely true with explanation to follow. 

When the subject of evangelism enters a conversation some brethren adamantly declare that they are not evangelistic, others reluctantly admit that they themselves are, but that they are not very good at it. Then there are still others, however few, who see themselves as soul winners and good at it. It is in each of these cases that Khalil’s words ring true, “Well, that’s not really entirely true…”. 

I suggest to you that most, if not all, Christians practicing their faith, are more or less evangelistic, exercising one or more phases of the five phases of evangelism to varying degrees in the different relationships in our lives. 

I think I can identify five phases of evangelism: 1. awareness of souls, 2. confession of Christ, 3. invitation to study, 4. instruction in God’s will, 5. discipling new converts. 


Any given day our various relationships likely represent one or more of these phases. There may be those rare days where we do not think about the souls of the lost (awareness) or offer any encouragement to the saved (discipling), but I’m guessing these are few and far between. For the most part, we want the lost to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus and the saved to be encouraged and strengthened to remain faithful – this is evangelism! If you think about the people around you needing the Lord, you are accomplishing the first phase of evangelism – awareness. You are being evangelistic, at least in spirit! 

I realize that maybe technically, just thinking about people’s need for God may not fit the definition of being evangelistic (i.e. e•van•ge•lis•tic; adjective: 1. seeking to convert others to the Christian faith; missionary 2. Zealously advocating a particular cause; campaigning), but as a necessary first step toward “seeking to convert others,” I count it as part of the practical nature of evangelism. 

Any given day in any given relationship, whether family, friend, acquaintance or a complete stranger we pass by in the street, when we are aware of other’s need for the Savior of their souls, we should take joy in our participating in evangelism; and like Khalil, be, “ok with that now.” However, we must not rest on our laurels in our joy, but instead we should use it as a stepping stone or springboard toward implementing the second and following phases of evangelism in our relationships. 

Our evangelistic walk with the Lord is not required to be a sprint, though evangelistic sprints like campaigns or other special evangelistic efforts are good; and those brethren who show themselves advanced evangelistic athletes are inspiring. Our evangelistic walk can be baby steps and even beginning with a crawl at first and still please our Lord. Over the years of our faith that follow however, our walk should improve (1 Thessalonians 4:9,10; Philippians 1:9,10; Ephesians 4:15). 

What evangelistic phases are you in in the various relationships in your life? Take joy in being in that phase, knowing that it pleases your Lord Jesus. Also ask God to help you make it to the next phase in each of those relationships. Remember, that every relationship may represent a different phase and that this may even vary from day to day and be ok with that. Simply do your best, with God’s help, to make the most of every interchange you have with others, to point them toward Jesus. Use the five phases of evangelism to map out a plan for improvement and gague your progress. 

Keep thinking souls!