I recently asked Anaheim members to provide some personal accounts of their growth in evangelism that I could post here.
Following is what Sheila Sanchez of the Anaheim assembly shared:
“This past year working with Jeff and his family at Anaheim has opened my eyes to opportunities that I have often missed in the past. The extent of my personal evangelism had been primarily to make sure that those around me knew that I was a Christian by the way that I acted and occasional references to me attending church.
Some months ago, Jeff recommended the book Muscle and a Shovel by Michael Shank and it made a big impression on me. It showed how talking to others about the gospel should just come natural to us and that we shouldn’t be afraid to share scriptures with those we meet. I liked how the book was written as an autobiography of the author’s own journey to becoming a Christian and I have found that it is easy for me to recommend it to others as a good read.
The first person I shared it with is a co-worker who attends Calvary Chapel. We often would talk of spiritual things because he would bring up the subject but after reading the book he gave me a pamphlet on the Church of Christ being a cult. We continue to discuss spiritual things but as to date he is reluctant to sit and study scriptures regarding baptism.
The second person that I offered the book to is my friend Carmen. I use to work with her and we have stayed in touch after I left LACSD. When we were having dinner one night it came up that she was “shopping for a church”. I suggested the book and she took it and read it. She admitted that it was difficult for her because it contradicted so much of what she had been taught over the years. When she was done with the book, she was open to weekly Bible studies and we have studied together the books of Acts, Romans and currently in 1 Corinthians.
The third person that I have shared the book with is a friend that I have had since 3rd grade named Donna. Over the years we have had discussions about spiritual things but Donna is a very science oriented person and has always looked for proof of creation vs. evolution etc. During our last conversation, she mentioned how with continuing health and personal issues she had been praying more and looking for spiritual answers to life. I gave the book to her in Dec and we have agreed to get together the first of May to discuss it. I look forward to hearing her opinion of the book.
In the meantime, we at Anaheim have been using the workbook for Muscle and a Shovel and I continue to find insight and encouragement in discussing the book with others and sharing ways that we can apply some of its principles in our own personal outreach.
Brethren, there are probably as many ways to break the ice and begin sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, with those in your realm of influence, as there are people willing to try. Some conversations will go very well. Others may not. But the point is to do your best to sow the seed of the Kingdom – the word of God.
Are you sowing the seed of the Kingdom brother? Sister? You don’t have to be the best at it or even good at it. Getting better will come with experience.
Proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you put of darkness into His Marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9,10). It is your privelage and purpose in Christ.
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