The Ministry of Personal Evangelism by Rex Yancey

The Ministry of Personal Evangelism
Rex Yancey
Acts 8:26-40

There were several methods of evangelism used in the life of the early church. The book of Acts contains about thirty five years of the history of the early church. There is preaching evangelism, teaching evangelism, house to house evangelism, literary evangelism and personal evangelism. We must never minimize the importance of one on one evangelism.

Billy Graham preached to the largest gathering in Church history when he preached in Korea a number of years ago. Billy Graham has been greatly used of God in mass evangelism. However, the most effective evangelism is person to person. We all can't preach to stadiums filled with people. We can witness to those whom God places in our path.

In our text we have everything that is needed for the salvation of men. There is a lost Eunuch. There is an obedient Christian. There is the Word of God. There is the guidance of the Holy Spirit. These ingredients are found every time a person is born again.

I want us to dissect this witnessing encounter and see if we can learn some things that will help us.

1.THERE IS A WAITING SINNER.

I believe this man had experiences in his life that led up to this experience. I believe in the providence of God. I would guess he met some Christians in Jerusalem who went everywhere spreading the good news. God uses events in our lives to bring us to himself.

In my life he used a Christian mother. She switched me out of bed as a senior in high school to make me go to church. I tell people we had drugs in my day. My mother "drug" me out of bed and made me go to church. He used a country church in my life. He used preachers in my life. I would invite them home for dinner. I was at ease with God-called men at an early age. He used Vacation Bible School in my life.

One Friday in 1958 my pastor told a character story in Bible School. The character was Stuart Hamblin. Stuart was a stunt rider for John Wayne. He was a heavy drinker. He used vile language. However, something changed his life.

He was at John Wayne's house one night and the "Duke" asked him what had changed his life. Stuart said, "John, it is no secret what God can do." He went home that night and the Holy Spirit would not allow him to forget that line. He wrote in 18 minutes, "It is no secret what God can do, what He has done for others He will do for you, with arms wide open He will pardon you, it is no secret what God can do." When I heard that testimony, God spoke to my heart to be saved.

Zacchaeus was a wee little man. There were some things he could not do. He could not see over a crowd. But he could run and he could climb. So, he did not allow the things he couldn't do to keep him from doing the things he could. He could run and he could climb. So, He climbed the sycamore tree so he could see Jesus.

Jesus said, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for I am going ...


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