Two elderly women were driving down the street one day and they were driving in a very large car and they were kind of having trouble seeing over the dashboard. And the woman in the passenger seat could have sworn that they just went through a red light. And she thought "I must be losing it, I think we just went through a red light. Well, she didn't say anything and they went a little further and coming up to another red light and they went through another one and she said "I'm sure I'm losing it. I could have sworn that we just went through a red light. I'd better really pay attention. And they started driving further and they went through another red light and she couldn't believe it and turned to her friend Mildred who was behind the wheel and she said "Mildred, did you know that's the 3rd red light you've gone through today. You're going to get us killed!" And Mildred looked at her and said ‘Oh, Am I driving?"
Sometimes we're like Mildred. We're going through life unaware that we're at the wheel of an important mission. When it comes to evangelism, that lack of awareness is costly. And so, what is our strategy for this mission?
Evangelism is a word disliked by Christians and non-Christians alike, often because it's misunderstood. When I say "evangelism" some of us think of "evangelist" -- a guy on TV with big hair saying "Send me your money." (I'd LIKE to be a TV evangelist but my hair is not big enough). Anyway, that's not what evangelism is at all. Evangelism is just a Greek word for "sharing good news." That‘s all it means, to share good news. We are to pass on what we've heard, that Jesus died for our sins so that we could be forgiven and spend eternity with God in heaven. In Acts 1:8 Jesus told the apostles to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Not only the apostles, but the whole church took this mission seriously.
Acts 8:1ff "They (the church in Jerusalem) were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles...those who had been scattered went about preaching the word."
I believe that most Christians want to do better at evangelism but aren't sure how. I think the Bible gives us a good practical example in the lives of an unassuming couple by the name of Priscilla and Aquila. We're introduced to them in Acts 18. From their example I want to point out four unassuming styles of evangelism.
I. BUSINESS-STYLE EVANGELISM 1-3
Parenthetical note -- Did you know that this little historical detail tucked here in Acts 18 has been confirmed by ancient writings of that time outside of the Bible? Suetonius was a first century Roman historian who wrote "Since the Jews constantly made disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, Claudius expelled them from Rome..." and that happened in 49 A.D. This kind of detail in Luke's writing helps us pinpoint ...
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