by Andrew McQuitty

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How to Be a Gracious Giver of the Good News (14 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
Acts 8:25-40

When I think of evangelism, I see it this way: what a great personal favor we can do for others by helping them to know Christ. When we have this perspective, we are newly motivated in loving others, establishing friendships with them and looking for ways to be helpful to them--actions which may lead to the opportunity to talk with them about Christ (Ron Jones). And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him (Acts 8. 35).


Introduction: soulwinners' testimonies

Why most Christians dread the subject of evangelism

He was just an average guy married to just an average gal. They had average skills and average jobs and an average home. Yet they had an above-average ministry in leading people around them to know and love God. Why? Because they knew how to be gracious givers of the Good News!

That's the theme of my message this morning--personal evangelism, or sharing your faith in Jesus Christ with others. That's generally not a popular topic among Christians because evangelism scares them. Why? I think it's because of the two basic ways preachers have tried to motivate people to share their faith! The first way is guilt. Thirty-nine people died in the last 30 seconds. Every hour, 5,417 people are ushered into eternity. Many are on their way to Hell. What have you done lately to get them to Heaven? The implication is obvious: if people are going into a Christless eternity, it's your fault!

The second way is intimidation. Preachers will tell stories about how they witnessed to people to motivate their people, but really wind up intimidating them. Like this: Just the other night I stopped in at a bar on Harry Hines to do some soulwinning. I unplugged the juke box, stood on the counter, and began to tell them about Jesus. One guy pulled a knife on me, b ...

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