Summary: Stresses the importance of evangelism
Ordinary believer made an extraordinary difference
Meet Edward Kimball, an ordinary Christian who taught Sunday school in his church and made a living down at the shoe store. But his real passion was sharing the gospel. One day Edward determined that he was going to look for an opportunity to explain the gospel to a salesman named Dwight, who had just joined the staff.
Edward was nervous. He hemmed and hawed and paced back and forth. Dwight was in the back room putting shoes away. Finally Edward mustered up his courage and launched into the story of Jesus birth, death, and resurrection. That day Dwight gave his life to Christ.
Dwight is better known as D.L. Moody, who went on to become one of the greatest evangelist. The story doesn’t stop there. One day Moody was preaching, and a pastor named FB Meyer was listening. He was deeply stirred and went on to establish a nationwide preaching ministry. Later, while Meyer was preaching, a young man in the audience named Wilbur Chapman accepted Christ.
Chapman later felt the call to evangelism. As he was proclaiming the gospel in various places, he decided he needed some help. He knew a young former baseball player named Billy Sunday, who was looking for a job, and Chapman hired him. Billy asked in he could preach every now and then. Billy Sunday ultimately emerged as the greatest preacher of the early 1900’s.
One day Billy Sunday was preaching in Charlotte, North Carolina, where a great move of God was taking place. Many people believed. These new believer then invited a relatively unknown preacher, Mordecai Ham, to set up his tent in Charlotte and keep preaching. It was at this time that a tall, lanky farm boy walked down the aisle and gave his life to Jesus. His name was Billy Frank, but we know better as Billy Graham. And he has personally delivered the gospel message to more people that any other man in history.
So consider this, because an ordinary guy like Edward Kimball was willing to share the gospel with a coworker, millions have heard the gospel message.
It is worth noting that no person in the New Testament came to faith apart from the agency of a human being. That was God chosen method of evangelism. The message was always personally communicated, not tracts, Christian TV or Radio, people had to personally share the message.
God in His wisdom has chosen people to communicate His message. And although God could get the job done without us, we could never get the job done without Him.
“So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do.” NLT
Make the most of every opportunity: Evangelism in Acts, chapter by chapter. They made the most of every opportunity.
If we ask, God will give us opportunities to witness
2 Peter 3:9 “He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.”
INDEX CARD HOMEWORK
• Write a name or names
• Bring it every week for corporate prayer
• Pray for opportunities and open doors
• Believe in faith that salvation will come this year