Summary: God wants to use all of us to reach out to the lost, but there are many approaches to outreach that we can employ.
A. For every task that we face, there are many approaches or methods that we might employ.
1. Some methods are certainly better than others.
2. What is true with most things is also true with evangelism.
3. As you know, this week we have been involved in an outreach training seminar – praise God that it has been a fantastic week!
B. Being involved in the seminar reminded me of the story told of the Christian man who owned a barber shop and who went to an evangelism training seminar.
1. He faithfully attended the seminar sessions every night for two weeks.
2. He rehearsed all the material, took extensive notes, and memorized the assigned Bible verses.
3. At the end of the two weeks he received a certificate acknowledging his completion of the course.
4. The next morning, in the barber shop, he hung the certificate and bowed his head. “Dear Lord,” he prayed, “Help me to witness to the first man to come through that door this morning.”
5. At that moment in walked the biggest, meanest, foulest man the barber had ever seen.
6. It seems this man had recently lost a bet with some "biker" buddies and now he had to get his head shaved.
7. Needless to say, the barber did not feel very comfortable quoting the “Roman Road” to a man covered with tattoos who looked angry about having to shave his head.
8. The rest of the day did not go any better for the barber.
9. At 5:00 p.m., the barber was sobbing with shame. He had not witnessed to a single person.
10. He bowed his head again. This time he prayed, “Lord, if you will allow one more opportunity, I promise I will do my part.”
11. At that, the door opened and in walked a pleasant looking gentleman.
12. The man smiled at the barber, apologized for coming in so late and took a seat in the chair.
13. As the barber draped the man in his protective sheet, he began to try to remember what he was supposed to say. He began to get very confused.
14. As the barber put shaving cream on the man’s face, he tried to remember the answers he had learned to the possible objections.
15. As the barber began to strop his razor, he realized that he simply could not remember a thing he had learned.
16. All of this made the barber very nervous and soon sweat began to break out on his forehead.
17. Finally, in desperation, he shook the razor at the man and screamed, “ARE YOU PREPARED TO DIE??!!!”
18. As I said, “Some methods of evangelism are better than others.”
C. Reaching out to others and talking with them about spiritual things can be very intimidating and nerve-racking.
1. But it is our glorious calling, and our privileged responsibility.
2. Jesus gave these marching orders in the Great Commission, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Mt. 28:19,20)
3. Mark records Jesus’ words, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mk. 16:15,16)