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Open Your Mouth! by Travis Evans
October 28, 2006, 12:32 pm
Filed under: Evangelism

Contributor: Travis Maples 

Evangelism.  C’mon, say it with me men: “evangelism.”  Let it just roll off your tongue.  Even as you said it your heart may have started to pound, beads of that salty stuff started to run off your forehead, and your palms may even have started to gather that swampy moisture you can’t wipe off to save your life.  Some of us don’t like talking about it.  Some of us treat evangelism like that weird uncle in your family.  You love him, you’re glad he’s there and a part of the family, but you just don’t like to be seen with him.  But there is just no escaping the role it needs to play in all of our lives as Christians.  Read through the book of Acts and you will soon see it wasn’t just the Apostles who were sharing the gospel.   It was the whole church (Acts 5:42; 8:1-4, 25; 11:19-21; 13:32; 14:7; 15:35; 16:10; 17:18).

This is what Scripture says about the church: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people…” (I Peter 2:9-10).  Let me reiterate this point!  Who was Peter talking to in 1 Peter 2:9-10?  Peter was addressing the Church—you and I—not the resident evangelist or pastor alone.  Saying, “Sorry, evangelism just isn’t my gift,” is like saying, “Sorry Grandma, helping you cross the street just isn’t my gift.”  Here’s another illustration to catch your attention.  Say you’re driving down the road and you learn that up ahead the bridge is out.  You instantly whip around that rusted-out ol’ beater you drive and start heading the other direction.  You start feeling sorry for all the poor saps that are about to drive off the bridge into oblivion.  But you don’t feel that it is your gifting to say: “STOP!! THE BRIDGE IS OUT!” meanwhile forgetting that you wouldn’t have known if someone hadn’t flagged you down.  Don’t forget, this isn’t about personality or gifting, it is about being a Christian in a lost and dying world.

So fellas, you know why you need to share(see last Saturday’s post).  You also know who it is that needs to share(YOU).  So whether you’re in class or on a jobsite or in an office your role is the same.  You’re a herald with a proclamation from the King, an ambassador with a message to a foreign land from your real country theKingdom of
Heaven. Get verbal up in this place!

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Great post Travis! I especially like the Grandma comment.

This is definitely an area that I constantly need a reminder about. It’s easy to go thru life with blinders on….my own agenda, what I need to get done, where I need to be. I can so easily miss all the people around me who need to hear the gospel. Thanks for the reminder.

Comment by bigplew

I am excited about your new blog. Now, in the photo…I think Todd looks manly…but the rest of you guys look like you’re suffering with “tummy troubles” but trying not to let it show… Just kidding, guys!! Thanks for all your efforts in spreading the gospel in Knoxville!! *Great* site!!

Comment by Desiree

Desiree,
I agree those pics are strugglin. We gotta do something about that.

Comment by Travis

Travis,

I just wanted to let you know that I found your blog. There are too many comments going through my head to even start to make fun of you.

Love,

David

Comment by David Stanley




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