The Decision Point posted by John Sorensen on Aug 20, 2018
Have you ever met anyone that is an amazing “Way of Life” witness? Someone who is constantly sharing their faith, at the store, in a parking lot, at lunch or dinner, literally everywhere? Well, I have. In fact, the ministry of Evangelism Explosion was founded on several. Dr. Kennedy was certainly like that. The man who taught Dr. Kennedy to witness, Kennedy Smartt is certainly like that too. And the man who taught Kennedy Smartt, Bill Iverson, is absolutely like that! I know, because I’ve been out witnessing with him before.
One time we were having a celebration banquet in Asheville and Bill was in town, so he came. He sat down, through his arm around me, and loudly asked, “John, when’s the last time you shared Jesus with anyone?” By God’s grace, I was able to do that the day before. What a relief! When I told him, he said, “Great! Because if it had been a long time ago, I was going to leave! Can you imagine a ministry with a President that doesn’t share his or her faith?”
I had the privilege of writing a book called, “Your Story Counts.” In it, I shared a story that I first heard from Dr. Ken Silva. It’s about a man, named my Jenner, who shared the Gospel all over the world. He would go up, ask some great questions, ask people to think about Eternal Life, and say, “Toodooledo!” And off he would go. It’s a great story. He led thousands of people to Jesus all around the globe. If you’d like to read it, I’ll be happy to send you a copy of the book. Just look on ShareLife.Today and look for the link to request it.
Now, here’s the question: Why are these amazing “way of life” witnesses able to be so bold? Well, I think there are two answers: One is that they know what to say. And the second reason is that they have decided to say it.
Regarding the “what to say” part: they’ve taken the time to learn how to have Gospel conversations. It’s not easy. It takes time and energy. But’s it’s rewarding. I encourage you to invest this time. Build a “witnessing toolbox” that will help you with different situations. You’ll need tracts, a great testimony, perhaps a questionnaire pad, a gospel cube, and some great starter questions. This is what happens in EE, when you go out with a trainer and watch them do it. You get a “witnessing toolbox.”
But second, and perhaps more important, you have to decide to do it. Dr. Kennedy didn’t know that he did this, but every time he would get ready to launch into the Gospel, he would smack his knee. I knew that was the moment he decided to share his faith.
We have a man at church named Jimmy. The guy is a witnessing dynamo. If you know why he shares daily, it’s simply this: he’s learned how, and he’s decided to do.
Can I encourage you today? I promise you that the time you spend sharing your faith is time you’ll never regret.
Have a great day in Christ.