Announcement

Brothers and sisters I’d like to announce that Witnessing Encouragement will be going through a design and content overhaul by the new year. Since March 2007, the theme has been general encouragement as well as training and issues related to the theology and methodology of evangelism. I hope it has been helpful to you. But it’s time to go deeper as God is now taking me in a new direction to narrow the focus of this blog away from evangelism training, to focus more on your identity as His witness and encouragement as you abide in Him.

The old content from the last 3 and a half years shall remain available for anyone who needs it. The new content shall likely be less training, and more devotional and exhortational.

Here are all my posts on teaching related to evangelism.

Here are various posts on witnessing and evangelism.

Here are posts about Discerning.

Here are posts, more like the above, about False teaching.

Here are the posts about Watching..the spiritual reality manifest.

Here are posts on Suffering.

What you see on each page is not all there is; if you scroll down you will see,”previous page”, which will direct you to more pages of articles in the same category. My continuing hope is that you be edified as you follow Christ.

Stay tuned for what’s next….

Friendship Evangelism

Here are some quotes from a recent newsletter article by David Brickner. Read the entire article here.

“Some people speak about “earning the right” to witness. While it seems like a humble thing to say, many people fail to see how that statement contradicts Scripture. The Bible teaches that proclaiming the gospel is an obligation to be fulfilled, not a right to be earned.”

“We hear much about relational or “friendship” evangelism, but the Bible says, “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore makes himself a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God (James 4:4).”

“Most who never quite get around to giving a clear-cut gospel message don’t even realize they are sacrificing their gospel witness on the altar of human acceptance.”

“It is easy to allow ourselves to believe that our silence is out of respect for those who might disagree with us. It is easy to see our motivation as noble, especially when we see our ultimate intention as positioning ourselves to be a better witness. But unfortunately, too often those intentions come to nothing, and we need to face the truth that sometimes our tact and our long-term intentions are merely masks that cover our natural fear of rejection and our reluctance to position ourselves where God really wants us: in a place of vulnerability.”

-quotes by David Brickner.

 

Good Counsel

Quote:

Precede all your labors with earnest, diligent prayer. Do not rest on the number of tracts you have given because a million tracts may not lead to the conversion of one single soul. Yet, a blessing beyond calculation may result from one single tract. Expect everything to come from the blessing of the Lord and nothing at all from your own exertions.”

George Muller
The Autobiography of George Muller

from Today’s Grace Quote at  www.thegracetabernacle.org.

From the Streets

Here is a report from Larry DuBois who is traveling to various cities, witnessing and street preaching.

Seattle, Washington

September 15, 2010
I have been able to preach the Gospel several times here in the downtown area of Seattle. It has gone very well as I have favor with the police concerning the amp. I have experienced both friend and foe. The highlight was a gal named Jen who came up and tapped me on the shoulder and said that she was listening to me from around the corner. She shared about her addiction. I asked if she heard me share the part about my heroin addiction in the past and she said no. I prayed with her to be free from her heroin addiction and that she would be saved. Afterward she mentioned that she had seen me before. I wouldn’t know how since I have been down here a couple of times and the last time before that was last year. She then remembered that she saw my video on heroin addiction a couple of years ago. Small world or big God don’t you think. Please remember Jen in your prayers and me of course as this has been very exciting so far.

I have been doing some one-on-one evangelism as well as preaching. On Saturday night me and a friend came upon about 25 hell’s angels in Pioneer Square at a bar. My friend preached and I handed them tracts. They were very upset and didn’t receive the Gospel message. This was certainly out of my comfort zone. I also have been able to teach in some home Church groups too. So far this has been fruitful. Much more is happening but I just wanted to share the highlights.

God bless and thanks for the prayers!

Larry

http://lawrencedubois.wordpress.com/itinerary/



12 Evangelism Myths vs.Truth

1. Myth: “Jesus told us to bring people into a church building”. Truth: Jesus said to go in to all the world and preach the gospel.

2. Myth: “Going to church means one is a Christian.” Truth: Being born again from above means one is a Christian.

3. Myth: “It is the pastor’s job to evangelize in the church building.” Truth: It is the job of every born again Christian to evangelize out in the whole world.

4. Myth: “It is the evangelist’s job to do all the evangelism.” Truth: It is every born again Christian’s job to do all the evangelism.

5. Myth: “If I give money to the church/ pastor/ Christian organization, that is obeying Christ’s command to reach the lost.” Truth: Going out and actually telling someone the gospel yourself is obeying Christ’s command to reach the lost.

6. Myth: “Being nice, helping with charitable social work and inviting people to church is spreading the gospel.” Truth: Telling someone about Jesus and the gospel or giving them the gospel & scriptures to read or listen to, is spreading the gospel.

7. Myth: “Going to church, going to Bible studies, going to prayer meetings, going to conferences, going to sports events and Superbowl parties, going to movies, going to merchandise selling parties and going to potlucks is obeying Christ’s commission to reach the lost.” Truth: Going into all the world, sowing the seed of the Word of God and telling someone the gospel is obeying Christ’s commission to reach the lost.

8. Myth: “Jesus told us to build buildings so they will come into our Church”. Truth: Jesus told us to preach the gospel, go make disciples and teach them everything He has commanded, so they would come into His Kingdom.

9. Myth: “A person must be a baptized by a pastor, by appointment, inside a building, after they have agreed to the church membership contract.” Truth: Any believer can baptize anywhere, anytime, immediately, on the spot as the Holy Spirit leads, after they have been born again.

10. Myth: “Jesus told us to pray for the world.” Truth: Jesus told us to be His witnesses and preach the gospel to the world.

11. Myth: “Jesus told us to pray for the lost.” Truth: Jesus told us to preach to the lost. He told us to pray for one another.

12. Myth: “Jesus told us to save the world.” Truth: Jesus told us to go into all the world, preach the gospel, make disciples, and teach them everything He has commanded, for lo, He is with us, even to the end of the world!

5 Day Club Outreach in the Park

Here’s a wonderful way to get the gospel out: host a 5 Day club for children at a local city park. Jesse, Claire and Camilla (who happen to also be natural sisters), hosted such an outreach for more than 40 San Mateo children. Each day the young ladies led games and songs, and taught the gospel to the children. No this was not the Candy Cane gospel. The girls taught about sin, judgment, and the blood atonement and the love and grace of God. They preached Jesus Christ crucified for sinners– to the little ones! The kids learned scriptures such as, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

This summer, these young ladies also taught this same “5 Day club” outreach in Half Moon Bay and Oakland.

The Sinner’s Prayer

Here is a fine article by my friend Larry DuBois, summarizing the issue of unbiblical evangelism practices common in the Evangelical Church. I myself was trained in these practices back in college through Campus Crusade for Christ. I disregarded them later when I got out of college because they troubled me. It was not until years later, on the other side of the world, while working on an outreach with friends who work for CCC, that I was deeply convicted that these practices and traditions are just wrong. Now we can connect the dots of modern Evangelical History when we realize these ideas were pumped out of the seminaries (mainly FULLER) resulting in Church and Para-Church Movements galore containing unbiblical doctrines and practices.

We want to be faithful to the Lord, and pleasing to Him in our service, rather than “successful” and popular, according to the definitions set by man.

Here is The Sinner’s Prayer, by Lawrence DuBois

Some quotes from the article:

As Scripture presents it, men should repent, believe, and be baptized. There is no mention of “altar calls” or “sinner’s prayers” or requesting for Christ to enter one’s heart.

We do not know a person’s heart, therefore we can not deemed them saved based solely on a repeat after me sinner’s prayer.

I give invitations to come to Christ, but it is just that, “come to Jesus Christ” not come to me, or come to a church, or come forward to the altar. Bye the way, there is no altar on the sidewalk or a park where my evangelism takes place.

My question is; who and what are these people accepting by coming forward and praying a prayer? They may very well be accepting a Jesus they have contrived in their mind, but not Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God.

The question is; has the modern day evangelical world become like the Pharisees of old, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men?

SF Outreach ’10

Tamara (on R) witnessing at Civic Center

I’m thankful I could go out this year for the annual SOS outreach in SF and Berkeley, (July 16-24) to work with other believers, bringing the gospel to the lost sheep. I did not get many pictures of the people on our team this year though. I mostly took pictures of some of the people we shared the gospel with– they (the people) are all so beautiful and I wait with joyful anticipation to someday know what shall become of the seeds that were sown. Let me know if this link does not work; I’ll post more pics.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=257288&id=561034376&l=bccca166e4

Street church: After the Bibles were given out, the conversations ended and the gospel proclaiming was done, worship with song and music finished the outreach. These two were walking by, stopped, sat on their suitcases and joined with us. Praising the Lord with reverence and joy!