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How We Can Help Non-Christians Plant The Seed Of The Gospel Inside Their Own Heads.

30 November 2014 No Comment

Recently, I was in a van with a non-Christian guy (Brian) and the topic of Christianity came up.

I don’t remember how it came up but it came up.

To cut a long story short, he said it was not where he wanted to go with his life.

He said he believed in God, and that God made the world, but he didn’t want to go any further than this.

I thought “How can a person believe these things and not pursue these thoughts all the way to their logical conclusion, which is to turn and surrender to our maker?”

Anyway, He was adamant.

I guess you could call it ‘wilful unbelief’.

I thought “I’d better not push this too hard.  I think he’s telling me to change the subject. The last thing I want to do is get into an argument.”

Just as I was about to pull back, he mentioned that his 9 year old son was very interested in the bible and spiritual things.

This was my opening.

I explained that this was what it was like for me when I was 9, and how I wished my parents had helped me.

He agreed, and vowed enthusiastically to help his son spiritually.

How to be sure of going to heaven when we die blue cover in 3dI said “Brian, how can you do that if you know nothing about Christianity?  I have a little booklet which explains what it’s all about. Here, have this.”

I proceeded to give him the booklet “HOW TO BE SURE OF GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN WE DIE”

He took it, and thanked me.

I was laughing inside.

I know that if Brian reads this, and reads it all through, he will hear the gospel, and God will grow the seed “all by itself” (Mark 4:26-29).

I couldn’t help smiling, thinking about what had just happened.

This is a classic example to illustrate why ‘spreading the gospel’ is part of the Biblical definition of evangelism.Love life and DIY

If evangelism was restricted to ‘proclaiming the gospel’,  Brian could not have been evangelised because he wasn’t willing to have me (or anyone else) personally proclaim the gospel to him.

BUT…he was willing to read about it, and in so doing, will ‘hear’ the gospel as he listens to his own voice reading!

That is to say, he wouldn’t hear the gospel from my lips – he’ll hear it with his own voice inside his head as he reads the booklet!

All I had to do was have some booklets on me.

He’ll plant the seed of the gospel himself.  God promises to grow it.

This is DIY evangelism at it’s best.  God is amazing the way He has set evangelism up to be so easy and doable.

Fantastic.

LESSON: 

We don’t need to bash and push people into hearing the gospel.  Let them evangelise themselves. Just graciously and kindly give them a booklet with the gospel written inside.  They’ll never be offended at the sound of their own voice.  Then, let the Holy Spirit do the rest.

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