Last night I was tasked with teaching the college class at Willow Avenue church of Christ. The main theme of my lesson was evangelism, however one of my points was that evangelism requires a certain degree of courage. Think about it, to go up to someone that you might have never met, and talk to them about the gospel, it can be intimidating. I used the following example to illustrate my point last night.
Every month, myself and Willow Avenue's deacon over transportation take turns going over to the building and checking on the busses. We make sure that their exterior and interior's are clean, that they have gas, and are running properly. Willow Avenue has a charge account for gas at the Shell station across the interstate from the building. Every time I go in there to pay for the gas, there's a young man working in there that always talks about Spiritual matters. I don't know if this is something that he does to everyone, or if he looks out and sees the mobile billboard I'm driving and decides to discuss the Bible with me. The past few times I've gone in there, I've tried to do my best to end the conversation and get back out to the bus so I can take it back to the church building and go home. But as I was preparing my lesson for class Wednesday night, I really got to thinking about if I was doing the right thing. It has nagged at my concise enough, that I have vowed that next time I go in there and that guy is working, I am going to ask about his Spiritual background.
I told the college kids last night that they have the greatest platform that a Christian can have. They encounter hundreds of people everyday in their classes or walking across campus that don't know God. They have so many opportunities to reach out to someone and invite them to church or to a college event. All it takes is a little courage and willingness to get outside our comfort zone.
The title of this article is taken from the song entitled "You Never Mentioned Him to Me." I didn't really think about the meaning of this song until Brother Ben Smith was talking about it in a class on evangelism. He said that song should tear us up inside every time we sing it. Think about it, the lyrics speak for themselves. "You never mentioned Him to me, you helped me not the light to see, you met me day by day and knew I was astray, yet never mentioned Him to me." How many people do we let fall through the cracks because we don't have the courage to go talk to them? If that person winds up being lost, do you want that on your conscience?
In Psalms 27:14, the Psalmist tells us to "Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait I say on the Lord." If we are going to have a great degree of courage, who does it come through? You guessed it, it comes through God. As we wait for judgement day, we have to have the courage to believe that it's going to happen. When we lay our heads down at night, it takes courage to know that we will wake up in a new day. Likewise when we approach someone to study the Bible with them, it takes a degree of courage.
Think about how many people you encounter every day. I told the college kids last night that I'm envious of them, because of how many people they interact with every day. If one in every 10, 20, 30, people you interact with in a day agreed to come to church with you, think about how the church would grow. You could potentially save that person's soul. You could be the reason they get to Heaven. But on the other hand if you don't say anything to them, you could be the reason they burn in the eternal lake of fire. In Mark 16:15, we are commanded to "Go into all the world and make disciples of every creature." It takes courage, but are you willing to step out of your comfort zone to save souls?
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Sunday Morning Bible study: 10 am
Sunday morning worship: 11 am
Sunday evening worship: 5 pm