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“Be ready for responsive evangelism.”

Phillip Jensen (St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney) gives some great advice for all Christians on doing evangelism. This one of the best talks about this topic that I have ever heard. Vimeo lets you download this video if you follow through to the videos original page. The download link is on the bottom right of the page (you will need quick time player.)

As well as being extremely helpful, this could be a great resource to take to your bible study group and discuss how you might take on evangelism as a group. Its a long video (27min) but is real gold. I recommend that you watch it full screen (click the X-arrows next to the time line.) OK, start buffering, grab a coffee and enjoy.

“Make people hungry to know more.”

“Bring God language into everyday conversation.”

“Break out of the construction, that we should not talk about God.”

“We have found that people that go out on the streets and share the gospel are the ones that see their friends converted.”

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I am still a big time sookielala (wimp) when it comes to the one on one, street evangelicalism so I am sticking with the tract depositing by stealth.

However even depositing tracts by stealth still comes with its pit falls, challenges, fears, worries and problems!!!

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Angela and I thought that this was quite funny. It’s humorous because its not the right way to do evangelism – it was a bit sneaky. We hope that there was more than just information about hell on the tract!!

Well, that wasn’t the exact question; it was something like:”Excuse me mate, it looks like your money is about to fall out of your back pocket”.

I had just walked in to a new Indian take-away and was standing at the counter. I had forgotten that I put a couple of ‘million dollar’ tracts in my rear pocket (the tracts are quite long and stick out). I told him that it wasn’t actually money, but a gospel tract – this led straight into an opportunity to give him the tract and then share the gospel with him. The guy had a Catholic upbringing but said that he really appreciated what I had to say but added “each to their own” (a way of declining to do anything about what I said).

The best thing about this encounter was that it was how it happened without me intending to do it. I was just pretty much focused on getting my curry and leaving. I wasn’t even in an ‘evangelism mode’.

What did I learn? Always keep a crazy tract visible! Always stay switched on.

A Spicy Encounter

Posted: September 20, 2006 by Daniel in retail evangelism, witness encounters

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


7:30PM

Wow, I feel really amped at the moment. I have just come home and finished off the lamb vindaloo which I went into the Indian Take-away to get. I’ll give you a short run down on what happened there.

I got out of the car and had million dollar tracts and a couple of optical illusion tracts and, because I didn’t have a big enough pocket, held them in my hand with my wallet. When I went to pay it was really obvious that I had something that looked like a $100 note in my hand. There were 2 girls serving (they did a great job, and the food was yummy.) I had been making some small talk up till that point so I just went for it.

“Hey, which one of these do you think is bigger?” I said as I held up the illusions.
Interest ensued as they both took turns guessing. From there I gave them each a million dollars and said that it was a gospel tract. I then went on to take them through the good test on just lying and stealing. I felt really comfortable and it seemed that I was relating to them well. One girl was really closed off and had a concerned look on her face – but she listened – and the other girl was really interested and smiled and seemed to enjoy as I talked about her need for righteousness on judgement day and that God wanted to give them both grace and how they should repent and believe in Jesus.

“Wow – thank you Lord!” Please pray for the two girls. Neither of them has a bible at home but I encouraged them to buy one or check the internet.

Just so that you don’t start thinking that I am always good at this, this morning I had a tradesman around for a quote and I totally wimped out on witnessing to him. It was definitely God’s grace at work through me tonight.