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Your evangelism efforts should be done with skill and excellence. Our faith should lead us to strive to excel on the job. Don’t let your witnessing hurt your work effort. Be mindful that you are paid to do a task. As the Apostle Paul reminded us, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Colossians 3:23. Are we giving our employer the value of our work for the task they pay us? To fail in our witness as an employee, can become a serious integrity barrier with co-workers we seek to reach with the gospel.

You should conduct yourself ethically. Unbelievers are quick to spot a phony. They know or at least expect us to live a godly life. If we are hypocritical, they feel a right to disregard our message. Go the extra mile to avoid questionable practices.

You should build relationships. Get to know your coworkers.  Ask questions about them and their families. Share about your family with them, this will usually open a door for conversation. Get to know your colleagues, make a list or keep a journal about things they share. You can refer to these for future conversations. Many people are glad for someone to listen to them. If they know you care, they may turn to you in a time of need.

You should keep an office stash of evangelistic materials to give away—books that share Jesus story, gospel tracts, pocket New Testaments, and your testimony on CD or Christian athlete and on a variety of topics. Choose materials that are appropriate for your coworkers.

You should pray daily for your colleagues. Keep a list of needs they share with you, or find out about at work, and pray through that list regularly. Let them know you are praying for them.

You should not neglect your job to witness. If you can be in the process of completing your work effectively while talking to someone, that is a worthy goal. But, if your witnessing hinders your work, then consider witnessing during breaks, lunches, and after hours.

You should not overwhelm your listener with too much information. It can be easy, especially for a passionate believer to share more than can be processed. Remember, you work with the person and you will see them again. It is best to offer wisdom nuggets and let the person digest the information. You can always talk again at the next break or day. Remember to exercise wisdom. Evangelism involves three, the work of God’s Spirit, the work of the witness and the work of God’s word. You want to whet a person’s appetite, and stimulate curiosity. Workplace evangelism is a building process with your witness a step at a time. Remember, you want them to make a solid, thoughtful commitment, not a hasty one.

You should never be ashamed of your faith, Romans 1:16. People hold onto and believe all sorts of crazy things. Most people today are not embarrassed about their beliefs. As a matter of fact, many are very outspoken. You should never be ashamed of your faith in Jesus Christ? If you have built friendships with your coworkers and treated them with respect, they will probably be willing to listen to you.

You should always seek ask “does what I have been sharing make sense to you?” And, “are you willing, and ready to place your faith in Jesus?” “Are you ready to surrender your life to Jesus and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior?”

You should have them read, Romans, 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9-10 and 13.

You also consider having them read Luke 18:9-14 about the tax collector you prayed to God asking for a blood atonement.

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In my discussion with some church and denominational leaders, I am hearing the same question asked and discussed. “How Should the Church Respond Considering the Results of November 8th Presidential Election?”

Leading up to this year’s 2016 Presidential election, I developed the framework for a massive prayer rally in Atlanta. I had a team that helped in coordinating and planning to mobilize, promote, and lead prayer groups.  I personally prayed for God’s will to be done.

Many of my pastor friends and Christian brothers and sisters expressed they were burdened for a change of direction for our country. Across the United States, thousands prayed, fasted and cried out to God asking Him to intervene.

In my heart, I feel that God has heard our prayers, He heard our cries. He has given us at least four more years so the church can have the liberty to evangelize, to make Jesus known without additional limitations and barriers.

So how should the church respond in light of the results of the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump.

  1. We need to strategize to evangelize.
  2. We need to pray to God that He guide us as we go and intentionally share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  3. Begin prayerwalking the refugee communities asking God to open hearts and minds, and to tear down spiritual walls so Christians can share the gospel.
  4. Churches should begin teaching Arabic as a second language, buy Arabic language tracts and New Testaments and find out where the refuges are and go evangelize them.
  5. We need to continue to pray God direct us and give us favor with lost people.
  6. The church needs to plan to disciple the new believers.

I know that many Christians feel that within the refugee groups coming to the United States, are some who want to cause us harm. Some individuals have stated, while  discussing this topic, their feelings that “There terrorists want to come here and kill us.” One person commented, that “Ninety-Five percent of Muslims are good people. It is the five percent who want to kill us.”

We must be reminded that Saul of Tarsus was a terrorist. He was in the five percent who was actively looking to arrest and kill Christians (See Acts 7 and 22:20). He was hunting down Christians to kill them. But thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ, who encountered Saul when he was on the Damascus Road to arrest followers of Jesus Christ and eventually kill them. Look at what happened with Saul, who is known as the apostle Paul! He became the greatest Missionary Evangelist of the New Testament.

We do not know who God is going to save in our age, through the Churches evangelistic efforts from these Jesus haters. God might use you to win a refugee to Christ who possibly will become the next great missionary evangelist of our time. This is the time for the Church, followers of Jesus Christ to go an engage our culture with the gospel. Jesus is our only Hope.

The apostle Paul is credited with writing many the New Testament epistles, the Pauline letters. In the book of Romans, chapter 10:9:13 he wrote,

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Further in the letter of Chapter ten, the apostle Paul challenged the church in Rome, with a message, which he personally received from Jesus Christ and that is to go and evangelize the lost. Jesus also challenges every Christian with this same command.

14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who [i]bring good news of good things!”

The apostle Paul makes a profound statement, in Romans 10:17, “17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

Fellow Christian, fellow follower of Christ, this our time, this is a window of opportunity to go a make Jesus known. This election is much more than the appointment of a supreme court justice. It is more about making the King of kings, and Lord of lords, known to the world. And the world in knocking at our front door.

Your next mission trip to reach a foreign people group could be next door, or down the street or across the road. Jesus said, “Go win converts/disciples and teach to obey all things I have taught you.” (literal translation) Matthew 28:18-20. Today is the day of salvation 2 Corinthians 6:2.

 

 

 

John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”

The Greek New Testament word translated ‘love’ is agapate. This is kind of love is God’s unconditional love. This is God loving you without you meeting any type of requirements. Jesus is saying, “As I have loved you unconditionally, you should love each other unconditionally. Through unconditional love for each other, people will know you are Jesus disciples. In other words, you follow in Jesus footsteps.