For Sparrow 1969

A few people pointed out, after my last post, that we don’t want to get in people’s faces.

That is absolutely correct!

St. Augustine once said (although the saying has been credited to several people, such as St. Francis of Assissi, most people agree that Augustine said it) “Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.”

This is so true! Not everyone is going to walk up to you and want to know the 101 specifics on Christianity. Most people will glean what they know of Christianity from how you live. Therefore, you have a responsibility to live rightly and in a godly fashion. People get turned off by 1.) the ‘intimidation’ witnessing (If you’re not a Christian, you’re goin’ down, dude!) 2.) the ‘in-your-face’ witnessing (Herehaveaboxoftractsherestheaddresstomychurchandmyphonnumbercallmereadyourbibleeverydayandpraypraypray!!!!)

You’re supposed to be Zealous. Paul says in Galations 4: 18, “But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.” Enthusiasm is a GOOD thing! Just make sure to rein it in – you don’t want to scare people off. You’re a Christian, not a threat!

But before I go, a few words on “Enthusiasm”…

 

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5 thoughts on “For Sparrow 1969

  1. Don’t be afraid to use your experiences, bad and good, to witness, either. I just got back from a writer’s conference, and that was a point they made several times. Testimony to God’s love and power can be much more effective if it’s just that-testimony-not just dry facts, but that takes being vulnerable. This morning, a missionary told us the story of her husband’s murder at the translation desk, and how God used that tragedy to win over the people she was serving to Himself. In order, to tell the story effectively, though, she had to be very open about how she had felt.

  2. Wow!

    I hadn’t expected this kind of reply to the comment I left on your post, but I am so very glad that my comment was taken in the spirit it was given.

    Good post!
    Sparrow

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