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Evangelism And The Mixed Bag Of Results

by | Oct 13, 2015 | Missions Articles

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii—As mentioned in a previous blog post, there was an evening in which, while evangelizing, I was cursed out twice. As you might imagine, that was a very discouraging ordeal. That night, after attempting to converse with a few people about the Gospel and finding no one interested in dialogue, I decided to head home. 

On my way back, there was a young man who looked to be in his 20s coming toward me on the same sidewalk. Despite my lack of success during that outing, I decided to take another chance. As I crossed paths with the young man — whose name is Raven — I said “Excuse me, I just wanted to let you know Jesus loves you.” He replied, “Jesus sure hasn’t done a whole lot for me lately.” It became evident that this was a down-and-out kind of a guy, so I told him my testimony.

I explained how frustrating my life had been before I had began to give Christ control of it. It appeared that Raven was sincerely contemplating my words as he intently listened to what I said. As we parted company, I left him with a Gospel tract and in invitation to my church. Then, I went home gratified that I’d had the opportunity to discuss the Gospel with an open-minded listener.

Scripture gives us reason to anticipate mixed reactions when we share the Gospel. When Christ proclaimed his identity at a Jewish Feast, the reaction he received was divided as “some of the people said, ‘This really is the Prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Christ.’ But some said, ‘Is the Christ to come from Galilee?'”1 Some people misunderstood, some believed, others were skeptical. When Paul preached the Gospel in Athens, “some mocked. But others said, ‘We will hear you again about this,'” but “some men joined him and believed.”Some were scoffers, some were open-mined, others believed.

When we share the Gospel, we should expect that we will encounter those who are disinterested in our message. When that happens, we should persevere knowing that we will inevitably encounter curious listeners.

1. John 7:40-41

2. Acts 17:32-34

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