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Devotional - week of October 29, 2006


one-on-one evangelism

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

 

On the Day of Pentecost, everyone in the upper room was filled with the Holy Spirit. When a crowd gathered around them, each believer began witnessing. Spirit-filled believers always witness to the unsaved. Most of our witnessing is one-on-one.

 

Nicodemus’ conversion is an example of one-on-one witnessing to an unbeliever. Nicodemus went to Jesus and opened his conversation with, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”

 

Jesus knew that Nicodemus had come to Him for spiritual help. The verse just previous to the account of Nicodemus says:

 

[Jesus] had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.  John 2:25

 

Jesus ignored Nicodemus’ opening statement and immediately told him that he must be born again.

 

After expanding on the theme of the new birth, Jesus then told Nicodemus how he could be born again with these words:

 

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:14-16

 

Few people, if any, will ever come to us desiring to know how to become a Christian. For the most part, the Lord will lead us to initiate a discussion with an unbeliever about salvation. He may lead us to go to a person’s home. He also will lead us to initiate discussions about salvation with people we meet in a public place.

 

As we live the life of grace, we will be led of God to do the work of one-on-one witnessing. Whether the encounter is in a private or public place, we must be prepared to explain how to be born again. When the Lord leads us to witness, we must not hesitate. We must always be ready at least to quote John 3:16.