“…And all that I command you, you shall speak”

My brother Job over at Jesus Christology posted an interesting question to a recent article that made me think more about my approach to sharing the Gospel. Coincidentally, I found the following video of Pastor Tim Conway of Grace Community Church in Dallas (courtesy of illbehonest). I guess God wants to spur some conversation regarding the subject of personal evangelism and sharing the Gospel:

 Is it possible to be afraid of sharing the Gospel?

 

Conway’s point is valid – how can the Holy Spirit (through the sovereign will of God) take residence in a believer, yet there is no fruit of repentance…or evidence to the believers friends and family? Further, how can we not share (whether in polite conversation with friends, or in spirited defense of the Gospel) the catalyst for our regenerated lives?

I’m reminded of the words of the Prophet Jeremiah (emphasis in bold):

Jeremiah 1:4-9 (New American Standard Bible)

4Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,
    5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
         And before you were born I consecrated you;
         I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
    6Then I said, “Alas, Lord GOD!
         Behold, I do not know how to speak,
         Because I am a youth.”
    7But the LORD said to me,
         “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
         
Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,
         And all that I command you, you shall speak
.
    8
Do not be afraid of them,
         For I am with you to deliver you,”
declares the LORD.

 9Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me,
         “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth
.

Although God is not be replicating the Prophet Jeremiah throughout the Body of Christ, He is empowering every believer to speak His truth without shame. If He tells you to proclaim His works and His Word, then rest assured that He has not only given you the power to perform His command, He’s removed your fear – and He has prepared the receiver according to His sovereign will.

As my grandmother used to say: “If you been changed then you ain’t afraid to tell somebody!”

Amen, grandma…amen. 

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4 Responses to ““…And all that I command you, you shall speak””


  1. 1 hiscrivener September 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    G’head Grandma. She’s right.

    Consider the definition of a fanatic: Someone who is completely enthusiastic about something you don’t care about.

    The only reason we real Jesus folk are considered “Fanatical” is because we are that stoked about what God is doing in our lives.

    What? No one ever called you that… or at least surprised you aren’t like that? Then maybe you should try harder.

    Great video. Better post, my brother.

    Peace.

  2. 2 Pastor Jim September 2, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I’ll have to get back to that video, but my heads still ringing from this line:
    “…how can the Holy Spirit (through the sovereign will of God) take residence in a believer, yet there is no fruit of repentance…or evidence to the believers friends and family? … how can we not share…”

    Are you reading my journal?

    Indeed, how can we not share?!

    ST, I got a problem. Over the last two weeks God has confirmed to me through His church that I have the gift of evangelism – and yet I have NO friends outside the church with whom to share! I’m too busy being Pastor that I’m frustrated and the church is frustrated and the Holy Spirit is after me!

    So what’s a pastor to do? Stop shepherding the 99 and go after the 1?

    But what happens to the 99? What if I don’t get everything done?

    Man, you all better pray for me!

    • 3 speaking truth September 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm

      Deep question, PJ.

      I don’t know the “right answer”, but if Jesus would leave the 99 to go after the 1, then what more should His representative do? He’s called you to shepherd his people (lead, guide, rebuke, encourage, love, feed, and nurture) – not just pastor them (lead and direct). Since you have the nerve to actually apply biblical principals in establishing the assembly that you lead, you were correct in appointing Elders and Assistant Pastors to declare the Gospel from the bookboard…whether you’re sitting on the 2nd row watching or in Mississippi rebuilding houses and ministering to the broken-hearted.

      Go where the Lord leads, my friend. Don’t just run through a crowd at the mall with a tally sheet that you can brag about in your prayer time – listen quietly for the Holy Sprit’s direction in sending you to those whom He wills. Strike up conversations at the Starbucks when the clerk looks a bit down. Say “hello” to the teenager in the Kroger – and pause to inquire if they don’t reply.

      When we look for the “preaching moments”, we overlook the millions of ministering moments that happen far more frequently – and away from the public eye. I know from experience that God will send you before hundreds of people, only to have you speak long and earnestly with one soul once the crowd goes away.

      Stay on the battlefield brother – and stay broken. You’re doing OK.

      Oh, and you’re always in my prayers!

  3. 4 dr. jay worth allen September 4, 2009 at 10:32 am

    The nature of Christ’s salvation is woefully misrepresented by many present-day evangelist – announcing a Savior from hell rather than a Savior from sin. Which is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness.

    “Because they do not change, therefore they fear not God.” (Psalm 55:19)

    dj


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