Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott


August 24, 2010

Dear Friend,

At its heart evangelism is proclamation, the announcing of the good news of Jesus. Think of evangelism in these four movements:

Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in sensitive and effective ways,

Calling for faith in and followership of Jesus Christ and participation in the community of fellow believers,

Relying on the power and the timing of the Holy Spirit and

Leaving the results to God.

It is first of all sharing, by means of our words and walk (our lifestyle), consciously introducing the person of Jesus into conversation in ways that communicate his reality, his love and presence and do so in ways that are appropriate to the conversation.

Evangelism is more than informing other persons about Jesus.  It calls and invites them to trust in and follow Jesus and join with Christ's people for mutual encouragement.

It never is to be done in a pushy way.  Thus when we rely on the power and timing of the Holy Spirit we know that while we are to speak up we do not have to force it either!

When God opens the human heart, it will respond to the invitation to faith in Jesus.  This allows us to literally leave the results to God!

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28*  When we share Jesus' invitation, lovingly invite response and leave the results to God - that's evangelism!

With joy - E. Stanley Ott
Copyright 2010 E. Stanley Ott 
*Scripture from the NRSV