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January 18, 2018

A Spirit Empowered Evangelist

By Daniel Im

Chance Encounters

Is there such thing as “chance encounters” for believers? Trevin Wax reminds us in this training video that there’s a difference between the way the world sees chance encounters and the way Christians are to see them. Each time we cross paths with someone, we have the opportunity to intentionally show and share the love of Christ. Yet, how often do we actually take advantage of each encounter? What is holding us back?

There’s no doubt, when you personally experience the love of Jesus, the natural response is to want to share it with others. But many times fear and reservation creep up and prevent us from proactively seeking this missional posture. When you observe the persecution that believers in Scripture faced as they proclaimed the message of Jesus, it can be easy to withdraw and retreat as a means of protecting what we have. Even in our day and age, there is this assumption that everyone around us is hostile to the gospel and will reject the Truth. That raises two questions: is that assumption really accurate? And if it is true, should it stop us from pursuing a missional lifestyle?

They are Seeking Truth

In Acts 8:26-40, Scripture gives us the example of Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch which counterbalances that view. In this passage, we see that the Eunuch is reading Scripture and seeking Truth. God was drawing Him near and revealing the Truth to him. It is important to recognize that God is moving all around us, continuously working in lives and hearts in ways we cannot always see or fathom.

Our job is to be intentional with eyes open to the people around us, eagerly seeking God’s movement and actively taking part in His work. While we will come across people hostile to the gospel, and there will be some who outright reject the gospel, there are also those who are interested, curious, and seeking the satisfaction that only comes from God.

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  • “It is important to recognize that God is moving all around us, continuously working in lives and hearts in ways we cannot always see or fathom.”-@TrevinWax
  • “Our job is to be intentional with eyes open to the people around us, eagerly seeking God’s movement and actively taking part in His work.”-@TrevinWax
  • “While walking someone through Scripture, wherever we are, we can go to the cross, to the resurrection, and point to Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament.”-@TrevinWax

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Im

Daniel Im (@danielsangi) is the Founder of NewChurches.com and the Director of Church Multiplication for LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville. He is the author of No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry, and co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd ed) with Ed Stetzer. He also co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast, and a brand new podcast with his wife on marriage and parenting called the IMbetween Podcast. He has an M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. Visit Danielim.com to learn more.

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