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Chapter 12

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Jennifer
Bobby
Mark
Keith
Norm
Toby
Daniel
David
Your final challenge


Most believers I’ve had the honor of teaching, and regularly share the gospel, never thought they would lead people to Christ. Many in the Bible didn’t think God could use them either. Moses said, “I am not eloquent...I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10) Jeremiah said, “I cannot speak, for I am a youth,” (Jeremiah 1:6) Gideon said, “How can I save Israel...I am the least in my father’s house.” (Judges 6:15) I believe that if you ask God to help you, He will tell you the same thing He told Moses, Jeremiah, and Gideon—“I am with you.”

The only thing that matters is if you are willing. Sometimes the least likely are the first to lead people to Christ. When God uses the youngest, or the shyest believers, others gain confidence and start to share also. When I teach classes in evangelism, I often have believers go out and share in the local neighborhood as I’m teaching so they can come back and tell everyone what God did. Those in the class can tell nothing is rehearsed, and that God uses those who are no more qualified than themselves. The following testimonies are from some believers who were willing to share their faith so you can see that anyone can share their faith.

Jennifer
Most people wouldn’t have had a lot of hope that Jennifer could share the gospel. She was enthusiastic, but she was mentally handicapped and had a hard time remembering things. Jennifer got so nervous and excited she often forgot what she did know. It took a lot of patience to train her, and she had a tendency to break away from the team and get lost. Her Aunt usually accompanied her to help keep an eye on her, but sometimes Jennifer got away from her too. One time Jennifer ran up to a tough looking gang of motorcyclists before anyone could stop her. Her fellow team members later confessed they only approached them because Jennifer had and they were responsible for her. They felt a little like Thomas when he said, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him (Her). (John 11:16) To make a long testimony short, those who were with Jennifer helped her shared with them and they all received Christ! Jennifer couldn’t have shared without the others, and the others wouldn’t have shared without Jennifer.

Several years later, I ran into Jennifer. She told me that she had gone to a Junior College for two years and had shared the gospel with someone every day. I asked her if she remembered the time she approached the motorcycle gang. She did, and she told me how nervous she was. Jennifer was more aware, and had more faith, than I thought. The next time you feel unqualified, remember Jennifer. Most believers are more qualified, but few are more willing. Jennifer never complained and she never made excuses. Jennifer taught us that every believer can share their faith.

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Bobby
Bobby wanted to evangelize but wasn’t sure he could remember everything either because he recently had a brain tumor removed. I told him that it’s just going to take him a little longer to learn it, and told him to practice every day on his way to and from work. I don’t think anyone practiced more than Bobby. After about a month, he came up after class and told me, “I got it!”

Bobby was one of the most enthusiastic believer and evangelists I’ve trained. Bobby was always ready to share and couldn’t sign up for enough missionary trips. Bobby often said, “Before I took the evangelism class, I didn’t know anyone who needed to hear the gospel. Now God sends people to me all the time who need to hear it.” Bobby was always coming up with new ways to share. For example, he scotch-taped a Spanish tract to an English tract so the pages would turn at the same time in order to share the gospel with people that spoke Spanish. He used hand motions as they read the tract. He actually led a few people to Christ this way. Bobby’s enthusiasm, along with the fact that God used him a lot, inspired others to share. Bobby was one who went out and shared the gospel as I taught the class. Some of those in the class told me they wanted to be just like Bobby. That was something Bobby never thought he would hear when he was practicing. Bobby taught us that anyone with half a brain can share the gospel. (He said I could say that.)

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Mark
When I met Mark at the beginning of an evangelism class, I got the feeling he had not been a believer very long, so I asked him when he had received Christ. He received Christ only a few days ago at the last church service. I then asked him when he signed up for the evangelism class. He told me on his way out of the church, right after he received Christ. I told him, “Now that’s how it’s done!” I used to jokingly tell people that Mark is mentioned in the Bible where it says, “Mark the perfect man.” (Psalm 37:37) Mark had accompanied his wife to church before he received Christ, which shows that not everyone in your church has received Christ. Mark was sharing the gospel and leading people to Christ a few weeks after he receive Christ, and he was training people how to evangelize a few months after he received Christ. Mark taught us when it comes to sharing the gospel; you can’t get started too soon. This is what the Apostle Paul did. The Bible says, “Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues.” (Acts 9:20)

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Keith
I don’t think anyone thought Keith would be a good evangelist. He did not seem to have any of the qualities most people think an evangelist needs to have. He seem not to be very outgoing or charismatic. He just quietly walked up to people and started talking to them. When he started going out sharing the gospel with us on a regular basis, we had a hard time getting Keith back in the car, because he wanted to keep sharing. We started driving separately so that he could keep sharing. When Keith drove separately, he often stayed out past midnight, which he could do at a local truck stop because the truckers came in at all hours. For years, Keith shared on the streets of Hollywood because he could share the gospel all night there too. I think Keith has shared the gospel more than anyone I’ve trained.

Keith became an expert at talking to cult members. Every time I’ve had a question about a particular group, Keith has been able to tell me all about them because he’s shared with them. Many cult members know him by name. Keith taught us that you don’t have to be loud and intimidating to effectively share your faith.

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Norm
Norm was a retired man at our church who was intimidated about sharing at first, but once he conquered this fear, he became a different person. He was like a gentle grandfather that had no fear, and he had no problem sharing with anyone. He could share with a five year old as though he was a kindergarden teacher, or a senior citizen as though he was lead a ministry for seniors. He shared several times a week at a local mall and was the only one in our group that never got kicked out. The security guards stopped everyone else as though we were on their most wanted list, but Norm shared there whenever he wanted as though he owned the place. He walked around there saying hi to just about everyone that worked there because he had shared with just about everyone that worked there. Norm taught us that if God wants you to share the gospel somewhere, God will make a way.

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Toby
On two of my missionary trips to Germany, we stayed in a real castle. Most of the rooms housed about eight people. In our room there was a young German man named Toby staying with us. We thought he was a translator from the church in Germany who needed a place to stay so no one questioned why he was staying with us. At the end of the trip a few believers from the Church in Germany asked us who he was. We were surprised when they asked us this because we thought he was with them. For a few minutes we kept telling each other, “I thought he was with you!” Toby did translated for us, but one afternoon he asked why we told someone that it’s wrong to take drugs, because he uses drugs all the time. For the next two hours we shared the gospel with him, but he did not receive Christ. The only thing we could get him to agree to was to not take drugs for two months and trust the Lord instead. No one had much hope for him.

When we returned home, we kept getting reports about how everyone was doing in Germany. We learned that Toby was going out with other believers from the church to share the gospel. A while later we learned that Toby was in charge of the entire evangelism ministry at the church. Then we learned that Toby was going around Germany teaching evangelism to other churches. Toby is now a youth pastor at the church. No one would have predicted this. Toby taught us that any bum can share the gospel.

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Daniel
Daniel was not shy or slow, but he did not think he qualified to share the gospel because he had legal problems and thought that he may have to go to prison. He was an outstanding evangelist and God was using him to lead people to Christ so I told him to just keep sharing the gospel and let God take care of everything else. He taught people how to share after attending two classes. God worked out his legal problems and he eventually became a full time missionary. He has been sharing the gospel and making disciples overseas for over 14 years.

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David
David was the worship leader at a church I trained, and another shy saint that did not want to share the gospel. He did not what to go out and share the gospel when we went out in the their neighborhood, but he felt obligated because, after all, he was the worship leader. His trainer was my twelve-year-old daughter who made him knock on doors and start talking. He called me about two years later and thanked me because he was able to lead his grandfather to the Lord who died two weeks later.

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Your final Challenge
Every one of the believers you just read about was probably less qualified than you are, but they shared the gospel anyway. I don’t know anyone more undeserving to share the gospel than myself. I had little desire to share the gospel and ridiculed those who went on missionary trips even though I was a leader in the church. Going on a missionary trip was the last thing I wanted to do and I let everyone know. The pastor of the church I was attending knew how I felt and approached me one day and said, “Judd, I’m not even going to ask you if you would like to go on the next missionary trip to Russia, but I am going to ask you this: would you at least pray about it?” Since I was teaching a class at the church I felt obligated to say yes. I probably prayed one of the least passionate prayers recorded, but I did pray. A few months later, through a multitude of circumstances, I was on a plane to Russia.

That trip changed my life. I saw kind, hard working people that were eternally lost because they have never heard the gospel. I came home telling believers, with tears, that we need to get out there and share the gospel. One of the most memorable things I learned in Russia came after I had shared the gospel all day. I had not taken a break, my voice was pretty much gone, I was hungry, I hadn’t been to the rest room the entire day, and I was completely exhausted. The band was packing up and almost everyone had already left. I thought God had to be pleased with all the people I had shared with, and was thinking God might say, “Well done” or something.

God did speak to me, but He didn’t say that what I expected. He said, “There’s not an evangelist on every corner in this country like in your country.” I told the Lord, “You’re kidding, you want me to keep going?” The Lord then said, “You see the man on the corner?” When you share with him, you could be the last person that will ever share the gospel with him”. As I walked over there, I couldn’t help wondering how many other people I talked to that will never hear the gospel again. As I approached him, the Lord spoke to my heart one more times and said, “Make it a good one.” I knew He meant to forget about being tired and give it everything I got. I learned that being comfortable is never more important than sharing the gospel, and everyone who hears the gospel could be hearing it for the last time.

There is a whole world out there that needs to hear the gospel. Forget your fears. Forget why you can’t, won’t, or don’t share your faith. Get out there and talk to people. No more excuses. You read about a woman who was mentally impaired from birth (Jennifer), a man that was slightly mentally impaired because of brain surgery (Bobby), a believer who received Christ days before (Mark), a man that looked like he couldn’t share (Keith), another man who thought he couldn’t share (Norm), a homeless man (Toby), a suspected felony (Daniel), a worship leader who never wanted to share (David), and last, and least, myself, who had a bad attitude and no desire to share the gospel. If we can share the gospel, so can you. When you walk through the next door, you’ve entered the mission field. Tell the Lord right now, “Here am I, send me.” (Isaiah 6:8) This is you final challenge. God will bless you. I’ll give you a big hug when we get to heaven. In the mean time, get out there and share your faith.

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