This was the end. He'd written off personal evangelism and was ready to
invest his time and energy elsewhere. It wasn't that he didn't believe in it
anymore. He knew it was important, biblical and the only hope for helping
people find Christ. Clearly, it was something somebody ought to be doing. But
not him. Not anymore.
What had soured my friend's attitude toward spreading the faith? He'd had a
heavy dose of reaching out in ways that didn't fit him.
You see, he'd signed up for a summer-long tour of duty helping a church with
evangelism. He loved that church, enjoyed the people he was partnering with,
and became enthralled with some of the conversations he had with spiritual
seekers along the way. The problem, however, had to do with the approach that
their group employed.
The primary way they tried to spread the message was through a direct, cold
contact, knock-at-the-door-talk-fast-before-they-close-it methodology. They
also handed out church invitations and gospel pamphlets to individuals on the
street--people who often made it clear they weren't interested.
At the end of their eight-week effort, the only person who had received
Christ was the brother of a woman from the church. His name was Tony, and
they'd met at a dinner at Tony's sister's home. He and my friend hit it off
naturally, and through the friendship that developed, the gospel was
communicated and a commitment was made.
When summer ended and my friend returned home, he was thankful he had signed
up but was glad it was over. Evangelism, he concluded, is for people with a
certain kind of personality and temperament, a kind he clearly didn't have.
Ironically, a year later we hired him at Willow Creek Community Church to
direct our evangelism ministries, a role he's fulfilled since 1987. I'm talking
about Mark Mittelberg, the coauthor of this book. His life's passion is leading
people to Christ and teaching others how to do the same.
What happened during that year? What did Mark discover that caused such a
change in his attitude? He learned he could be effective in spreading the
message of Jesus Christ without trying to fit into someone else's mold. He
found out he could be himself.
After spending many years helping seekers come to faith, I've been
fascinated to find that one of the biggest barriers to effective outreach is
the problem of misconceptions. And that's true on both sides of the evangelism
On the seeker side, the misguided ideas people have about God's character
and His church preclude them from making an open and honest spiritual search.
Their inaccurate image of God and what serving Him would be like pushes them
away from Him. But when people's mistaken notions of God's nature are replaced
by an accurate understanding of His grace-filled and compassionate heart, they
become much more open to trusting Christ. And when they discover the
acceptance, joy and purpose that come from being part of a biblically
functioning body of believers, they'll be drawn in even further.
On the believer side of the equation, misconceptions about the outreach
enterprise itself tend to inhibit people from getting involved. In fact, I'm
convinced that one of the greatest impediments to individuals in churches
getting active in personal evangelism is that many Christians misunderstand
what it actually entails. The dreaded "E word" fills them with fear and
To illustrate the kinds of perception problems I'm referring to, let me call
in one of my key witnesses: You. I'd like to know what image comes to your mind
when you think of the word "evangelist." Does it evoke enthusiasm for reaching
your irreligious friends and family members? Or do you, like most of us, have
some negative associations that come to mind with the mere mention of the
I've asked this question in enough groups to know that, on hearing the words
"evangelism" or "evangelist," many people immediately conjure up memories of infamous
televangelists, known primarily for extracting large amounts of money from
their well-meaning followers. Or they think of the stereotypical street
preacher, megaphone in hand, blaring out barely intelligible indictments about
the end of the world and the impending judgment of God.
Admittedly, many people do have a few positive images of evangelism. But the
fact that so many individuals make such unflattering associations points to the
immensity of the problem.
In fact, The Day America Told the Truth, a book by James Patterson
and Peter Kim, reports that when a national survey asked respondents to rank
various professions for their honesty and integrity, TV evangelists came out
almost at the very bottom, below lawyers, politicians, car salesmen and even
prostitutes. Out of the 73 occupations compared in this integrity rating, only
two ended up lower on the scale: organized crime bosses and drug dealers! Fair
or unfair, it's easy to understand why so many of us struggle with our
perceptions at this point. We want to honor God by directing those around us
toward His love and truth, but we wonder what we'll have to become in the
Has this problem affected you? Has your passion for communicating your faith
been dampened by the thought that you'll have to become something that's
contrary to your own personality? Or have you, like Mark, tried to adopt an
evangelism style that doesn't fit you at all?
This kind of thinking is a tragedy for the church. And it's even worse for
lost people. In fact, I believe it originated as a satanic scheme to defeat the
expansion of the Kingdom of God. And while it's been an extremely successful
strategy, it's time for the church to put a stop to it. How can we do this? By
understanding the great news that's both freeing and empowering: God knew what
He was doing when He made you. He did! He custom designed you with your unique
combination of personality, temperament, talents and background, and He wants
to harness and use these in His mission to reach this messed-up world.
That means He wants to use you in a fashion that fits the person He made you
to be. God doesn't call us all to spread His truth in the same way. Instead, He
built diversity into the fabric of His body of believers. And until we realize
that, we'll find ourselves needlessly imitating each other's outreach efforts,
wastefully duplicating some approaches while harmfully squelching others.
So, you may be wondering, what exactly did Mark learn that so transformed
his outlook on evangelism? Well, he had been attending our church's midweek
worship services where I was teaching a series called, "Adventures in Personal
Evangelism." On one of those nights I explained a pattern I'd noticed of how
characters in the Bible took differing approaches, or styles, to communicate
their faith to others.
That was new information to Mark. It opened his eyes to the fact that
there's no one "right way" to spread the gospel message. And, in particular, he
heard about an approach Paul used that seemed to fit him well.
The message Mark heard that night unlocked the door to his future
involvement in spreading the faith. He felt free. He discovered what I hope
will be liberating news to you: that you can be yourself! And, in the process,
you'll be able to have maximum spiritual impact on others.
A common mistake in many arenas is to look at a need and then find a person
to fill it. For example, in the world of business, people are routinely hired
to fill positions not because they have any passion for that particular area,
but because they meet the minimal qualifications to get the task done. In
education, students frequently choose college degree programs not because they
really care about the subject matter, but because projected market demand seems
to dictate it. And in churches, teachers are often chosen to instruct the
second grade Sunday school classes not because they necessarily love and care
about children, but because they're willing and available.
Is it any wonder that these institutions struggle so much with absenteeism
and high turnover? After any initial enthusiasm wears off, the person feels
misplaced and begins to burn out.
Starting with the need and plugging people in is not a good way to develop
long-term careers or passion-driven lifestyles. And this is certainly true when it
comes to motivating Christians to spread the message of Christ. Yet most of the
evangelism and missions appeals I hear are pitched just that way: "There's a
world of hurting and lost people out there, and God needs you to sign up for
our program to help them."
But if, as it says in 1 Corinthians 12:11, the Holy Spirit really
distributes spiritual gifts to each person, "just as He determines," then
perhaps we can rely more on His work and turn our procedure around. Why not
start with each individual believer and try to help him or her discover what
kind of role God has designed for him or her to fill?
Let's look at the way God equipped six people in the New Testament to
fulfill differing outreach needs. In the process, we'll discover six biblical
styles of evangelism. As I describe each one, ask yourself if it might fit
Peter's Confrontational Approach
It's no secret that Peter was a "Ready-Fire-Aim" kind of guy. Whatever he
did, he did it unhesitantly and with full force. When Jesus asked the disciples
in Matthew 16:15 who they thought He was, Peter didn't mince words; he declared
flat-out that Jesus was the Messiah. Then a few verses later he challenged
Jesus' stated mission head on. Can you imagine trying to correct the Son of God?
You might, if you have a confrontational style yourself!
When Peter was in the fishing boat and wanted to be with Jesus, he didn't
hesitate to do whatever it took to get close to Him, even if it meant trying to
walk on water. And when their enemies came to take Jesus away, Peter was ready
to cut off their heads.
All Peter needed was to be convinced he was right, and there was almost no
stopping him. He was direct, he was bold, and he was right to the point.
Is it any wonder God chose him as His spokesman on the day of Pentecost in
Acts 2? It was a perfect fit! God needed someone unafraid to take a stand,
right there in Jerusalem, the city where Jesus had been crucified a few weeks
earlier. He wanted to let the thousands of people who were there know in no
uncertain terms that they'd crucified the Messiah, and that they needed to call
on Him for His mercy and forgiveness.
Peter's personality was custom-designed to fill the bill. With the
empowerment of the Holy Spirit, he stood quite naturally and confronted the
people with the facts. And God miraculously used his efforts; 3,000 people
trusted Christ and were baptized that same day.
As exciting as that historical event was, we need to turn our focus to
today. Do you realize that there are a lot of people in your world who won't
come to Christ until someone like Peter holds their feet to the fire?
I have a friend who for years played church and pretended to be a Christian.
He'd heard lots of good teaching, knew the gospel message inside and out, and
could quote numerous Bible verses. The only thing he lacked was a
confrontational evangelist who could get in his face about his need to start
living the truth he knew. Then one day God sent one. This man looked my friend
in the eye and told him he was a hypocrite.
That made him angry, but it made him think. And within a week's time he'd
committed his life to Christ, a decision that has transformed his life over the
last 20 years.
Some people are just waiting for a contagious Christian who won't beat
around the bush, but who'll clarify the truth of Christ and challenge them to
do something about it. Could that Christian be you? Do you resonate with
Peter's approach, or are you ready to move on to the other five options?
Actually, this is the style that's more natural for me. It's not hard for me
to look people directly in the eye and ask them where they stand.
I enjoy confronting and exhorting those in need of God's grace. Other people
who have this style include Chuck Colson and, in his own unique fashion, Billy
Graham. But don't despair. You don't have to start at their level. God can use
confrontational Christians at all degrees of development.
If this approach is for you, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to know how,
when and where to direct your words and challenges, as well as the wisdom
you'll need to do it with an appropriate mix of grace and truth.
Paul's Intellectual Approach
Though Paul certainly could confront people with truth when necessary, the
hallmark of his approach was his logical and reasoned presentation of the
gospel message. Read any of the letters he wrote --Romans is the best example
-- and you'll see that he was a master at laying out a sound explanation of the
central truths about God's nature, our sin and Christ's solution.
When you look at his background, Paul's organized mind doesn't come as a
surprise. He was highly educated, tutored under a man who was reputed to be one
of the finest teachers in the land. In his writings, you can see his natural tendency to argue
point-counterpoint with imaginary foes who might challenge his positions. Paul
was an intellect to be reckoned with.
Can you think of a better person for God to send to the philosophers in
Athens? The account is in Acts 17, where you'll find Paul presenting an
ingenious argument, starting from the Athenian idol to an unknown god and
moving all the way to the only true God and His resurrected Messiah.
His approach was so effective that some of his listeners became
It's interesting to note the wisdom God displays in His choice of spokesmen.
These philosophers would not have related to Peter's direct, "turn-or-burn!"
approach. They needed logic that conclusively proved its point.
And I'll bet there are people in your circle who are just like them. They
don't want easy answers or platitudes like, "You'll just have to accept it on
faith." To their ears that sounds like, "Leap before you look. Who knows, you
might get lucky." They want to know why they should leap at all.
Perhaps you're a Paul. Is the intellectual approach one that fits you? Are
you an inquisitive type who enjoys working with ideas and evidence?
This style has become more and more important as our society has become
increasingly secular. So many seekers need to hear the gospel not only declared
but also defined and defended.
This is the style Mark identified with that night several years ago. The
pattern he observed in Paul legitimized his own interest in studying philosophy
and apologetics (the defense of the Christian faith). Since then he's
flourished evangelistically as he's marshaled the evidence supporting
Christianity to reach seekers individually and in large groups. And he's built
ministries designed to further those efforts.
This is also the primary approach used by such well-known Christians as Josh
McDowell, D. James Kennedy, and Ravi Zacharias.
The Blind Man's Testimonial Approach
Though we know less about him than we do about Peter or Paul, we can be sure
about this; the blind man healed by Jesus in John 9 had seen something happen
in his life worth talking about.
He'd been blind since birth, and regularly sat begging from people passing
by. But his routine quickly changed when Jesus came along and gave him the gift
of sight. No sooner was he able to see than he was thrust in front of a hostile
audience and asked to explain what had happened.
It is interesting that the man refused to enter into theological debate with
them (John 9:25), though Paul probably would have been happy to oblige them
with a few compelling arguments. And he steered away from confrontation, whereas Peter might have given
them a shot of truth. Those responses didn't fit who he was.
Instead he spoke from his experience and confidently said, "One thing I do
know. I was blind but now I see!" That's a difficult declaration to argue with,
isn't it? It's pretty hard to escape the implications of such a testimony, even
from a fledgling Christian.
Notice that in verse 3 Jesus said this man had been born blind "so that the
work of God might be displayed in his life." That's an example of what I've
been saying: that we are custom-tailored for a particular approach. God had
been preparing this man all of his life for these events and his telling them
in a way that would point people toward Christ.
And there are a lot of people who live and work around you who need to hear
a similar testimony about how God is working in a believer's life. They might
not respond very well to a challenge or an argument, but a personal account of
someone's coming to faith would influence them powerfully.
Could that story be yours? Do you, like the man who had been blind, feel
comfortable telling others how God led you to himself? Even if you haven't done
that yet, does this idea excite you? Stories like yours can be powerful
Examples of people who effectively use this testimonial approach include
Dave Dravecky, the former baseball pitcher who lost his arm to cancer, and Joni
Erickson Tada, a quadriplegic woman whose account of how God helped her through
her tragic accident points people clearly toward Him.
It's important to point out that effective testimonies don't have to be
dramatic. Don't exclude yourself from this approach because you have a
garden-variety testimony. Maybe you went to church and were religious all your
life before you realized that those things didn't make you a Christian. But the
story of how you moved from religion into a relationship with Christ will be
more relevant to most of your acquaintances than a sensational story of someone
coming to Christ out of a life of witchcraft and drugs.
As a matter of fact, the difficulty of personally relating to the dramatic
testimony may give your friends an excuse. "People like that need religion!"
they might say. But your everyday story will relate to their everyday life and
show them that they, too, need the grace and leadership of God that you've
And if you do have a more dramatic story, ask God to lead you concerning how
much detail to give and to whom to tell it, so that they'll hear the aspects of
your experience they can connect with, and be drawn to seek what you've found
Matthew's Interpersonal Approach
By any standard, he was an unlikely candidate. Tax collectors just weren't
known for becoming evangelists. Yet that's exactly what happened to Matthew.
After accepting Jesus' call to become one of His followers, he decided to do
whatever he could to bring along as many of his friends as possible.
So, as we saw in Luke 5:29, he put on a big banquet for all of his
tax-collecting buddies in an effort to expose them to Jesus and the new life He
offered. Unlike those who utilize the other approaches we've examined, Matthew
didn't confront or intellectually challenge them, nor is there any mention of
his telling them the story of what had happened to him. Those were simply not
Rather, he relied on the relationships he'd built with these men over the
years and sought to further develop their friendships. He invited them into his
home. He spent time with them and ate with them. He did all of this because he
genuinely cared about them, and he wanted to influence them toward considering
the claims of Christ.
The vantage point of friendship gives us the highest possibility of
influence in the lives of others.
From my experience, those who have the interpersonal style of evangelism
specialize in this area. They tend to be warm, people-centered individuals who
enjoy deep levels of communication and trust with those they're reaching out
And many people will never be reached until someone takes the time to build
that kind of intimacy with them. Maybe you're an interpersonal evangelist. Do
you enjoy having long talks over a cup of coffee with a friend you're trying to
reach? Can you patiently listen to other people's concerns without rushing in
to tell them what they need to do? Do you enjoy having people into your home,
sharing a meal, and spending time in conversation?
A couple of well-known examples of the interpersonal style are Becky Pippert
and Joe Aldrich, both of whom have written helpful books on the subject (see
"Resource Review," page 60). Churches around the world need a lot more of their
members to develop this kind of approach with their own friends and family
members as well as the lost people in their wider communities.
The Samaritan Woman's Invitational Approach
Don't you love the way God picks unlikely people to fulfill His divine
purposes? We've seen it with the blind man, with Matthew, and now with this
woman from Samaria. And, as you get more involved in personal outreach to
others, you'll probably feel this way about yourself. I sometimes look at God's
activity of touching people through me and say to myself, "Who'd have ever
thunk it!" God seems to delight in using ordinary, everyday kinds of people in
surprising and exciting ways.
The Samaritan woman had three things going against her: she was a Samaritan,
she was a woman and she was living an immoral lifestyle. Back then, any one of
these would be enough to disqualify her from being taken seriously by society.
But do you think that stopped Jesus? You can read in John 4 how He ignored all
the conventional wisdom and political correctness of the day by striking up a
conversation with her.
It didn't take long for the woman to realize that the man she was talking to
was no ordinary Jewish teacher.
His prophetic insights and authoritative answers convinced her of His claim
to be the Messiah.
So what did she do? She immediately went to her town and brought a bunch of
people to the well to hear Jesus for themselves. This simple invitation
resulted in His staying in their town for two days. Many of the woman's friends
declared, in verse 42, "Now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this
man really is the Savior of the world."
There are many people who would make great strides in their spiritual
journey if someone would go to the effort of strategically inviting them to a
seeker-friendly church service or outreach event.
And a lot of non-Christians are open to this approach. A recent poll by
researcher George Barna showed, for example, that about 25 percent of the
adults in the United States would go to church if a friend would just invite
them. Think about it: one in four of your friends would be willing to join you!
The primary question you'll need to answer is what kinds of events--church
services, concerts, movies, plays or other programs in your church or community
--would be appropriate to bring them to. Consider their perspective and
interests in order to make the best choice.
Although invitations are a great way for all of us to reach out to others, some
people, like the woman at the well, have a knack for getting people to go
places with them.
Do you find yourself constantly widening the circle of people involved in
your activities? Have you found that when there's an outreach event going on
your minivan is getting a bit tight? Maybe it's time to trade it in on a
full-size van so you can expand your evangelistic efforts!
It's hard to think of well-known examples of people with the invitational
style. Many of these Christians tend to stay out of the limelight. But when you
see one you'll probably know it. They love to pick up strays. They're the
unsung heroes who make outreach events successful by filling them with people
who need to hear the message.
Mark knows someone named Nancy who has this style. A few years back his
friends threw a birthday party for him. There were about 30 people there,
including one guy he'd never seen before. Later, this man took out a violin and
played "Happy Birthday."
Mark thought it was a nice gesture, but he still wondered who this person
was. Finally, someone filled him in. The violinist was trekking across the
country alone, and Nancy had met him at the train station.
She decided to bring him to Mark's birthday party, just in case he might
meet some contagious Christians who'd be able to help him come to Christ.
Now that's the invitational approach!
Dorcas' Service Approach
The Bible says in Acts 9:36 that Dorcas was "always doing good and helping
the poor." She was well-known for her loving acts of service which she
performed in the name of Christ. Specifically, she made robes and articles of
clothing for widows and other needy people in her town.
She was, in effect, a quiet practitioner of what we're calling the service
approach to evangelism. It would have been very hard for people to observe her
activity and not get a glimpse of the love of Christ that inspired her. In
fact, her work was so important that when she died a premature death, God sent Peter to raise her
from the dead and put her back into service.
People who take this approach find it relatively easy to serve others. It's
how God made them. They naturally notice needs others don't see, and they find
joy in meeting them, even if they don't get a lot of credit for it. Often more
quiet types, these people enjoy expressing compassion through tangible forms of
Though this style tends to get less press, and it often takes a much longer
period of time before producing spiritual results, it's one of the most
important approaches. Service-style evangelists touch people nobody else can
Ginger had a brother who was into New Age ideas and was disinterested
in Christianity. So she did what came naturally to her and her confrontational
style--she challenged him with the claims of Christ. When that didn't seem to
make a dent, she studied and came to him with reasons why he should change his
position. Nothing got through. Finally, all hope seemed to dissipate when he
moved his family to join a New Age religious sect.
But God had another card up His sleeve. When Ginger's brother moved into his
new home, he soon met the people who lived next-door. These people were
constantly doing things for him, like helping him get settled in, lending a
hand when something needed to be fixed, bringing over food when someone in his
family was sick. Just ordinary acts of service--done out of their love for
They brought down the wall between Ginger's brother and God, brick by brick.
Within a year's time, he had committed his life to Christ, moved his family
back home, and celebrated his first communion sitting next to Ginger at one of
our worship services!
Can you see why this style needs to be celebrated? Those neighbors will
probably never be famous, but God is using their efforts to reach those the
rest of us haven't got a clue how to.
You may not have the knowledge of Paul or the courage of Peter and the
Samaritan woman. But you're a whiz at making meals or fixing cars. I hope you
can see how things can be done in a way that points people to God.
How did you find your fit?
Teen finds her fit in person
Sarah Knopp, 14, Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
Country Hills Community Church,
(North American Baptist Conference)
I went through a class on how to share my faith two years ago with my
church. At the time, I felt lonely because there weren't any youth my age at
church. I had many non-Christian friends at school and I felt that, if I could
get someone to come to church with me, I wouldn't feel so alone.
I was surprised to find that so many of my classmates were open to the
message. I learned how to approach them and how to relate to others what Christ
has done in my life.
I learned that everyone has his or her own personal style of evangelism.
Going through the Becoming a Contagious Christian class at church helped me
realize that I am an interpersonal and invitational person. I think that it is
important to develop a relationship with people before you share Christ with
them. There has to be trust in the relationship.
I remember asking a girl in one of my classes to go on a retreat with me. We
barely knew each other, but God told me to ask her. To my surprise, she said
yes. We developed a close friendship that weekend. When we got home, she wrote
me a letter saying that she had accepted Christ as her Savior. To be used by
God is definitely a neat thing.
Commitment leads to confidence in D.C.
Mack Edwards, Washington, D.C.,
Fellowship Church, (Brethren)
I was compelled to go through our church's evangelism training out of my
genuine care and concern for people. There is a lot of work for us to do. Not
everyone possesses the skills to witness, but we are commanded to share Christ
with the world. It is important that we learn how to do it effectively.
I learned how to express my testimony and to present it. The first thing I
do is listen to the person and see if there is a common thread between that
person's situation and experiences in my own life. Then I can share how I found
hope in that situation.
Since I've focused on my responsibility to share Christ, I have experienced
a conviction for the lost people I see everyday on the streets of Washington,
D.C. I am more in tune with the people around me. And I am a lot more confident
about approaching someone and sharing my testimony with them.
One thing that amazed me during the study was to find that there are so many
styles of evangelism. It is exciting to see a fellow Christian embrace his or
her evangelism style and grasp how God can use us. God is definitely awesome in
the way He uses people.
GROW-ing anon missioncongregation
First Baptist Church (SBC), of Gardendale, Alabama, is equipping its members
to take the gospel of Christ into the mission field--the one in their own
First Baptist uses two major programs to help its members find their fit for
sharing Christ. They are in their fourth year of using Evangelism Explosion
(EE) and their second year of God Rewards Our Work (GROW).
According to Mark Harrison, minister of education, the two programs have met
with encouraging success. But it's the church's recognition that not everyone
is best suited to the same style of evangelism that helps members find their
way of sharing about Christ.
"For years we had the hit and miss approach to evangellism, but it didn't
work. We decided we needed a more structured program for helping our members
find the best way," Harrison says.
More than 30 members go through EE every year and each Sunday school class
is involved in GROW.
The wide variety of ways to plug into GROW gives people with varying witness
styles ways to share, Harrison says. Members are offered the options of making
personal visits, making telephone calls, writing cards and notes or praying
specifically for people who don't have a personal relationship with Christ as
But Gardendale has gone beyond structure to help members who do not fit
those programs become involved.
Almost two years ago, the church started a class called Missions 401. This
class trains Christians how to be a verbal personal witness. Each individual
learns how to give a testimony and share the plan of salvation. Missions 401
also includes a course on how to pray for lost people. Since they started
Missions 401, more than 400 people have taken the class and scores of people
have been led to faith in Christ.
For three years, First Baptist has been a leader in the state convention in
numbers of baptisms. This year they have already baptized more than 300 people.
"I attribute that to our evangelism program and our worship services," Harrison
According to its mission statement, the purpose of First Baptist is "to love
God, love the people, win the lost and mature the saved." Mission impossible?
Not for Gardendale's First Baptist Church.
Teaching Sunday school is a
natural for Nancy
Nancy Shelton, Fayetteville, Georgia,
New Hope Baptist Church, (SBC)
I have to be honest. I wasn't totally comfortable sharing my faith. I wanted
to be able to share my faith in any setting. I wanted to be as effective as
possible whether I was sharing at work, with close friends or a complete
stranger. For me it took the commitment to be involved in evangelism training
With the confidence from the formal preparation, I was able to put my
training into practical use, even while teaching Sunday school. One example
I'll always remember is a Korean woman who started coming to our church.
Chung Ai had been presented with the gospel in both English and Korean. When
asked if she understood the gospel her answer was always, "Yes, I'm okay." When
someone says that, you know they don't fully understand.
Chung Ai was in a class I taught two years ago. One Sunday I passed around a
piece of paper with an illustration of a bridge separating God and the sinner.
I asked everyone to put a mark where they were on the bridge. When the paper
got to Chung Ai she said, "We need to talk." I assumed that she didn't
understand this particular exercise. She said she understood, but the problem
was that she was on the wrong side of the bridge.
We were able to explain to Chung Ai how to truly accept Christ as Savior.
That day she crossed over to the right side of the bridge.
That simple illustration was the key to reaching a woman whose language
barriers had kept her from experiencing the saving grace of God.
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