Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Keeping First Things First

Ok. We've had another "Rick Warren" cycle here. Seems like he's been fairly visible of late. But there comes a time where you have to try to get back to something a bit more positive. Yes, we are to mark those who teach error, but we are called, first and foremost, to spreading the gospel.

We have just begun a new year. What a great time to set new goals or refocus on old ones that haven't yet been realized!

With that in mind, how many of you would like to join me in making or renewing your commitment to personal evangelism? Lest you think I'm asking for some big leaps of faith, I'm not necessarily doing that. For those of you who (like me) are sometimes squeamish here are some easy ideas....

1. Get some postit note pads. Write "" on them and stick them on things such as library computer monitors or on the bank drive-through door. People will see them, get curious, and check out the web site!

2. Print a small sign for the back window of your car that has two lines that says "Think you're a good person?"....and drive courteously.

3. Get some "Gift for You" tracts from Living Waters. Put a real dollar bill in each one. Next time you go to walmart, approach the greeter and say "Here, this is for you!" Trust me, they will thank you, and when they see the dollar bill they will be overcome by the idea that you "gave of yourself".

There are tons of other things you can do like this that are very simple. If you like to write, why not write an article to your local paper...a letter to the editor in response to an article on some health issue or the environment saying "Hey, sure, we're concerned about this, but even more importantly we need to think about bigger issues such as life and death" and give them the message of law and grace, sin, repentance and faith.

Then, of course, when you have opportunity, talk through the gospel with someone. If you don't know how, check out Way of the Master, Living Waters, or There are good classes, outlines and examples there.

If you need encouragement, let me know! If you need help getting started, let me know!

Let's press on for the glory of God!


Karen (Rosesandtea) said...

I think the idea of the post-it notes with the url of one of the "good person tests" is a great one! I have some pre-printed ones but a hand-written one would be much better for libraries, internet cafes, etc, I think. Great post for the new year, thanks and God bless you.

Tim Brown said...

Thanks, Karen!

I think the reason why they work better with handwriting is because they look "spontaneous". It's like you left a "reminder to yourself" behind and people wonder what they are missing out on.

What I ended up doing was going to Staples and having them make a rubber stamp with that on it. You write it out by hand and they make it for you while you wait. I think mine was about $25 and it is self-inking. Just use a heavier point pen or a small black marker. If you use a fine point pen, it doesn't translate as well to a rubber stamp.

That will save you writer's cramp!

Tim Brown said...

When I go to McDonald's at the drive through, I sometimes stick one on the edge of the shelf sticking out. When I go to the bank, I stick them under the door where the drive thru tube is.

"" is very easy to remember. Even if they don't take the note, they see it and the URL is in their mind...