Do you have a friend or family member who, you are beginning to think, is beyond the reach of the Gospel? Consider Saul of Tarsus!
The conversion of Saul after the resurrection is, arguably, the greatest evidence of the truth and power of the Gospel. How else do we explain the dramatic change in him from persecutor to preacher? His conversion was so radical that even the Apostles themselves found it difficult to believe.
When God opened Paul’s blind eyes and softened his hard heart, he had an entirely different view of Jesus. He no longer thought of Him as an imposter; he proclaimed Him to be the Son of God. He also had a completely new take on the followers of Jesus. He wanted to be with them. What had happened to him? He tells Timothy: “though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent…I received mercy…” (1 Timothy 1:13).
Whereas before he was converted, Paul boasted in his own “credentials;” now united with Christ, he boasted in his weaknesses so that Christ’s power would be displayed in him.
When we interview people for membership here at Parkside, we are always greatly encouraged when, in giving testimony to their faith, these marks are present: a new view of Jesus as Savior, a desire to be with God’s people, and an understanding of God’s mercy.
I am constantly on the lookout for material that will help me to share the Good News in casual settings. Someone who always helps with this is my friend Rico Tice.
Our resource this month is a gem. It is his latest book, “Honest Evangelism: How to talk about Jesus even when it’s tough.”
If, like me, you find yourself hesitant to share your faith, this book will be a terrific resource. It’s full of practical, step-by-step suggestions for engaging in Gospel conversations. I read the pre-publication copy in one sitting. (It is not too long!) You will also enjoy an insightful interview on the topic of evangelism with Rico that can be heard on our website this month at truthforlife.org/honest.
As always, this brief epistle comes with my sincere thanks for your ongoing partnership and with my love in the Lord Jesus.
Topics: Letters From Alistair Begg