Personal Reflections on Evangelism
“Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 ESV
Today is a day of reflection upon the sermon from Sunday and from last week’s time in the Word through these devotions. Please read through the passage one more time, asking God to give you insight and strength to make specific application to what you are learning about evangelism. Learning truth without making application brings hardness of heart. Let us pursue soft hearts and transformed lives!!
- What one truth have you learned from 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 that is impacting your heart regarding sharing the Gospel?
- Who are some people in your life with whom you think God is calling you to share the Gospel? Take some time to pray for their salvation and for your own boldness.
- What obstacles stand in the way of a conversation about the Gospel? What might help you to overcome these obstacles?
- What practical action do you plan to make in order to pursue an opportunity to share the Gospel this week?
Take a moment respond in prayer to what this passage reveals about who God is, what He wants, what you need, and what you face.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20, ESV