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Intentional Evangelists



Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day.
This past week I read that over half the human beings who have ever existed are alive in the world today. That means there are more people on this side of eternity than there are on the far side. Or to put it another way, during the next century the combined population of heaven and hell will double.
With the eternal destiny of more than half the human race hanging in the balance, this is no time to be an Accidental Evangelist. By an Accidental Evangelist I mean a Christian who has no real intention of ever leading anyone to Christ. An Accidental Evangelist is a genuine Christian who trusts in Jesus Christ for salvation, reads the Bible, and goes to church, which means that there are probably some Accidental Evangelists who are reading this. But there is one thing Accidental Evangelists do not do, and that is make a deliberate effort to share their faith. If they ever do lead anyone to Christ, it happens more or less by accident.
As we come to the end of Summer and the beginning of the Fall I want to encourage you to become an Intentional Evangelist. To make it your goal to help lead someone to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.   To adopt the attitude of the apostle Paul, who become "all things to all men so that by all possible means" he might save some" (1 Cor. 9:22b).
Let me encourage you to do three things in the coming months. One, pray for people to get saved. Begin to make a list of people in your family and the circle of your friends who need to know Jesus Christ as Savior.
Second, because it would be dishonest to pray and not do our part, be willing to be part of the conversion process.   Ask God to give you opportunities to share your faith. I am convinced that many opportunities come our way and we "drop the ball." Work daily at creating an environment to talk about Jesus.    
Third, invite a friend to church. The Bible teaches that salvation comes from hearing the preaching of God's Word (Romans 10:14-17).   Admittedly, most of the messages I preach are for the believer. But I will always present the gospel.
Each day as I drive my car I see the masses of humanity in this valley. All of them are heading for eternity. Where will they end up? If you want to help them find their way to heaven you need to move beyond being an Accidental Evangelist to an Intentional one! 
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug