The basic premise:
When God “underlined” the eunuch for Phillip, (with “Go stand next to THAT chariot”), Phillip obeyed and found a spiritually thirsty person. Phillip then began a conversation that lead to the eunuch coming to faith.
Our model is to encourage the same.
- Notice the person who God underlines,
- Position yourself in the right place, and
- Engage in a conversation.
In God’s sovereignty, a misdialed number:
Recently, I taught a seminar in a church, where the group had this as their practical assignment.
The testimonies that were shared in small groups were amazing — people found it easy to share their faith when they put themselves “next to” someone that God underlined, and began a conversation.
For example, the phone rang at a participant’s house.
The caller said, “Congratulations, and Happy Birthday.”
“Well, I am very happy, but today is not my birthday. I supposed you’ve got the wrong number” — my seminar participant replied.
“Oh I’m sorry to have misdialed.”
But before he hung up, she felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to say “Even though today is not my birthday, I’m happy all the time because I know that today is another day that God has given me.”
“You are a Christian lady?”
“I quit going to church many years ago, but recently been thinking about the mess my life has become .. . . .” — the stranger confesses.
At that point, the conversation continues in a natural flow, with the stranger ultimately praying with the evangelism seminar participant to rededicate his life to the Lord and return to church.
You can do this!
This participant simply felt prompted to make such a statement that opened the conversation.
Wondering if perhaps in God’s sovereignty the caller had misdialed, she threw out an opening line to see where the conversation might go.
Simply, she took a risk with a stranger who crossed paths with her.
This is how simple evangelism can be — noticing who crosses your path in God’s sovereignty and engaging in a conversation.
Let me ask you this:
Can you see who will cross your path today that God might be bringing you to connect with?