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Ten Shekels and a Shirt

June 15, 2010

If you’ve never heard the powerful and very relevant message “Ten Shekels and a Shirt” by Paris Reidhead, you don’t realize how much your missing. It could literally bring about a major transformation in the way you and most Christian’s you know think. He preached it about 30 years ago, and you can tell it in the recording, but it is one of the most applicable sermons you will ever hear.

I’m going to attempt to give a summary by quoting him and filling in what’s needed to shorten the 51 minute sermon. If you really want to get the full effect of an impassioned man crying out against this unchristian philosophy, click here.

Judges 17-18

A story is told in Judges of a young Levite who left the city where he lived and ended up traveling to Ephraim to the house of a man Micah. Micah offered the young priest ten shekels and a shirt per year to perform his priestly rites in Micah’s self-made temple.

Later, people from another Israelite tribe, Dan, came to get land for inheritance. When they came to steal the molten-images and instruments from Micah’s temple, the young Levite asked them what they were doing. The Danites told him to “Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?

So the Levite gladly left with the Danites to serve for them.

How does it apply to us?

We see from this story how easy it was for the young Levite to leave his hired position in favor of the more prominent position. He really wasn’t interested in what he should be doing, but rather what made his life better. He was using his priestly status as a means to get him something better in life. “And by what are we going to judge our lives and our ministries? And the question that you are going to ask yourself is: Is God an end or is he a means? And you have to decide very early in your Christian life whether you are viewing God as an end or a means.” Are you going to see God as the goal or the way to get to the goal? The young Levite used God as a means to get him a better position.

To understand how we do the same thing, we need to look at our era’s leading philosophy.  “The philosophy of the day became humanism. And you can define humanism this way. Humanism is a philosophical statement that declares the end of all being is the happiness of man, that the reason for existence is man’s happiness.” The secular thought says that since we’re all just evolved animals with no God, there’s nothing better to do than to find what makes us most happy. “Children shouldn’t be brought to any particular standard, that the end of education was simply to allow the child to express himself and expand on what he is and find his happiness in being what he wants to be.”

This humanism has invaded the world of Christian thinking both in liberal and fundamental teaching. Very basically, liberal Christians try to make the world brighter by helping the poor and  hurt and bringing about social reform; while fundamental Christians try to get people to heaven by having them accept the right doctrine. ” The liberal says the end of religion is to make man happy while he is alive. And the fundamentalist says the end of religion is to make man happy when he dies.”

We hear something like this, “Accept Jesus so you can go to heaven. You don’t want to go to that old, filthy, nasty, burning hell when there is a beautiful heaven up there. Now come to Jesus so that you can go to heaven.”

What should our philosophy of evangelism be?

“If you will ask me why I went to Africa, I will tell you I went primarily to improve on the justice of God. I didn’t think it was right for anybody to go to hell without a chance to be saved. And so I went to give poor sinners a chance to go to heaven.

“Do you know what it is? It is humanism, that I was simply using the provisions of Jesus Christ as a means to improve upon human conditions of suffering and misery. And when I got to Africa I discovered that they weren’t poor ignorant little heathen running around in the woods waiting for…looking for someone to tell them how to go to heaven, that they were monsters of iniquity that were living in utter and total defiance of far more knowledge of God than I ever dreamed they had.

“And there, alone in my bedroom as I faced God honestly with what my heart felt it seemed to me I heard him say, “Yes, will not the judge of all the earth do right? The heathen are lost and they are going to go to hell not because they haven’t heard the gospel. They are going to go to hell because they are sinners who love their sin and because they deserve hell. But I didn’t send them out there for them. I didn’t send you out there for their sakes.”

” “I didn’t send you to Africa for the sake of the heathen. I sent you to Africa for my sake. They deserved hell, but I love them. And I endured the agonies of hell for them. I didn’t send you out there for them. I sent you out there for me. Do I not deserve the reward of my sufferings? Don’t I deserve those for whom I died?”

“And it reversed it all and changed it all and righted it all. And I wasn’t any longer working for Micah and 10 shekels and a shirt, but I was serving the living God. And I was there not for the sake of the heathen, but I was there for the Savior that had endured the agonies of hell for the heathen who didn’t deserve it. But he deserved them because he died for them. Are you saved?

“Let me epitomize. Let me summarize. Christianity says, “The end of all being is the glory of God.”

[Levi]

Book review!

May 1, 2009

How to Share Your Faith Without an Argument written by Bill Faye. (Read here.) I’d have to say this booklet  is excellent, truly excellent. Though only thirty three pages long, the great ideas and examples it shares are a wealth of knowledge. It teaches the use of interesting questions that get people thinking, but which bring no cause for an argument. It then shows how to have the unbeliever read the verses out loud and tell you, the soul winner, what God means by the verses. This leaves their argument with God, not you. This technique also opens the door to the Holy Spirit to speak directly to the person because they have to interpret what God is saying. The booklet gives several verses to explain this way of sharing your faith.

My parents had talked quite a bit about the book, but I never read it until tonight, and I wish I’d done so much earlier! Why don’t you read it right now? Read here. I took me about an hour or so, and it was very well spent. If you can’t read it now, make a point to read it tomorrow. You can’t miss out on it!

God’s richest blessings!
Levi

New Scriptures

April 18, 2009

Hey everyone!

I was doing some thinking (ya I know it’s dangerous but sometimes it’s healthy XD), and I realized that there are probably a whole bunch of Bible verses that we don’t have on our Scriptures page.  I also realized that some of you readers might have some that we are missing.  If you know of any good, evangelism-related Bible verses that fit in any of our categories on the Scripture page not listed there, feel free to leave a comment with the verses and we’ll be sure to add them.  We really appreciate anything you can give us :-D.

Matt

Street Evangelism

April 15, 2009

A little while ago, I started a series on  Evangelism. We’ve already talked about Friendship evangelism. So now I’d like to move onto Street or Cold Evangelism. I haven’t used this technique much and it seems sometimes to put people off. However, I know people who have used this method with some success. Basically just as you’re walking around, living life and, when you come in contact with other people you tell them the Gospel. Not neccessarily all the time, but you’re on the lookout for people who need Jesus. This is a good idea if the idea of talking to people you know scares you. It’s kind of hard to follow up with this, but there are ways to do it. One of the people on this site actually set up another site to which he directs people he’s talked to. Whatever method you decide to use, it’s always a good idea to tell people about the good news.

Book review

January 12, 2009

Levi says,

I have been, and I probably will be posting things I’ve learned from
One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven by Mark Cahill. Here is a little bit
about it. It is a book encouraging and exhorting people to evangelize.
It is jambed packed with stories about the author’s witnessing
experiences (probably fifty or more inspiring stories). He tells
several common questions the lost have and how to answer them. The
book has many, many practical and biblical tips for witnessing to the
unsaved. He shows how bringing people to heaven is nearly the most
important thing you can do. I really recommend this book to everyone.
The wisdom and spiritual wealth contained in this medium sized book is
extremely beneficial. It is also written in an intriguing fashion and
is very convicting (the author is like a full-time one-on-one soul
winner.) He shows the correct ways to share the gospel and interesting
things to get people to want to listen. Very good read.

The Way of the Master!

January 10, 2009

Way of the Master (WOTM) is a organization founded and organized by Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, Todd Friel, among others. Way of the Master has a television program, a radio show (now called Wretched Radio), and many other resources. They realize that more than 150,000 people die every 24 hours, and statistics show that only 5% of professing-Christians reach out to those lost. WOTM is trying to equip Christians with the resources they need to be an effective witness for Christ. Here are some +

of the main points they stress in evangelism:

  • Going around the intellect and reaching to the conscience. When people see their sin, and are guilty of it, you can show them God’s salvation. It is easy to get caught up in debating Evolution, the validity of the Bible, and such, but when people are guilty of their sin they will want to be saved from it. Especially when see that their sin has the possibility of sending them to hell.
  • People don’t feel guilty for their sin when they’ve hardened their hearts. So WOTM shows how to soften hearts to the Gospel by showing them God’s Law. A great starting point for showing people their sin is the Ten Commandments.
  • Boldness is a virtue. WOTM shows how easy it is to put off sharing the gospel and the law to “be on peoples’ good side.” It’s easy to forget God’s law and the coming judgement; instead we talk about the Love, Peace, and Joy that we will have when we believe in Jesus.

An illustration they often use is about a guy on an airplane. The flight attendant tells him to put a parachute because it will make his plane ride more enjoyable. The people on the plane laugh at him because he’s wearing the funny, bulky parachute for no apparent reason. He rips it off in disgust because it truly doesn’t make his ride better. On another plane the flight attendant tells a man to wear a parachute because of the 20,000 ft. drop that will be coming. He gladly ignores the mocking of the others because he knows the true reason for his parachute. Unbelievers need to know the true reason for Jesus’ saving grace.

Way of the Master has a great array of resources, including: An awesome DVD course on evangelism, easy-to-give-away Gospel tracts, and their site, www.WayoftheMaster.com, has a huge list of topics that you may need to know while witnessing. Check it out… no really, check it out.

God bless you,

Levi

Do Hard Things

October 18, 2008

Hey everyone,

This book is not dedicated entirely to evangelism, but it can have a profound impact on your evangelism.  It is written by Alex and Brett Harris, teens at the time, and it was written specifically to encourage teens to do extraordinary things for God.  You may ask what this has to do with evangelism.  Well, often, we as teens are not expected to do much.  This too often hinders us as we try to evangelize, because our efforts are seen as useless and pointless.  This book will show you why not to think that way.  The resulting change in your efforts will be phenomenal.  I recommend this book to all teens.

Matt

Great Apologetics Website

October 4, 2008

Hey everyone,

I have another great resource for anyone who wants to evangelize.  It is called www.carm.org. Here is a quote from the actual website:

CARM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Its purpose is to equip Christians and refute error.  Christianity is under attack everywhere and we need to articulate our faith intelligently and biblically.   To this end, CARM offers a concise, comprehensive explanation of the Christian faith along with logical analysis of errors in popular beliefs, both secular and sacred. It is easy to use, written for the layman, and covers a huge range of topics.

That pretty much sums it up.  Anyone interested in evangelism should check this site out.

In Christ, Matt

P. S. Sorry about the huge font.  I couldn’t shrink it.

First resource

September 30, 2008

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to let you in on a great evangelism resource.  The book is called Dare to Share: a Field Guide to Sharing your Faith.  The author, Greg Stier, holds annual conferences nationwide.  There is a website where you can buy this book (among others), find out more about the gospel, and even find tips on sharing your faith.  Hope this helps!