Be Ready, Be Wise, Be Clear

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Scripture of The Day
March 25,2021

​Philip began at this place in the Scriptures and explained the good news about Jesus. (Acts 8:35, )CEV

Excerpts from Bob Gas Ministries

In Acts chapter eight we read the story of a high-profile leader who was won to Christ. This man held a position similar to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Britain or the Secretary of the Treasury in the United States and he was led to Christ by a low-profile person called Philip, a church deacon (See Acts 8: 26-40). Let’s look at how it happened and see what we can learn:
Philip was ready. When this man needed someone to explain the gospel to him, Philip was ready to go, and ready to do it. Could you have done that? When God has a job that needs to be done, could He call on you? Would you be prepared and willing?

I was recently asked by our Pastor to come on stage during a communion service and speak about the Body of Christ that was broken for all of us. Now, the Pastor did not tell me he was going to do this but after walking with the Lord for many years, and staying in His Word, I was ready. I can remember a time when that would have freaked me out, but no more. We have to be ready in season and out.
“If anybody asks you why you believe as you do…tell him” (1 Peter 3:15, TLB). Philip was wise. He didn’t barge in and start preaching, or put this man on the spot by asking “gotcha” questions. Note two things about Philip: He was led by God’s spirit (See Acts 8:29, CEV). He recognized the right moment (See v. 35 CEV). Good soul-winners are sensitive and strategic.

Philip was clear. Instead of a vague dialogue about religion, he spoke directly about Jesus. That’s what people need—a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! They need to know He’s alive, that He loves them, and that He’s powerful enough to run the universe yet personal enough to forgive their sins, break their habits, and resolve their doubts. Our job is to extend the invitation, and let Jesus do the rest. Do you need a soul-winning strategy? Try the one used by Philip—it works!

 

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