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Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)
TITLE: Reaching Out
By Donna Carrico
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This is one of only two Scriptures in the whole Bible with the word ?evangelist? in them. Preaching the gospel is such a life changing experience that you would think the word would be used more. Perhaps in God?s wisdom, He knew there is so much more to reaching out to people. Marsha is the first person that comes to my mind. She probably didn?t realize she was evangelizing. She was just reaching out to a tormented woman who had suffered a lifetime of abuse. She saw a fractured soul who had lost hope. The woman had recently gotten a divorce and faced the responsibility of owning her own business and the relatively sole care of her two children. Her friend had a trash mouth, but a really kind heart towards others. Marsha listened while the woman poured out her heart and shared deep secrets that she had never told anyone. Those secrets had almost led to her death after a second serious suicide attempt of cutting her wrists. Marsha was grieved that her old school mate had suffered for so many years and that she had not kept in touch. The poor woman had tried to go to church immediately after her separation and suicide attempt because she wanted to raise her children to be right with God, even though she knew she was not right with God. However, none of the four churches she visited reached out to her or shared the gospel with her. They treated her like someone who was not worthy to sit on a pew. Therefore, she gave up on God. Then Marsha came by one day telling of the love, mercy, and forgiveness of the heavenly Father. Marsha pleaded with the woman. She said, ?Jesus is waiting for you with his arms opened wide to take you back.? Marsha tried to convince the woman to try her little church even after the woman said, ?I?m too bad for God to love me.?
Marsha was not a teacher. She was not a preacher?s wife. She was just a true Christian who knew the transforming power of God. She was evangelism in action. Her efforts were blessed. The woman accepted Marsha?s invitation and after four visits to the little church was gloriously born again.
Romans 10:14-17 KJV How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (15) And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (16) But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? (17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The woman is still serving the Lord. I am blessed to be the woman Marsha evangelized.
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