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PE 304-Lesson I Learned In Personal Evangelism By: Miriam De Vera

On the day I received my lecture and study guide from Sis April, I scanned the books. PE 304 is a little different from other subjects that I have already taken from IBI. The subject requires us to answer examination questions and make a personal evangelism journal to share our own personal testimony on how and when we received the Lord Jesus Christ. It lasted for 8 Saturdays with take home assignments and different verses to choose and memorize.

Praise be to God during our first day of meeting. Sis April encouraged us that if we struggle being in public speaking or in a group of people PE subject will teach us how to do one on one approach. It relaxed my heart, at first I thought this subject is not for me. I’m not a conversationalist and I find things and work easier to do than talking to strangers. What an excuse! But by God’s grace, He reminded me with His words in 2 Timothy 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Nevertheless, as much as I wanted to enroll and be equipped with the Word of God, I believe He is the one to sustain me to continue.

On this subject, we tackled all the vital and necessary lessons a Christian needs to learn in regards to Personal Evangelism: What it is, how does it work, and why it is important to us Christians. It taught us how to witness like Jesus in John chapter 4, the story of a woman at the well to be kind and sympathetic. We took up some of the perplexing, confusing questions that were needed to be answered like, “What if I fail?” or “Will I do more harm than good?” It also taught how to approach friends about Christ when they have no interest in religious things, and conserving the fruits by nurturing and building them up into the fellowship of the church.  PE 304 also prepared us how to answer questions and meet objections.

I learned that Personal Evangelism is very important. I believe not only to me but to all of us Christians who profess to be disciples and followers of Christ, for He commands and promises to us in Matthew 4:19, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” I love what Dr. Carlton F. Booth said, “It is correct to say that if I am following I’m fishing and if I am not fishing I’m not following”. I learned also that if we don’t obey His commands, we might not truly understand the reason why He chose and saved us and died on the cross for us. Disobeying His command is depriving ourselves to experience the power of the Holy Spirit who enabled us to do His will. Being content with listening to every sermon every Sunday and doing my ministry in the church is not enough to deny myself to grow and be involved in PE. I realized that I’m no different to some Christians who become complacent when it comes to personal evangelism.   In Matthew 15:8 says, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”  No one who has been truly saved by Christ will refuse to work for Him, we should be witnessing for Him and seeking to win others. We need to know the value of one human soul. It’s not an easy task, but if we indeed sincerely love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind, our joy in the Lord will mobilize us to love our unsaved love ones, friends, family and neighbors to go and share the gospel. It’s the gospel that was spoken to me that has saved me.  I was in awe of what my Savior the Lord Jesus Christ has done for me because somebody opened his mouth and imparted his blessings, nurtured and equipped me for fruit bearing.

As a full time mom, I am grateful to God for the opportunity that was given me to acquire all the learnings I need for Personal Evangelism. All of my inadequacies; counting myself not good enough to do the job was eradicated by all the knowledge I acquired from this subject. It’s not too late for me nor to anyone of us to do and obey the command of the Lord in Matthew 28: 19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.” The gospel of salvation is not for us to keep but to share and be fruitful.

II Corinthians 5:10, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” It’s a challenging word that there will be a glorious reward for those who have been faithful as soul winners.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

 




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