One great myth of evangelism is that someone will come to know Christ by simply watching how you live your life. You may have heard a quote similar to “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary use words.” Jim Denison once repeated this quote and then followed it with “It is necessary to use words.” While it is important to model the life of a follower of Jesus (which sometimes creates opportunities to share), this is not enough.

The Apostle Paul makes it clear in Romans 10 that it is necessary to use words to reach someone with the gospel when he said, “For whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?”

Paul is telling us that people cannot call on Jesus for salvation if they have not heard the good news about Him. The gospel “is the power of God for salvation”; not simply how you or I live. We are called to be a witness both in how we live our lives and also in how we verbally share the good news of Jesus. In the spring, we will begin the Practical Witness course which is designed to help you verbally share your faith where you work, live and shop. To receive updates on the upcoming course, sign-up here https://onehopemovement.com/get-involved/share/

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