“Never a day without speaking to someone about Christ.”
DL Moody made a commitment like this soon after he trusted Christ. He was a busy man and there are stories of him setting out at the eleventh hour to speak to someone. A month or so ago, several Southeastern professors began dreaming about what might happen if a number of our students, faculty, and staff made a similar commitment. As we considered this, we thought it might be a bit heavy to ask for a lifelong commitment so we decided on 30 days, the 30 days of September to be exact. (Click here and here for more information about this) This is a heavy commitment but we enter into it with great expectations.
Our school emphasizes the Great Commission, but we hope this movement will transform a grand concept into a lifestyle. Our hope is that for some, 30 days will become a hard habit to break.
Our denomination reports a serious decline in baptisms over the past years. As we have investigated some of the causes behind these falling numbers, it has become clear that one of the main issues is a lack of personal evangelism. We hope that this commitment will begin a new phase of evangelisms for some and maybe be a small step in the right direction for Southern Baptists.
The history of spiritual awakening shows that one of the precursors to revival is fervent prayer and courageous evangelism. We are asking and hoping that this commitment will transform our campus.
Lastly—actually most important(!) we know that the only hope for eternal life is the gospel. We also know that this saving faith is only possible when someone shares the gospel. In other words, the next month has the possibility to of bringing salvation to many.
The purpose of this post is to extend an invitation to you too. We are asking everyone to make a commitment for the next 30 days (30 days of September) to not let one day pass you by without you speaking to someone about Christ. We know this is a heavy commitment and we also know that it will require a radical adjustment in lifestyle for you. But think of the benefit for you and for your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc.
To help you with fulfill this commitment we are offering a special evangelism training seminar August 23 at 9AM in the Jacumin Simpson Building at Southeastern Seminary. This training is free and breakfast will be provided.
Will you join us in this commitment?
What would prevent you from joining this movement?
During the 30 days, begin each day with this prayer and continue to pray it throughout the day. I don’t know where I first heard of this prayer, but I have been using it for many years now. Here it is:
God, give me an OPPORTUNITY today to speak to someone about Christ;
Give me WISDOM to see it;
Give me the BOLDNESS to seize it.
Think about all the people you know. Look at your contacts in your phone. Who is there who does not know Christ? We believe that as we walk with Jesus daily, the Holy Spirit will give us divine appointments to witness. He certainly does, but He also gives us the wisdom to build relationships with those who do not know Christ so that we can take the initiative to create some appointments ourselves.
During the 30 days, make appointments with those you know who do not know Christ. Meet them for coffee, go fishing or to the movies with them, exercise your gift of hanging out! Several days out of a month should afford such an opportunity, true?
“By much perseverance the snail reached the ark.” Spurgeon
Perhaps by now you have realized that a commitment like 30 days of going actually takes a lot of effort, planning, and in some cases, changing our schedule. If you have had a day or two – or several – where you have not been able to share Christ, don’t give up! Persevere. There have been several times in my life when I went out to share Christ, going door-to-door, visiting folks who were guests at our church, etc, when the very last person we talked to came to Christ. No matter how your month has gone so far, persevere. God is doing a greater work in you than 30 days can measure.
As you go throughout this month of going, try to change the mindset that you are going out to make visits, evangelistic reports, witnessing opportunities, contacts, or some other expression. You go not to make visits but to make friends. I have a couple of wonderful friends in the Wake Forest area I met eating at their restaurants or knocking on their door. Think of every person you meet as a potential friend; this will help your encounter be far more personal. And we can all use more friends!
Nowadays door-to-door evangelism is out of style. It’s not the best way to reach people nor is it the only way. But it still works (most approaches don’t work if you don’t do them). I had a student this semester go out knocking on doors and discovered most people are quite friendly and many really want to talk about Jesus.
So don’t knock it until you try it (sorry for the pun). Get a friend, knock on doors, and see what God can do.
I’ve lived in Wake Forest almost 20 years. When Michelle and I first came to interview, then-dean of students Danny Akin took me to lunch at the only sit down restaurant in town. Now we are a destination for people to come to dine out as we have a plethora of restaurants. I have eaten countless meals and most of the time asked the server if we could pray with them (and left a good tip). I’ve seen a couple come to Christ and a lot of folks encouraged.
During the 30 days, save up your spare change and go to a restaurant. Go at an off-peak time so the server is not too busy. Ask if you can pray for him/her, and look for ways to encourage them. At the least, leave a gospel booklet with the nice tip, and perhaps add a personal note on the receipt. Keep going to the same place and ask for the same server if you can. We have many servers in our area, most of whom do not know Christ.
In a famous scene in the Disney Movie “Alice in Wonderland” the Cheshire Cat tells Alice, if you don’t know where you are going it does not matter which way you go. This is the real objective of our #30daysofgoing emphasis. Success does not rest on your meeting an arbitrary goal, but in changing your daily habits. The world needs Christians with a vision for evangelism and the courage to be intentional. Where are you going? We are going to tell the world that those who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Will you go?