Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rescue the Perishing

For some time, there has been something very much on my and my family's hearts and minds, and now, this post is a fruition of that and I'll try to put it into words . . . .

When watching The Berean Call conference in August, Carl Kerby's talks on evangelism really spoke to our hearts. Then as we watched the 2013 conference on DVD (which my Dad had gotten when he and I bought a bunch of materials from The Berean Call), the two sessions by Mark Cahill impacted each of us strongly. They, too, were on evangelism.

We have since watched several more of his videos both on youtube and ones that he sent us free on DVD when we got some of his materials and booklet tracts to give away. We have also been watching some street witnessing youtube videos by Ray Comfort and Todd Friel.

(*as a disclaimer, we don't agree with all that these individuals teach or all of their methodology when evangelizing, but overall, the work they do and the example and teaching they have is very good. We have learned a lot from them and their examples!)

The following short video is one that nearly moved me to tears when Dad shared it with the rest of us . . . the message is so very powerful:

I do not think I can put into words how much we have been convicted by what we have watched and read over the last few months . . . and how it has affected our daily lives. It feels like some of the 'fog' over our eyes has been removed, and we can see more clearly how to fulfill Christ's command to each of us to:

"Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

This conviction and enthusiasm has spread not only to my family and I, but also to our church as these videos were shared with them as well. It is exciting to see how God is working in each of our lives and how He is opening doors of opportunity!

In the first conference video we had watched by Mark Cahill, he spoke about "Praying for B.O.B" which stands for:

Burden - Opportunity - Boldness

He spoke about each of these points at length, and it was so convicting and inspiring. (As was his second talk titled "Hey Stranger"- unfortunately I can't find the newer 2013 of this talk online.)

While the below video is not the same one we watched from the conference, the main talk is the same so they are quite similar . . . and while it is long, you won't regret taking the time to watch it!

Evangelism has long been something that has been on my heart (since I was a teenager in fact.) Yet while I and my family have always tried to look for and take opportunities to share the gospel and share about the Lord with others (and we are thankful for the many times we have been able to), there are a lot of times that we missed them simply because we didn't have the boldness or didn't know how to respond to the opportunity.

We're also seeing even more now that we need to make opportunities, not just wait for one to 'fall in our laps' so to speak. And it isn't as hard as one might think! (Though it's not exactly easy either. :)

Over these last weeks and months, it is exciting to see how all that we have seen, heard, and learned is impacting our daily lives and interactions with others. We're each working to grow in this together, are encouraging one another, are excited to hear about the conversations each of us is able to have with others, and then we keep practicing, praying, and learning.

Dad has probably made the most opportunities so far! When in town, he's been able to start conversations with a number of people, including a fairly lengthy one with an older gentleman he found to be a true believer in Christ . . . . Dad was sitting in a lobby and saw this man walking toward the exit door. Dad felt a strong urge to talk with him and immediately prayed for that opportunity. The man stopped right at the door, paused a few moments, then turned right around and went and sat down by my Dad! As my Dad began talking with him and also asking questions, it led into talking about God, faith, and the Bible. It was wonderful to see how the Lord answered his prayer!

Some of our conversations, though, have been quite brief, and we keep reminding ourselves, each one is practice! And as we keep doing it, it will get easier and easier, and we'll learn better how to respond in certain situations.

Mom has had a number of opportunities as well both in encouraging other believers, sharing about doctrine (such as Calvinism and its errors), and talking with and sharing many evidences with a friend/acquaintance who doesn't believe in God and who thinks the Bible is just a bunch of stories. We loved hearing her share about these conversations with us! It is so exciting to see how God is working and opening doors!

Leah, likewise, has been able to talk with a number of people about the Lord and His Word and to offer prayer for those in need.

I, too, have continued to have many opportunities online (about: how does on become saved and know they're saved?, Calvinism, and a number of other things as well) and also have had quite a few in-person conversations. One of the latter resulted from something Carl Kerby had said in one of his talks which convicted me: "if you miss an opportunity, go back."

I had missed an opportunity with an acquaintance/friend who isn't a believer in Christ and who believes in evolution, so . . . I went back. I brought up with her a comment that she had made about evolution and was able to then share that I don't believe in evolution, but believe that God created everything. I had printed out some information about creation/evolution that answered her question/comment and was able to talk with her for a bit. While it wasn't necessarily easy going back, I am so glad I did!

So while daily life and busyness has continued over the pasts months and things might 'look' the same as always, God has been working in each of our hearts and we are excited and eager to do much more than we had been with starting conversations and sharing the gospel with friends and strangers alike, taking opportunities and making opportunities, sharing materials and books, making ourselves available for others . . . and all for one purpose . . . .

We so desire, as God desires, that not one person perish. We so want those we love and care about, those we meet on the street, our friends and our acquaintances . . . well, everyone, to hear the good news of Jesus Christ and to prayerfully, surrender their lives to Him and believe in Him as their Lord and Savior. As Mark Cahill says . . . each one of us is one heartbeat away from eternity. Ten out of ten people die, and who knows when that last heartbeat will come for each of us?

"The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9

"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire . . . ." Jude 20-23a


  1. What a great post, Sarah, and a good reminder for me! It can be so easy to get caught up in the activity of life and not take or make opportunities. But if we really believe what we say we do, we are compelled to tell others! May God bless you for reaching out and sharing His love and truth with those around you!

  2. Thanks so much for your comment and all you shared, Anna! It was an encouragement to read. And you're welcome for the post! I am so glad that it could be a blessing to you.

    It can indeed be easy to get caught up in our regular daily lives . . . I am finding that I need to consciously plan to make opportunities and also to try to have my heart and mind always ready for opportunities that arise. It is definitely a learning process!

  3. Hey Sarah Thank you so much for sharing the videos, and come to find out I have his book One Heartbeat away, I haven't read it yet, I had picked it up at a used bookstore that we go to, maybe 6 months ago, and the title got my attention, that's why I got it, but I had put it on the bookshelf to read later, but from watching the video I know it's going to be good, I plan to start on it right away, I really think it's going to be a great book to share with others, and that is my plans. I also plan to watch more of his video's, I really enjoy his teaching.

  4. You're welcome, Terry! How interesting that you found the book at a used bookstore. The title is definitely attention grabbing! I am so glad that the videos were a blessing, and I hope the book and any other videos you watch will be as well. And how wonderful that you plan to give away copies of the book, too!

    1. It's amazing how God works, at different times in our life, the things He puts in front of us at the right time. His times is always perfect.

    2. It is, Terry! And yes, His timing is always perfect.

  5. Praise the Lord!!! Thank you so much for this post, Sarah! It's such a blessing to hear how God has been teaching, preparing and challenging you, your family and your church in the area of evangelism! Thank you so much for posting about this and sharing the videos! God bless all of you as you step out in faith to "rescue the perishing."

    1. You're welcome, Karen, and thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words! It is so wonderful to see what God has been doing and what He continues to do!


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