Encouragement and Irony: Reflections from Kathy D

This is a post from Kathy D (one of the founding members at GFC Don Mills)! I am so glad she decided to come out for a morning of evangelism! She writes …

Encouraged

Evangelism is something that has never come easy to me. When I received a church email about an upcoming evangelism session, I knew that it would be good to go. However the thought of it made me nervous. This verse shared in the email encouraged me:

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ (Isaiah 52:7)

This verse not only encouraged me, but it rang true, especially when evangelizing with Paul on the streets of Don Mills.

I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmingly blessed as I listened and prayed while Paul shared the gospel with a man named John. John was a chemist (and said he was also a Roman Catholic). When Paul asked him if he knew where he would go if he died and whether or not the Lord would accept him, the man seemed to assume he would go to heaven. This assumption was based on his belief that he was a good man and did good things for society, especially through his profession as a chemist. As we spoke with him, however, it was clear that relativism dominated his philosophy of life.

When Paul showed him in the Bible that Christ said He was the only way to the Father, John replied that to claim this is treading on thin ice. He said we should never tell someone directly that there is one truth.

Irony

I found it ironic that many people, in trying to show love to others by being impartial, are doing the exact opposite. Christians, in showing love by sharing the truth, come across as being incredibly narrow minded. It’s as 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Encouraged

I was encouraged that this man seemed quite engaged with our conversation and when we parted ways Paul gave him a copy of “The Essential Jesus” and his contact information. I pray for John, that he would realize the truth of the gospel and that one day he would tell others that, in fact, there is one truth. Christ is the way the truth and the life and no one can come to the Father except through Him.

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