Spreading the Good News in Granbury

As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea.  On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.  Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
Acts 17:10-12

Reflections

The Apostle Paul was very strategic as the Holy Spirit led him on his missionary journeys.  He was wise and sensitive to his audience as he traveled from the provinces into the cultural and trade centers of the Roman Empire.

Paul and Silas had to flee from Thessalonica where some Jews and a great many devout Greeks became followers with them.  Thankfully, Thessalonica grew to be a powerhouse for the gospel in that part of the world (I Thess. 1:8).  If we desire to experience mass evangelism today, we also can’t rely on just a couple of spiritual leaders to win our part of Texas.

Traveling by night, Paul and Silas reached Berea (50 miles southwest) and went into the Jewish synagogue.  This was where Paul would normally begin his evangelistic outreach as he entered each new town.  This makes sense because he had much in common with his fellow Jews.  Paul would argue from the Hebrew Scriptures that Jesus was the promised Messiah.  Looking for groups of people who have similar interests with us is a great way to evangelize!

The Bereans showed a willingness to receive Paul's message in light of a daily study of the Old Testament. Where there is respect for the Word of God, there is an increase in the receptivity of the gospel. Since our country disrespects the Bible, evangelism is more challenging. But, may all of us be reminded of the necessity to study our Bibles and accurately defend our faith. Even 2000 years later the name “Berean” is used to describe groups who study their Bibles. What a great reputation they accomplished! Paul was aware of first-century culture but never compromised core issues of the Christian faith.

Over twenty years ago my family and I moved to Michigan.  As my children grew up playing a variety of sports, this was the common ground we used the most to plant the seeds of the gospel.  Eventually, our church started a community center and used it as an evangelistic tool to impact many people for the Lord!

In 2013 we moved to the big city of Granbury!  Now that my children are all adults, the Lord has creatively allowed me to find common interest with other in this town in a surprising way.  Because of my competitive design, the Lord has transferred my athletic drive to finding good deals when I go shopping.  Yes, I know guys aren’t supposed to shop!  Before Granbury, I never thought of going to garage or estate sales.  But believe it or not, this is the primary way I evangelize almost every weekend I’m in town.  Texas has far better weather for this type of ministry, so I’m sure it wouldn’t have been nearly as successful in Michigan.  Our Father’s plans have perfect timing!  Nobody wants to welcome you onto their property more than garage sale families desperate for you to buy their stuff!  This is much easier than going door to door knocking on front doors!  Sad to say, I used to knock on front doors and hoped that nobody would answer!

Paul found common ground in synagogues.  I’ve used sports and now garage sales to evangelize.  And who knows, maybe God has another interesting way for me to evangelize Granbury.  How about you?

Written by Lonnie Short
Executive Pastor of Granbury Baptist Church

Questions

What giftedness or desires do you have that can be used to find common ground for outreach opportunities?

How well are you studying your Bible in order to accurately defend the faith?

How has God used past experiences to prepare you for future evangelism?

Let's Pray

Father,
Thank you that when I was nine years old someone through VBS shared John 3:16 with me. Thank you that here and around the world there are unlimited ways you are using your people to spread the good news! Heavenly Father, we know with every new day, You can show us new ways to reach the multitudes one person at a time. May you give us a spirit of humility, boldness, passion, gentleness, and love for the people we meet each day. Would you please open our eyes to the people who need you whether they are at stores, restaurants, parks, in our neighborhoods or even our churches! Father, please remind and convict us of our need to pray first and study our Bibles in order to properly share our faith. We thank you for moving in the hearts of all those who are preparing the Hope Now 22 Crusade! Help us to be diligent in praying for a great harvest of souls in this upcoming event. We are grateful for what you have done, are doing, and will do in this evangelistic crusade. Father God, may you receive all the glory, both now and forever!
Amen!

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