Monday, November 7th, 2011
Brilliant Evangelism (Part 1)
Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: 'To The Unknown God.' Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you.
Acts 17:22-23 (NKJV)
Arguably, behind Jesus, the Apostle Paul may be the greatest evangelist the world has ever known. Not only did this Pharisee write much of the New Testament, but he reached cultures far and wide for Christ. Paul was relentless, zealous, and seemingly indefatigable. Neither shipwreck, snakebite, stoning, beating, scourging, slander, nor imprisonment stopped him.
At times Paul spoke rashly (see Acts 23:2-5), lost his temper (see Acts 15:36-41), got discouraged (see Acts 18:6-10), called out his boss (see Galatians 2:11-14), and even put people to sleep (see Acts 20:9). He was human, but divinely inspired. As an educated Jew-turned-evangelical-Christian, Paul talked the talk of Christ in a way each group could understand.
'To the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law... To the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some' (1 Corinthians 9:20-22). Does Paul sound like a good actor, or would we call him 'culturally adaptable?'
I call Paul a brilliant evangelist, living among non-believing Jews, Greeks, and Gentiles as a light 'In the midst of a crooked and perverse generation' (Philippians 2:15). I call actors, models, and talent for Christ to follow Paul's example, when he acted...
'To those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law' (1 Corinthians 9:21).
The entertainment industry stands without the laws of God. Christian performers must live in this world but not be of it. To be understood, they must talk the talk of Hollywood, while walking the walk of Jesus. Therein seeking souls 'Shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:3).
Therein is the foundation of brilliant evangelism.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Brilliant Evangelism series.