Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full (Luke 14:23).
Thousands of Christians have been trained to use their telephones evangelistically.
Recently one of our Campus Crusade for Christ staff asked our Lord to direct her calls to people who were ready to hear about Jesus. She selected a common last name and then looked up those listings in the phone book.
In one evening she shared Christ with four people. The first was eight-year-old Jimmy, who had already asked Jesus into his heart. Then she called an eighty-year-old woman who described herself as very religious but did not seem to comprehend salvation by faith when it was explained to her. A devout cult member, who answered the phone next, politely listened to the gospel but said she was not interested in changing her religion. The last person our staff member spoke with was open to hearing a brief gospel presentation. When asked if she would like to invite Christ into her heart, the woman responded "yes" and prayed with my friend as she received Christ as her Savior and Lord.
This is telemarketing at its best -- for the kingdom! It is another form of televangelism, using modern technology.
Jesus said, "Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled" (Luke 14:23, KJV). In our day, the telephone is one way to do it. Yes, you are invading people's space to a degree, but we do that any time we take the initiative to tell people about our Lord.
Dorothy Peters, a Christian who lives in Illinois, has an active telephone ministry mainly to teenagers. They call her "Aunt Dorothy," and she has witnessed to hundreds of young people on the telephone. Dorothy confessed, "I always had the desire to witness. But I didn't think I could do it.
Have you ever felt like that? Have you been reluctant to share your faith in the Lord Jesus? I have. We all have felt reluctant at some time or other. But why are we hesitant? What is the real reason we sometimes just don't want to speak to another person about our Lord?
I believe that, as it was with Dorothy, the greatest hindrance to witnessing for most people is fear, which produces a negative attitude. We are afraid we will be rejected, or misunderstood, or we feel uneasy about perhaps not being able to answer the other person's questions. We might say the wrong thing.
The telephone may be just perfect for you!
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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