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Reaching the World

Though many people are impressed by mass evangelism, the most effective way to reach the world is one-on-one evangelism (John 1:40-42). Consider: 

If a great evangelist preached to a stadium full of 50,000 people every night, 365 days a year, how long do you think it would take to reach the world (basing it on the current world population of 6.5 billion)? 356 years! (50 thousand into 6.5 billion is 130,000 nights. 365 nights a year into 130,000 nights is 356 years. And that's never giving the poor evangelist a night off!) In other words, for everyone alive in the world today to hear about Jesus using this method, the great majority of them are going to have to somehow live another 300 years or so. In other words, they are not going to be reached. Assuming they could live that long, the world still wouldn't be reached, because by that time there would be several more billion. But if one Christian leads one other person to the Lord today, making them the only two Christians in the world … And tomorrow these two lonely believers each lead another person to the Lord, making four Christians in the world … And the next day these four each lead another to the Lord, for a grand total of eight Christians—How long would take to reach the entire population of 6.5 billion by this method? 32 days! One day over one month! (Actually, you'd reach 8.6 billion in 32 days.) That's the power of one-on-one evangelism.

Our Own Worst Enemy

Charles Chu was on a tour bus in China. It was snowing and the road was muddy and suddenly another tour bus ahead of them skidded off the road and landed on its side in a rice field.

Charles wanted to help. He ju... [Read More]

92-Year-Old Witnesses to Would-be Thief

92-year-old Pauline Jacobi had just finished putting her groceries in her car at a Dyersburg, Tennessee, Wal-Mart when a man jumped in the passenger's door, said he had a gun, and that he would shoot her if she di... [Read More]

Reference: Nick Paranjape, "Dyersburg grandmother witnesses to many trying to rob her," (12/6/07).

A Timely Word

Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ had a big impact in our society. Even criminals turned themselves in to get right with God after seeing it. But a woman you've probably never heard of may ... [Read More]

Talk About It

In a survey reported in Facts and Trends magazine in 2008, 78% of adults 30 years and older said they would enjoy an honest conversation with a friend about religious and spiritual beliefs, even if they disagre... [Read More]

Reference: "Vitals," On Mission (Winter 2009)

Seed Planted

Angel Smith, of Desert Joy Christian Fellowship in Arizona, connected with an old friend on Facebook in March of 2010, a boy whose family had been her neighbors growing up in their small New Jersey town. The boy’s fam... [Read More]
Reference: Pastor Bill Ray, Desert Joy Christian Fellowship

Saint Patrick

One of the oddities of history is that Ireland’s patron saint wasn’t Irish.

Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain. In the fifth century, when the Roman legions withdrew to the Continent, Irish raiders, the... [Read More]

Reference: Bruce L. Shelley, Church History in Plain Language (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995), p. 156