~ Agathos Church is a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio. This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Peter DeWitt. You can hear the whole sermon, Equipped for Service (Part 6: How to Share the Gospel) by clicking here.
In Luke 10:2 Jesus said “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” PRAY that the Lord of the harvest would send you out into the harvest!
Megan was recently late driving the boys to meet her sister and a worker along the road caught her eye. Knowing she was late, she prayed for someone to minister to him. She felt like the Lord prompted her “not someone else … you :)” So, she turned around, walked up to him with a gospel tract and said “have you heard about Jesus?” He said “yes.” She said “have you met Him?” He said “no. Do you have a card?” She said “as a matter of fact I do!” She opened up the tract and said “this will show you about how to have a relationship with God.” The whole exchange was very brief. As she left, Megan saw him already reading the word of salvation in that tract! Megan experienced that when she responds to the voice of the Lord she hears Him again – even more strongly the next time! Hebrews 3:15 says “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”
One morning, very early, Peter received a message from a friend saying something like “would you be able to explain to me how the Law of Moses relates to Jesus?” Immediately Peter thought of Romans 10:4 “Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness for all who believe.” In other words, Jesus fulfilled the Law so that whoever would believe in Him would be righteous through Christ instead of trying to fulfill the Law. Turns out this person had been reading the Bible all night long and decided to message Peter very early in the morning with that question! Peter got to share the gospel with his friend who received that Lord that morning!
Here was another delay: Peter was carrying a load of material on his shoulder and a cart with 16 feet of material cut in front of him! Peter guarded his heart to not get into offense. This was a divine set up! The person at the cash register says “that’s crazy. They were just $55.55 too. It must mean something!” That was an invitation to Peter to share the interpretation! He said “do you know that 5 is the number of grace in the Bible?” She said “no way.” Peter said “yep, it is. In fact Romans 5:17 says that we can receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness and thereby reign in life through the one Jesus Christ.” She said “wow, that’s interesting. Boy this is interesting.” As great as that exchange was, Peter thought “she is not going to be able to receive the Lord based on that alone.” So, Peter prayed, went back into the store, and looked for her and was able to get to share some more and giver her a gospel tract!
Another time, Pastors Brad and Peter were at a mall. They had prayed for the Lord to direct them to the right people to witness to. Two young ladies (18-20) caught our eye and they walked up to them. Brad said “excuse me ladies, could I talk with you about the Lord?” He gave them a second then said “I know it’s pretty different for someone to ask out of the blue if they can talk with you about the Lord.” At this point, they laughed as they realized “oh good, he is fine!” These two young girls started looking back and forth at each other and then to Brad and Peter saying something like “this is so crazy! We were just standing here and talking with each other saying ‘what does it mean to have a relationship with God?’” Brad and Peter said “well that’s exactly what were wanting to talk with you about!” They all sat down at a table in the food court. Genesis to John 3:3 to Romans 10 and they were are again! They were so overjoyed that someone found them in the very moment they were wondering how to have a relationship with God!
Another time, Peter was in an airport. He had a few hours to get some work done. He got some Starbucks and felt led to sit at a specific table even though it didn’t have an outlet like he needed for his computer. At the counter, a young man who was apparently gender confused shared that he wasn’t sure which pronoun he wanted folks to call him. Peter was sitting there wondering if this was the guy the Lord had him to minister to. But Peter was not trying to put himself out there in ministry even though he was aware that he was sitting there for a ministry opportunity!
Around that time, Peter saw a Starbucks worker walking like her back was hurting terribly. Peter instantly engaged her in conversation because he knew he was there to minister and as soon as he saw her, because he knew it was her he was there for. She was about 15 feet from Peter so he needed to talk loud enough that she can hear him, gentle enough that he doesn’t scare her, and compassionate enough that it engages her. You can’t plan for all of that. Your heart is right and the fruit of the Spirit comes out … patient, gentle, kind, etc. Peter said “oh, is your back hurting?” She looked to Peter “it’s terrible!” Peter asked “how long has it been hurting?” She briefly explained. Then Peter said “I’m a believer, I’m a Christian, and actually the majority of time I pray for people’s backs they are healed on the spot. Would you like me to pray for you?”
She said “really? Sure!” Peter offered “would like to get a seat since your back is hurting?” Peter shared about God’s will for healing as evidenced in Christ and prayed for her twice. She felt very loved but not healed. So Peter said “let me ask you a little bit about Jesus. Do you know if you are born again?” She said she wasn’t sure so Peter shared the gospel with her in about a minute or two and also gave her a gospel tract, encourage her to read it it that night and pray so that she could guarantee her salvation. She was very appreciative! And do you know who was sitting next to them the whole time? The gender-confused young man!
About 15 minutes later, Peter is back to reading the Word at his special table and the young lady pops out from behind the counter carrying a very large box and exclaiming “thank you SO MUCH – my back is better than when I came to work today!” Incredible! Now she has a tract, Peter had already shared the gospel with her, she felt loved, and she got healed to a back better than it was before! Additionally, the other young man who is gender-confused probably heard it all too! Praying for healing is another way to pray for healing! Please study the final 2 pages of this PDF which describe God’s will for healing (from Brad Ettore) and a 5 Step Model for Praying for Healing (from Randy Clark).