Making Disciples Who Advance the Gospel

Are you familiar with Dawson Trottman?  He was the founder of the Navigators and a gifted, God-used evangelist.  In his biography, Daws, Betty Lee Skinner tells this challenging and encouraging story:

Dawson had just climbed into bed when he realized he had not talked to anyone about Christ.  Well, what if he spoke to two tomorrow?  It wouldn’t do, he decided.  Rather than fail his week’s assignment, he dressed and clattered off in his Model-T to find a listener.  After several miles he saw a man with a briefcase who had just missed the train to Long Beach, and Dawson offered him a ride.

“You may not believe this,” he began after introductions, “but I got out of bed to come down here.  It’s a rule of my life never to end the day without sharing with someone the most wonderful thing in life.  I am a Christian.”

The passenger heard the story of God’s love in Christ, then said thoughtfully, “Son, twenty years ago I started to search for God.  I’ve gone to church nearly every Sunday for twenty years.  Tonight you have told me about what I’ve been looking for.”  If going out to witness that night instead of the next day merely to check off his daily chart was legalistic, it was legalism in the providence of God, for the next day he would not likely have crossed the path of the man who that night ended his long search for peace with God.

No matter how often Dawson witnessed, it was never without fear.  He once gave this analysis:  “I realized that fear was a little flashing red light to remind me it was ‘not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.’  You never get to the place where you can do it on your own.”

We may not be able to relate to Dawson’s zeal for evangelism, but I am sure most all of us can relate to fear in evangelism.  His insight that fear is a warning light to trust God is wise and encouraging.

We are returning to the subject of making much of Jesus by making disciples who advance the Gospel.      

Pray:  Let’s make Psalm 67 the form of our prayer as we begin our meditation on God’s Word today.

Read:  We will consider a couple of texts this week.  Read these carefully, prayerfully:  Acts 2:41-47 and 17:16-34

Meditate:  Personal evangelism is widely acknowledged as Christian duty, but some say that only about ten percent of the Church actively engage in telling others about the good news found in Jesus Christ.  We will give some thought to a couple of snapshots in the life of the early church and ask the Lord to help us to be more faithful in telling His grand saving story.