ROOT CANALS. SNAKES. PUBLIC SPEAKING. EVANGELISM. What do all these terms have in common? Well, they typically strike fear in the heart of the average person and we typically avoid them at all costs. Fortunately, root canals, snakes, and public speaking can usually be avoided. However, that last word, EVANGELISM, is one thing that God won’t let us avoid. In fact, He actually wants us to engage in it! He commands it!

In the last letter the Apostle Paul ever wrote, he exhorts his young “beloved son” in the faith, Timothy, to “kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you” reminding him that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline.” (2 Tim. 1:6-7). And then Paul told his spiritual son to “be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (4:5).

“DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST!” I think Paul was simply telling Timothy that even though he may be fearful, go ahead . . . open your mouth and let people know about the Christ who died for them.

Paul’s exhortation for Timothy is our exhortation too. DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST.

HOW ABOUT SOME HELP DOING THAT. Larry Moyer will be here next weekend to speak at our men’s Beast Feast event. But next Sunday, March 17th, at 6:30 pm he will also be presenting a seminar entitled “How To Have Spiritual Conversations with Family.”

It’s not a root canal. It’s not stepping on a snake. It’s not public speaking. Its sharing the life-giving message of Jesus to those closest to us, and it can be the most joyous and exciting thing we’ve ever done.

REMEMBER: God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline to DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST. Let’s go for it!

Mark Carey

Senior Pastor
Fellowship Bible Church
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