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Memorize This Scripture if You Want to Share the Gospel

The Word on the Street

From Ray Comfort’s book, The Word on the Street.

There is one passage in Scripture to which I point for all those who want to evangelize in the open air.

And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:24–26)

Memorize it. Scripture tells us that sinners are blind. They cannot see. What would you think if I were to stomp up to a blind man who had just stumbled, and say, “Watch where you’re going, blind man!”? Such an attitude is completely unreasonable. The man cannot see.

“And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, 2 Timothy 2:24”

The same applies to the lost—spiritual sight is beyond their ability. Look at the words used in Scripture: “whose minds the god of this age has blinded” (2 Corinthians 4:4), “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them” (1 Corinthians 2:14), “having their understanding darkened . . . because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:18), “never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).

With these thoughts in mind, read 2 Timothy 2:24–26 again and look at the adjectives used by Paul to describe the attitude we are to have with sinners: “must not quarrel . . . be gentle… patient . . . in humility.” Just as it is unreasonable to be impatient with a blind man, so it is with the sinner.

Among many other things, the Book of Proverbs has taught me the importance of “discretion.” The dictionary defines it as “the quality of being careful about what you do and say so that people will not be embarrassed or offended.” You will need this virtue if you want to reach your hearers.

From Ray Comfort’s book, The Word on the Street.

The Word on the Street
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4. How Should Open-Air Preachers Handle Hecklers?
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10. The Mission Field at the College Campus
11. Ray Comfort’s Tips for Picking an Open-Air Location
12. Memorize This Scripture if You Want to Share the Gospel
13. What Made Ray Comfort Open-Air Preach for the First Time?

Ray Comfort

Ray Comfort is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters, a bestselling author, and has written more than 100 books, including, The Evidence Study Bible. He cohosts the award-winning television program Way of the Master, which airs in 190 countries.

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