Evangelism

David Zadok was born in Iran, rose to the rank of Major in the Israeli Defense Forces, went to Seminary in the U.S., and now shares the gospel throughout Israel. In today’s episode of the Great Stories podcast, Charles Morris returns to two fascinating conversations he had with David in 2010 and 2014 that tells the story behind the violence he experienced early in life and what it’s like now to minister the gospel in Israel.

As the pastor of Grace and Truth church and the director of HaGefen Publishing, we are confident that David’s story will give you a new appreciation for how God is at work in Israel’s growing Christian community.


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Evangelism. There are few words in the English language that have sparked as much fear — in the hearts those on the giving and receiving end — than this common Christian practice. And yet Jesus calls all believers to share the good news.

But what if it didn’t have to be so intimidating?

On today’s episode of the Great Stories Podcast, Charles Morris returns to a conversation he had at Regent College with Dr. John Dickson, a scholar and an author from Australia with a heart to engage unbelievers with God’s Word. In this interview originally recorded in 2015, Dickson shares what he believes is the best kept secret of Christian mission.

If you’ve ever wanted to share your faith with others but have been too intimidated to start, then you’re not going to want to miss this podcast on how you can share the gospel with more than your lips.


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Many Christians think the task of mission is a verbal activity. But perhaps the best kept secret of New Testament teaching about mission is that it involves a whole range of activities that explicitly promote Christ to the world and draw others to Him. And only a few of them involve speaking!

The reality is that the Lord wants our whole life, not just our lips, to be intsruments that bring the gospel to the world. Every facet of our lives can be used by God to promote the news of His power and mercy.

Watch Dr. John Dickson give a short answer for how all Christians, even those who aren’t extroverts, can share their faith.

The Best Kept Secret of Christian MissionThe Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission

This is a practical guide to the biblical art of sharing your faith. John Dickson offers refreshing insights into the ways that all Christians can and should be involved in spreading the good news of Jesus. As you read this book, you will be inspired to see the whole of life as significant for bringing the gospel to the world. You will be liberated from guilt and self-consciousness in evangelism and learn to become a perfectly natural promoter of Jesus Christ.

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Maybe, to you, evangelism looks like standing out on a street corner or knocking on someone’s door with a gospel tract. So you don’t do it. Because after all, you’re introverted and not as studied in apologetics as you’d like. (Maybe a little bit scared of man? Proverbs 29:25.)

You might be surprised that we’re not here to beat you up about this. In fact, we’re going to tell you that it’s A-OK.

We are all called to share the gospel with words, but some people are specifically called to evangelism—we’re looking at you, pastor and missionary. Others are called to broader gospel-promoting work.

“For Christians in general—as opposed to evangelists in particular—telling the gospel to others (evangelism) could be described as the icing on the cake of mission,” writes John Dickson in The Best Kept-Secret of Christian Mission: Promoting the Gospel with More Than Our Lips. “It is certainly the most conspicuous part, and, once tasted, it will often be the sweetest part too, but for the typical Christian it is not the bulk of the task. It is not where most of our opportunities to promote Christ to others will be found.”

Instead of standing on the street corner or standing in front of a stranger’s door, more effective gospel-promoting work often looks like standing in your own kitchen. Often, the best precursor to actual evangelism is simply inviting people into your home, your life. Eventually, you get to that icing on the cake, as Dickson puts it, talking about your favorite thing in the world: Jesus.

Most of our everyday opportunities to promote Christ can be found in the realm of hospitality. Being hospitable, as opposed to being entertaining, means that even though you’re a homebody, you open the door when your neighbor drops off your mail and you invite her in for tea. It means that when your teenage daughter brings over a friend, you graciously serve that friend dinner—even though you hadn’t made enough for five. That kind of hospitality opens up further opportunities. When your other neighbor has to take her husband to the emergency room, she asks you to watch her children.

This hospitality says, “Come in and see my mess, be a part of my mess, and know that you are safe to share your mess as well.”

When people see your real life, they will want to know where your joy comes from, where your freedom to repent and be changed comes from.

This hospitality says, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8).

Let’s win people over to something better: real truth, beauty, love, and joy. Even better if you’re doing it over grilled cheese sandwiches while your toddler throws a tantrum.

About the Author

Lindsey M. Roberts spent years writing exclusively for secular journalism, including such outlets as The Washington Post, Architect, and Gray magazine, before she first tried to write about Jesus. She’s thrilled to explore in words how everything from cleaning the kitchen three times a day to delighting in the maritime history of Nantucket is an opportunity to meet and glorify God. Lindsey lives with her husband, a pastor and U.S. Army Reserve chaplain, and two children in Wisconsin.