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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
The Apostle James wrote, “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:20). It is not just a matter of reforming lives to make our countrymen morally upright but it is redirecting them from a life bound to be punished forever in the eternal Lake of Fire to turn them to a “the way, the truth and the life” who will lead them to the eternal paradise in heaven with God. Jesus says, “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6b). Let us keep on telling our fellow Filipinos, ONLY JESUS SAVES!
We thank the Lord that our sisters are very active in evangelism. Aprilaiza and the rest of the FEBC students together with our FilBF sisters are consistent in their zeal and passion to reach out to our “kababayans.”– Bro Jose
Aprilaiza interviews Ernalyn Nacor
1. How important is evangelism to you?
As a believer of Jesus Christ, evangelism is important to me as our Lord Jesus Christ commanded it to His disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Through evangelism I can share to the unbelievers my wonderful experience of being a child of God. Evangelism is one way of serving the Lord for He saved me to do His work on earth and to serve Him with all of my heart and soul. Evangelism is important because while I share, I also learn about how people view life.
2. What encourages you to evangelize?
I am blessed to have the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Proverbs 11:30 says, “the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” After being saved I have to live a fruitful and righteous life. My life should manifest the way of Jesus Christ. It is not about how I feel but it is about what I can do for God after saving me since I owe Him everything.
3. What are the ways you do when you approach someone in evangelism?
First, I greet him/her. I introduce my name and the church I belong. Then, I ask if it is okay to share the gospel. If the answer is yes, then I proceed. I start by asking them where he/she will go after death, because the scriptures reveals that, “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). The Bible mentions also only two places to go and it is either hell or heaven. If unsure, then I go on to tell how one can escape from hell and go to heaven when he/she dies.
4. When someone rejects the Gospel what do you say?
When someone rejects the gospel, I do not force, for God says “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet” (Matthew 10:14). I do not need to waste my time if they have no interest. There are a lot of people who are waiting and eager to hear the good news.
5. Do you follow the Gospel tract provided when you evangelize?
Yes, I did follow the tract that is provided during evangelism. It gives an easy guide to expound the gospel. It is detailed and easy to understand. If the person whom I talk to asks questions sometimes I can add some verses from the Bible to support my answer.
6. Do you find the tract useful in evangelism?
Yes, I find the Gospel tract useful, because it contains the verses that I need when I share the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has also illustrations that I can use to explain about a person who goes to hell or to heaven. Tracts are very useful to me. I can share the gospel without confusion because the verses there are in sequence. It directs me how to start the conversation and how to end it.
7. How many minutes do you spend talking to a person?
About 10 to 15 minutes, although it depends if the person has questions during the sharing of the gospel. There are some who are interested and ask questions, and there are some who just listen asking nothing.
8. What do you usually share when you meet Roman Catholics during evangelism?
Well, I usually talk about the sin of worshiping graven images (Exodus 20:4). They bow down to images and worship them while God commanded man to worship Him in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24.) They also must rely on God's grace and work not on their own good works (Ephesians 2:8-10) because there is none righteous no not one. (Romans 3:10). Most Roman Catholics I meet say they have to do good works to be saved, which is opposite to what the Bible is teaching. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31). I explain how they must have faith in Jesus Christ first so they can do good works. It is impossible for a man to do good deeds without the Holy Spirit in his life.
9. What do you share when you meet people who claim that they are Christians?
I point out to them from the Bible commanding, “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). A true Christian can be seen by his life. “…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). They should live a Godly life if they are truly Christians. Although, no one is perfect relying on God's grace, they sin lesser each day. I encourage them to pray every day, read the Bible in order to grow and mature spiritually.
10. What are your struggles and difficulties in evangelism?
Honestly, I have difficulties and struggles in dealing with those who reject the Word of God. Thank God for reminding me through His words to be patient and to focus on serving Him. I should not look at difficulties, instead I look up to God when the work is tough. He is my strength and refuge.
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