Recently I finished a really great course on evangelism , In one of my papers I had to choose and discuss several different styles and methods of evangelism. I spoke about The Roman Road to Salvation(a way of explaining the good news of salvation using verses from the book of Romans), Servant Evangelism (involves demonstrating the kindness of God by offering to do humble act of service with no strings attached) and The Way of The Master (uses the Ten Commandments and a series of probing questions as a basis to establish one being lost, and to present Christ.) This is only a few of the many methods there are. That being said , there are advantages and disadvantages to each one. I wanted to share my thoughts on applying these many methods to ones life.
In applying these methods or choosing one that most suits me, my reply is that I do not think any one method suits me completely, as I also believe that not any “one” of the methods would or could be a cookie cutter to evangelize the non-Christians in my life. I believe that I have used many of these concepts or methods and many other believers do as well without really knowing that we are. How can I say this? Let me explain. It is the Father who draws the person to his son Jesus (Jn 6:44) and starts softening the heart. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts the person of sin. (Jn 16:7-10) and how they are living and their need for salvation through the word (Scripture) spoken to them. It is the church (body of Christ) that takes his word to the lost. (Matt 28:18-20). So I need only to be obedient and not worry about what to say (Matt 10:19-20).
I believe we focus too much effort on methods. We forget who is sending us, who is within us and who is truly speaking. If we as Christians would be bold in our faith and witness, staying in tune with the Holy Spirit, looking around and seeing who God is putting in our paths, we would see God at work and understand that it is not me or my methods saving or changing anyone, but it is the father’s work through his son by his Spirit. We are his chosen vessels and need to store up his word in our hearts (Psalm 119:9,11 ESV) so that we will be able to give an answer to anybody who asks about the hope in us (1 Pet 3:15 ESV). You see, each person will hear and receive the message differently; and one method might not be as effective as the other. But the spirit of God knows what he will use to penetrate that hard heart, so we need to seek discernment and boldness to give our testimonies; how Jesus changed us and how Jesus can change them, then leave the changing to God. We need to be in his word, in fellowship and prayer. Remember why it is we do this, not only because it is a command but it is out of gratitude and love for Jesus and the lost. In closing I would like to say that I do not think that any of these methods of and in themselves are good or bad, wrong or right, but it may be different for each person the Holy Spirit calls us to witness to. We need to be able to be flexible and not hold too tightly to any one method, but be willing to let the Spirit speak and not try to force things along.
Last post I ended with needing to take the background to God and follow His lead on my life. During the missions trip God really worked on the attitude of my heart, not only in the sense of being in the background and obedience in the given situations, but also in the walk and direction of my life. Let me explain. About 4 or 5 yrs ago I started feeling the call to full-time ministry, specifically the pastorate. I had a good job and loved what I was doing in the hotel industry and made good money doing it. I had so many excuses of why that wasn’t the way for me; after all I am in ministry and I teach and preach in our youth group (Thanks Pastor Dan Adams) and also lead a small group that has grown not only number-wise but more importantly spiritually. I am blessed with the most beautiful Proverbs 31 woman whom God has given me as a partner for this life on earth!! I have 3 beautiful daughters that have all given their hearts to Jesus. Life was far from perfect and we had our struggles but overall I was a very happy and blessed man, why would I change anything? Another thing I said to myself was, with all these great pastors and teachers that are out there how would Ray Vallee make a difference? Who would listen? Where would I go? I can’t afford college and I surely don’t want to add any more debt to my already strained finances!! God kept putting people in my path, affirming the call He had on my life and I kept going my own way and kept doubting and battling and living in the fear of the what ifs!!! This past year and a half have been a definite season of trials and hardships as a new company purchased the hotel I was working at and I lost my job. I have applied for so many jobs that I am well qualified for and never got even a hint of response. Then I go on the missions trip and God really hit me between the eyes. I was rooming with 10 other guys and one of them was a pastor from Washington state. We were just kicking back reading and he said something to me that I will never forget. He said “Ray, if I were to hire a youth leader that leader would be you.” I wasn’t really sure how to react? I said thank you and told him how humbling that was. Fast forward to now; 2 months later God has shown me that it is His work and not mine!!! It is His calling for me and He expects obedience. This is something I already knew. I actually have counseled people on this same subject but was running from MY calling!!! Well I am stepping out of the boat as of August 24th, 2012 I am a student of Liberty University online! I am going to get my Bachelors of Science in Religion with a minor in Biblical Counseling. I am very excited to see where God is going to use me… Where are you today? Is God calling you to step out of the boat in faith and walk towards him???? Until next time,
May God continue to grow and bless you,
During the Week of Hope mission trip, the Lord was showing me how important the background is. Our team of five was assigned to the Woodland Lakes Christian Camp, where we were assigned different tasks such as daily breakfast and lunch dishes, mulching the main trail into the woods; clearing and burning a ton of brush and old logs and fallen trees, scraping and painting a cabin, and cleaning cabins and bathhouses. The Holy Spirit took this team and made us as one to complete the tasks at hand. Let me explain the background thing! Anyone who knows me knows that I am a front lines type of person. I thrive on teaching, preaching and ministering to people! Well this was none of that (so I thought in the beginning)! This was the type of work that only God sees and of course Randy the maintenance director(:. Was this work any less important in God’s kingdom? Were our efforts and work for naught because the majority of people didn’t and will never know we were there? Well that was my thought and attitude at first, but God used this experience in my life in a big way!! The Holy Spirit convicted me of the attitude of my heart and then gave me a zeal to complete the job God gave our team, while showing me and teaching me that without the background work the work up front would suffer…The work we did that week would help the camp get things done that would not have been done, and would allow campers to use land areas that were unusable. God also expects my obedience no matter the situation. In closing I have learned that I need to take the background when it comes to God and follow His lead on my life!!! Stay tuned for the next post where I will continue to share about my first mission trip…
I just came home from an amazing week of serving in Cincinnati, Ohio. I met a ton of amazing youth whom I had the honor to serve alongside. To take 5 people who never knew each other and to go and serve together without any issues shows how the Holy Spirit Bonds us together. No matter where you are from or where you are at, if you are a believer, then that bond is there. Praise and glory to God that there was also a teen who received Jesus as Lord. God has taught me some things this week that I am still meditating on, which I will share in later posts. In closing I just have to say that we have some amazing teens that are committed to serving Jesus and bringing the message through deeds to this generation and also the generation to come. More to come…
What does it mean to truly trust in the lord? when we trust in the lord what happens or what can we expect? what happens when we don’t trust in the lord? Trust is saying God knows what is best in the lives of his children no matter what the circumstance is… Trust is saying yes lord when the world says your Crazy!!! Trust is following the lord even when you cant see 2 inches in front of you!!! check out the latest video and shoot me a comment… Be blessed. Ray Vallee Jr
Do you have an accountability partner? Yes Brothers and sisters I know your thinking “I got this” i do not need one!!! and boy does Satan love hearing that!!!! when we do not seek accountability for the things that are tempting us in essence we are saying we can take on Satan on our own!!! you might say i have God !! I say Amen! Gods word in 1st Corinthians 10:13 says “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, That you may be able to endure it.” ESV version. Could it be possible that an accountability partner could be the way of escape from temptation? I know in my case when i need accountability i ask my partner( who would be of the same gender) to call me daily and ask me the tough questions, and he does!!! this keeps me in check when i realize i will have to answer to someone about my actions!!! Also this person could have gone through similar temptations..you should be able to share anything with this person without any judgement or negative feedback!!!! with social media an accountability partner can be reached almost instantly!!!!I don’t know about you but i sure need help in this fallen world to overcome the temptations that will most definitely come!!!! Blessings and growth to you!!!
Hows life been lately? Good, great, Not so good! I believe it all starts with your focus, and this is a daily thing. Your focus needs to be on God first! I know when my focus is on things; My finances, My Job Etc….I tend to get overly anxious about details!!! But when i focus on my Father in heaven The details tend not to matter and the anxiety tends to not be there because i know god is involved in the details of my life and he knows what is best for me and also he has plans for me!!! so when you are going thru Life( all seasons) seek god First and he will take care of the details and provide everything that is needed in all situations.
The Joy of the Lord is not a feeling. It is the way we should be living every minute of every day! That being said, we do have emotions and feelings which change in situations. Happiness, sadness, anger. But we can still have the joy of the Lord even through the darkest of times. Do you praise the Lord in difficult times? Do you have comfort from the fact that God is in control? Are you tuned in to the council of God (Holy Spirit)? Jesus said He came to give us life and to the full!
With the recent shooting at Chardon high school and the rash of violence in our youth community it is time to be obedient and be in constant prayer for our youth and our schools Jesus gives us a parable of the persistent Widow in Luke 18 and in verse 1 he tells us to always pray and to not lose heart. As Christians God hears our prayers through the blood of Jesus Christ. he also expects us to be in constant prayer about these things not pray once and put that prayer on the shelf……..
God knows what is best for me! even if in my human mind I cant comprehend, I know that if he lives through me then his glory will abound, But if i live for my own glory then despair awaits.