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Section 5, Chapter 9
Disciple A New
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SAMPLE LETTER 5:
EVANGELISM: THE TIME IS NOW!
The Biblical principles you have
learned in the past few weeks, if you faithfully put them into practice (daily
feed on Jesus and His Word, Church Fellowship, daily confessing your sins and
receiving Godís forgiveness, obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit, time
management), will give you the ability to discover and succeed in Jesusí will
and plan for your life. They will also lead you to the answers to any questions
you may have in your walk with Jesus. Finally, they will assure you of
fulfilling Jesusí will and plan for your life while you are on this earth.
John, what I want to talk with you about in this closing
letter is the importance of Evangelism and more importantly, your involvement in
Evangelism. There is only one answer to manís problems and needs:
There are no other answers. Without Jesus, men and women will spend a Christless
eternity out of Godís presence in Hell for ever. That is an absolute fact proved
absolutely true through the Physical Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Because this is true, the most loving thing you and I can do during our free
time, a minimum of two hours a week, is to go out and share the love of Jesus
Christ with men.
Before you do that, though, you first need to go through a
training program in Evangelism. The reason for this is because you learn what
Evangelism is, how to explain clearly and in love to another person what it
means to be a Christian and how to become one. You also learn how to deal with
tough questions you will encounter when sharing your faith with others. Finally,
you will learn how to help that person become Jesusí disciple by teaching them
what it means to hear Jesusí voice and then how to encourage them to obey what
Jesus commands them to do, how to help them succeed in His will and plan for
their lives. I already showed you the textbook on Evangelism I would be more
than happy to take you through (or evangelism training program your Church is
giving). This training program in Evangelism takes thirteen weeks to go through.
John, Evangelism is not a natural inclination of the flesh. I
can tell you already that your flesh is rubbing against this idea. That is why
making a decision to involve yourself in this work becomes a decision of love,
not a feeling. This is because initially your feelings will not be involved.
They will fight you. You are saved, you are going to heaven, so neither is it a
matter of salvation. Making a decision to spend a minimum of two hours of your
time in a week for the rest of your life to share Jesus with others is the
single greatest decision of love you can make or will ever make. This is because
a person hearing about Jesusí love and forgiveness through His shed blood, death
and resurrection and then his accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord determines how
he will spend his eternity. The problem is, though, that the only way man can
come to know these truths is when you and I go out and share Jesusí love and
forgiveness with him.
The Holy Spirit does not work in a vacuum. His only tool for
drawing a person to Jesus is Godís Word. That is why we must go out and share
the word. Only after we have shared the Gospel with men can the Holy Spirit
begin his work of bringing that word back to these peopleís memory to bring them
Whether you get involved in Evangelism or not, Jesus still
loves you, but He also desperately needs you. As a result of your having read
The Time is Now!, you already know all the Scriptures which
encourage you in this direction, so I close this letter and my present work of
discipleship in you by saying and encouraging you to not take the selfish road
that many Christians take of making their faith personal and silent. Please,
join with those of us who go out regularly and share our faith with others and
help us go out and aggressively share the answer to manís problems and needs:
Help us to go out and do the most loving thing we can do for another human
being: Share Jesusí love and forgiveness with them. Looking forward to hearing
Again, always feel free to call if you have any questions
about anything or need prayer about anything. I will always be your brother and
will always be available to you.
Sincerely, Your Friend and Brother in Jesus,
Dale P. Kruse
The purpose of these letters is
to aid you in what the content of your letters should cover. They are not meant
to be a word for word dictation, except where spiritual concepts are involved.
Outside of the spiritual concepts, be sensitive to the leading of the
Holy Spirit in how He would have you to write the surrounding comments
concerning these letters. I suggest waiting upon the Lord through worship and
praise and in spirit and truth for discernment about how best to write each of
these letters to the person you are working with. The Holy Spirit will show you
how to write and word the personal letters to the new Christian. After all, that is how I
wrote How to Disciple A New Christian.
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