Sometime between 7:00pm and 8:00pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 my friend and brother in Jesus Christ, Jason, and I went out with the evangelism team from Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, MI where we are members. We went to Western Michigan University’s Bronco Mall where we tend to go every Wednesday evening. Anyway, Jason and I had the privilege to share the Gospel with a young man named David.
As Jason and I approached David, Jason handed David a “Million Dollar Bill Tract” (available at LivingWaters.com), and asked David, “If you were to die and you find yourself standing before God, and God asked you, ‘Why should I let you into heaven?’, What would you say to Him?” David answered with, “I try to love my neighbor as myself and to do to others as I would like them to do to me”, etc. David’s answer is one of the typical answers people give. We then asked David if he thought he was a good person. He said he was. So we asked him if he was willing to take the good person test (this test usually consists of 4 questions). He said, “Yes.”
The first question we asked him was, “Have you ever told a lie?” He said he had. We then asked him what someone who tells lies is typically called. He answered that they would be called a liar.
The second question we asked him was, “Have you ever taken something that wasn’t yours without permission, irregardless of the value?” He said he had. We asked him what you would call someone who did that, and he answered, “A thief”.
The third question was, “Jesus said, ‘Everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart’. Have you ever looked with lust?” David admitted he had looked with lust.
The fourth and final question Jason and I asked David was, “Have you ever used God’s name in vain, like Oh my G-d?” He said he had.
Jason and I then said to him, “By your own admission, you are a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. If God were to judge you by this standard would you be innocent or guilty?” David honestly admitted he would be guilty, so we asked him if he would be sent to heaven or hell. He, again, honestly admitted he would go to hell. So he was asked, “Does this concern you?” We were looking for evidence of contrition before sharing the good news of the Gospel, as it is written, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE” (James 4:6b NASB). He said it did concern him, so we shared with him that God sent His Son who was born of a virgin, lived a perfect sinless life fulfilling the Law and the Prophets, was mocked, scourged, beaten, crucified, died, was buried, and rose from the dead 3 days later according to the Scriptures. We explained that Jesus took our sin upon Himself and drank the wrath that was rightfully ours, and in exchange, He gave us His perfect righteousness.
We then explained that he needed to repent (turn from his sin) and receive (put faith or trust in) Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We shared with him King David’s prayer of repentance as a model of a prayer to God. It is as follows:
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak
And blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness,
Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins
And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners will be converted to You.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;
Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
That my mouth may declare Your praise.
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
By Your favor do good to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,
In burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.
(Psalm 51 NASB)
We gave David a Holy Bible and encouraged David to find some time alone and get himself right with God and to read his Holy Bible every day. We will now pray that David will respond in repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. What must be remembered is, “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13 NASB). Salvation is wholly of the Lord.
*This witnessing encounter was nearly 45 minutes long, I have only shared the major highlights in this blog.*