Have you heard the challenge from J. D. Greear, the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention? He wants each one of us to take evangelism personally. He is challenging us to seek ONE person who doesn’t know Jesus, and with prayer and purpose, develop a relationship and share our faith with this ONE person. Here is the way he says it on his website:
Who’s Your ONE?
Recovering the Primacy of Personal Evangelism
The French poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said, “If you want to convince men to build ships, don’t pass out shipbuilding manuals. Don’t organize them into labor groups and hand out wood. Teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” And I’m pretty sure that exhausts my knowledge of French poetry.
When a man yearns for the sea, his lack of know-how will not hold him back for long. He’ll figure out the skills. Our problem is not that we haven’t found the right program that enables us to reach the world. Our problem is that we don’t yearn to see lost people saved and God’s glory spread over the earth badly enough to build whatever ships are required to reach people for Christ.
J.D. Greear’s challenge is a way to apply the commission that Jesus gave to his disciples (and to us) before He was taken up into heaven. Who’s Your ONE?
15 Then he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”