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Are People Still Interested in the Gospel?

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   Carol Coe 2         As someone who works with evangelism in the church, I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard people say that no one is interested in sitting down to learn God’s Word anymore. This perception may be true to some degree, but I think Satan is pulling the wool over our eyes to try to discourage us from talking about God’s plan of salvation to those who may actually be interested in listening.

             In my experience over the past 12 years of trying to reach out to people, I have found that there are a great number of people who want to learn about God’s Word. On the contrary, if our main source of information about the interests of people is tv, news, movies, or other types of media, then the message we will get is for certain that people are not interested. Let me give you a few points to consider:

  1. Satan is trying to discourage us from trying to tell people about God. . We must remember that Satan is called the “father of lies” Jesus tried to remind us that Satan “does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). What does this mean about our perception of whether people are still interested in the gospel or not? People are either for God or they are for Satan. As Jesus put it, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Matt. 12:30). We often fall for the “impartial” label that goes along with reporting news, or giving an “opinion” in the media. Don’t fall for Satan’s lies. Ask people to study God’s Word with you. You will get some yes answers if you ask.
  2. People are still looking for lasting answers to questions in this life. Recently, I contacted a man who has recently come back from serving in the military overseas for the United States and we sat down to talk. He told me there was something missing in him and it was causing problems with his marriage and with his own connectedness with others. He said, “I am looking for something to help me connect again.” I told him I knew what he needed—God! After sitting down to study the scriptures for a while together, he said “this is exactly what I needed! In fact, this is better than I would have thought.” He was excited about finding scriptures that helped him in his life right now and he cannot wait to come again. This is not atypical; it is more normal than Satan would like us to believe. People are still looking for God; they sometimes just don’t know it until we help point them toward Him.
  3. The fields are still ready for a plentiful harvest. People say that our youth are not interested in spiritual things, but we have had a 6 young people either begin studies or be baptized in just the last month. A co-worker of one of our members at North MacArthur has become a Christian just because he was offered a Bible study and he accepted the invitation. Another busy single mom who has a full-time job and goes to school to help improve her life makes time for a weekly Bible study because she believes it is important. She is ready to become a Christian and start her life with Christ by being baptized. When people tell you that people aren’t interested in the gospel, don’t believe them! It is not true! Go ahead and offer those around you the chance to study the Bible. I won’t be surprised if you get a yes.
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