03 January 2009

Public Evangelism – 1.3.09

Jeremiah 18:20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.

The prophet Jeremiah was a remarkable man. He received nothing but opposition from the people he preached to throughout the course of his entire ministry, yet he never lost his commitment to the God Who had called him nor his love for the people to whom he preached. There are so many important lessons we as Christians can learn from the life and ministry of this dedicated servant of the Lord.

The passage before us, I believe, provides a wonderful summary of our aim in public evangelism. Notice how a consistent, faithful, and effective public witness requires what we find Jeremiah to have – both an unwavering dedication to his duty before God (I stood before thee) AND a real desire to be a blessing to the people that God sent Him to reach (good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them).

Brethren, both are absolutely necessary. If you have either one without the other, either your efforts will be fruitless and ineffective, or it won't be long before the evil being recompensed for your good and pit being digged for your soul will make a quitter of you.

So why do we preach publicly? (1) In obedience to the Lord's command AND (2) in order to turn the lost to the way of deliverance.

And how should we preach publicly? Well, we should speak good (see Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 4:6). We don't sugar-coat the wrath, but the reason we bring it up is so that men, women, boys, and girls can be delivered from it (Luke 13:5; 2 Peter 3:9).


  1. In these last days, those who preach and teach God's Word are going to be just like Jeremiah.Satan will throw frustration,depression at these men to get them to quit just like he did with Jeremiah. But God has a plan and the Jeremiah's have got to keep preaching the Word (Jeremiah 1:10)and it says in (Jeremiah 1:19)"And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee,"

  2. Hey David, I appreciate your perspective on street evangelism. I agree - those two are absolutely necessary to go together - an unwavering dedication to his duty before God: to speak truthfully and not hold back what God really says as accurately as possible and to declare His glory; and two - a real desire to be a blessing to the people that God sent Him to reach: I can't think of a time where God declares or warns of judgement where there was not opportunity to repent even if God knew they wouldn't repent, so if we choose to speak the truth in Love then we truly can benefit those who we are sent to reach if they will respond correctly. Those two elements work very well to keep the message what it should be and keep our heart what it should be. Great verses!! Thank you brother! a fellow laborer in the harvest - Paul