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Prince of Preachers
11-01-2002, 02:44 AM
Should we GO out and tell others about what Jesus did on Calvary?

suzanne
11-01-2002, 12:57 PM
Yes and No.

I suppose it depends on your approach and motivation.

I think it's very affective to develop a certain amount of trust and relationship first even it's to find out whether the person has a knowledge of the gospel. "Cold calling" comes across as uncaring.

suzanne

Rev. G
11-01-2002, 01:06 PM
Should we GO out and tell others about what Jesus did on Calvary? Yes, but not necessarily "door-to-door." The "door-to-door" approach is a 1950s salesman methodology. Build relationships. Hang out where people are and start conversations - go to a Starbucks or some place like that.

When Paul went "door-to-door" (as recorded in Acts), it meant that he went from Christian's house to Christian's house, BTW. He was teaching Christians in their homes. Of course, those were times that could be used evangelistically if/when they had invited lost neighbors / acquaintances to come and hear the message. So, think about an evangelistic Bible study in your home also.

Rev. G

Prince of Preachers
11-04-2002, 09:48 PM
something to think about it. if you held the vaccine for an AIDS wouldnt you take it all over. ESP door to door.
one more. if you knew that someone was going to drive off a bridge into the ocean and die, wouldnt you go and do all that you could to see them saved.
im not saying door to door is the only approach. but it is hard not to see a soul saved and come to church to get baptized when going dooor to door.
if it workred in the past why arent more people doing now.

Dr. Bob
11-04-2002, 11:51 PM
Typical door-to-door passing out tracts, witnessing and trying to win folks is probably an outdated tactice. Even the most famous d-t-d group, the Jehovah's Witnesses, have modified their approach.

In 1960 a preacher visits houses down the block. People respect him, welcome him, willingly listen to him. Is that the attitude today? People want to cocoon, to be "off" when they are home. They do NOT want to have unexpected company "drop by" to discuss religion.

I think it is a different day. I would advocate finding other methods. Lots of other "hooks" out there that will get you in with folks to share the Gospel.

Just my thinking.

Kiffin
11-05-2002, 12:12 AM
I agree with Dr. Bob. I think it is a outdated method. At my past church however we had a door to door canvas of the area around Christmas and Easter giving out New Testaments with a invitation to Church but it is what you would call as low pressure. I think the Hyles type confrontational door to door soul winning however is a outdated idea that is based on 1950's culture not 21st century culture

Zebedee
11-05-2002, 12:14 AM
I don't think there is anything wrong with it. The gospel should go forth in every ethical way.

zyzex
11-05-2002, 01:09 PM
I agree that door to door evangelism is an outdated method especially in the USA. It was already getting "cold" in California by the early 1960s'. Yet, if one feels as though God is calling him to that form of ministry, by all means, do it, but I wouldn't go alone -not anymore. Dtd ministry is currently working in the villages of India and other 3rd world countries. But first there is usually a public gathering in each village before dtd ministry is attempted. What makes it a little more acceptable in India is the miraces of healing that are commonly done, despite the violent persecution against the brothers, there.

One of the main problems with dtd evangelism, at least in this country, is that as much as the gospel is proclaimed on radio, Tv, and in most of the Churches, that if anyone is interested, they can certainly find it out. But those who are left over, the gospel message has, more than likely, been repeatedly rejected by those same folks who do not know, and are not interested in knowing any better. (John 6:35-40).

[ November 09, 2002, 06:09 PM: Message edited by: zyzex ]

stubbornkelly
11-05-2002, 01:11 PM
Well, I've never been a fan of it. I've never seen anyone get excited when they see a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses ride down the street. Most of us just say, "thanks, no thanks," if they knock on our door (if we even answer). Clearly, though, it must work, else why would they continue to do it?

But most of the time it comes off as pushy, and I've seen more than a few people get completely turned off to Christianity because a couple of local church-goers intruded their privacy by comeing over uninvited and expecting an invitation to come inside and have a talk.

Prince, I think if I had an AIDS or cancer cure, I'd tell people about it, but I wouldn't be taking it to everyone's house myself. I'd tell them where to come to get it. Isn't that why we have media ministries and advertise services in the paper or on telly? Most people in urban and suburban areas have full access to the gospel - they just don't come hear it.

I certainly think we should seek out opportunities to witness, but I draw the line at going around and knocking on the doors of strangers.

Abiyah
11-05-2002, 01:54 PM
I think the door-to-door knocking-and-talking
is a waste of time. I do, however, strike up
conversations with strangers which work
around to things religious, and the witnessing
comes across on a more personal level then.

Rather than going door-to-door, why not go
to the apparently needy? Why not drop a flip-
top can of soup, a box of juice, some cheese-
and-peanutbutter crackers, a can of fruit, and a
testimony with Scripture on paper in plastic bags
and give them to the homeless?

How about taking food to the battered women's
or men's shelter once in a while? This may get
your foot in the door for a ministry?

Why not bake some cookies or bread and take
it to a different neighbor each week? Open a
door to our God through kindness.

In the same vein, why not invite a neighborhood
widow out for tea and bagels? Why not deliver
wood to a needy neighbor for help with the
winter's heat? Why not offer to do the grocery
shopping for a sick or injured neighbor? Why
not mow a lawn, plant a rose bush, repair a
screen, or dig up weeds for a neighbor who
is not able.

If you are a pastor, why not start giving teddy-
bears (given to children brought in for problems)
to the police department on a regular basis, with
a note that it is coming from your church? This
may get you asked to be the police chaplain in
some areas where there is no one on the force
to fill the need.

When the Bible says to visit, it does not intend
that we are to drop in for mere conversation
but that we arre to minister to actual needs.
We can do this in His name, with evangelism and
teaching in mind and heart, but people's needs
often must be met first. This is something the
Mormon missionaries know and are using to
build their numbers, but this does not make the
Bible's teachings less true.

Wisdom Seeker
11-05-2002, 03:52 PM
Originally posted by suzanne:
"Cold calling" comes across as uncaring.Really? That's not what the people that thank us for coming by say. Uncaring I would think would be sitting at home, work, or church, and never saying a word...that seems to be uncaring. We do it because we care...why else would we give up our time, walk in neighborhoods that we aren't familiar with per se' in all kinds of weather?

Hey if the Mormons and Jehovas Witnesses can go door to door... I think that it's the least we can do.

And I don't even like going outside of my comfort zone believe me...but I do...because i care.

Wisdom Seeker
11-05-2002, 03:58 PM
Sorry Abiyah, I didn't see your post.

Why does it have to be an either/or situation?

Door knocking, invitations, visitation, out-reach, bus ministries, talking to people at the super market or at work, talking to neighbors... You don't have to not do one to do another of these things...There all effective.

I'm for trying to reach the lost everywhere...just ask me about how many people I've shared the gospel with over the inter-net. I think once we are saved...we are supposed to share the gospel with others.

I'm vehement about sharing the gospel whenever, whereever, including door to door... I mean no offense to anyone who thinks it's a waste of time... or thinks it doesn't work. I can tell you...it isn't and it does.

[ November 05, 2002, 03:45 PM: Message edited by: WisdomSeeker ]

Abiyah
11-06-2002, 09:36 AM
You know, WisdomSeeker, it occurred to me,
after writing that post, that it really depends
upon where one lives. In the South (U.S.),
door-knocking was far more acceptable, and
people were far more gracious about it--even
welcoming.--especially out in the country.
On the West Coast, I have never known it to
be very hospitable to this practice in my 53
years, although a few are all right with it.

Here, people are busy and seem not to want to
be disturbed--myself included, if it is a Mormon
or JayDub group--but I am always friendly and
try not to show my irritation. And it was a plea-
sant surprise to open the door once to a Baptist
group!

A couple cautions about going door-to-door. 8o)
A couple mormon boys came by and gave me
their literature, but I told them I would take it only
if they would accept literature from my church
(the old church I used to attend). The back of the
magazine I gave them happened to have a photo
of a man in uniform, carrying an American flag.
I had not noticed--no big deal. But one of the
boys went into a rage and started yelling at me
about it. It was really quite humorous! The other
guy was embarrassed and tried to get him to
settle down, then he had to practically drag him
of my porch, while I smiled calmly, doing my
best not to laugh right out loud. I thought I had
seen it all!

Then I was visited, some years later, by a couple
Church of Christ ladies. All was fine for quite a
while, until I told them I was not interested in
coming to their church. This woman also went
into a rage, screaming at me, condemning me to
hell. Too funny!

Bottom line: don't get mad at the people you are
trying to impress and start yelling at them--bad
witnesss. 8oD

[ November 06, 2002, 08:40 AM: Message edited by: Abiyah ]

pinoybaptist
11-06-2002, 09:48 AM
vote=no. post=no.

Daniel David
11-06-2002, 10:46 AM
There is nothing like sloppy easy-believism. I vote NO.

Wisdom Seeker
11-06-2002, 02:02 PM
Hi Abiyah...me again.

As you know I live in Palmdale California which is on the West Coast. My church is in Lancaster California. It's the practice of our church to Soul-win...including door knocking.

It's part of our practice to keep a good testimony. Always be courteous and polite. Always introduce ourselves by name, and we don't walk accross peoples lawns either.

I have never lost my temper or in any way had a bad testimony for my church. The church has grown in leaps and bounds in just the 8 years that I've attended. It's Sunday morning attendance is about 5 or 6,000. Salvations, Baptisms happen very very often. I've known many many people who came to our church just because of door knocking...my family included. If my church family had not cared enough to door knock... I would still be unsaved...and church hopping...trying to find one that preached out of the Bible.

I understand what your saying about Mormons flying off the handle at the door...It's happened to me twice. That's why I said... We Baptist's need to get out there...and show our neighbors that We are not like that.

I understand your view point...It is true in some respects...the West Coast is not as open of a mission field as the Bible belt states. But here, where I live...on the west coast...it's not that way. Here in my town...our church has a good testimony...and door knocking is proven to work.

You know what I like about you most Abiyah? We can disagree on certain points...and yet we still listen to each other. You my friend are a blessing to me. Thank you for being that way.

Abiyah
11-06-2002, 02:29 PM
WisdomSeeker --

Thank you so much for that sweet compliment!
The fact is that you are the type of person I try
to encourage others to be, when I have ques-
tions on the board that I know can lead to
arguments. Debate is great; arguments are not.
My husband is like you: we debate, but we will
not argue nor purposely hurt one another.

I will tell you what I think: your church must
have it down--how to evangelize door-to-door
without being a pain-in-the-neck. Seeing that
it is obviously successful, that your people
continue to do it, I seriously think you should
all get together and record your:
* Initial nervousness when you began
* Your mistakes through the years
* Your successes
* What works and what does not
Then I think all this should be compiled into a
book, workbook, and journal for sale to those
who want to start a similar ministry.
Book: Information from the above points
Workbook: to study how to put it to use
Journal: to keep account of the participant's own
witnessing activities, successes, failures, etc.

Well, just a thought. I am sure many congrega-
tions would love to have such a boost.

- - - - - - -

Originally posted by Preach the Word:
There is nothing like sloppy easy-believism. I vote NO.Preach, I have seen such statements before,
and I do not understand them. Believe me, this
is not to criticize the statement by any means,
but would you help me to understand?

What is sloppy easy-believism? What is it not?
How is it related to door-to-door witnessing?

8o) Please remember I am asking, not criticizing! 8o)

[ November 06, 2002, 01:31 PM: Message edited by: Abiyah ]

Thankful
11-06-2002, 04:50 PM
Door to Door has always bothered me. Usually, the family is having dinner and doesn't want to be interupted, or they are not dressed to receive company, or they feel that their house is not clean enough.

This works for some people, and I do believe in sharing the gospel to all. If you have a phone number for the person, it would be good to make an appointment, then everyone is more comfortable.

Some of you have some great ideas and certainly have the gift of sharing the gospel.

Prince of Preachers
11-06-2002, 06:11 PM
If your against this approach how do you CONSISTANTLY see people saved. No im not talking sloppy soulwinning saved, but where they are actually waqnting to go to church.

My church has, we are now running about 3000 people. our buses bring in about 1000. We dont have a radio station. We dont bring in rock bands. We dont compromise our standards, we go soulwinning. it may be confrontational, but so is the Bible. graemlins/thumbs.gif just something to think about.

Wisdom Seeker
11-06-2002, 06:40 PM
Santa Clara, California huh? My Pastor was trained in Santa Clara...You wouldn't happen to go to Dr. Jack Trieber's church would you? My Pastor is Dr. Paul Chappell.

My Pastor has written a book called "To Seek and To Save" that is on the topic of soulwinning, and our church uses it and it's workbook in soul-winning training tract 1 (for beginners)The author is Dr. Paul Chappell. It was published by Striving Together Publications, 4020 E. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster, Ca. 93535 if you want to get a copy of the book you described.

As far as the nervousness that is associated with going out... I have that still, although not as much as I used to. Realizing that it is God and not us that will bring salvation, and that we are just being obedient to his work puts the focus back on God, and less on our personal discomfort. Of course praying before we go out in pairs of two helps a great deal...for me anyway.

I have found that being pleasant, and non-intrusive opens many doors. People like people who are nice...it's just a fact. If a person is in the middle of dinner, or on the phone, or even just doesn't have the time, we ask them if we can leave a tract and appologize for interupting them.

Well, as you know, it's not in my comfort zone to approach strangers...but, I go out every Tuesday morning and invite people to our church...planting seeds. It's kind of fun, get to talk to new people, get out in the sunshine, get to chat with my church friends. It's a blessing really. And I get to think about the verse "He who winneth souls is wise" and talk about my church and my Lord...and those are my favorite subjects. ;)

[ November 06, 2002, 07:22 PM: Message edited by: WisdomSeeker ]

Jim1999
11-06-2002, 09:10 PM
In an earlier church, we used to go out two-by-two, door-to-door, cold calls. Streets were listed on cards and the area to be visited was noted. It was very good for the members who went out and it preceded Wednesday night prayer meetings.

As time passed, and more people engaged in shift work and both members worked out, this visitation became an annoyance.

In another church, our visitation secretary came up with this idea. He had my picture, name and phone printed on a three page brochure which spelled out welcome. It showed the services, times and nights. It then invited anyone who would like to have a chat to stop off and visit with the pastor. There was no confrontation and everyone was instructed to just be friendly and not engage in any debate. We did see some fruit from this method. It was in a community of 90,000 and highly industrialized (General Motors town).

By far, the best witness always comes from the membership at work, in community and at play. The casual engagement. I always thought my job as minister was to preach myself out of work.

Cheers,

Jim

DHK
11-07-2002, 02:23 AM
I am all for door to door witnessing. Depending on where you live in North America, you will find some areas harder mission fields than others. When one goes door to door he may rarely lead a person to Christ, often he may face rejection, sometimes get a door slammed in the face, will occasionally trudge off in inclement weather, and perhaps most of all experience the irrational and emotional responses of the unsaved to the Word of God.
Even if it isn't the best way to increase membership in your church, or the best way to lead a person to Christ in your opinion, there is still a far more valuable reason to keep going door to door. And that is for the experience, the strengthening, the edification, that a believer will receive by going door to door. I hope that none of those that voted "No" did not do so for the reason that "they did not know their Bibles well enough" to testify of Christ to another. There are many Christians today that are almost Biblically illiterate. Going door to door forces you to testify of your faith to others. It puts you in the position where you must know your Bible well enough to lead a person to Christ, and perhaps answer some other questions as well. It builds you up as Christian, and helps you to mature. The Bible commands us to be witnesses (Acts 1:8), and for good reason.
DHK

Bro. Curtis
11-07-2002, 04:17 AM
I have found dtd witnessing works best in our "ghettos".( I Hate that word, but for want of a better term...) Seems the better neighborhoods have locked gates, big dogs, and we have always felt welcome in the lower-class neighborhoods. We put our ties on, go dtd & hand out tracts, and usually just invite people to come to the common area in the section we are in, and we will have a mini-service. We have added to our bus ministry that way, and have seen whole families come to Biblical Christianity. No easy-believism here. Repent, and be saved.

mili7ro
11-07-2002, 07:06 AM
Hello. I'm new here.

"Cold calling" would be: "... Want to accept Christ? YES - Ok. NO - it's up to you if you want go to hell. Bye."
Witnessing means "Hot calling" or involvement of the heart.

Nothing compares with person-to-person evangelism. It is time-demanding (for those who did it: Am I rigth or not?), energy demanding, both physical and spiritual, and great faith.

How many unchristian friends do you have? How many of these have you TURNED to Christ or have you POINTED to Christ in an active way, BOTH through your living and your words?

I came to learn that after much prayer and spiritual preparation and asking God to open the hearts and open the conversation in the right way about Him, d-t-d can be an effective means of bringing God's salvation to soul who refuse to come in a church meeting. TRY IT. Some just wait to be "pushed" or forced into the Kingdom. If others would scoff at you, they did even worse with the Master, so don't be disappointed. TRY AGAIN.

ZYZEX, I think radio or TV is more impersonal and cold than person-to-person (even d-t-d).
stubbornkelly, some may be as the lame who needed be taken from home to Jesus, even through the roof of a house. They could or may not come alone.

Abiyah, I agree with you in that: with the physical needy helping them specifically does much more that knocking-and-talking. But what with those who are rich while thez are so poor?

WisdomSeeker share with us how you do sharing the Gospel. I think we (or at least I) need encouragement. You can write me privately or public. I went in places where no evangelical church existed and I had to "hook" people somehow. And God was with me. He is the Master. So USE THE FISHING NET, BUT TAKE THE FISHING ROD ALSO. (I hope I was correct, since I'm not English speaking at home/work/society!)

mili7ro

Daniel David
11-07-2002, 10:33 AM
Abiyah, easy-believism is generally a Romans Road type offer of the gospel.

If you ever hear someone say: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life...

The first word of the gospel is REPENT.

If the gospel presentation never includes Repentance, it is easy-believism and a false gospel.

Kiffin
11-07-2002, 12:39 PM
While I am against the Hyles style door to door soulwinning tactic I do not think going door to door is necessarily outdated. Politicians still go door to door and is a vital part of their campaigns and has shown to be successful.

I think the approach is the problem. The Hyles style that is agressive and attempts to get a immediate conversion is a turn off and has a tendecy to lean toward easy believism.

At my past Church and now my current Church we do a door to door canvas around Christmas and Easter on Saturday mornings from about 10-12am. We give away a Church packet to every home which includes, a New Testament, a tract, information on the Church and a invitation to attend. The approach we take is when the person answers the door is "Hi, we are from ---- Baptist Church and we are giving out New Testaments this morning and we wanted to give you and your family one" then we leave and go to the next house. 99% of all people are nice and cordial and accept. We are not pushy nor aggressive put it is basically a 10 second visit and 2 people visiting together can visit about 50 plus houses in a hour.

International Bible society has some tract packs put together that has a Gospel of John, tract, invitation to your church, door hanger to put it on that you can buy at their website.

In the end it is all about the aproach. The thing I fear most on going door to door are dogs (especially them sneaky little dogs graemlins/laugh.gif ) that is the primary danger I have noticed over the years you must beware of.

Pastor_Bob
11-07-2002, 04:02 PM
There are two Scriptural principles that need to be considered:
The first is confrontational evangelism. An example of this would be Jesus dealing with the woman at the well. He confronted her with her need of a Savior. Another example would be Paul before King Agrippa.

The second principle would be the "going" part of the Great Commission. The Bible clearly teaches to "go" and bring them in. Nowhere in God's Word do we find someone putting up a building, advertising, and then waiting for the people to come to them. Evangelism is to be an active effort on the part of all Christians.

Luke 14:23 "And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in , that my house may be filled."
The word "compel" means to make it necessary, or to constrain.

Mr 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

I'm sure this would include our neighbors. What are we to do? Preach to them the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We can't do this unless we go to where they are.

The Bible teaches that it is not our delivery or our polished presentation that has the power to save. It is only the work of the Holy Spirit utilizing the Word of God. We are commanded to take that Word of God to them.

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God , which liveth and abideth for ever.

Wisdom Seeker
11-07-2002, 06:20 PM
Bro. Curtis I would agree with you on what you said about the financially challenged being more apt to accept the need for God. I would say that it is my experience that when a person or family is wealthy and have not yet accepted Christ, it is because they feel that they don't need Him.

Those gated communities are sometimes a problem aren't they?

I would like to also say just one more thing... I have never had someone slam the door in my face. I've had people say "No thank you, I'm not interested" but people are usually curteous not hostile.

I did recently meet a woman who said, " I would appreciate it if your church wouldn't come to my door any more, the last woman that came here was so mean that I had to turn my hose on her" We were a group of three ladies that day, and we all simultaneously said " I'm so sorry" To which she replied.."Well, you ladies are so nice, and she actually smiled" Attitude makes a big difference.

[ November 07, 2002, 05:22 PM: Message edited by: WisdomSeeker ]

MissAbbyIFBaptist
11-07-2002, 06:49 PM
Dosn't the Great commison instruct us to "Go ye unto all the world..."? The world can be in your town, or in a forighen contry {forgive tha spelling.}
Outdated aproach?! How could trying to get someone saved be considered outdated!? Some critics claim the Bible is "out dated" but it's real and living to me.
What about the ones who do get saved when someone goes door to door? Where would they be if someone hadn't cared enough to go out and wittness?
I live in a small town. We have mormans {morons, same diffrence} Jehovoha's "false" wittnesses, going out almost daily. If the real, true saved people don't get to them, then they are easy prey for all the false cults. In my area, we have 3 IFB churches,and 2 of them actualy go soul winning. I was talking with one lady a few weeks ago, and she was so shocked to see BAPTISTS out on visitation. Isn't that a sorry testimony? We are responsible for everyone we come in contact with. We must get out the gospel. People, there is a lost and dying world, and if we don't care, who will?
~Abby

stubbornkelly
11-07-2002, 07:24 PM
Just one of many reasons some neighborhoods have "no soliciting" on the signs at their entrances . . .

Abby, I think you're confusing the approach with the motive. I don't think anyone has suggested that Christians should not witness and share the gospel. That's not what's being called outdated. One method used to share the gospel (going door to door) that has been so called. The method, not the message.

I don't find it appealing, likely because I don't want strangers coming to my door uninvited for any reason. In turn, the idea of doing to other people what I find so distasteful having done to me really does not appeal to me. That's my line. I will not go door to door.

*sigh* To me, it's not so much that it's outdated. No, not that it's uncaring. But that it's rude. I've had people in my building come knock on my door for various things - a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses, someone selling AmWay, all kinds of stuff. They don't even get the chain off the door, no matter how good the deal is. And there's usually a phone call from my apartment to the manager about solicitors in the building. No matter how good the deal is, it feels like selling. *shrug* Just my take.

I'm sure some people and some churches have relative success going door to door. I don't know that anyone here has tried to tell you that you should not go inviting people to church. Sure, there have been some knocks on the easy-believism that some visitors try to push, but that's very different (and should be criticized, IMNSHO).

Side note: Really, calling a group of people morons? Doesn't that kind of talk usually go on in the politics forum?

DHK
11-07-2002, 08:44 PM
Originally posted by stubbornkelly:

I don't find it appealing, likely because I don't want strangers coming to my door uninvited for any reason. In turn, the idea of doing to other people what I find so distasteful having done to me really does not appeal to me. That's my line. I will not go door to door.
It certainly is a Biblical way:

Acts 20:20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,

Paul did say to be "followers of him even as he is of Christ."

If J.W.'s or Mormons come to my door, I don't find them a nuisance at all. They also need the gospel. I use the occasion to give them the gospel, and show them the error of the way.

1peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
DHK

ahebert
11-07-2002, 10:13 PM
I quess that all I can add is that I have presonally seen a great reward from door to door evangelsim. Every time I do it, I have seen God work in the lives of the hearers. Many times I see souls saved and it is a return that is not outdated, but just takes time and effort. In Acts, we clearly see that the disciples went door to door preaching and teaching the Word of God. graemlins/thumbs.gif

RaptureReady
11-07-2002, 10:39 PM
I agree with WisdomSeeker. Going door to door is one of many excellent ways to reach the lost. I also agree that you shouldn't go alone. Too many people out there that are not friendly.

Reaching the lost in a respectful way is never a waste of time.

Bro. Curtis
11-08-2002, 01:53 AM
Originally posted by WisdomSeeker:
Bro. Curtis I would agree with you on what you said about the financially challenged being more apt to accept the need for God. I would say that it is my experience that when a person or family is wealthy and have not yet accepted Christ, it is because they feel that they don't need Him.

Those gated communities are sometimes a problem aren't they?

Yup. I guess that's why we have so many warnings about riches in the Bible. This is my favorite...

"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" Revelation 3:17

Thankful
11-08-2002, 03:21 PM
I agree with StubbornKelly. I do not like uninvited guests or strangers coming to my door. I will invite them or they can call first.

I am a Christian. I have been a Christian for over 50 years.

I will relate an incident that caused me to change churches:

I had been a member of a large church for five years. I decided that I would change Sunday School Classes. I was very excited about my new class. Late one Saturday, a very well dressed woman came to my door from my church. (She had my phone number she could have called first) I was uncomfortable because I had just got out of the shower, my hair was wet, no makeup on, I was barefooted, but I invited her in any way because she was from my church. She was not in my new class nor my old one.

She brought me literature on joining the church that I had been a member of for five years. I was courteous to her but you can imagine how I felt.

At first I thought maybe I was missing an opportunity for this woman to be my friend. So I called and thanked her for coming by....that was the last contact I had with her. She did not care about me at all.

I am actually thankful for this incident because I think the Lord was leading me to another church and I wasn't listening.

weeping prophet
11-08-2002, 11:57 PM
How beautiful are the feet of them that carry the Gospel of peace. Door to door evangelism is not for everyone, but to those who are led by a bleeding heart, for the lost, I would say amen to it. Now around here you are really taking some risks going door to door, a girl just got murdered the other day raising money for her church door to door. All areas are not the same, but if you wish to become a maryter you could have a chance at it around here. I myself do not feel led to evangelize this way, yet, but I would never try and stop another if He felt led to. WP

Tony F
11-09-2002, 01:26 AM
Personally I like the idea of d-t-d for distributing information on the church, like a welcome packet. In that I would have the gospel as part of the literature. Additionally, I wouldn't per se go on a soul-winning call with each house, but if the opportunity presents itself then I would take it of course.

I also think the method I described would be great for well discipled teens as people are more apt to answer the door and welcome two smiling young faces rather than an older adult. Seems like a good teen ministry idea.

In Christ
Tony

Dr. Bob
11-09-2002, 05:50 PM
I agree that d-t-d visiting to distribute information, bibles, tracts, Jesus video, etc, is still a good method to blanket an area.

To think that I could share enough of the Gospel with a person through only that method is stretching it methinks. It would promote "easy believism" and not the indepth teaching of the truth that is mandatory for salvation.

Caveat: I have met folks who were genuinely born again by "cold turkey" somebody knocked on the door and led them to the Lord. It is rare, but my, I praise God for that! graemlins/thumbs.gif

LadyEagle
11-09-2002, 10:27 PM
Here's an approach one church in our city does (not Baptist, though). When someone new moves into the neighborhood, a church member delivers a loaf of fresh (bakery) bread, along with a gift bag with church video, tracts, info, & invitation to services.

We passed out tracts to every kid along with treats on Halloween. We had almost 100 kids. You never know who is going to read those tracts, outdated (?) as they might be.

We've had some DTDs, several times over the past 3 years at our present home. Turned out they were Baptists & we knew either them or their pastors. Had a good time of visiting, fellowship, & prayer, before they went on down the street. LOL! :D

Joe Turner
11-10-2002, 09:50 PM
For those of you who are against door knocking, you might want to let the two guys (Sam and Mike) that I met a few weeks ago know about this. I went door knocking with another brother and we led these two men to Christ. Two people saved from hell is worth knocking on at least a thousand doors, wether it is popular or not. We are not selling vacums, wer'e fullfilling the Great Comission. :rolleyes:

ForYourGlory
11-11-2002, 11:04 AM
This is where I really enjoy passing out the Jesus Video. What our church does is the week before we distribute we let people know that we are going to be in their area through our local newspaper. I know to some people that may not seem right, letting them know that we are coming, giving people the chance to run. But what about the people who don't. You would be amazed at how many people stay home looking forward to us coming and giving them a free video. But it's not just about the video, we are there to talk to them, listen to them, and also present the gospel to them. We are not pushy with them, we are available to them. This has been such a blessing to me and my family to be able to go out and do this. And yes, my whole family goes including my children. My oldest is 13, and the youngest is 10. They have at times been able to talk to the peoples little ones. And many times I think that they have been real icebreakers when it comes to some of the people.

I also know what you are talking about as far as people living in gated up communities. Our family had a chance to go on a mission trip to a very what you would say upper class area. Some of these people will never give you the time of day, they were very rude and very self absorbed. The first thing that went through my mind was Mark 10:25 "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." I saw it in front of my very own eyes. It was quite sad and very frustrating. All I could do was pray for them. If only they knew what they were really missing.

But for us this is one way of being able to go door to door reaching out to people, and I praise God for the opportunity to be able to serve Him and help further His Kingdom this way.

God bless,
FYG

SouthernBaptistBoy
11-13-2002, 07:07 PM
Sad to say I haven't done that ina while. I remeber when I did me and some friends from Bob Jones University use to go door to door, at first it was a little intimidating but the feeling inside was fantastic, the joy you feel when people slam the door in your face. I know it sounds sarcastic, but by no means am I being. There is a special joy you feel in your soul when you do this type of work. I always said a good baptist is one that:

1. Has JW feet.
2. Penecostal Heart
3. Baptist Theology.

forgive the poor spelling, I never was blessed with a good speller, but you know what I mean. smile.gif

God Bless you all
Craig

Griffdog
11-14-2002, 02:20 AM
The day of Door2Door is long since past. While we have literlly seen two people become active members of our church as a result of this method, I think the last 6 years of Monday nights could possibly have been spent more effectively.

We use a youth service on Sunday nights as outreach, designing it to be basic Biblical truth while at the same time clearly giving out the Gospel. Students use their relationships to bring friends to hear the Gospel.

Josh

JohnB
11-14-2002, 05:15 PM
If God calls you to go door to door, and gifts you, and gives fruit, don't let anyone stop you.

Personally, I do not believe God calls me to do "door to door." I get the cold sweats picking up the phone to follow up with visitors from my Sunday School class.

However, my class and I do other outreach and ministry projects such as Christmas boxes or making sandwiches for the local night shelter. This past summer, my family went to Mexico to do VBS.

Do what God has called, prepared and equipped you to do.