Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Acts 28:28 which reads: "Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it."
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from Barnes' Notes on the Bible:
The salvation of God is the knowledge of God's mode of saving people. Since the Jews have rejected it, it will be offered to the Gentiles. They will embrace it. Paul was never discouraged. If the gospel was rejected by one class of people, he was ready to offer it to another. If his own countrymen despised it, he never allowed himself to suppose that Christ had died in vain, but believed that others would embrace its saving benefits. How happy would it be if all Christians had the same unwavering faith and zeal as Paul.
Our soul winning quote today is from Marilyn Monroe. She said: "Sometimes I think the only people who stay with me and really listen are people I hire, people I pay."
Imagine what might have happened with Ms. Monroe if someone, preferably a Christian, had really cared and taken the time to listen. Would she have taken her life through suicide? Unfortunately, we will never know!
Our soul winning devotional is part 68 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is...Learning to Listen (Part 2)
Listening Can Be Learned
This is something Dr. Jerry Pipes points out in his book Building a Successful Family. Under the assumption that communication is one key to a happy home, he makes several observations in reference to the importance of learning to listen.
Levels of Listening
According to Pipes, there are five basic levels of listening. They are:
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