It was Sunday, 2000 years ago, the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As two of his disciples traveled the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, they were joined by Jesus Himself, but they did not recognize Him. He asked them,
"What are you discussing together as you walk along?"
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?"
"What things?" he asked.
"About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."
He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:14-27
What a lesson that must have been! I hope to hear it myself someday, from the Savior!
The ministry of GoodSeed International was started for the purpose of creating tools that communicate the Bible's message using the same approach Jesus used on the road to Emmaus. We begin at the beginning. We begin with Moses and all the prophets. The following pages answer the why, what, where, when and how of that approach. As we create more tools and gain more experience, we will not only enlarge this book but add to the series of which this is the first volume.
In writing anything about methods of evangelism, we need to preface our thoughts with what the Scripture says:
"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit," says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6
I believe it is enjoined upon the believer to communicate the Word of God clearly, for faith comes only through understanding the Word, yet the process of communication is not independent of the Spirit's working. Some of the ideas you will read in this booklet are just that, ideas. Look upon them as being helpful suggestions. Others are well founded in the Word. Those we best not ignore. For both, we need to ask God to bless our efforts with the mighty working of His Spirit.
John R. Cross