Characteristics of An Effective

Ambassador of Christ


 
 

by CHARLIE H. CAMPBELL
Director of The Always Be Ready Apologetics Ministry
© Copyright 2000–2014


Author of
Scrolls and Stones: Compelling Evidence
the Bible Can Be Trusted



Below are some of the characteristics of an effective ambassador of Christ.

1. Loving

1 Corinthians 16:13-14
"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love."


2. Ready and Able to Give Reasons for His Faith

1 Peter 3:15
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be [What?] ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;"

3. Gentle and Respectful

1 Peter 3:15
always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear" (gentleness and respect–NIV)

2 Timothy 2:24
"And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all"

4. Gracious with Speech

Colossians 4:5-6
5 "Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside [that is outside the family of God, a reference to unbelievers], redeeming the time. [How do we do that (How do we walk in wisdom? One of the ways is in v.6] 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one."

One way I like to do this when I'm talking to an unbeliever, is to acknowledge the merit of their good points, questions, or concerns.

Jesus Himself was very gracious in the way He spoke with people. Luke said that the people marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth (
Luke 4:22).

5. Patient

2 Timothy 2:24-26
"And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will."

Fishing for men, like fishing for fish, takes a lot of patience.

Many Christians who share the gospel today want to be harvesters (they want to see people respond to the gospel and get saved the first time they talk to them). But it is very rare that an unbeliever ends up giving their life to the Lord the very first time you bring up the Lord with them.

Bill Fay mentions in his book Share Jesus Without Fear that the average nonbeliever must be spoken to about the Lord 7.6 times before they receive the Lord. We must remember that it takes time. We often think of success in evangelism as occurring when a person bows their head with us and prays to receive the Lord. That's incorrect. It's exciting when that happens, but that is not the definition of success according to the Bible. Success is not praying with a person to receive Christ. Success is living your life out in obedience to the Lord.

What has He called you to do? He's called you to share the gospel with the lost. So as you share with a person, regardless of whether they receive the Lord or not, you have been successful. If they don't receive the Lord, don't get upset with them, or give up on them. God is looking for people that will sow seeds, and trust the results that will come much later (often times after others have watered them) to Him.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 3:6
"I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth."

God is looking for people who are willing to plant and water, and allow God to cause the growth.

6. Humble

2 Timothy 2:24-26
24  "And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will."

1 Corinthians 3:7
"So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth."

The Scriptures make it clear that we are nothing! Apart from the Lord, we would all be miserable wretches. And it's important that as you're talking to people that they see that. Many unbelievers think that Christians are prideful. It is good for people to see that we are real, human beings, with weaknesses.

It helps them to see that there's a place for them in God's family.

John the Baptist, although bold in His preaching of the Word of God, was also a great example to us of a humble ambassador.

He said to those he was preaching to, 'There comes one after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose'
( Mark 1:7). In other words, 'Jesus is great and I'm an unworthy sinner.'

Acts 14:14
"When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out 15 and saying, Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you"

7. Discerning

Matthew 7:6
"Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces."

Dogs and swine were a way of referring to unholy, unsaved people who have no interest in the holy and precious truths of God's Word.

If the person that you are sharing the truth with becomes

--antagonistic
--or begins to ridicule
--or be argumentative
--or simply does not want to hear the truth

...you should wisely end the conversation. This isn't out of hatred for dogs and swine, or the unsaved, but rather out of love and respect for that which is holy.

Matthew 10:14
"And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet."

8. Knows the Word

Acts 8:35
"Then Philip opened his mouth [speaking to the Ethiopian eunuch], and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him."

When the opportunity presented itself, Philip was ready. He knew the Word of God. Philip wasn't only able to answer this man's question about the passage in Isaiah, he was able to use this verse as a starting point to tell him more about Jesus.

And the man gave His heart to the Lord!!

Matthew 28:19-20
19  "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen."

 

charlie_campbell          

ABOUT CHARLIE H. CAMPBELL

Charlie Campbell is the Director of the Always Be Ready Apologetics Ministry and a popular guest speaker at churches and conferences. He is the author of numerous articles, books, and DVDs, including:

•  Scrolls & Stones: Compelling Evidence the Bible Can Be Trusted
•  Evidence for the Existence of God
•  One Minute Answers to Skeptics
•  Archaeological Evidence for the Bible
•  The End Times: Ten Upcoming Events in Bible Prophecy
•  The Case for the Resurrection

•  Teaching and Preaching God's Word

His DVDs and books have been endorsed by Norman Geisler, Charles Colson, Chuck Smith, Ed Hindson, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Jeremy Camp, and many others.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SCHEDULE CHARLIE TO TEACH?

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

twitter

Category: ROOT
 

Quick Responses to Skeptics:
by Charlie Campbell (Director of ABR Apologetics Ministry)

Q. What evidence do you have that God exists?"

CHRISTIAN: I think the cosmos itself is evidence that God exists. Think of all the billions of galaxies, stars, planets, and moons. How did they come to exist? Philosophers and thinkers down through the ages have narrowed the explanations into three broad options:

1. The cosmos is eternal—and if that's the case, there's no need for a creator because the universe has just always been.
2. The cosmos created itself—again, no need for God. It brought itself into existence.
3. The cosmos was created by someone or something outside of itself—God.

So, let's consider which is the most reasonable explanation. The first option, that the universe is eternal, has been utterly rejected by the scientific community. Why? Astronomers are pointing to things like the background radiation echo, the motion of the galaxies, the second law of thermodynamics, and other evidences all of which have led them to conclude that the universe had a beginning. Well, that eliminates option one. Option two, that the universe created itself, is philosophically impossible—even logically absurd. Of course, before the universe existed it would not have been around to do the creating. Obviously, a non-existent universe could not have done anything! It did not exist. So, option one and two can be thrown out purely on scientific and philosophical grounds. Option three, that something or someone outside of the universe created the universe, is the option that both reason and the evidence point to.


SKEPTIC:  But if the universe demands a creator, then God requires a maker. So, who made God?

CHRISTIAN: Nobody made God. Unlike the finite universe (a universe that began to exist) that demands a creator, God does not need a creator.

SKEPTIC:
Why?

CHRISTIAN:
Because He is eternal. Someone who has always existed does not need a creator or someone to have brought Him into existence. But the universe falls into an entirely different category. As the scientific discoveries
have shown, it has not always existed. And anything that begins to exist requires a cause or maker. Things don’t just pop into existence all on their own. Nothing does not produce something.

SKEPTCI: You really believe that God has just always existed?

CHRISTIAN:
Yes.

SKEPTIC:
Impossible!

CHRISTIAN:
Well, before you scoff at the notion of God having always existed, keep this in mind: something must have always existed. Do you realize that?

SKEPTIC:
Why do you think that?

CHRISTIAN:
Well, think through this with me: if nothing cannot produce something, and yet something exists, then it follows necessarily that something has always existed (in order to bring the something into existence). Think of it this way:

1. If there ever was a time that absolutely nothing existed, nothing would exist now.
2. Something exists now.
3. Therefore, there was never a time that absolutely nothing existed.

So, to answer the question, Who made God? No one. God is eternal and does not need a maker. The universe is not eternal and does require a maker.

SKEPTIC: I hear what you're saying, but I still have a hard time believing in a God I can't see.

CHRISTIAN: I understand that struggle. Let me help you think through this. When you see a painting, what proof do you need to conclude that a painter exists? Nothing else besides the painting. The painting, all on its own, is proof there was a painter. You do not need to see the painter to believe that he or she exists. The painting is all the evidence you need. It wouldn't be there if the painter did not exist. And so it is with the universe and God. The universe, all on its own, is compelling evidence for a creator.


One-Minute-200px

If you like to have short concise answers ready for conversations with nonbelievers, you'll love Charlie Campbell's book: One Minute Answers to Skeptics: Concise Answers to the Top Forty Questions, endorsed by Charles Colson, Norman Geisler and Nancy Leigh DeMoss.