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#25810 - Fri Jun 10, 2005 5:08 PM To what extent do we evangelise in the workplace?  
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Hi everyone!

I've just been typing an email to a friend and asked him the following question which has been bugging me:

To what extent does one evangelise in the workplace? The reason why I ask this is because I agree that it is grievous to hide one's Light under a bushel... but also, one has to be responsible and provide an income for the family. The problem is that because "religion" is always a touchy subject - even more so TRUE religion - it could cause a person to lose their job! And then the verse: "Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you," pops into my head. But then, one can also evangelise to an extent in the way one conducts oneself etc in the workplace - thus being a wonderful witness to the world. So where do we find the balance? How is one to approach this matter? Do we go out boldly proclaiming the name of Jesus?

Dave

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#25811 - Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:51 PM Re: To what extent do we evangelise in the workplace? [Re: David_P]  
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Dave,

I think we should be open about our Christianity, and not shy away from it. However, being open does not mean that we are harping on it constantly.

When God gives us opportunity to talk with another co-worker about faith issues, we should take the time to tell the person about Christ Jesus which very much includes our position with Him. When I say opportunity, I mean when we have established some type of relationship with the other person, they may either bring the topic up or we can feel them out through our conversations. As with the Apostle Paul, we should always be ready to give testimony of our faith and explain it.


John Chaney

"having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith . . ." Colossians 2:7
#25812 - Fri Jun 10, 2005 10:23 PM Re: To what extent do we evangel in the workplace? [Re: David_P]  
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Hey Dave,

You know, evangelism is a serious subject. So serious I believe, that it should be something taught on a regular basis in every church. But it's not. A lot of Christians are left to try to figure out the answers to these serious questions on their own. This is frustrating because every Christian should have sound instruction on these matters.

I believe that in the Post-Modern times that we live in, we are going to find ourselves in most cases working in a secular environment. So you will find that most people are going to be antagonistic to our proclaiming God's truth. If you believe that regeneration is the monergistic work of the Spirit and not synergistic then you won't fall into the trap of trying to convince your neighbor of the truth of scripture. Instead you will share your faith and then depend on the Holy Spirit to effectually work in them.

There are many ways to witness to people in your workplace without getting yourself into trouble I believe. You can send Christian cards for special occasions and holidays. You can put Christian items on your desk. You can where pins and things that will identify you as a Christian. You can and will most likely explain how you feel to people by explaining biblical truth. You will also I believe act a little different in certain situations. Like not gossiping, not swearing, not going to bars with co-workers, not being interested in conversations of a sexual nature and so on. All these little things add up. But they won't be anything offensive enough to get you into trouble.

I worked in a really dark place for almost 2 years. It was full of rough men who enjoyed being wicked. This was a very trying time for me but I continued to witness and proclaim the gospel every time I got the chance. I didn't approach people and share the gospel with them. I just did all the little things I just mentioned and did a lot of praying. Soon the Lord did lead people to approach me to hear the gospel. Every single one of them were unsettled by my proclamation. I never once got a smile or a pat on the back. Instead I got frowns and head shaking. It can be disappointing to share the gospel because people usually don't all of a sudden "get it" and jump up and down with joy and run off to become an awesome Christian. In most cases it's been my experience that conversion is a slow process.

But after about a year and a half, I saw a change occur at that place that I was at. I was really the only active Christian there who proclaimed to be born again and shared my faith. There were a few others there that went to church and claimed to be Christians, but they knew very little about their faith and were very worldly. But after what seemed like an eternity of waiting and praying, I started to witness a change in a few of the workers there. A couple of them now attend church regularly and approached me more then once with biblical questions. These were the same ones who at first didn't want to have anything to do with my convictions and my witnessing. So you never can tell who your going to affect. There was one worker there who was a pretty tough customer. He was in pretty bad shape when I first started their. I would have never guessed in a million years that he would change. But he did and it was remarkable to see the transformation in him, even though it was a long process. I honestly believe that I had a small part to play in his conversion and it is really wonderful to see the Lord using me. I now work at a Christian book store and he comes in with his family and makes sure to talk with me. It's really awesome to see the change taking place in his heart. So anyway, I just wanted to share my personal experience with you.

First of all, I believe that you should try to discern God's will for you. It might be His plan that you stay with a primarily secular company during your whole career and not really see a change in anyone. Or it might be His will to move you around and allow you to change the lives of many. You need to try look at it as "what does God want me to learn here." But I believe that our first and primary ministry is to our family. So I would be very careful when it comes to doing anything that might jeopardize the welfare of your family. I believe that your primary concern is to support your family and to pay the bills. So if your in an environment that is very strict about sharing your faith, then honor it and remain a silent witness and wait for the Lord to bring people to you. If someone comes up and asks you to explain your faith with them, then ask them out for coffee and share your faith with them away from work. If you can't have anything of a religious nature on your desk, then invite co-workers over for dinner where they can see your Christianity in your home and so on. There's ways to share your faith without getting you into trouble for the most part.

But there might eventually come a time when you have to stand up for your belief's even when it might cost you your job. This is a situation though that you should pray about and consult your family about and let them understand that there is just no other way and that even though it might be hard, you will have to depend on the Lord to provide. I hope this is helpful. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Y.B.I.C,

Dave.


Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. - Galatians 2:16
#25813 - Sat Jun 11, 2005 9:19 PM Re: To what extent do we evangel in the workplace? [Re: Reformation Monk]  
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I agree with Puritan--some basic apologetics should be in the forefront as part of expository sermons. We could more effectively follow Paul's advice to be prepared to answer any question. It may be more effective to get the acquaintance asking questions, then the possibility of being reprimanded for introducing religion should be nullified, inasmuch as one is answering not introducing the subject.


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#25814 - Sat Jun 11, 2005 9:55 PM Re: To what extent do we evangelise in the workplace? [Re: David_P]  
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To what extent does one evangelise in the workplace?


1. Be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love. (Eph. 5:1,2)

2. You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (Eph. 5:8)

3. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, (Eph. 5:15)

Make sure your words match your actions. Look for opportunities and always be ready to share the reason for the hope that is within you. However, don't cheat your employer. Don't use his time to preach to your neighbor or have a Bible study. Do it during a break or when you're off the time clock.

I remember an experience I had years ago when I worked as a mechanic for an automobile dealership and the Service Manager asked me to do a Christian job on his friend's car. Since I knew he wasn't a Christian and he knew I was I asked him to explain what that meant. He told me not charge his friend for the work I do on his car. In other words a charity job.

I told him that as a Christian I couldn't do that to my employer since I was working for him and I owed my time to him. If I did that I'd be cheating him out of what he was paying me for and I'd actually be stealing from him. I don't think a good Christian would do that. He backed off and I worked on his friend's car on the job ticket like any other paying customer. I think we learned a little more about each other that day and I'm glad I didn't back down. Even though I didn't give his friend a charity job I seemed to earn his respect.

I can tell you from experience that the relationships we develop at work can easily become opportunities to share the gospel. I started a Bible study with several of my co-workers years ago and some of these men have come to know the Lord through this opportunity.


Wes


When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died, my richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride. - Isaac Watts
#25815 - Sun Jun 12, 2005 8:32 PM Re: To what extent do we evangelise in the workplace? [Re: David_P]  
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Amen to all of the above. I don't fall for the Arminian line that I'm at a workplace solely to "win my coworkers to Christ". I'm there to perform a service for my employer, earn money so that I can provide for myself and my family, and be productive and fruitful. This honors God quite apart from any evangelistic activity I might be involved in at the workplace.

#25816 - Mon Jun 13, 2005 12:32 AM Re: To what extent do we evangelise in the workplace? [Re: David_P]  

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If you have a genuine opportunity to witness for Christ, in any area, whether a full presentation of the Gospel, or a little thing here or there, or a apologetic conversation, do it. All our "security" can be taken whether one witnesses for God or not, so take the risk. And I agree, with you, it is a real risk.

Think about what Joab and Abishai, Esther, and Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego, and Paul. They were not sure whether or not God would protect them in their risk, but they did what they thought God wanted them to do anyway.

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