by George C. Miladin
This is not just another course, book, or manual on a subject that has been worked almost to death. This course is designed to put shoe leather into our beliefs about the gospel. You might say it has to do with podiatry—“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”
My original choice of title was “Propagating Presbyterians.” I have discarded that in favor of the present title for at least three reasons: (1) It was too restrictive; hopefully our readership will be much wider than one species of Christians. (2) The terms propagation and reproduction (as in Dawson Trotman’s Born to Reproduce) are descriptive of an effect that is not in the hands of men to produce. Men by God’s grace can sow seed; only God can cause it to generate life. In this light, the original title was too man-centered. (3) The present title, unlike the original one, strikes at the heart of a major problem and at the same time offers hope.
Personal Evangelism Made Less Difficult should be good news not only for most Presbyterian and Reformed people, who have the reputation of being some of the weakest evangelists among evangelical Christians, but also for most all believers. If we are honest, the act of seeking out a fellow human being and telling him or her the gospel is a daunting experience. Even the great apostle Paul was faint of heart and of trembling knees when he first entered the city of Corinth and thought about what lay ahead in terms of preaching and personal evangelism. If, as studies show, contemporary man’s greatest fear is public speaking (not flying in an airplane), then speaking the gospel to someone who isn’t a believer has to be near the top of the contemporary evangelical’s fear list. Supporting evidence is provided by the fact that so few believers get their feet going and their lips moving with God’s message. Not many of us do personal evangelism, offering the rationalization, “I witness by my life, not by preaching to others!”