Everyday Conversations Eternal Impact by Lloyd Pulley SAMPLE CHAPTER


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By an ancient well outside a small Samaritan town, one conversation impacted an entire community for the gospel. From what began as a seemingly everyday encounter, Lloyd Pulley draws insights that will affect the way you SHARE your faith with those you meet today. This book provides a rare glimpse into Jesus’ personal style of evangelism. We can learn much from observing the Master and His ways. It is a vital message for anyone who longs to impact others eternally. (ISBN 9781597519786) Visit http://www.everydayeternal.com for more info

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  1. 1. “In my experience as a pastor and an evangelist I have come tolearn that all truly e ective evangelism is at its core—relationallydriven. God uses people as conduits for His message of hopeand salvation. Whether it’s inviting someone to church or apublic place where they will hear a presentation of the gospel,or just two people conversing over a cup of co ee, the humanelement is critical. God wants His people personally involved inthe process. In this book, Lloyd Pulley will show you how to getstarted and how to e ectively share your faith with those youmeet today!” Greg Laurie E VANG E L IST, SE NIO R PA STOR, HA R V E ST C H R IST IA N F ELLOW S HI P“Proverbs 11:30 says, ‘He who wins souls is wise.’ ose simplewords express the true heart of God concerning the call ofevery Christian to go into the world and share the gospel. Withbiblical principles taken from the life of Christ, Lloyd Pulleystirs the Christian church to do just that—win souls! is bookis sure to bless all who share God’s heart for the lost.” Raul Ries SE NIOR PASTO R, C A LVA RY CH A PE L G O L D E N S P R IN G S“Everyday Conversations, Eternal Impact is an excellent approachto evangelism that will bene t every Christian. Its guidelines areclear enough to be remembered and applied, yet general enoughto allow the Holy Spirit to be the One who leads and directs.Lloyd’s genuine love for our Lord Jesus, and desire to follow andlead others in His example, permeates every page. I recommendit to everyone who has a passion to reach the lost for Jesus.” K.P. Yohannan FO UND E R AND INTE R N AT ION A L D IRE C TOR, G OSPE L F OR A SIA
  2. 2. “Lloyd Pulley clearly demonstrates the need for, and key toreaching our generation with the gospel message. With insightsdrawn from Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well inJohn 4, Lloyd provides practical guidelines that will helpChristians share their faith more e ectively with those who donot yet know our Savior.” Michael Rozell E VANG E L IST AND PA STOR, P OT T E R’S F I ELD M IN IST R IES“Lloyd Pulley masterfully illustrates the way to share the goodnews. From the story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritanwoman, Lloyd gives us an excellent picture of personalevangelism by studying the Master Himself. is book pointsyou to Jesus and inspires you to point others to Him as well.” Jon Courson SE NIOR PASTOR, A PP L E G AT E CHR IST IA N F ELLOW S HIP“ rough eyes moistened by the tragic events of 9/11, Lloydsees men clearly, not as ‘trees walking.’ is book captures whatshould be obvious (but somehow escapes us) in reaching out toothers. If you care to see people through the eyes of Jesus, thisis your book.” Gayle Erwin PASTO R, AU T HOR, INT E R N AT ION A L CON F ER E NCE S PE A KE R, DIRE C TOR OF S ER VA N T QUA RT E R S M IN IST R IE S
  3. 3. Table of ContentsFOREWORD By Pancho Juarez .................................. 9P R E FAC E By Brian Brodersen ............................. 13CHAPTER 1 Beautiful Feet ...................................... 17 Divine Dialogue ................................. 29 S.H.A.R.E. the Gospel ........................ 41CHAPTER 4 Sensitive to the Spirit .......................... 53 Humbly Build a Bridge ....................... 61 Arouse Interest .................................... 69 Reveal Sin ........................................... 75 Explain the Plan of Salvation .............. 85 Lasting Results .................................... 95 A Harvest in His Time ...................... 101
  4. 4. ForewordIt was going to be an exciting day. Our church, CalvaryChapel Montebello was hosting a pastors’ luncheon fornearly two hundred local pastors and their associates.My good friend, Pastor Mike Macintosh of HorizonChristian Fellowship, was coming to share a message.I woke up energized, looking forward to what the Lordwould do. Then, around 6:15 a.m. (PST) my cell phonebegan ringing. One frantic caller after another told me,“Turn your television on … you will not believe what’shappening!” The date was September 11, 2001.Most people who lived through that day have similarstories. One minute it was life as usual and then sud-denly everything changed. That morning in California,the pastors still came to the luncheon, except for MikeMacintosh. After receiving a call from Washington,D.C., Mike made special arrangements to fly to NewYork City to serve as chaplain at Ground Zero. The restof us gathered and watched the historic events unfoldon television. Pastor Raul Ries of Calvary ChapelGolden Springs suggested we get on our knees and prayfor our country. It was a time of prayer like no other—poignant, weighty, and powerful.
  5. 5. E V E RY DAY CO N V E R S AT I O N S , E T E R N A L I M PAC TAs we prayed, unbeknownst to us, the Lord was alreadyanswering. He was opening amazing doors for Hispeople to move right into the vortex of this tragedywith the true and living hope of the gospel. He was alsoputting a timely message on the heart of another pastorin the New York City area—a message to remind usthat God’s singular passion every day is to reach the lost.That pastor is Lloyd Pulley.The message was originally published in a book titledPatient Evangelism. In it Lloyd chronicled the uniqueministry the church was involved in during the 9/11tragedy, and the simple yet reviving way that the Lordstirred His people to share their faith at that time.When I read it, I was blown away by how clearly Lloydarticulated a viewpoint about contemporary Christianevangelism that I myself have felt for a long time buthave found difficult to put into words. I thought, Thisis a vital message for anyone who shares God’s heart towin souls.When Lloyd sent me this new manuscript, which is arevised second edition of that original book, I was sur-prised to find that this updated version had more impactthan the first. By shifting the emphasis off the specificministry done in the aftermath of 9/11 and focusingmore on Jesus’ encounter with the woman He metby the well, Lloyd has made the message of this bookmore accessible to every Christian. In a sense, he has 10
  6. 6. FOREWORDtaken evangelism out of the realm of the extraordinary,ministry-centered outreach event and brought it downto where we all live—into our own homes, workplaces,neighborhoods, and classrooms.I love that Lloyd offers no slick formulas or evangelisticmethods. It’s what makes this book truly stand out fromothers of its kind. Nothing I’ve read on the subject ofevangelism does a better job of reflecting the true mis-sionary heart of our Savior, and His calling for us to gointo the world with the gospel. Each biblical principleis drawn from observing how Jesus spoke to an ordinarywoman who crossed His path one day, and serves asa helpful reminder that we should make the most ofevery opportunity to share the gospel with others.Unfortunately, evangelism has gotten a bad reputationbecause some of the techniques used by Christians cancome across as pushy, unloving, or self-serving. Insteadof drawing others to the Lord, many are actually turnedaway from Him. I do believe there is a place for tractsand other methods and formulas when witnessing andsharing our faith. Such tools in themselves are not badand can be effective; however, nothing is more valuablein furthering God’s kingdom than a person who is sen-sitive to the Spirit’s leading. This is the main messageLloyd develops here, and it is one that is drawn fromthe Master Himself. 11
  7. 7. E V E RY DAY CO N V E R S AT I O N S , E T E R N A L I M PAC TI am thankful to Lloyd for writing this book, and espe-cially for taking the time to put together this secondedition. Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the wellis such a timely message for the church today. ReadingLloyd’s insights have personally blessed me, and as apastor, his book has provided me with a useful resourcefor teaching others. It is a practical and memorable wayto share the greatest news in the world—the hope ofsalvation through Jesus Christ—with those we love andencounter every day.I believe it is for such a time as this that EverydayConversations, Eternal Impact has been written. MayGod use this message in your life, and may He blessyou, empower you, and open many doors for you, as youseek to share your faith with those around you. Pastor Pancho Juarez C ALVARY CH A PEL MONT EBELLO, C A 12
  8. 8. PrefaceA few years ago, as I passed through London’s LeicesterSquare, I noticed that a crowd had gathered around aman who was using a drawing board, which had somesort of a graphic riddle on it, to get people’s attention.I stopped just in time to see the riddle solved and wasthrilled to find that it concerned Jesus Christ and thesalvation that He offers to mankind.The man conducting this evangelistic outreach turnedfrom his drawing board to the crowd, and in some ofthe harshest tones I’ve ever heard, began pronouncingdamnation upon his audience. As you can imagine, itwas only a matter of seconds before the crowd, initiallynumbering around fifty people, was reduced to two. Iwas one of the two.As I stood there listening to the man rant and rave, Ithought to myself, What a tragedy. This man thinks he’spreaching the gospel, but in reality, he’s doing a greatdisservice to the cause of the kingdom. At that moment,the man approached me, and in that same harsh tone,asked if I wanted to be saved.I assured him that I was saved and asked if I mightgive him a bit of advice based on my observation of hisevangelistic method. Although he made it clear that he 13
  9. 9. E V E RY DAY CO N V E R S AT I O N S , E T E R N A L I M PAC Twasn’t interested in what I had to say, even expressingdoubts about my salvation, I felt compelled to challengehim about the way he was misrepresenting God.I began by saying, “Have you ever thought to tell peoplethat God loves them and has a wonderful plan for theirlives ...?” Before I could go any further, he pronouncedme a heretic and stomped off, calling down judgmentsupon me.Although this is somewhat of an extreme example of thewrong way to evangelize, I’m afraid this type of thinghappens far too often. Just the other day, I saw a mancarrying a large wooden cross down a busy street, forcingliterature upon people as they passed by. Once again, Icouldn’t help but think how that kind of approach was sounlike Jesus and the apostles.As Christians, we have the great privilege and respon-sibility of sharing the gospel with those who don’t yetknow the Lord. However, we must make sure that weare sharing it in a way that properly represents ourLord. The apostle Paul, in writing to the church ofThessalonica, said, We were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately long- ing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives (1 Thessalonians 2:7-8). 14
  10. 10. PREFACEThis was Paul’s approach to people. This was also theapproach of Jesus, who said, “Come to Me, all you wholabor and are heavy laden ... for I am gentle and humblein heart” (Matthew 11:28-29).This is something that Lloyd and I were so powerfullyreminded of as we sought to bring hope and peace tothe multitudes in New York City whose world had beenturned upside down by the events of September 11,2001.This message was born out of those experiences. I wastremendously blessed as I read it, and I know you willbe too. It is timely and reminds us once again that God’slove is the greatest power in the universe. Pastor Brian Brodersen C ALVARY CH APEL COSTA MESA, C A 15
  11. 11. CHAPTER 1 Beautiful Feet How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace. ROMANS 10:15IN SOME OF the most familiar passages in the NewTestament, Jesus commissioned His church to go andmake disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19) and tobe His witnesses in every place and in every genera-tion (Acts 1:8). Indeed, had it not been for the faithful-ness and endurance of saints throughout the ages, howwould you or I have ever learned about God’s love andabout the salvation He has provided through His Son,Jesus Christ? How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach 17
  12. 12. E V E RY DAY CO N V E R S AT I O N S , E T E R N A L I M PAC T unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:14-15).Today, the awesome responsibility of sharing the gospelwith all people has been passed down to our genera-tion. We now carry the message of the hope of Christto a dying world around us, and we only have a shortwhile to do this crucial work. Therefore, we must askourselves these questions: How are we doing? Do those around us know we care about them? Are we representing Christ and His love in the way we live and in the way we share the gospel? Do we have beautiful feet?A LITTLE BACKGROUNDThese are the questions that weighed heavily on myheart as our fellowship began ministering in NewYork City in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks ofSeptember 11, 2001. The magnitude of this challengingopportunity to share the hope of Christ with so manywho were hurting and vulnerable went far beyond thescope of any outreach our church had ever planned.More than ever, we sensed how desperately we neededthe Lord’s leading to effectively reach others with thegospel. 18
  13. 13. BEAUTIFUL FEETAt the same time, my daily Bible reading includedJohn 4—the encounter between Jesus and the womanat the well. As I prayed about our extraordinary cir-cumstances and studied this familiar passage, the Lordgave me some fresh insight. I began to notice the wayJesus was interacting with this lost woman and howmarkedly different His example was from our modernapproach to evangelism. I thought to myself, His waystruly are not our ways.Too often our Christian evangelistic outreaches becomemore about us than about Jesus. They become moreabout our clever dialogue and perfectly orchestratedevents, and less about His love and provision for thelost. Even on a personal level, Christians sometimesmake the wrong impression when attempting to sharetheir faith with others. While I do believe most have theright intentions—they want to tell others about Jesus—the way they go about it can sometimes come acrossas pushy, arrogant, or self-serving. Instead of leadingothers to the Lord, they wind up having the oppositeeffect.This was especially obvious to me as I walked aroundNew York City after 9/11. I noticed a lot of Bible tractslittering the sidewalks and many believers wearing boldChristian T-shirts. But, despite the fact that there werethousands of hurting individuals all around I didn’t seea lot of direct, personal ministry going on. Sadly, I saw 19
  14. 14. E V E RY DAY CO N V E R S AT I O N S , E T E R N A L I M PAC Tjust the opposite—Christians debating with those theywere trying to reach. It grieved my heart. Our evange-listic efforts should never result in arguments.Studying how Jesus approached the Samaritan woman,I saw a perfect example of how we should relate tothose around us. His motivation, while born out ofa genuine concern for her eternal soul, also revealed adeep respect for her temporal situation. He said anddid nothing that personally offended her, yet He nevercompromised the truth. Truly, this is one of the mostmasterful conversations recorded for us in the Bible—and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.R E A C H I N G T H E M U LT I T U D E S O N E AT A T I M EA few days after the terrorist attack, a group fromour church had the opportunity to minister in LowerManhattan’s Union Square Park. It was late at nightbut the park was teeming with people despite the hour.Mourners continued to pour in and out twenty-fourhours a day. Pictures of the missing along with sympathycards for those lost in the World Trade Center lined thewalkways. A somber atmosphere prevailed throughoutthe park. Candles burned everywhere––a silent vigilbearing witness to the gruesome reality that had justbefallen this great city.As I took in the scene, I noticed a man sitting alone ona park bench with his leg in a cast and I felt drawn to 20
  15. 15. BEAUTIFUL FEETspeak to him. So despite all that was going on aroundme, I walked over and introduced myself to him. Hisname was Francis. I asked if he had been in the WorldTrade Center. He said he had worked there and wasin his office that morning. And then he was quiet. I satdown next to him and waited a moment before asking ifhe would share his experience with me.Francis worked on the twenty-sixth floor of one ofthe towers. He was going about his normal routinethat morning when a violent explosion rocked theskyscraper. At the time he had no idea what was hap-pening, but he knew that he needed to get out of thebuilding as quickly as possible. He started to make hisway down the crowded staircase, but before he couldsafely escape, the building began to collapse. Steel anddebris rained down all around him, and thick smokehampered his ability to see or breathe. In the end, hisleg was broken, but he was still alive.The worst part of Francis’ harrowing experience wasnot his broken leg, but it was the brokenness he feltin his heart. His world had come crashing down alongwith the building that day. Thousands were killed inthat brief moment, yet for some reason his life wasspared. Like so many others who lived through thatawful tragedy, he could not make sense of it all. 21
  16. 16. E V E RY DAY CO N V E R S AT I O N S , E T E R N A L I M PAC TAs I listened to him recount the events of that fatefulday, I could see the deep sorrow of his soul reflected inhis eyes as he relived each moment. When he ended hisstory with a heavy sigh, I told him that I wanted tohelp him come to terms with some of his questions andunderstand the depth of God’s love and provision forhim. Afterwards, I thought how different our meetingwould have been if I had just walked over to Francisand handed him a Christian tract. If I had approachedhim with some clever scripted dialogue, instead oftaking the time to listen to his story, it would not havehad the same effect. Francis would have never knownthat I truly cared about him, and more importantly, thatGod knew and cared about what he was going through.After I left the park that night, I realized that just as theHoly Spirit had led Jesus to meet the Samaritan womanat the well, He had also led me to meet Francis at abench in Union Square Park. The significance of whatGod was showing me in the Scriptures began to over-flow my heart. I knew at that moment that He wantedme to share the lessons I was learning with others.ANSWERING THE CALLSince that unique and tragic time, our world hasmoved forward. The smoke that filled the air aroundNew York City for weeks has cleared. The mountain ofrubble that burned for months has been hauled away. 22
  17. 17. BEAUTIFUL FEETStrong foundations have been laid in the deep chasmwhere the World Trade Center once stood, and a newstructure—the Freedom Tower—is now rising fromthe ashes. Yet the message God formed in my heart, asI walked around those city streets ten years ago, has notchanged. The Lord wants His people to know how toeffectively and boldly communicate the gospel.That is why I have written this book––to equip andencourage Christians to step out and share their faith ineveryday situations. God has placed us in this world totell others about Him. Once we are in heaven we won’tneed to do that anymore. Everyone there will alreadyknow Jesus! But if we want those who do not know Himto be with us in heaven one day, then we must tell themwhat we know, today.How we do that is key. People don’t need to be preacheddown to—they need to be inspired to look up. Theyneed to see real people with real solutions to real prob-lems. They need to know people who live in the sameneighborhoods and deal with the same frustrations, butwho do so with joy, peace, and love. They need to hearsomething that is true and good, something that reallyworks and comes with no strings attached. They needto hear the gospel and see the power of Jesus Christdemonstrated in the lives of believers, every day andeverywhere. 23
  18. 18. E V E RY DAY CO N V E R S AT I O N S , E T E R N A L I M PAC TThe truths I share are nothing new. Since the day Jesusascended into heaven and commanded His disciples togo into the world and be His witnesses, many helpfulbooks on the topic of evangelism have been written.Most of them provide training or some methodologyor formula geared towards teaching believers how toreach the world for Christ. While some of these ideasare useful, the problem with most is that they focusmore on a method than on depending upon the leadingand empowering of the Holy Spirit. He is the only Onewho can open effective doors for the gospel to go forth.The message of this book differs because it is basedsolely on the example of Jesus Christ. And Jesus’approach contradicts many of the evangelistic modelsand techniques taught and practiced in Christian circlestoday. We learn from Jesus that being an evangelist isnot something we need to be taught how to do, butrather it is an overflow of who we already are in Him.W H AT I S A N E VA N G E L I S T ?Often what comes to mind when we hear the term“evangelist” is a caricature of a fiery, obnoxious,hypocritical Christian. However, this depiction hasnothing to do with the real meaning of the word, or ofthe biblical calling to share our faith with others.The Greek word evangelion means “good news” or“good message.” In the New Testament, it is often 24
  19. 19. BEAUTIFUL FEETtranslated “gospel.” So an evangelist is any person whobrings good news to others. As Christians we have thebest news of all. The gospel of salvation in Jesus Christis something others need to hear. Do you believe that?Are you sharing that good news?Recently, a friend sent me a video of an outspokenatheist celebrity named Penn Jillette from the magi-cian team, Penn and Teller. In it, Penn speaks abouta man who came up to him after a show one night andgave him a Bible. What he said about their encounter isworthy of our attention.Penn said: I don’t respect Christians who don’t proselytize. If you believe that there’s a heaven and hell and that people could be going to hell … and you don’t tell them because it would be socially awkward, that amounts to hate. How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate a person to believe that everlasting life is possible, and not tell them that news? If I believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe it, and that truck was bearing down on you, there’s a certain point where I would tackle you. And this is more important than that. 25
  20. 20. E V E RY DAY CO N V E R S AT I O N S , E T E R N A L I M PAC T This guy was a really good guy. He was polite and honest and sane, and he cared enough about me to proselytize and give me a Bible…. Now I know there’s no God, and one polite person living his life right doesn’t change that. But I’ll tell you, he was a very, very, very good man … that was a good man who gave me that book. 1It’s pretty convicting to hear an exhortation like thatcoming from an atheist, isn’t it? But he’s absolutelyright—the gospel is a life preserver in a world drown-ing in sin. It is hateful, indeed, for any Christian whoprofesses to know the way to eternal life, but doesn’tshare it with others. Paul said in Romans 1:16, “I am notashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power ofGod to salvation for everyone who believes.”Obviously, receiving the Bible that day did not result inPenn giving his heart to Jesus. But that Christian wasobedient to the Lord’s command to go and tell—hebecame one piece of the puzzle. And the impact he madefor the Lord should inspire us all to share our faith,even when we think people won’t respond.1 ATHEISM: Penn Jillette urges evangelism, by Erin Roach, Feb.12, 2009, Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press. 26
  21. 21. BEAUTIFUL FEETAMBASSADORS FOR CHRISTI know a few people who are called by God to beevangelists. These men have bold evangelistic ministries,and it is an awesome calling. Whether on a street corneror at a large crusade, they often see people come to theLord en masse through the preaching of God’s Word.God has not called all Christians into that kind of minis-try, but God has commanded all of us to be witnesses ofHim. We cannot neglect that responsibility or relegateit to something we do occasionally—at an outreach, onthe mission field, in a hospital room, or during a crisissituation, such as 9/11.In 2 Corinthians 5:20, Paul wrote, “… [it is] as thoughGod were pleading through us … on Christ’s behalf,be reconciled to God.” Every Christian has receivedthis beautiful ministry of reconciliation. Therefore,evangelism should be as much a part of our everydaylives as working, eating, and sleeping. We should beeveryday evangelists, telling others about Jesus throughour words and actions.The message of this book is simple, but it could havea profound effect on the way you live your life if it istaken to heart. All the principles are drawn from observ-ing the life and ministry of the One who has given usa perfect example in all things. What we learn fromJesus’ encounter with this one Samaritan woman will 27
  22. 22. E V E RY DAY CO N V E R S AT I O N S , E T E R N A L I M PAC Thelp us develop a new mindset—His mindset. After all,we are His ambassadors. We are representatives of Hiskingdom, and messengers of His grace and love every-where we go. Who better to learn what that looks likethan from the Master Himself? Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5). 28
  23. 23. A HARVEST IN HIS TIMEOh, that the Lord would slow us down to follow theloving example He has set for us. Remember, you maybe one who sows or one who reaps, but whatever youare doing, be patient and sensitive to the Lord’s leading,and in the end we will all rejoice together. And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together (John 4:36). ***** 107