The scriptures are filled with many admonitions to encourage one another, one Christian to another. Hebrews 3:13, 1 Thess 3:3,4:18,5:11,
These verses show a context to the word 'encourage'. We tend to think of it as 'cheer up' but it has more to do with the root 'courage'. Encourage and exhort are pretty much synonyms in the NT. These verses talk about encouraging one another with the Gospel message of hope and the promise of a life with God after the persecutions and trials of this world. To try to encourage a non-believer without the gospel would be more like telling a dying cancer patient to cheer up and he'll be okay. Wouldn't it be more encouraging to confirm their dire state instead of ignoring and then offer the cure, the gospel?
So, one way to practice Five Minute Ministry in a very practical way is to send an encouraging card, one that builds their faith in Christ, strengthens them in the midst of trials, and exhorts them to further good…
I heard Mark Driscoll answer this question about the trinity in the Old Testament and had this very interesting answer about Targum Neofiti. I checked some other places and found some confirmation on what he said. Here's the short video segment of this very interesting assertion: http://youtube.com/watch?v=U6mVLmSMRMU
I found this on a Jews for Jesus site: The Pre-existing Word
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God.3 All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. The ancient Jewish Aramaic translation of Genesis 1:1, as found in "Targum Neofiti," which dates before Yeshua was born reads as follows,
"In the beginning, with wisdom (hebrew Khokhmah), the Son and Memra of the LORD…
Zombies at Your Door?
They come slowly down your sidewalk, two or three at a time. They show little emotion and no enthusiasm but they are after you. They are seeking out those who aren't yet like them. Their brains have been afflicted and they cannot reason on their own any longer and they want your brain too. They are Jehovah's Witnesses.
Christian, certainly there is hyperbole in this characterization but it isn't that far off the mark. When the JW's are going door to door they aren't rewarded by achieving high numbers but are putting in their time. They face rejection almost everywhere they go so it is understandable to not have any enthusiasm for this task.
No, these aren't zombies who are walking dead people like the movies and TV shows. They are made in the image of God and, like you, were once 'spiritually' dead in their sins and need to be born again from above. Now, what if your encounter at the door were filmed for a TV show would …