Saul didn’t wait for years after his conversion before he started teaching others about Christ. Converted in Damascus through a word from Ananias, he went straight to the synagogues there and did what every Christian ought to do.

And immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “This man is the Son of God.”
Acts 9.20 NET

He went to the people he knew, his own people. The persecutor of the church immediately became the proclaimer of the gospel. Ah, you say, but when Ananias preached to him, he gave him God’s calling as an apostle.

Exactly right. And in exactly the same way, as soon as we are called to the kingdom, we are also called to the kingdom task of being his missionary people.

We’re afraid to let new converts teach. Too much baggage, we say. Not enough knowledge, we caution. Send them off to a training school or a Christian college, we say.

Where did we get such garbage? Because we think evangelism is for the professionals.

And that’s why we’re dying.

Dear God, forgive us for twisting the gospel into an activity for clergy.

Hold this thought: If you know enough to obey the gospel, you know enough to share the gospel.

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