7 Principles of an Evangelistic Life by Douglas M. Cecil, Howard Hendricks

By Douglas M. Cecil, Howard Hendricks

This isn't one other booklet on evangelism equipment; quite the writer specializes in assisting believers boost a life-style of evangelism that is predicated thoroughly at the Holy Spirit. Evangelism is a non secular experience and readers should be challenged to reconsider how they dwell it out.

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Here’s an everyday example: Someone criticizes you. She criticizes your work or your appearance or your child. In moments like that, what is it you feel? It has a familiar taste, a familiar smell. Once you begin to notice it, you feel like this experience has been happening forever. That sticky feeling is shenpa. And it comes along with a very seductive urge to do something. Somebody says a harsh word and immediately you can feel a shift. There’s a tightening that rapidly spirals into mentally blaming this person, or wanting revenge or blaming yourself.

Then they all started laughing and joking with him. ” But at that moment, everyone understood. If we begin to take responsibility for our own self-righteousness, it leads to empathy. Here’s one more Jarvis story to illustrate this. Many of the prison guards in San Quentin are very kind and helpful, but some of them get mean and unreasonable and take their frustrations out on the prisoners. That day there had been plenty of that happening and tempers were short. An inmate came up to Jarvis in the yard and asked, “Is it your Buddhism that keeps you so calm, Jarvis?

We train in sitting still with the itch of shenpa and with our craving to scratch. We label our story lines “thinking” and let them dissolve, and we come back to “right now,” even when “right now” doesn’t feel so great. This is how we learn patience, and how we learn to interrupt the chain reaction of habitual responses that otherwise will rule our lives. You can also begin to notice shenpa in 59 pr acticing peace in times of war other people. You’re having a conversation with a friend. At one moment her face is open and she’s listening, and the next you see her eyes glaze over or her jaw tense.

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