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More Successful

CongregationLocal Church evangelism could be definitely more successful, longer lasting and less expensive than national evangelism. More successful in that it involved people who would not otherwise be reached. It got them doing things with Christian people they knew as neighbors and friends. It brought them under the sound of the Gospel and allowed them to respond in any number of ways. Local church evangelism was more successful in that those who came to Christ were already in a lively church environment, they didn't have to go out and find one. Very often their friends were also involved in their decision, so they would be encouraged right from the beginning. This kind of support and cushioning would help many people thrive who might otherwise drop by the wayside.✞

Samekh love

Boy holding big fishThe fifteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, "Samekh," meant "support" and began verses 113 to 120 of Psalm 119. It read, "I hate double-minded people, but I love your law. You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees. You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their delusions come to nothing." "Samekh," is translated in these verses as "support," "to lean upon," or "to uphold" and is closely associated with "semikhah" meaning "the laying hands upon" with regards to a sacrificial animal. It is also closely affiliated with the Arabic word "samak" which meant "fish" and was closely associated with the Christian symbol of the fish.✞

Fish Symbol

It no surprise therefore that the Early Church adopted the symbol of the fish for a supportive Christian or local Christian community. People came to know that where they saw the sign of the fish they would also find the support and encouragement of the local church. Christians should not rely on TV evangelists, great writers or even traveling preachers for their spiritual support. They should be bound up in the local Church and there receive their Christian nourishment from Bible reading, prayer and in worship.✞

"Local Church Evangelism"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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