In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about personal evangelism– living out a winsome faith– based on the Book of Ruth. Here are some excerpts:

The Book of Ruth

“Christianity is always within one generation of becoming extinct, which means, of course, that every true Christian must be an evangelist – a witness for Christ by life and by lip. And if you are not a witness, then you had better reexamine your credentials as a Christian.

In this delightful Old Testament story, recorded in the first chapter of the Book of Ruth, we have a perfect illustration of personal evangelism, what it is and what it accomplishes. “Your God,” exclaimed Ruth to Naomi, “your God shall be my God.”

Why did Ruth choose Naomi’s God?

In answering that question, we shall discover the simplest and most effective way in which you and I can engage in personal evangelism in our own day and generation…”

“…Every time you think of Naomi, remember this – that she lived out her faith so winsomely in Moab that she made it easy for others to believe in her God. You see, even though Naomi had left her native land of Canaan, she had never really forsaken her God. Look at her!…  That, I submit, is evangelism at its simplest and its best – making your faith so attractive that it is contagious…”

Personal Evangelism

“…You parents – begin by being a Naomi to your own children. Do your children know that God really matters in your life? Do you have family devotions?  When did you last talk to your children about Jesus? Have you ever let them know what He means to you?

And all of you — in the office, the workshop, the classroom, the service club, wherever you meet people, let Christ live out His resurrection life through you, and eternity alone will reveal the results…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


January 26, 1992

Ruth 1:16

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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