There is no Good News

Without an Invitation

There is no Good News Without an Invitation

by Kemoh (Sullay) Sulimani

If a textbook conclusion to a Multnomah Biblical Seminary course is possible, Global Evangelism Doctorate and MAAT students experienced it Friday, June 16, 2017.

Leading up to the beginning of the 10-day intensive, Track Instructor Dr. Tim Robnett had pitched the classes as a “MUST” attend. He never talked about the exhilaration awaiting students, but quietly built keen interest for the coursework.

As an evangelist, Dr. Tim has reached over two hundred thousand individuals in over forty-five countries over the past decade proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the applause was spontaneous when he counseled, “Stick to the script and remember that there is no good news without an invitation,” at the end of this year’s session.

For the duration of the two five-day classes, the atmosphere was lively and energizing. As hopeful evangelists, we eagerly welcome proven skills of proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ worldwide.

From day one, it was quite evident that students would get more than their money’s worth. There were no dull moments as the lineup of evangelists and presenters imparted their knowledge to students. Indeed, “all things work together for the good of them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28) became a reality. Clearly, the overarching theme was the preaching of the cross of Jesus Christ followed by an invitation to accept Him as Lord and Savior. Dr. Tim held the attention of students for seven hours thirty minutes each day during the first five days. Every session increased eagerness for the next.

Before we knew it, one week had gone as Dr. Tim imparted valuable lessons on the theology of evangelism in the Bible. Then came other evangelists linking the dots for the cohort. Dr. Wingfield hammered home the inevitable truth that the Cross must always be the center of an evangelist’s message. Evangelist Mike Silva of Promise Keepers fame honed-in on the point that an evangelist’s role is like that of a ‘striker’ in soccer whose primary responsibility is to score goals. We are strikers for Jesus whose main goal is to get the ball into the net. Leading up to the final class, author David Sanford offered to be a “Barnabas” to those with interest in publishing, and Brad Butcher, Dr. Tim’s TA, expounded on the immeasurable social media platforms currently available.

In Dr. Tim’s summation, first came the advice to narrow our area of interest. There must be no doubt about the evangelist clear mission from God. Recounting his experience as a carpet cleaner salesman earlier in life, he explained that his boss told him to master the company’s sales manual and “stick to the script.” His final words were, “Stick to the script and remember that there is no good news without an invitation.” Deprived of an open invitation to Christian Discipleship, a proclamation is anything but the undeniable gospel of Jesus Christ. Indeed, it was a textbook conclusion for Multnomah Biblical Seminary’s Global Evangelism Doctorate and MAAT students.

Sola Gratia

Kemoh (Sullay) Sulimani