Of necessity, the first and often the strongest impressions upon hearts seeking for truth are made by the evangelist. But the part played by the Bible worker, though less spectacular, is not less important. Here is work of detail, more delicate, more personal, than that of the preacher on the platform.
It is essential for the Bible instructor to be a true disciple. Her life should be actuated by love to God and obedience to His word. She should have such a strong conviction that what we teach is the truth, that she will speak with authority, though always without dogmatism. She should ever seek to restore and establish faith in the Bible, the only authority we have. People will not make real sacrifices to keep the commandments unless they are sure those commandments and the Bible containing them are authentic, and obligatory. Studying fulfilled prophecy with people, and telling them of personal experiences in proving the Bible true, will help to this end.
As time goes on, the Bible worker should seek to become better acquainted with her people, their circumstances, the extent of their knowledge, their reactions, and their viewpoints. When problems arise, she can then talk things over with those concerned, make helpful suggestions, and pray with them that they may overcome their besetments. She should always seek to lead people into a genuine Christian experience. Because of her own experience, she can tell others of the joy and peace which are the reward and the result of obedience.
When the time comes for final decision, there should be no need to urge and cajole those who are ready into joining the church. To persuade those who are unconverted or unready, to be baptized, is unworthy of the high calling of Christ. Paul persuaded people, but not by the power of his own personality. He faithfully taught the truth and urged his hearers to respond to the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Bible worker can do no better than to follow his example.