Evangelism

 

Developed by Rev. Dr. Deborah Thomas DD

Study Focus:

The study is designed to assist the student in their understanding of the mandate of evangelism, provide scripture foundation for the mandate and study the role of prayer as essential in accomplishing the goal of making disciples.  In addition, the learner will focus on personality traits essential for the task of evangelizing and evaluate individual styles of witnessing.  Finally, the study focus will provide an opportunity to learn how to tell your story and His story to a contemporary audience.  

 

Study Competencies:

       Each participant will be able to

            1. Understand the mandate to evangelize

            2. Develop skills ad techniques for effective evangelizing

            3. Master the art of telling the story to a contemporary twenty-first century audience

            4. Study and learn the Jesus model of Prayer and learn to pray the scriptures

            5. Increase individual levels of belief and commitment toward evangelism

            6. Learn the essentials of faith-sharing and the basics of witnessing

 

Recommended Reading:

The Bible

Christensen Michael J. Equipping the Saints. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000.

 

Hunter George G. Church for the Unchurched. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996.

 

Jones Chester R. Each One Wins One. Little Rock:  Dancing Bear Publishing Ltd, 1998.

 

Little Paul E. How to Give Away Your Faith. Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press, 1966.

 

Easum William. How to Reach Baby Boomers. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1991.

 

Morgenthaler Sally. Worship Evangelism: Inviting Unbelievers into the Presence of

    God. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995.

 

Hamilton Adam. Leading beyond the Walls: Developing Congregations with a Heart

    for the Unchurched: Nashville; Abingdon Press, 2002.


 

Basis for Evangelism/ Anything upon which something is based; fundamental principle; groundwork.

Evangelism is the announcement, proclamation, and/or preaching of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), the good news of and about Jesus Christ. Therefore, the gospel is a communicated message--communicated verbally (Luke 7:22, Romans 10:14-17) and/or in writing (Luke 1:1-4).

Evangelism is the communication of the gospel message, including a warning, an explanation, and a call. Evangelism includes warning people about sin and the consequences of sin (John 16:8, Acts 24:25, Revelation 20:11-15). It includes an explanation of God’s remedy for sin—the gospel (Acts 8:29-35, Romans 3:21-26, 2 Corinthians 5:21). And it includes the clear call to repent (to turn from sin and to turn toward God) and believe the gospel by faith (Mark 1:15, Luke 13:1-5, Acts 17:29-31, Romans 1:17, Romans 10:9-13).

 

1. The Urgency of NOW

Matthew 9:37-38
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

2. Jesus told us to GO

Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

3. Jesus is the only salvation, share HIM with the world

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

4. You were given the Holy Spirit, He will guide you

Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

5. People won’t be saved without hearing, it is URGENT

Romans 10:11-15
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

6. We too, continue to grow as we share Christ with others

Philemon 6
And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.



 

Evangelism Boot Camp 101(We must consider ourselves as entering bootcamp)

 

1.  We must seek the lost and the hiding

A. John Newton’s Song, Amazing Grace says. “I once was lost, but now am found.”

B. Many times we remain outside of God’s provision and we attempt to hide from God in one way or           another.  Examples of hiding can be seen through the following verses of scripture.

         1. Luke 15:11-32 An older brother remains outside

         2. Gen. 2:18-3:24 Adam and Eve are hiding from God

         3. Luke 15:11-32 We find a younger son who runs away

         4. I Kings 18:1-19:18 We find Elijah hiding from God and Jezebel

C. Can you remember a time in your life where you ran from or hid from God?

 

II. LOVE must motivate our witness

A. Agape must be understood as it relates to John 3:16

    We must understand the nature and character of God in order to share these truths with others t             through our witness.

B. Agape is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible.

C. This Greek word and variations of it are found throughout the New Testament. Agape perfectly               describes the kind of love Jesus Christ has for his Father and for his followers:

In John 3:16 we find “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth on him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

(2Cor. 5:14.) His love can be seen as:

    1. Benevolent- He loves us therefore He provides what we need

    2. Persistent- He is a seeking God, He first loved us!  He chases us and seeks us from afar off, as did the Father in the prodigal son parable in Luke.  He saw his son from “afar off”

    3. Full of Grace- He gives us something free. It is the unmerited favor of God.

D. God’s Love is seen in the following formula

     Sender>Message>Receiver>Feedback Model

  • Evangelism is God’s idea, therefore He is the Sender.  He sends us to a dark and dying world.  We are sent John (20:21).

  • God gives us the Message of the good news, the Gospel. (John 3:16) and Paul wrote (Romans 15:18-19).

  • God puts the people in our path to hear our witness, they are the Receiver.

  • The feedback is found in those who come into the “kingdom of God as Citizens”



 

A Model to Follow

 

The book Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels and Mark Mittenberg offers:

“Evangelism does not have to be frustrating or intimidating.  Bill Hybels and Mark Mittenberg believe that effectively communicating our faith in Christ should be the most natural thing in the world.  We just need encouragement and direction.”

 

I. Understanding Evangelism

  1. An Evangelist is a messenger of good, a messenger of the gospel who is to proclaim glad tidings. (Philip Acts 21:8)

  2. An Evangelist understands:

  • People matter to God

  • They value those outside of the church

  • They value the lost within their families

 

II. Two Characteristics of Evangelism/Rewarding and Costly

  1. Rewarding/  

    • Summed up in II Peter 3:9, John 4

    • Modeled in John 4/ The woman at the well

    • A privilege John 4:34-35

  2. Cost us/

  • Time

  • Energy

  • Persecution. Matthew 5:11-12 and Galatians 6:9

 

III. Several Approaches to Evangelism

  1. Paul/ Intellectual/ In Acts 17 Paul presents an ingenious argument

  2. Peter/Confrontational Acts 2 Peter was unafraid to take a stand

  3. Samaritan Woman/She invited others to come

 

IV. Who we influence is ordained by God

Biblical Examples:     

  1. Nehemiah 1:11 “For I was the king’s cupbearer.”  Like Nehemiah, we have been given an enormous responsibility to influence people.  Our influence ranges from the community to our work places.  All of these places offer an arena where we can influence others to desire the best life, a life with Christ Jesus.   

  2. Joseph (Provided a place for the chosen people to multiply in number)   

  3. Esther (Influenced the King)   

  4. David (His kingship defied order because he was the youngest to become king)   

  5. The Woman at the Well (She evangelized what Jesus had done for her.  She was the least likely for the task).  

 

V. Going Forth

  1. The Commission is to Evangelize/The process is:

  • We hear the call

  • We learn about the call

 

1. Going Forth/How do we go forth?

2. Determine the direction (Community, Nursing Homes etc.)

3. Determine the targeted population(children, youth adults or entire families)

VI. Evangelizing

  1. Share your story

  2. Share His story/History

  3. Key /Begin with sound doctrine (teaching)


 

Worksheet/Question/Answer

 

  1. “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”                        

                                                                                                                           Matthew 9:35

 

Question:

What does this tell us as it relates to our ministry of evangelism?

  1. “You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”                  

                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                           Matthew 5:13

Question:

What does this scripture tell us about our image to the world?

  1. “You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”

                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                           Matthew 5:14

Question:

What does that mean to you/Your Reflection?

 

  1. “Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                           John 20:21

 

Question:

What does it mean to go in Peace?

 

  1. “..go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                          Matthew 28:19-20
Question
What does it mean, make disciples?
Scripture Supporting Evangelism    
 Romans 10:13 "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Luke 19:10
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.

John 3:3
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his One and Only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 14:6
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Acts 2:38
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Acts 4:12
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

Acts 16:31
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household."

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:9-10
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

 
Romans 10:13 "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."