EVANGELISM Alvin L. Reid. Foundation: Evangelism Handbook. Chapter 1. “The North American church is suffering from severe mission amnesia. It has forgotten why it exists.” --Reggie McNeal. The MISSIONAL SHIFT.
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“The North American church is suffering from severe mission amnesia. It has forgotten why it exists.” --Reggie McNeal
“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world: and that is an idea whose time has come.”
The Mute Approach
The Numbers Game
Professionals Need Only Apply
The basic word for “evangelism” in the New Testament is the term transliterated into the English as “evangel” (noun) or “evangelize” (verb).
A second term is kerusso and its related forms. This verb form means “to proclaim in the manner of a herald.” It implies the declaration of an event.
Notice the words translated martureo(verb) and marturion (noun). Today we think of a martyr as someone who died for the faith. The Greek word martyr literally means “a witness.”
Matheteusate is the main verb in the Great Commission passage, Matthew 28:19-20: “Go…and make disciples.” The verb in this passage is an imperative, a command.
2. Lewis Drummond
3. D.T. Niles
1-P, Presence. For example, agricultural, medical missions.
2-P, Proclamation. Presenting the gospel in an understandable manner.
3-P, Persuasion. Second Corinthians 5:11 encourages hearers to respond.
5. Campus Crusade For Christ
6. Reid: Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ by word and life in the power of the Holy Spirit, so that unbelievers become followers of Jesus Christ in His church and in the culture.
Evangelism And Unbelievers
Future Joy Or Future Judgment
“A missional hermeneutic, then, is not content simply to call for obedience to the Great Commission (thought it will assuredly include that as a matter of nonnegotiable importance), nor even to reflect on the missional implications of the Great Commandment. For behind both it will find the Great Communication—the revelation of the identity of God, of God’s action in the world and God’s saving purpose for all creation. And for the fullness of this communication we need the whole Bible in all its parts and genres, for God has given us no less. A missional hermeneutic takes the indicative and the imperative of the biblical revelation with equal seriousness, and interprets each in the light of the other.” C. J. H. Wright, The Mission of God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 61-62.
1. Everything begins in God and is to return to God.
2. Human existence must be understood as theocentric, not anthropocentric.
3. Individual life stories must conform to God’s story.
4. A higher affection must motivate a life lived for God’s glory.
5. A life of worship should compel us to invite the lost to join us.
6. The corporate worship of the church ought to change the culture.
Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
A. Our Lord Demonstrated An Evangelistic Passion (Matthew 9:36-38)
B. Jesus Practiced Mass Evangelism
B. Jesus Practiced Mass Evangelism
C. Jesus Taught The Importance of Evangelism
B. Jesus Practiced Mass Evangelism
C. Jesus Taught The Importance of Evangelism
D. Jesus Practiced Personal Evangelism
Attitudinal (All of John 4)
Matt 28:19-20 John 20:21
Mark 16:15 Acts 1:8
A. Prior to His Conversion
B. By His Conversion
C. By His Commission
A. Paul Was A Passionate Witness
B. Paul Was An Intentional Witness
Miracles and evangelism
It was a small group of eleven men whom Jesus commissioned to carry on his work,and bring the gospel to the whole world. They were not distinguished; they were not well educated; they had no influential backers….If they had stopped to weight up the probabilities of succeeding in their mission, even granted their conviction that Jesus was alive, and that his Spirit went with them to equip them for their task, their hearts must surely have sunk, so heavily were the odds weighed against them. How could they possibly succeed? And yet they did. --Michael Green
Four times the Spirit speaks directly. Each time He says GO.
8:29-35; 10:19-20; 13:2; 28:25-26
2. Consistently when the Spirit filled believers their immediate response was to share Christ: Acts 2:4, 11:4-8, 31; 6:3, 7; 9:17, 20; 11:24; 13:9
A. All Believers Witnessed Personally In the Culture
B. Only Some Of The Disciples Preached To Crowds
C. Believers Lived Their Faith And Pursued Their Mission Daily
D. They Reached People And Formed Churches
F. They Gave Testimony To The Gospel’s Impact On Their Lives
G. They Shared Christ In The Face Of Tremendous Obstacles
H. They were willing to adapt their approach when needed.
Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna
Ignatius, bishop of Antioch
Patrick of Ireland
Augustine of Canterbury (545-605)
A. Evangelism On The Eve Of The Reformation
Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
Jerome Savonarola (1452-1498)
Clarified gospel, preaching the Word, priesthood of believers, considered himself an evangelist
John Calvin (1509-64)
Focused on God’s work in salvation, emphasized singing of Psalms, preaching, personal evangelist
Effective evangelism, believers baptism, persecuted by others
A. Philip Spener – PiaDesideria
B. A.H. Francke
C. Nicholaus Ludwig Von Zinzendorf (1700-1760)
Gilbert Tennent “The Dangers of an Unconverted Ministry”
Edwards, one of the greatest theologians, practitioners, and writers in the history of spiritual awakening.
When the operation is such to raise their esteem of Jesus.
When the spirit that is at work operates against the interests of Satan’s kingdom.
Men show a greater regard to the Holy Scriptures.
If it leads persons to truth.
If the spirit that is at work among a people operates as a spirit of love to God and man.
D. George Whitefield, also involved in the Evangelical Awakening in England with John and Charles Wesley, came to the colonies several times. He preached from north to south, uniting the various movements.
E. In the southern colonies, revival spread mainly through Methodists and Baptist. The leaders among Baptist were Shubal Stearns and Daniel Marshall.
John Wesley (1703-91)
George Whitefield (1714-70)
I felt ablaze with a desire to go through the length and breadth of Wales to tell of my Savior; and had that been possible, I was willing to pay God for doing so.
Churches call for prayer
The Welsh Revival
Worship & Witness
The Rise of The Evangelical Movement
Citywide, Interdenominational Crusades
International Conferences/Congresses on Evangelism
International Missions Emphases
The Church Growth Movement
The Seeker Movement
The Emerging Church Movement
The greatest single proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but how far in practice he will stake his life on his belief.
Evangelism and theology must be kept together to avoid extremism
Theology and evangelism must remain linked because the Bible always weds theology with practical matters like evangelism.
People who have been used of God have generally kept theology and evangelism in unity.
The Doctrine of God
Christ And Salvation
The Great Drama of Redemption:
Evangelism without the Holy Spirit is like a body without a soul.
The Spirit Indwells And Seals The Believers At Conversion (Ephesians 1:13-14)
The Spirit Fills The Believers For Service
How Can You Know You Are Filled
Hindrances To The Filling
How Does A Person Receive The Filling?
The Spirit Gives Believers Gifts
He empowers us to witness (Acts 1:8)
He gives us wisdom (Luke 12:12)
He gives us boldness (Acts 4:31)
He helps us in our praying (Rom. 8:16)
He gives us the burning desire to see people saved (Acts 4:29-31)
The Spirit Precedes The Witness (Acts 10:1-15)
The Spirit Convicts The Unbeliever
The Spirit Does The Work Of Regeneration (John 3:5-6)
That Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees, why not make him Tremble?
He modeled prayer (John 17).
He spent time in personal prayer (Mark 1:35).
He prayed at important events (Matt 26:36-44; Luke 6:12).
He taught the importance of prayer (Matt 6).
Let your gaze be on God, your glance on your requests.
Let prayer be your first choice, not your last.
Pray retail, not wholesale.
Pray more from conviction than from crisis.
Establish in your heart and mind the importance of the devotional time.
Designate a time and place for your time with God
Do whatever is necessary to be spiritually prepared
Adjust your time occasionally to avoid monotony.
As you pray; make the Scripture a part of your time.
Pray For Boldness To Witness
Pray In The Spirit’s Power
Pray for Harvesters
For we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard
--Peter and John in Acts 4:20
It is Relevant
It is Unique
It Holds Up A mirror To The Person With Whom You Share
Write out your testimony, seeking the Spirit’s guidance.
Give adequate but precise details showing how Christ became your Lord and Savior and how Christ meets your daily needs. Make sure you exalt the Christ of your experience more than your experiences.
Use language the nonbeliever can understand.
Relive your testimony as you tell it. This will enable you to present it with loving enthusiasm.
Speak distinctly and in a natural tone, avoiding any mannerisms that might detract from the presentation.
Be brief (two or three minutes). People are interested in your testimony but not your life story!
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you present Christ so the unbeliever will want to know him and will come to know him personally.
After sharing your testimony, ask, “Has anything like this ever happened to you?” This question is a simple way to move into the gospel presentation.
A Recovery Testimony
The Spiritual Autobiography
The transformed character of Christian men and women is the key to world evangelization at the end of the twentieth century and beyond.
Live by principle, not by feelings.
Listen to God, not to popular opinion.
Prioritize sacrifice rather than comfort.
Consider the long-term consequence of your decision.
I have time to do that which is important.
If I don’t control my time, someone else will.
I must decide what are the Big Rocks
I am responsible for my attitude.
My attitude is either my friend or my enemy.
I must constantly correct my attitude.
My attitude is contagious.
My attitude reflects my walk with God.
What Are The Key Disciplines?
3. Meditation, Silence, Solitude
5. The Discipline of Evangelism
Love All, Serve All.
--Slogan of the Hard Rock Café
Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great…Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just to easy to settle for a good life.
Lead With Confidence In God’s Call
Lead By Equipping Other Leaders
Lead With Humility
Lead By Faith
Lead By Defining Reality
Lead By The Strength Of Your Character
The Principle of Transference
The Role of Rejection
The initial contact with a lost person, through words and actions, which establishes enough relationship to allow a witness for Christ.
Approach People With A Heart Of Love
-We care about them. People really do not care how much you know about God unless they can tell you also care about them!
-We believe what we are talking about.
-We have the hand of God on our lives.
Approach In A Spirit of Prayer
Approach With An Attitude Of Expectancy
Be Sensitive To The Spirit
1. Explore, Stimulate, Share
2. Personal Testimony
“Has anything like this ever happened to you?”
Marked New Testament
Never use a tract you haven’t read.(Some are weak theologically.)
Brevity is desirable.
Use tracts that are attractive.
Be enthusiastic about the contents.
Be sure the tract sets forth the facts of the gospel.
The tract should explain the process by which a person becomes a Christian, particularly emphasizing repentance and faith.
Transitions Questions: Does what we have been discussing make sense to you?”
Willingness Question: “Is there any reason why you
would not be willing to receive God’s gift of eternal life?”
Commitment Question: “Are you willing to turn from your sin and place your faith in Jesus right now?”
Be as urgent about follow-up as you were about sharing Christ.
Help the new believer with assurance.
Give specific guidance in the Christian life.
Waylon B. Moore
Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.
The church is the only institution on earth raised up to exist for its own nonmembers.
1. The base for reaching the world, according to the New Testament, is the local church.
STM teams equipped for and motivated toward appropriate cross-cultural evangelistic encounters.
STM organizers need to prioritize the equipping of indigenous national leadership by going to the target area in advance of the volunteer team, in order to establish a mutually agreed upon long-term strategy.
The purpose of the strategic STM should be partnering to share the simple trans- cultural message of the gospel in such a way that disciples are made and brought
into new home groups that are located in the target area.
Add fuel to the fire by establishing interdependent partnerships with the indigenous leadership through helping them to develop and achieve ever-expanding church reproduction strategies.
Principles of Contextualization
Nothing is more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than achieving a new order of things
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
Latreuo = veneration of God.
Proskuneo (“to worship) focuses on one’s allegiance to the Lord.
Ralph Martin reminds us that, although we can gain a general knowledge about worship in the early church, “there is, of course, no place in the New Testament which clearly states that the church had any set order of service, and very little information is supplied to us about the outward forms which were in use.”
Frank Segler – “a religious awakening has always been accompanied by a revision of the liturgy.” One can trace the roots of music used for evangelistic purposes to the Evangelical Awakening and the ministry of John and Charles Wesley.
The Jesus Movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s laid the groundwork for a significant shift in the corporate worship of the American church. The charismatic movement added to the growing awareness of a need for freedom in worship.
Two streams merged to create the genre known today as contemporary Christian music. Folk music, especially as it was expressed in the youth musical, eventually merged with the rock sound of the Jesus Movement coffeehouses to a form what is easily recognized today as contemporary Christian music.
Thom Rainer’s study of effective evangelistic churches found the following about style.
Morgenthaler suggested these:
You are not the oil, you are not the air-merely the point of combustion, the flashpoint where the light is born. You are merely the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and posses the light as a lens does.
Hosting A Guest Evangelist
Hosting A Guest Evangelist (con’t)
Hosting A Guest Evangelist (con’t)
Ed Stetzer and David Putman argue winsomely for the need of the church today to engage the culture in a missional manner. In their book Breaking the Missional Code they note how our culture has become “glocal” – a convergence of the global world with our local communities.
A church which pitches its tents without constantly looking out for new horizons, which does not continually strike camp, is being untrue to its calling.
I GO to church I AM the church
Scorecard based on Based on sending
seating capacity capacity
Hotel for saints Hospital for sinners
3. From Programmatic To Incarnational
4. From Compartmentalized To Holistic Ministry
5. From Consumerism To Service
6. From Conformity In All Things To Conformity In Truth, Creativity, In Its Application
What “non-religious” talent/hobby/skill do you have that you can use for the gospel?
Following Jesus into the mission field is either impossible or extremely difficult for the vast majority of congregations in the Western world because of one thing: They have a systems story that will not allow them to take the first step out of the institution into the mission field, even through the mission field is just outside the door of the congregation.
The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for:
Model 1: The Apostolic Harvest Church Planter
Ed Stetzer listed five marks of a church planter for today:
If the culture rejects Christianity, it should be because it has refused to hear the gospel message of Christ rather than that it turned its back on the church’s outdated, culturally irrelevant methods.
People who live in the West who have no clear personal understanding of the message of the gospel, and who have had little or no contact with a Bible-teaching, Christ-honoring church.
The principles for witnessing to people in cults and other religions:
Many men and women of the age 60 and 70 years have been disciples of Christ from childhood.
The work has been chiefly amongst the young; and comparatively but few others have been made partakers of it. And indeed it has commonly been so, when God has begun any great work for the revival of his church; he has taken the young people, and has cast off the old and stiff-necked generation.
Jonathan Edwards, commenting
on the First Great Wakening
Biblical Perspective On Youth
“Christianity was an urban movement, and the New Testament was set down by urbanites.” Rodney Stark
“The single most effective way for Christians to ‘reach’ the US would be for 25% of them to move to two or three of the largest cities and stay there for three generations.”
“So there was great joy in that city” (Acts 8:8).
“I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:10).
“But they now aspire to a better land-a heavenly one….for He has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:16)
The center city, unlike the ‘inner’ city (where the poor live) or where the working-class live, is where there is a confluence of
a) residences for professionals
b) major work and job centers
c) major cultural institutions-all in close proximity.