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I.C.E. Intentional Community Evangelism. A Ministry of the North American Mission Board. North Point Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30022 Direct Personal Evangelism. Topics to Study. The Neccesity of Being a Soul Winner. The Need for Reaching our communities.
I.C.E. Intentional Community Evangelism A Ministry of the North American Mission Board. North Point Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30022 Direct Personal Evangelism
Topics to Study The Neccesity of Being a Soul Winner. The Need for Reaching our communities. How to witness in the community. Different methods to witnessing. Street and Multi-housing witnessing. Hindrances to Evangelism and the Armor of God. How to overcome Hindrances to witnessing. The Spiritual Realm and Witnessing.
The Power of the Holy Spirit in Witnessing. Follow-up Evangelism New Christian Assimilation. Reproducing Intentional Soul Winners.
The Neccessity For Being a Soul Winner • Divine power to witness, Jesus said, Acts 1:8 “you will receive power”. • Divine urgency to pray, He urged us to pray to the Lord of the Harvest, Luke 10:2 • A Divine summons to Witness Matt. 28:19-20 • A Divine necessity to proclaim the gospel, 1 Cor. 9:16
The Need for Reaching Our Inner Cities • Times have changed our cities and communities. • Homeless population, prosperity. • Many false teachers. • Jesus Christ is the answer to the need in the inner city. • In the strategic cities lives the third largest population and most are unsaved. • The key to revival is to reach the inner city. • As the church goes, so goes the nation.
How To Witness in the inner City. Proper Attire: Christian Tee-shirt. • Comfortable walking shoes. Items needed: • Back pack for tracts, bibles, stickers, pens, • Bottled water, breath mints, and a cap
The style or method • Share with everyone you can. • Rely on the Holy Spirit. • Keep the Gospel simple. • Focus on Jesus death, burial and resurrection. • Give a clear invitation, ask if they understand. • Lead person in a prayer. • Affirmation, ask where is Jesus.
Different Methods of Witnessing Be all things to all men to win some.1Cor. 9:22 Prayer Walking: cultivates the soil, the heart. Prayer: • asks God to intercede. • tears down spiritual strongholds. • prepares you to witness. • prepares people to receive the gospel.
Why Hand out Tracts • Gospel Tract Distribution/GTD is quick and easy. • Plows the hard pack ground. • Creates opportunities for sharing Jesus. • Lets people know God loves them. • Communicates God’s forgiveness. • A simple way to carry the gospel. • Reveals your obedience to God.
How to use a tract. • Introduce yourself and offer the tract. • Ask for assurance of going to heaven. • Ask if you can share what God says. • Fold in half and focus on one page at a time. • Explain sin and ask person if he is a sinner. • Ask if what you said makes sense • Ask if want forgiveness of sin.
Marked New Testament • Romans Road • Romans 1:16, 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9-10, 13 • Ask if makes sense. • Ask if want God’s forgiveness. • Ask if want to invite Jesus into heart. • Lead in sinner’s prayer/record decision.
Evangecube • Soul winning cube with pictures of gospel. • Appeals to all ages and cultures. • Can use any Scriptures to share gospel. • Point of decision at end. • Follow-up with cube. • Immediate follow-up: pray,read, join church and begin witnessing.
The heavenly radiance on the right represents God. God is perfect and without sin. God loves us. God does not want us to perish, but to have everlasting life. But, our sins must be removed in order to have eternal life with God. ‘Man in Sin’ is separated from ‘God’
‘Christ on the Cross’ The Bible says, “God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) The Bible also says that, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
‘Christ on the Cross’ God loved us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to earth as a man. God made Jesus die on a cross to pay for our sins with His blood. He took our sins into His body on the cross so that we could come to God. (I Peter 2:24, 3:18)
Men buried Jesus in a tomb. (Mk 15:42-47) • They rolled a huge stone in front of it. (Mk 15:47) • The soldiers guarded the tomb. (Mt 27:62-66)
God sent an angel to roll away the huge stone (Mt 28:2) • God raised Jesus from the dead! (Acts 2:32) • Soon afterward, God took Jesus back to heaven (John 20:17) • Jesus has paid the price for our sins, and Jesus has conquered death. (Rev 1:17-18) ‘Christ is Risen’
The Cross is the Bridge to God Jesus is the onlyway we can come to God. Jesus says in the Bible, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father (God) except through Me.” (John 14:6) Through Jesus, we can be forgiven of all our sins and be with God forever.
The Cross is the Bridge to God But just knowing about these things is not enough! We must choose to put our faith in Jesus - to trust in Him to save us from sin. (Eph 2:8-9) If you do not take the step of trusting in Jesus, then your sins are not removed! (Hebrews 4:2)
The Choices: Heaven & Hell The Bible says that whoever believes in Jesus has eternal life and is not judged. But whoever does not believe in Jesus has been judged already and the wrath of God remains upon him! (John 3:16, 18, 36) The penalty for sin is death, but eternal life through Jesus is a free gift from God.
The Choices: Heaven & Hell What choice will you make? Trust in Jesus Christ to be forgiven and have eternal life? (In Heaven – top panel) Or reject Jesus Christ and suffer eternal punishment in fire? (In Hell – bottom panel)
Love God and All People “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. And a second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
Pray to God Constantly In prayer you can thank and worship God, ask for His help, confess your sins, and pray for others. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Study the Bible Daily Start with the Gospel of John; read chapter one each day. “Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation...” (I Peter 2:2) “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” Jesus in (John 14:23)
Meet With Other Christians God commands that Christians meet regularly for worship, prayer, Bible Study, and helping each other. “...not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another...” (Hebrews 10:25)
Tell Others About Jesus God wants us to tell other people How to Have Eternal Life with God by trusting in Jesus to save them from sin. You can use the EvangeCube and the information from this website to talk to others about Jesus! “And He (Jesus) said to them. Go into the world, and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
Hand Method Acts 3:19 John 10:10 John 1:12 John 1:14 1Cor. 15:3-4 John 3:16 Romans 3:23; 6:23
Hand method • Scriptures from the NET Strategy. • Thumb: How I use to live before Jesus Rom. 3:23; 6:23; • Index Finger: The truth about God,John 3:16 – God’s plan for you. • Middle finger:Truth about Jesus Jn 1:14, He died in my place, 1 Cor. 15:3-4 • Ring finger:How I received Jesus, He affects my life Jn 1:12
Hand Gospel continued: • Little finger:How Jesus provides for me. Changed life, Jn 10:10, better life in Jesus. • Open palm: Receiving Jesus, Acts 3:19 turn from sin to Jesus • Give your life to Him, Romans 10:13 • Hand shake, welcome to Gods’ family
Any Strategy Your Personal Testimony (The NET) Many tracts to use. Other strategies. Become comfortable using one. Don’t limit yourself. JUST GET ONE AND SHARE IT!
Street and Multi-housing Witnessing • It is easier to witness in the urban context. • People are more open to the gospel/ needs. • The witness must be prepared: spiritually, Biblically, and physically. • We witness because we have been changed by faith in Jesus Christ.
Preparing to Witness • Scripturally: memorize Bible verses for soul winning. • Devotionally: Quiet Time with God/ Morning. • Biblically: knowing God’s Word equals spiritual growth. • Physically: Rest and Dress(proper attire)
The strategy for the urban context. • Witness with everyone you encounter. • Don’t use churchy words. • Share from the overflow of your walk with God. • Keep gospel clear and simple. • Give opportunity to receive Jesus into heart. • Get information and leave tract and Bible.
Immediate Follow-up Ask if meant prayer, where is Jesus? Fill out decision card: Name, address, phone, Age, Review four baby steps: pray, read, tell, worship
Hindrances to Evangelism • 1 Corinthians 9:12c “But we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ”. • Many hindrances to soul winning. • The World, the Flesh and the Devil. • The Devil does not want us to witness. • He will try to keep you from sharing Jesus.
The Hindrance of the Devil • Number 1 tool is FEAR/ not to witness. • Fear of rejection, disappointment and danger. • Number 2 tactic is discouragement in witnessing. • Discourage through not sharing gospel, not seeing people saved, personal situations.
Demonic Distractions • Arguing with lost person. • Arguing with a religious person. • Time Wasters: to share gospel. • Prejudice feelings of all kinds: racial, economic, gender, the have/have nots. • The SIN of Prejudice is the same as all sin.
The World tries to distract you. • 1 John 5:19: The world is the domain of the devil • Romans 3:23: Mankind has a sinful nature. • Gal. 5:7 The world will try to keep you from witnessing. • Gal. 1:6: The world will promote a false gopsel.
The World • Scholars will tell you Christianity is foolishness and be silent. • The Liberals will tell you to there are many roads to God. • Tolerance of all religions and to embrace all life styles. • To keep silent allows the Devil to insert his agenda without resistance.
The Flesh • Romans 7:5:Everyone sins according to his or her own lusts or cravings. “controlled by the sinful nature”. Man cannot fault the devil for his sin. • Gal. 5:17: “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” • We can have VICTORY by submitting to God. • Romans 6:18 we are to serve righteousness.
The Answer to Overcoming sin? • John 3:30 “we must die to ourselves so that Jesus can have liberty to work in and through us. • Colossians 2:7 we must allow the Word of God take root in our souls. • We must decrease and Jesus must increase.
How to Overcome Hindrances • Romans 8:37 In Jesus we are super conquerors • 1 John 1:9 Confession of sin. Confess daily. • 2 Thess. 3:1 Pray for each other. Pray daily seeking to be empowered by God
Overcome with Prayer • Pray for the lost individual • 1 Timothy 2:1-4, it is God’s desire for all men to be saved. • The person’s greatest need is to be saved. • Eph.6:19 Pray for boldness to witness.
Overcome with the Word • God’s word is the standard for how we live. • There is power in the Word to convict of sin • Hebrew 4:12 says God’s word is alive and cuts to the very soul. • God’s word is the tutor for bringing people to Jesus.
Memorize God's Word • There is a battle for the mind. • Proverbs 23:7 what you think is how you will act. • Think right and you will live right. • God’s Word is putting on God Armour • Pray on God’s Word in our minds
Focus on Jesus • John 14:6, Jesus is the only way to God. • John 10:30, Jesus is God in the Flesh, • John 8:58, Jesus is equal with God, because he is God • Philippians 4:13, we can do all things in Jesus
Praise and Worship • Deuteronomy 6:5 “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and might” • We are to love God with all our being. • Psalm 91:1 We are to dwell in the Most High God.
Confidence in God • Proverbs 3:26 God is our confidence • Hebrews 4:16 We can approach the throne of God with confidence. • Proverbs 28:1 We should be confident because we are righteous.