Evangelism

Posted: May 30, 2016 in Basic Training

Evangelism

I once had a friend describe to me how his small group was going to focus on “going deep”. To him this meant focusing on Bible study and closing the group to new people. My first thought was that you won’t study the Bible for very long before you find a passage that teaches you to reach out to people in order to care for their spiritual and physical needs. Then what will you do? It didn’t take long before my friends’ small group began to feel stale and died. I have found that you will never meet a more excited believer or go to a more exciting church than one that is winning people to Christ.  Jesus commanded His disciples to preach the gospel and make disciples of all peoples. (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8) God is calling us to go both deep and wide!

2 Corinthians 4:3-6, Matthew 12:28-29, John 6:44 – Evangelism begins with prayer. You and I would not be Christians unless somebody had prayed for us.  Because the God of this world (the devil) has blinded unbelievers to the truth, prayer must be lifted up on behalf of people to remove those blinders and give them a real opportunity to respond to the Gospel.  We as believers have the authority in Jesus name to bind the enemy in order to remove those spiritual blinders, and to loose the Holy Spirit to draw people to Christ.

“Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.”

D.T. Niles

2 Corinthians 4:1-2, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 –  Evangelism requires that we share the Word of God simply and without deception. God’s power stands behind the Gospel message. We often think we have to be eloquent, educated, or clever to share the gospel.  Paul, who was a very educated man, knew that the key to evangelism was simply sharing Jesus Christ and Him crucified and then trusting in God’s power and ability to save people. (Romans 1:16).

John 17:20-23 – Evangelism happens among believers who love one another in the bond of peace and unity. How we interact as a community of faith will determine whether or not Christ is displayed to a lost world. God has no other plan to reach the world other than through the Church! If people do not see Christ in His Church they will not see Him at all.

Live inside the circle. Be transformed!

Sample questions:

  1. What is the connection between prayer and evangelism? Are you praying for the lost?
  2. How do you share your faith with someone who does not know Christ?
  3. What is the connection between evangelism and how believers treat one another?
  4. Do you have a plan to go both “deep and wide” in your faith? What does that look like?

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