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1 Developing a Bold Witness for Christ as a Church Planter

2 The evangelistic harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men and of nations is always being decided. Every generation is strategic. We are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear the full responsibility for the next one; but we do have our present generation. God will hold us responsible as to how well we fulfill our responsibilities to this age and take advantage of our opportunities. - Billy Graham

3 Planting your Church from the Harvest Proven Methods of Personal Evangelism

4 How NOT to Evangelize Scream the gospel on the busiest corner in your focus community Scream the gospel on the busiest corner in your focus community Wear a 3-piece suit and carry a huge black Bible when you go out to witness. Wear a 3-piece suit and carry a huge black Bible when you go out to witness. Begin witnessing with… TURN or BURN! Begin witnessing with… TURN or BURN!

5 How NOT to Evangelize - contd Talk about your church but not Christ. Talk about your church but not Christ. Send out direct mail, work on your computer, plan the services, organize your teams, BUT dont share the gospel with individual people. Send out direct mail, work on your computer, plan the services, organize your teams, BUT dont share the gospel with individual people.

6 Evangelism is a PASSION not a PROGRAM!

7 PASSION How can a person develop a passion for evangelism? 3 ways: 3 ways: Powerful Experience Mark 5:19 Powerful Experience Mark 5:19 Pointed Scriptures Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:18-20 Pointed Scriptures Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:18-20 Personal Involvement Personal Involvement

8 POTENTIAL How do you reach your potential in evangelizing your focus community? You must be… STUDIOUS --Become the EXPERT on yourFOCUS AUDIENCE. --Develop a PROFILE. SENSITIVE --Project your love for people.

9 POSSIBILITIES What are possible approaches to personal witnessing? Printed tracts Printed tracts Testimony/story/Net Evangelism Training Testimony/story/Net Evangelism Training Roman Road Roman Road Marked New Testament Marked New Testament Ministry evangelism Ministry evangelism Evangelism Explosion or Continued Witnessing Training Evangelism Explosion or Continued Witnessing Training Draw the Gospel Draw the Gospel

10 I. A Christian Witness Must include telling others about Christ. A. Its at the core of the definition of the word Christian. A. Its at the core of the definition of the word Christian. B. It is amplified by the definition of a leader. B. It is amplified by the definition of a leader. Bold Bold Influence Influence

11 II. Five Hindrances to Sharing your Faith A. Lack of Knowledge A. Lack of Knowledge Cure for the lack of knowledge: Cure for the lack of knowledge: 1. Tell your testimony in 3 minutes or less 1. Tell your testimony in 3 minutes or less 2. A Tract (four spiritual laws, How to have peace) 2. A Tract (four spiritual laws, How to have peace) 3. Text (Biblical Text) 3. Text (Biblical Text) Romans Road, Etc. Romans Road, Etc.

12 The Romans Road Romans 3:23 Romans 3:23 Romans 6:23 Romans 6:23 Romans 5:8 Romans 5:8 Romans 10:9 Romans 10:9 Romans 10:13 Romans 10:13

13 II. Hindrances to sharing your faith – cont. B. Fear B. Fear Learn to recognize the object of your Fear Learn to recognize the object of your Fear 1. Physical (Dog, Threatened Physical) 1. Physical (Dog, Threatened Physical) 2. Emotional (Rejected, Turned away) 2. Emotional (Rejected, Turned away) 3. Intellectual (Dont know what to do) 3. Intellectual (Dont know what to do)

14 II. Hindrances to sharing your faith – cont. C. Apathy (indifference, not motivated) C. Apathy (indifference, not motivated) D. A bad experience. D. A bad experience. E. Drifting into the comfort zone. E. Drifting into the comfort zone. Revelation 2:1-5Revelation 2:1-5

15 III. God supplies the Power if you will supply the obedience. A. You dont save anyone. A. You dont save anyone. B. Your responsibility is to tell people about Jesus and invite them to trust Jesus as Savior. B. Your responsibility is to tell people about Jesus and invite them to trust Jesus as Savior. C. Gods Holy Spirit supplies the Power you need to be used for the change. C. Gods Holy Spirit supplies the Power you need to be used for the change. –Acts 1:8 D. Your primary expression of Gods power in evangelism is through prayer. D. Your primary expression of Gods power in evangelism is through prayer.

16 IV. Five Principles to Help you share your faith in Christ. A. Cultivate your sensitivity. Acts 8:25 A. Cultivate your sensitivity. Acts 8:25 B. Be quick and eager to talk about your faith. B. Be quick and eager to talk about your faith. C. Take the initiative. C. Take the initiative. Opening Question. Opening Question. Do you attend church? Do you attend church? Do you believe in reincarnation? Do you believe in reincarnation? Do hurricanes make you nervous? Do hurricanes make you nervous? Does life make sense to you? Does life make sense to you? In your opinion, who was the greatest person who ever lived? In your opinion, who was the greatest person who ever lived? D. Practice tactfulness D. Practice tactfulness E. Be direct and when the time is right, dont back down. E. Be direct and when the time is right, dont back down.

17 Lifestyle Evangelism is the most effective and the only style that lasts. A. You must make a heartfelt commitment. A. You must make a heartfelt commitment. B. Be practical in your approach. B. Be practical in your approach. C. Keep a list of unsaved friends to focus your efforts. C. Keep a list of unsaved friends to focus your efforts. D. Remember your lifestyle is an evangelistic tool whether you like it or not. D. Remember your lifestyle is an evangelistic tool whether you like it or not. D. Never lose sight of the fact that you make a difference. D. Never lose sight of the fact that you make a difference.

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