Presentation on theme: "Evangelism Skills for Today’s World"— Presentation transcript:
1 Evangelism Skills for Today’s World Classic ModelsPrinciples from the Past
2 Classic Models of Personal Evangelism Value of Historic PlansSuccessful methods of past can always teach us somethingThey should be considered for at least two reasons:1. Valuable part of history of evangelism in the churchAnyone literate in the subject should be familiar with these2. Elements can be tailored to contemporary applicationsEach adds a unique “Tool” to our war chest against Enemy of souls
3 Evangelism Explosion Dr. James Kennedy [Evangelism Explosion, 1996] The point of reference / wellspring of modern personal evangelism methodsOrigins of the title: E.E.Response to population explosionBasic addition could not compete with explosionRequires multiplication through lay evangelism
4 Key Prefatory Principles To the EE Program Evangelism is one component within the larger discipleship ministry of the ChurchTrainer and traineesPrayer Partner MinistrySpiritual ParentingPersonal evangelism does not supplant other modes of viable evangelismLaymen are the strategic key to effective evangelism“More important to train a soul-winner than to win a soul”
5 Training Approach of EE Positive approachWritten presentationBasic Training focusing on EssentialsHow to get into the gospel and find out spiritual status of seekerHow to present the gospel itselfHow to bring a person to commitment to ChristHow to relate new convert to the family of God
6 Training Approach of EE Three Gospel ComponentsLearn outline of Gospel first (skeleton)Learn scriptures (muscle to the skeleton)Learn illustrations (flesh out / clarify gospel outline)Build on OutlineNot a canned approachIntermediary method between memorization and spontaneous witness
7 The Four-Step Outline Approach to E.E. Personal Evangelism Seeker AnswersThe IntroThe QuestionsSaved AnswersQuestion #1Have you come to a place in your spiritual life where you know for certain that if you were to die today you would go to heaven?Question #2Suppose that you were to die tonight and stand before God and he were to say to you, “Why should I let you into my heaven?” What would you say?Their secular lifeTheir spiritual backgroundYour spiritual backgroundYour personal testimonyTwo “Diagnostic Questions”No – Trust other than ChristDiagnose: Non-ChristianYes – Trust other than ChristDiagnose: PresumptionNo – Trust in ChristDiagnose: Lack AssuranceYes – Trust in ChristDiagnose: Christian
8 The Four-Step Outline Approach to E.E. Personal Evangelism The CommitmentThe IntroGospel MessageFollow UpTheir secular lifeTheir spiritual backgroundYour spiritual backgroundYour personal testimonyTwo “Diagnostic Questions”GraceRom 6:23ManRom. 3:23; Eph. 2:8-9God1 Jn 4:8; Hab 1:13; Ezek 18:4ChristJn 1:1,14; Isa 53:6, 53:10, 4; Jn 14:2; Rom. 6:23FaithEph. 2:8Qualifying questionCommitment questionClarification of commitmentPrayer of commitmentAssurance of salvationBible Reading2 Tim. 2:15Prayer1 Thess. 5:17WorshipRom 12:1FellowshipHeb 10:25WitnessMatt 10:32
9 Importance of the ambassador’s “message” Flexible Christ-Centered Formats: Five-Fold Facts of the Gospel Paul Little [How to Give Away Your Faith, 1988]Importance of the ambassador’s “message”Not overcomplicating, nor over-simplifying itMessage is essentially about a PERSON
10 Dispelling Common Misconceptions About the Gospel Message Christianity is NOT…A heritageGoing to ChurchParticipating in ritualFollowing teachings of Jesus ChristRefraining from evilsBelieving facts
11 Dispelling Common Misconceptions About the Gospel Message Christianity IS…The message of Jesus Christ himselfWho he isWhat he has doneHow he can be known in personal experienceEntering into living relationship with a living ChristNo rigid “route” to present the invitation to relationship
12 The Basic Facts Springboards for Gospel Presentation Who is Jesus ChristFully God (Jn 5:18; 10:10-30; 14:9)Fully Man (Jn 4:6; Jn 11:35)Jesus’ diagnosis of human nature (Mark 7:1-23)The God-man declares we all have a basic disease: Sin that separates us from GodSo now, as sinners, we are cut off from God
13 The Basic Facts Springboards for Gospel Presentation Christ’s exclusive solution: the Cross (Matt 26:28; 20:28; 1 Pet 3:18)Sacrificial death (in our place) paid price of our willful rebellion against GodNow freely offered forgiveness/reconciliation by believing in His finished workHis Resurrection (Lk 24:36-45; I Cor 15)Validation of Christ’s divinity and our new eternal life in/through his Holy Spirit alive in us
14 The Basic Facts Springboards for Gospel Presentation Becoming a Christian (beyond mental assent, to willful reception)Facts of Christ demand response involving change of mind and willMind must grasp truth and believeWill must turn to God (Godly sorrow of 2 Cor 7:10)Summarized in John 1:12Believing and Receiving yields BecomingRev. 3:20
15 Flexible Formats for Communicating the Five Basic Facts Three-Phase Jesus Pattern1. Jesus’ description of human race – separated from Maker(Isa. 53:6; Rom. 3:11-12)2. Jesus’ diagnosis of condition – disease of sin has separated us(Mk 7:15)3. Jesus’ solution – restored relationship through his death and resurrection(Rom. 5:8; I Pet. 2:24)
16 Flexible Formats for Communicating the Five Basic Facts Four Steps to God1. God: He is holy, just, and loving creator(1 Jn 1:5; Ps. 100:3)2. Us: We messed up – rebelled and broken God’s lawJames 2:10; Ps. 14:2-3)3. Jesus: Reconciles messed up (lost) people to their creator by his death(Rom 5:6-8)4. Required Response: Repent (incl. confess), believe, receive(Acts 17:30; 1 Jn 1:9; Jn 1:12; Rev. 3:20)
17 Flexible Formats for Communicating the Five Basic Facts Jesus’ Definition of ChristianityI am the bread of life (Jn 6:35)I am the way and the truth and the life (Jn 14:6)I am the light of the world (Jn 8:12)Come to me (Matt 11:28)
18 Flexible Formats for Communicating the Five Basic Facts Religion vs. ChristianityAll religions are spelled “DO”People believe salvation is something you can doLike God grades on a curve, and they get in (Titus 3:5)But the Bible teaches salvation is not our works, but grace (Eph 2:8-9)Christianity is spelled “DONE”Only Jesus Christ can save through his righteous fulfillment of lawWhen died for us he said: “It is finished” and his work forgives us (Rom 5:8)Man is justified apart from law (Rom 3:28), through faith (Rom 5:1)
19 Flexible Formats for Communicating the Five Basic Facts Romans RoadRomans 3:23All have sinnedRomans 6:23Gift of God is eternal lifeRomans 10:9-10Believe in your heart, confess with mouth
20 Preparing to Share the Gospel Four Spiritual Laws Bill Bright – Campus Crusade for Christ [Witnessing Without Fear, 1993]Preparing to Share the Gospel1- Pray2- Be led by the HSOperate out of love, not legalism –pure heart & forgiven life3- Keep supply of evangelism resources handy4- Memorize the scriptures / structure of presentation
21 Four Spiritual Laws Bill Bright – Campus Crusade for Christ [Witnessing Without Fear, 1993] 5- Adhere to the LETUS principleLoving outreach to friendEstablish rapport over timeTalk about JesusUse stories from own experience (your testimony)Sequence appropriate questions to lead to gospel presentation
22 Four Spiritual Laws Bill Bright – Campus Crusade for Christ [Witnessing Without Fear, 1993] Transition to the gospel presentation appropriatelyHave you heard of the Four Spiritual Principles?Could I get your opinion of a special booklet whose contents have changed my life?You know, I came across a little booklet that clearly explains how we can have a personal relationship with God.I’ve recently found a way to express my faith that really makes sense, and I’d like to share it with you.
23 God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life [God loves you and created you to know Him personally]God’s Love: John 3:16God’s Plan: John 17:3What prevents us from knowing God personally?...
24 The 3rd principle explains the only way to bridge this gulf ... Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.[Man is sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love.]Sinful: Romans 3:23Separated: Romans 6:23The 3rd principle explains the only way to bridge this gulf ...
25 It is not enough just to know these 3 truths… Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life.[Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. Through Him alone we can know God personally and experience God's love .]He died in our place: Rom 5:8He rose from the dead: 1 Cor. 15:3-6He is the only way to God: Jn 14:6It is not enough just to know these 3 truths…
26 You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer… We must individually receive Jesus as Savior & Lord; then we can know & experience God’s love & plan for our lives.[We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love.]We must receive Christ (Jn 1:12)We must receive Christ through faith (Eph 2:8-9)When we receive Christ, we experience a new birth (Jn 3:1-8)We receive Christ by personal invitation (Rev. 3:20)You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer…
27 Follow-up Affirmation How to Know That Christ Is in Your Life?According to His promise in Revelation 3:20, where is Christ right now in relation to you?The Bible Promises Eternal Life to All Who Receive Christ (1 John 5:11-13)Thank God often that Christ is in your life and He will never leave you (Heb 13:5)
28 Follow-up Affirmation How to Know That Christ Is in Your Life?Do not depend on feelingsThis train diagram illustrates the relationship amongfact (God and His Word),faith (our trust in God and His Word), andfeeling (the result of our faith and obedience) [Jn 14:21]
29 Follow-up Affirmation How to Know That Christ Is in Your Life?Moment you received Christ by faith, many things happened, including the following:Christ came into your life (Rev 3:20 and Col 1:27).Your sins were forgiven (Col 1:14).You became a child of God (John 1:12).You received eternal life (John 5:24).You began adventure for which you were created (Jn 10:10; 2 Cor 5:17 , 1 Thess 5:18)
30 Follow-up Affirmation Follow-up Instructions for Nourishment/GrowthSpiritual growth results from trusting Jesus Christ. (Gal 3:11)A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice the following:G Go to God in prayer daily (John 15:7).R Read God's Word daily (Acts 17:11) - begin with the Gospel of John.O Obey God moment by moment (John 14:21).(Including baptism / church fellowship)W Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8).T Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7).H Holy Spirit - Allow Him to control and empower your daily life and witness (Gal 5:16,17; Acts 1:8).
31 The ABC’s of Evangelism Dr. Stan Toler [ABC’s of Evangelism, 2002] Step 1:Pray for presence of God on your gospel presentation (Acts 4:31)Step 2:Present the plan to friends and family membersReceiving Christ is a simple as ABC:A) Admit that you have sinned (Rom 3:23)B) Believe that Jesus Christ died for you (Jn 1:12)C) Confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of your life (Rom 10:9-10)
32 Using the ABC’s “How to Go to Heaven” Pen Drawing the NetRemind friend: Salvation is a free gift.Would you believe me if I told you that I would give you this pen?What do you need to do to get the pen?It’s yours to receive, just as it is with Christ’s forgivenessYou reach out and receive it by faithTrust him to give salvation. (Rev. 3:20)
33 Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: Lead friend in a sinner’s (seekers) prayer Give the new convert assurance of their salvation (1 John 5:11-12)Step 5:Follow up the new convert- Pray daily for the new convert- Call them on the phone- Encourage them to attend church with you regularly- Lead them in a introductory discipleship program
34 The Five Share Jesus Questions Using the “hmmmm principle” Evangelism Without Argument The Interrogative Approach Bill Fay [Sharing Jesus Without Fear, 1999]The Five Share Jesus Questions Using the “hmmmm principle”Do you have any kind of spiritual belief?To you, who is Jesus?Do you think there is a heaven or hell?If you died tonight, where would you go? If heaven, why?By the way, if what you were believing is not true, would you want to know?
35 Vital Use of Scripture in Evangelism Key principles at work through use of WordFaith comes through hearing (Rom 10:17)It gives opportunity for God to talk rather than you to argue (Lk 10:26)Ask: May I share some Scriptures with you?After each reference (read by seeker) ask: “What does this say to you?”
36 The Share Jesus Scriptures (Highlight in Bible and key to subsequent verse) Rom. 3:23 – All have sinnedWhat does this say to you?Rom. 6:23 – Wages of sin is deathContinue with: All/any sin separates from God Separation = death = hell…but life is in ChristJohn 3:3 – Must be born againAsk: Why did Jesus come to die? (for our sin)
37 The Share Jesus Scriptures (Highlight in Bible and key to subsequent verse) John 14:6 – I’m the wayWhat does this say to you? (very clear verse!)Rom. 10:9-11 – If you confessWhat does this say to you? (if get hung up on some sin… have them re-read it!)2 Cor. 5:15 – No longer live for themselvesWhat does this say to you?Rev. 3:20 – Here I am standing at your door
38 The Five Commitment Questions Are you a sinner?Remind of Rom 3:23Do you want forgiveness?Remind of Rom 6:23 – wages is death…must choose forgivenessDo you believe Jesus died on the cross for you and rose again?Remind of Rom 10:9-11Are you willing to surrender your life to Jesus Christ?May refer to Lk 14:27-28 (counting cost before build – taking up cross)Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life and into your heart?Refer to John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…
39 Sinner’s Prayer & Affirmation 10 More Questions How many sins has Christ paid for? (1 Jn 2:2)How many of your sins does Christ remember? (Heb 10:17 / 2 Cor 5:17)Where does Christ live? (Gal 2:20)Who has been praying for you?Let’s pray – allow time for new believer to talk to God – thank him!Do you know where your praying friend goes to church?Do you know your friend’s number…let’s call him now! (Matt 10:32-33)May I take you to church?Read the Gospel of John tonight – see what it says to you.I will call you tomorrow to see if the Word became different to you