Can a quiet, timid Christian go out and evangelize? Is it possible for the average Christian to be transformed into an evangelizing witness of Jesus Christ?
the same as filling pews. an occasional raid by a visiting celebrity. a matter of impassioned and repeated calls for decision. a system. proclamation alone or presence alone. an optional extra for those who like that sort of thing.
Traditional Definition: “Presenting the facts of the Gospel to people in such a way that they can make an immediate decision to become a Christian.”
A Better Definition: “Letting people know about Jesus and how one can become part of God’s family.”
Lifestyle Evangelism: “Letting people know about Jesus and how one can become part of God’s family, and doing it as a natural part of your daily living in a way that is suited to your individual personality and temperament.”
The love of God constrains us. It brings glory to God. The Lord commands us to witness. The gift of the Holy Spirit. People are lost without Christ. It is our responsibility. It is our privilege.
“Far too many Christians have been anesthetized into thinking that if they simply live out their faith in an open and consistent fashion, the people around them will see it, want it, and somehow figure out how to get it for themselves.” Bill Hybels
“Christians are to be good news before they share the good news.” Joe Aldrich
“The best argument for Christianity is Christians; their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians – when they are somber and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths.” Sheldon Vanauken
“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”
Makes us thirsty. Makes us thirsty. Spices things up. Preserves. Requires potency and proximity in order to work effectively.
Makes things visible. Helps to see things clearly. When we look into the biblical use of the term “light,” the central idea that emerges is that of clearly and attractively presenting God’s truth to others.
HP + CP + CC = MI MI = Maximum Impact HP = High Potency CP = Close Proximity (Salt) CC = Clear Communication (Light)
For Them, ask God to: Pull them toward Himself Open their eyes to the emptiness of life without Him Help them see their need for forgiveness Help them grasp the meaning and importance of the cross of Christ Open the person’s heart to God’s love and truth
For You, ask God to: Help you live a consistent and attractive Christian life Give you wisdom in knowing how to approach the relationship Grant you appropriate boldness and courage Use you to help lead this person into a relationship with Christ
Are we too busy to be about our Father’s real business? Are we too busy to be about our Father’s real business? If so, how can we reorder our priorities to place HIS interests first?
Not merely in the words expressed Not only in the deeds confessed But in the most unconscious way Is Christ expressed. Is it a calm and peaceful smile? A holy light upon your brow? Oh no! I felt his presence When you laughed just now.
For me ‘twas not the truth you taught, To you so clear, to me so dim, But when you came to me you brought A sense of Him. Author Unknown
is God and man – John 1.1, 14 died in our place – 1 Peter 2.24 1 Peter 2.24 offers forgiveness – Ephesians 2.8, 9
Jesus’ offer–John 1.12 Him as Savior and Lord – 1 John 1.9 the new life He gives– 2 Cor. 5.17
Humanity’s sin – Romans 3.23 Humanity’s sin – Romans 3.23 Sin’s Penalty – Romans 6.23 God’s Provision – Romans 5.8 Humanity’s Response of Faith – Romans 10.9 Humanity’s Response of Commitment – Romans 12.1-2
Admit your need. Believe on Christ. Commit yourself to Christ.
Everyone is a sinner All sinners will die. Sin’s penalty has already been paid. You can be saved by believing Jesus died for your sins and asking Him to forgive you.
The way to peace is easy – and yet it is hard – because you have to decide to surrender everything to the Lord. But when you do that you have this promise: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1.9
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
People are interested in you. People can relate to it. People can’t easily argue with it. Tell your story is easy to do! What’s the thread that runs through your life? What was life like before you accepted Jesus? What was your conversion experience? What difference has Jesus made to you?
Be natural. Be creative. Be open. Be loving and gentle. Be simple. Be specific. Be bold.
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have the same purpose, and each will be rewarded according to their own labor.”
Dear Lord, I know that my sin has separated me from You. Thank You that Jesus Christ died in my place and rose again to be my Savior. I want to ask You to forgive me of all my sins. I want Jesus to be my Savior and Lord. Come into my life and lead me. Thank You for giving me a relationship with You forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Celebrate. Celebrate. Affirm their commitment. Paint a realistic picture.
There are few areas in the Christian Church where we fail more catastrophically than in the care we give to new believers.” Michael Green
Feeding – 1 Peter 2.2 Protecting – 1 Peter 5.8 Training – Colossians 2.6-7