Sheepfold Ministries / May 19, 2002
pastor Phil Roland
Evangelistic meetings, altar calls and heavy persuasion have only been in place for the past 350 years. Contemporary applications of revival services date back to George Whitefield and early American Colonialism. The “Campmeeting Revival” format dates back to 1800 and the “Cane Ridge Revival” of Burbon County, Kentucky.
How did people find Christ before these events? I submit that from the time of John the Baptist people have been pressing into the kingdom. (Matthew 11:20) Can we deny that people were born before the advent of contemporary medical techniques? Does it sound ridiculous to put it that way? It is just as ridiculous to say that the only way people could enter the Kingdom is through a contemporary altar call or through walking the aisle in a modern church service with the repetitious singing of “I Surrender All,” or “Just As I Am.”
Even more ridiculous is the notion that just attending a church or simply hearing the gospel preached will make me a believer. Does entering a McDonald’s restaurant make you a hamburger? Does listening to store background music in the local supermarket’s produce section automatically make you a “veggie?” Do church attendance or participating in its rituals make you a believer? Of course not! Becoming a Christian believer is an affair of the heart and issues out of personal deep conviction that Christ’s claims and promises are true.
Two strong keys of unlocking the commands of Jesus in Matthew 28:19,20 are developing personal relationships with people who need Christ and systemized, organized study of the Word of God. For over twelve years we have followed this plan of evangelism. It won’t grow a huge church, but those who respond will become life-long lovers of and followers of Jesus. Isn’t that what kingdom evangelism is all about?
EIGHT WAYS TO EVANGELIZE
"There are many ways to share your faith in Christ with others. Not all believers are evangelists, but each believer can share the Good News with the world." pastor Phil
GREEK = euangelion = EUAN-GEL-LION = Good News,
Shouter of Good News, Announcer of Good Tidings
Eight Ways to Share the Good News:
I. PLATFORM EVANGELISM -
A. Altar Call Evangelism -
1. Heavy Persuasion - 2 Cor. 5:11; 5:17-21
2. God’s Super Salesmen
B. Historical Method - 350 Years Old
1. Before Present Day Evangelism Approaches
2. People Still Found Christ -- Matt. 11:12
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven
has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”
II. PERSONAL EVANGELISM -
III. PRAYER EVANGELISM -
IV. PROGRAM EVANGELISM -
Jesus Video - Alpha Groups - Evangelism Explosion
V. DRAMA EVANGELISM -
Willow Creek - Bill Hybels
VI. CELL GROUP EVANGELISM -
The Power of the Small Group
VII. FREE MARKET CELL GROUP EVANGELISM -
VIII. YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S EVANGELISM -
Anthony Campolo - University of Philadelphia Sociology Professor
IX. CHURCH PLANTING EVANGELISM -
Sheepfold - “Find a need and fill it. Find a hurt and heal it.”
EIGHT WAYS TO EVANGELIZE, TEXTS:
“Then Jesus came to them and said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.”
2 Corinthians 5:11
“Since then, we know what it is to fear the Lord,
we try to persuade men.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!
18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through
19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
not counting men’s sins against them. And he has
20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
We implore you on Christ’s behalf:
Be reconciled to God.
21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
On a dangerous seacoast where shipwrecks often occur there was once a crude little lifesaving station. The building was just a hut, and there was only one boat, but the few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea, and with no thought for themselves went out day and night tirelessly searching for the lost. Many lives were saved by this wonderful little station, so that it became famous. Some of those who were saved, and various others in the surrounding area, wanted to become associated with the station and give of their time and money and effort for the support of its work. New boats were bought and new crews trained. The little lifesaving station grew.
Some of the members of the lifesaving station were unhappy that the building was so crude and poorly equipped. They felt that a more comfortable place should be provided as the first refuge of those saved from the sea. So they replaced the emergency cots with beds and put better furniture in the enlarged building. Now the life-saving station became a popular gathering place for its members, and they decorated it beautifully and furnished it exquisitely, because they used it as a sort of club. Fewer members were now interested in going to sea on lifesaving missions, so they hired life-boat crews to do this work. The lifesaving motif still prevailed in this club's decoration, and there was a liturgical lifeboat in the room where the club initiations were held.
About this time a large ship was wrecked off the coast, and the hired crews brought in boatloads of cold, wet, and half-drowned people. They were dirty and sick, and some of them had black skin and some had yellow skin. The beautiful new club was in chaos. So the property committee immediately had a shower house built outside the club where victims of shipwreck could be cleaned up before coming inside.
At the next meeting, there was a split in the club membership. Most of the members wanted to stop the club's lifesaving activities as being unpleasant and a hindrance to the
Life Saving Analogy, cont.
normal social life of the club. Some members insisted upon lifesaving as their primary purpose and pointed out they were still called a lifesaving station. But, they were finally voted down and told that if they wanted to save the lives of all the various kinds of people who were shipwrecked in those waters, they could begin their own lifesaving station down the coast. They did.
As the years went by, the new station experienced the same changes that had occurred in the old. It evolved into a club, and yet another lifesaving station was founded. History continued to repeat itself, and if you visit that seacoast today, you will find a number of exclusive clubs along that shore. Shipwrecks are frequent in those waters, but most of the people drown.
1. In this analogy what is the “sea?”
2. What is the “dangerous seacoast?
3. Who were those who were “shipwrecked?”
4. Why was the decision made to “improve” the Lifesaving Station?
5. Was forgetting the Lifesaving vision and thinking more about a private nautical club . . .a good idea? Why? Why not?
6. Why were disaster victims no longer welcome at the Lifesaving Station?
a) Wet (messy)
b. Sick (diseased)
c. Different skin color (prejudice)
7. Was it OK for the Lifesaving Station to hire others to seek out the lost for them? Why? Why not?
8. Was it wrong for the Lifesaving Station to “vote” to stop reaching out to those shipwrecked? Why?
9. Is it safe to say that the shift in the Lifesaving Station’s emphasis was from Saving Lives to operating an exclusive, “Members Only” country club?
10. How does this apply to churches?
Courtesy of Sheepfold Ministries, Sharon, PA 16146 – 2002
Sheepfold Ministries / June 21, 2003
pastor Phil Roland
“Catching men alive (for life) means that Jesus commissions those who follow Him to catch men for a life-long commitment to Himself and His Kingdom. Pastor Phil
GREEK - zwgrwn - ZO-GRON - “To catch alive, not to kill”
I. CATCHING MEN ALIVE IS A NEW AGENDA - “From now on. . .”
“From now on the Son of man will be seated at the right hand of the Throne of God.”
“From now on you (Peter) will catch men.”
II. CATCHING MEN ALIVE INSTEAD OF FISH - v. 10b
III. CATCHING MEN ALIVE IS AN ENTERPRISE OF PARTNERS
2. Done at Night By Torchlight
IV. CATCHING MEN ALIVE IS A NATURAL WAY OF
V. CATCHING MEN ALIVE IS A VOCATION, NOT A HOBBY
VI. ANGLERS CATCH FISH, CATCHING MEN ALIVE KEEPS
Anglers Use Fish For a Good Time
CATCHING MEN ALIVE, TEXTS:
1One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God,
2he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.
3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.
7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
9For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken,
10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.”
Sheepfold Ministries / August 9, 1998
pastor Phil Roland
"All believers are personal witnesses to the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ. Not all believers are evangelists, but each believer can share the Good News with the world." pastor Phil Roland
GREEK = euangelion = EUAN-GEL-LION= Good News, Shouter of Good News / Announcer of Good Tidings
FIVE BASIC TYPES OF EVANGELISM:
I. "FELT NEED" EVANGELISM - II Cor. 5:11
A. "Let US Help You!"
B. "Let GOD Help You!"
II. PROCLAMATION EVANGELISM -Matt. 24:14
A. "Hear The Word!"
B. Proclaiming Is The Whole Task
III. DECISION EVANGELISM - Acts 26:28
(The focus is on the moment or event or act of the will when a DECISION for Christ is made.)
A. Program Evangelism
B. "Make a Decision"
IV. POWER EVANGELISM - Acts 2:24; 4:4
A. "See, Hear and Believe!" I John 1:1
B. "You have Seen and Heard, NOW BELIEVE!"
V. RELATIONAL EVANGELISM - Matt. 28:19,20
(The emphasis is on developing a hunger to know more of Jesus by becoming a disciple/learner.)
A. Become a Lifelong Follower of Jesus
B. Incorporate followers into Christ's Body - Acts 2:42
C. Build Bridges of Love to the World
D. Mine the Relational Veins - The Friend's network
FIVE OPEN DOORS FOR EVANGELISM:
1. Begin a Home Bible Study.
2. Invite a attendee to your church or a special Christian Event.
3. Share a Video, Book or Pamphlet, and follow-up for feedback.
4. Give your testimony. Don't rehearse it. Use your own words.
5. Ask questions that provoke thought, not argument.
2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
2 Cor 5:11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.
2 Cor 5:12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
2 Cor 5:13 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
2 Cor 5:14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
2 Cor 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Cor 5:16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Acts 26:27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do."
Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?"
Acts 26:29 Paul replied, "Short time or long--I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains."
Acts 2:22 "Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
Acts 2:23 This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
Acts 2:24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
Acts 4:4 But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
Mat 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Mat 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Mat 28:20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Acts 2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Acts 2:43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.
1. SHOW A NEED. Ask for help or advice. For example, House Repairs; Gardening Tips; Where to find a good Place to Shop.
Hedge Clipper; a cup of sugar.
Be sure to return items in good repair!
3. WELCOME NEWCOMERS to your neighborhood or workplace. Bring over a dish. Offer your telephone or advice on lunch spots or stores.
4. SHARE RIDES to shopping malls, school functions, or airports.
5. SPECIAL DATES. Remember neighborhood birthdays, bar mitzvahs, first communions, weddings with something that shows you care.
6. HOSPITALITY. Invite others outside your usual circle of friends to your dinners, teas, picnics, cookouts, TV Sports Parties.
7. WORKDAYS. Share a house project with a neighbor or friend. Offer help on storm windows to a widow down the street.
8. LEND AND BORROW BOOKS, records, tapes, sewing patterns, etc.
9. TUTOR a neighbor's child in a special school project or hobby.
10. BABY SIT a few hours each week to give the harried mother of young children a break.
11. OPEN YOUR YARD to neighborhood kids even if yours are grown.
12. OUTINGS AND ACTIVITIES, concerts, plays, flea markets, bazaars are places to go with neighbors who have no car.
13. AVAILABILITY IN A CRISIS, sickness or death, children in trouble with the law, loss of a job - Soft-spoken Christian support will be remembered later.
Sheepfold Ministries, Pastor Phil Roland, 1996
Forty-Six Years of Open-Air Evangelism
Donald Soper was a member of the British House of Lords and an avid proclaimer of the Gospel of Christ. Here is his analysis of 50 years of open air evangelism in England.
Five Basic Shifts in our Century:
1. FROM KNOWLEDGE TO IGNORANCE
a) Remedy: Instruction in Christians Basics
b) Gross Misinformation and Ignorance
2. FROM DEATH TO LIFE
a) Death Orientation / Death was Immanent
b) Life Orientation / Double Life Expectancy
3. FROM GUILT TO DOUBT
a) Past - General Sense of Guilt
b) Present - General Sense of Doubt
4. FROM NEED TO CURIOSITY
a) Past - Need for Christianity
b) Present - Curiosity about Christ/Credible
5. FROM BELONGING TO ALIENATION
a) Past - People "Belonged" in the world
b) Present Alienation:
1) Alienated from nature
2) Alienated from Political Power
3) Alienated from Neighbors
c) Remedy: Provide Christian Fellowship
REACHING THE LOST AT THE END OF OUR CENTURY
1. INSTRUCTION - Provide continuous instruction in the basics of Christianity. Begin at the beginning. Keep it simple.
2. QUESTION/ANSWER - Raise varied questions, and answer them as you go. Doubts are eroded over a period of time. Evangelism involves finding out WHERE people are. Remember? Evangelism is a process.
3. CREDIBILITY - The lost are asking themselves, "Are Christians for REAL?" Do we live every day what we profess we believe? Does Christ make a difference in our own personal life? Not all of us are evangelists, but all are witnesses.
4. NEEDS AND MOTIVES - The Gospel of Jesus Christ means that the lost must change. They won't change their attitudes and/or lifestyles until they feel enough pain. Christians must speak to basic human needs in their witness and Gospel Presentation. Learn from the humanistic psychologist, Abraham Maslow, what these needs are. Also, study Erik Erikson's Eight Psychosocial Stages of Human Development to discover where people are in the stages and aging of their lives.
Sheepfold Ministries / July 8, 2001
pastor Phil Roland
Matthew 28: 19,20
"What passes for evangelism in denominational churches is often guilt and performance laden. Sharing Christ with a friend or acquaintance is actually a great joy!"
i don’t have to. . .
BEG, CAJOLE, PERSUADE OR INTIMIDATE
ARGUE WITH PEOPLE ABOUT THE GOSPEL
MAKE THEM GO TO CHURCH
MAKE THEM LISTEN TO MY PREACHER
MAKE THE WALK THE AISLE
TELL THEM TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER
i do have to. . .
LOVE THEM WITH JESUS’ LOVE
TELL THEM I CARE ABOUT THEIR SOUL
TELL THEM HOW JESUS’ LOVE TRANSFORMED ME
TELL THEM THE REAL “KINGDOM”GOSPEL MESSAGE
LEAVE THE RESULTS WITH GOD
THE KINGDOM MESSAGE IS. . . 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 PERSONALLY GIVEN AND RECEIVED
PASSED ON BY THE APOSTLES
BELIEVING CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS
BELIEVING THAT HE TRULY DIED AND WAS BURIED
BELIEVING THAT HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY
BELIEVING THAT HE APPEARED AFTER THE RESURRECTION
TO PETER, THE TWELVE, FIVE HUNDRED BROTHERS, JAMES, ALL THE APOSTLES AND PAUL
BELIEVING HE’S ALIVE!
BELIEVING BECAUSE HE’S ALIVE, WE WILL LIVE ALSO! Jn. 14:19
WE UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM AS. . .Rom. 14:17
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,”
THINGS THE BAPTISTS NEVER TAUGHT ME, TEXTS
18Then Jesus came to them and said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8
1Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.
2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.
6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
A Bible college classmate decided to walk down Central Avenue in Phoenix at lunchtime and ask women to kiss him. He wanted to see how many people he would have to ask before someone took him up on it. After being repeatedly cursed and ignored, and slapped a couple of times, the 98th woman gave him a kiss. Using the logic of "spam evangelism," he might say, "It was worth it, because I actually got one person to kiss me." I wondered about the other 97 women who might be more hardened than ever, more suspicious, and more wary of men approaching them on the street. In the same way, I think a lot of unbelievers have been hardened by aggressive witnessing techniques.
The purpose of evangelism is to introduce people to Christ. We're not salespeople. Our job isn't to force people to believe in God. Our job is to introduce our close friends to each other. Even the terminology we use fits that model: We lead people to Christ or introduce them to the Savior. We make the introduction, then act as a sounding board as they discuss their feelings about their initial encounter with God.
Jesus was a master at turning ordinary encounters into supernatural appointments. We don't see Him sitting down with His disciples, setting up a PowerPoint presentation, and lecturing them on theology. He simply lived His life in proximity to their lives. Through that life-on-life process, they learned how to love the people they encountered and search for their needs. That's a freeing concept. We should live our lives close to God, and be open to the people who come into our path. We don't have to meet every need that's out there—just the ones God puts in our paths.
ENGLES SCALE OF EVANGELISM
Jesus didn't try to turn every encounter into a formal presentation of the gospel. Instead, we see Him meeting people in everyday situations, talking to them about exactly where they were at that point in their lives, and edging them forward to the next level of belief. If I look at each encounter as a God-arranged opportunity, I'll be sensitive to what God wants to do through our conversation.
MIKE BECHTLE has advanced degrees – a master’s from Talbot School of Theology
and a doctorate in education from Arizona State—but a lot of basic street experience as well. He has been speaking at churches and conventions since 1974 and has seen numerous programs for evangelism. In Evangelism for the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ within Your Personality Style (Baker, 2006), he tells what he has learned.
Evangelism FOR INTROVERTS