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Thirteen Open Windows

Sheepfold Ministries / May 19, 2002

pastor Phil Roland

 

 

 

EIGHT WAYS TO EVANGELIZE, INTRODUCTION

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

Matt. 28:18-20

"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 -

          One-On-One

 

III.  PRAYER EVANGELISM -

          Intercessory Prayer

 

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 -

          Non-Institutional

 

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:

Mat 28:18-20 

“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.”

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2 Corinthians 5:11

“Since then, we know what it is to fear the Lord,

          we try to persuade men.

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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
          Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,

          not counting men’s sins against them. And he has
          committed to us the message of reconciliation.

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.

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LIFE - SAVING  ANALOGY

          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. 

QUESTIONS:

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

Luke 5:1-11

“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. . .”

  • Turning Points
    • Paul on the Damascus Road
    • D. L. Moody in the back room of a shoe store
    • C. H. Spurgeon in a Methodist Chapel
    • Moses crossing the Red Sea
    • Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
  • Jesus Words to the Priests and Elders at His Sham Trial - Luke 22:69

From now on the Son of man will be seated at the right hand of the Throne of God.”

  • Peter’s Agenda in Life is Facing a Turning Point - v. 10b

From now on you (Peter) will catch men.”

 

II.  CATCHING MEN ALIVE INSTEAD OF FISH - v. 10b 

  • Catching Not Fishing
  • Josephus - Over 330 Fishing Boats on the Sea of Galilee
  • Net Fishing in that time - Clear, shallow lake

III.  CATCHING MEN ALIVE IS AN ENTERPRISE OF PARTNERS

  • Net Fishing is not a Solo Angling Effort
    • Hard Labor, Releasing Nets, Hauling Them Back

2.  Done at Night By Torchlight

  • Evangelism is a Group Effort at Times

IV.  CATCHING MEN ALIVE IS A NATURAL WAY OF

          CATCHING FISH

  • Angling Involves Deception and Deceit
  • Net Fishing Involves a Natural Way of Taking Fish

V.   CATCHING MEN ALIVE IS A VOCATION, NOT A HOBBY

VI.  ANGLERS CATCH FISH, CATCHING MEN ALIVE KEEPS

THEM

Anglers Use Fish For a Good Time

  • Net Fishermen Keep Them For Life

CATCHING MEN ALIVE, TEXTS:

Luke 5:1-11

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.”

11So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

 

 

 

CATCHING MEN ALIVE

SERMON STARTER

The story begins on a spring morning 28 AD near Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee.  The Lake was as smooth as glass.  The water mirrored the twinkling starlight, and the blazing torches on the bow and stern of each wooden fishing boat.

Simon heard the ageless cry of fellow fishermen, James and his brother John, who were fishing nearby. 

“Any luck?”

“Nothing, James.  What about you?”

“The same. . .nothing.  Let’s work our way toward the harbor.  It will be dawn soon, anyway.  The fishing there can’t be any worse there than here in the deeper waters!”

Both boats began to move laboriously toward the harbor and shore.  Their wooden oars creaked in their oarlocks as they leaned into the oars and pulled with all their strength.

Later, at their mooring point as they washed, mended and dried their nets, they were approached by Jesus of Nazareth.  As usual, there were people following alongside him as he walked, hanging on His every word.

The atmosphere was electric.  It was that way ever since Jesus had come to town.  Each day hundreds of people left their tasks to listen to his teaching.  It was no wonder!  They had never heard anyone teach like Him!  His words stirred their hearts.

Jesus approached Simon, James and John at their nets. 

“Would you put out a little from shore?” He asked.

Simon was sarcastic, “I might as well do as you asked, at least this boat will be good for SOMETHING today.  After all, through no fault of ours, IT IS empty!”

He sat in the boat alongside Jesus as he taught.  When Jesus fished teaching, he asked Simon to do something that almost made him laugh.

“Put down into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

Simon answered him, “Master, we have labored all night, and haven’t caught anything.  And, besides, no one catches fish when the sun is on the water! 

Simon hesitated seeing the look on Jesus’ face, “But, if you insist we will let down the nets!”

You know the rest of the story. . .

 

 

 

Sheepfold Ministries / August 9, 1998

pastor Phil Roland

 

E v a n g e l i s m

"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.

 

 

Evangelism, TEXTS

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!

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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.

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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."

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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.

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Acts 4:4  But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.

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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.

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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."

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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.

 

 

 

  

Thirteen Open Windows in Personal Evangelism

 

 

1.  SHOW A NEED.  Ask for help or advice.  For example, House Repairs; Gardening Tips; Where to find a good Place to Shop.


2. BORROW SOMETHING. Approach a neighbor about borrowing a

          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

 

Donald Soper

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

 

 

 

 

FIVE EVANGELISM STRATEGIES

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.

 

  • FELLOWSHIP - Christians may offer their fellowship as a method of providing structure and belonging to the lost.
  •  Courtesy of Sheepfold Ministries, Sharon, PA  412-981-5683

Sheepfold Ministries / July 8, 2001

pastor Phil Roland

 

 

 

 

 

THINGS THE BAPTISTS NEVER TAUGHT ME  

(About Evangelism)

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!"   

                                                                                               pastor Phil

i don’t have to. . .

    BEG, CAJOLE, PERSUADE OR INTIMIDATE

          ARGUE WITH PEOPLE ABOUT THE GOSPEL

          MAKE CONVERTS

          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 KINGDOMGOSPEL MESSAGE

          LEAVE THE RESULTS WITH GOD

 

THE KINGDOM MESSAGE IS. . .  1 Corinthians 15:1-8   PERSONALLY GIVEN AND RECEIVED:

1Cor 15:1 Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, [NET]
1Cor 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. [NET]
1Cor 15:3 For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, [NET]
1Cor 15:4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, [NET]
1Cor 15:5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. [NET]
1Cor 15:6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. [NET]
1Cor 15:7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. [NET]
1Cor 15:8 Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also. [NET]

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 "In a little while the world will not see me any longer, but you will see me; because I live, you will live too." [NET]

WE UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM AS. . .Rom. 14:17 - " For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." [NET],”

 

 

 

THINGS THE BAPTISTS NEVER TAUGHT ME, TEXTS

Matthew 28:19,20

 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.”

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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,
8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

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Evangelism  FOR  INTROVERTS

SERMON STARTER

SPAM EVANGELISM

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.

 

DIVINE APPOINTMENTS

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.

 

SOURCE:

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


John 4:28-42
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8
"All believers are personal witnesses to the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ.  Not all believers are extroverts and evangelists, but each believer can share the Good News of Jesus with the world in their on way."                 pastor Phil Roland

GREEK = euangelion = EUAN-GEL-LION= Good News, Shouter of Good News / Announcer of Good Tidings

I. NO REAPING WITHOUT SOMEONE SOWING - Text
'One sows and another reaps.' "I sent you to reap that for which you have not
labored;  others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."


II.  AGGRESSIVE WITNESSING - 
A. “SPAM” Evangelism – Megaphone Witnessing
     1. God’s Super Sales People
     2. Begging and Cajoling People into the Kingdom
B. “Turn or Burn” Evangelism
     1. Door-to-Door Calls
     2. “Cold Calls”
3. “In Your Face” Evangelism
     4. Hardens Unbelievers-
     5. Fills the church with passive, dependent people


 III. RELATIONAL WITNESSING

  1. Purpose of Evangelism is to Witness

1. Introduce our close friends to one another
2. Our job is the introduction
3. Listening to their reaction is also part of our task
          B. Divine Appointments
               1. Life-on-Life Encounters
               2. Jesus met and loved people where they were
                   a. Listened for their deepest needs
                   b. Spoke into those needs
               3. Engle’s Scale of Evangelism
                   a. Jesus doesn’t “hard sell” Himself
                   b. Moves people to their next level of spirituality
               4. Look for each encounter as a Divine Appointment


Evangelism  FOR  INTROVERTS, Texts:


JOHN 4:28-42
28  The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,
29  "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"
30  Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
31  In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."
32  But He said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know."
33  Therefore the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?"
34  Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
35  "Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
36  "And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
37  "For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.'
38  "I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."
39  And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all that I ever did."
40  So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.
41  And many more believed because of His own word.
42  Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."

 

The Process of Evangelism
(How Christian Conversion Occurs)

GOD'S ROLE                       CHURCH'S ROLE                     MAN'S RESPONSE

General                                                                                        -10                       Awareness of the Supernatural
Revelation
                                                                                                         -9      No Effective Knowledge/Christianity

 

CONVICTION                             PRESENCE                          -8       Initial Awareness of Christianity
                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                         -7          Interest In Christianity
                                                     PROCLAMATION                                                               
                                                                                                         -6          Awareness of Basic Facts of Gospel

                                                                                                         -5           Grasp of Implications of the Gospel

                                                     PERSUASION                        -4          Positive Attitude to the Gospel

                                                    POWER                                     -3      Awareness of Personal Need
                                                   DECISION                                 -2          Challenge and Decision to Act

REGENERATION               RELATIONAL                          -1      Repentance and faith

 
     A NEW DISCIPLE IS BORN!             Matt. 28:19-20

 

PROCESS  OF  SANCTIFICATION                                    +1     Evaluation of Decision

                                                                                                       +2     Initiation into the Church
GROWTH  IN  CHRIST
                                                                                                        +3     Joins in Process of Making Other Disciples
D I S C I P L E S H I P
                                                                                                         +4     Growth in Understanding Faith

                                                                                                         +5     Growth in Christian Character

                                                                                                         +6     Discovery and Use of Gifts

                                                                                                          +7     Christian Life-style

                                                                                                         +8     Stewardship of Resources

                                                                                                         +9     Prayer

                                                                                                        +10    Openness to Others

 

Adapted from the Peter Wagner revised, Engle’s Scale of Evangelism
Pastor Phil Roland, 2006

STRATEGIES THAT WORK
  1. Read the front page of each section of the paper each day so you can converse about current events.
  2. Ask people about their families
  3. Find out what other people know that you don’t.
  4. Observe and talk about the details of the environment you are in.
  5. Make sure that you have a couple of hobbies, and talk to others who do the same thing (common ground).
  6. Practice remembering a person’s first name during a conversation.
  7. Don’t try to steer every conversation toward faith, strive to build a genuine relationship that builds trust for future generations.
  8. Show a need.  Ask for help or advice.  For example,

House Repairs; Gardening Tips; Where to find a good
Place to Shop.

  1. Borrow something. Approach a neighbor about

borrowing a hedge clipper; a cup of sugar, etc.
Be sure to return items in good repair!
  10. Welcome newcomers to your neighborhood or workplace.
Bring over a dish.  Offer your telephone or advice on lunch
spots or stores.
   11. Share rides to shopping malls, school functions, or
airports.
   12. Special dates. Remember neighborhood birthdays, bar
mitzvahs, first communions, weddings with something
that shows you care.
   13. Hospitality. Invite others outside your usual circle of
friends to your dinners, teas, picnics, cookouts, TV Sports
Parties.
   14. Workdays. Share a house project with a neighbor or
friend.  Offer help on storm windows to a widow down the
street.
   15. Lend and borrow books, records, tapes, sewing patterns.
   16. Tutor a neighbor's child in a special school project or
          hobby.
   17. Baby sit a few hours each week to give the harried mother of
young children a break.
   18. Open your yard to neighborhood kids even if yours are grown.
   20. Outings and activities, concerts, plays, flea markets, bazaars
are places to go with neighbors who have no car.
   21. 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, 2006