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					                     EVANGELISM

A. WHAT IS EVANGELISM?
1. Here are just a few definitions of evangelism:

a. C. H. Spurgeon, the famous nineteenth-century British
   preacher and evangelist wrote that evangelism “is one
   beggar telling another beggar where to get bread.”

b. English Archbishop William Temple wrote, “To evangelize is
   so to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit,
   that men shall come to put their trust in God through Him, to
   accept Him as their Savior, and serve Him as their King in
   the fellowship of the church.”

2. Evangelism is bringing others to Jesus!

a. In (John 1:40-42), Andrew after learning about Jesus, went
   immediately to his brother Simon Peter and said, “We have
   found the Messiah.” And then in (v. 42), Andrew summed up
   what evangelism is, “He brought him (Peter) to Jesus.” The
   greatest thing we can do for people is to bring them face-to-
   face with the Christ who died for them.

b. Evangelism is not advancing the claims of the doctrines of
   the church, of a nation, of an ideology, but of advancing
   Jesus. As one person put it, “There is not true evangelism if
   the name, the teaching, the promises, the life, the death, and
   the resurrection of Jesus are not proclaimed.”




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ILLUSTRATION:

At the time of the 1960 Olympics, a magazine carried an
amusing cartoon showing the celebrated runner from a
Marathon arriving in Athens and falling exhausted on the ground
while he mumbles, with a blank look on his face, “I have
forgotten the message.” This often seems to be the case with
the church.

c. Unless Jesus Himself, who became the gospel through His
   death and resurrection, is the essence of our message,
   whatever we are doing is not evangelism.




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B. WHY DO WE NOT EVANGELIZE?
1. Perhaps the biggest reason why church people are reluctant
   to evangelize is that they do not think it is their business to
   do so.

a. Some people say, "Those only gifted by God are called to
   evangelize (Eph. 4:11)."

(1)   It is true that God has given certain people the gift to
      evangelize, however, all Christians are called to give
      testimony to the Lord they love and serve (Mt. 10:32).

b. Some people say, "Evangelism is what the preacher gets paid
   to do! It is not my responsibility."

(1) Sure, one of the responsibilities of a preacher is to share the
    gospel with others, however, it is every Christians
    responsibility to do the same. We are all ministers or
    servants of God (Rev. 1:5,6). How can one part of the body
    do all the work of sharing the gospel (1 Cor. 12)? It is
    impossible.

c. The myth has emerged that religion is a very private business
   and we must not talk about it.

(1) The truth is however, God expects all us to publicly proclaim
    the Word of God (Mt. 10:32; 28:19, 20).




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2. Fear is another reason why church people are reluctant to
   evangelize

a.     We are terrified of invading someone else’s privacy or of
       mentioning the name of Jesus. We are afraid of rejection.

(1)     When we evangelize, we will be rejected. Jesus was
        rejected over half the time. 51.2 % of the people responded
        negatively to Jesus’ message. But the good news is that
        48.8 % of the people responded positively to His message.

b.     We are afraid that we will not have all the answers.

(1) We will never have all the answers. We must do the best we
    can and learn to say, “I do not know, but I will see if I can
    find the answer.”

 (Phil. 4:13) “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

3. Laziness is another reason why church people are reluctant
   to evangelize.

a. We all live in a comfort zone. Meaning that we live a life that
   is full of routines, with very few surprises, and minimal
   inconveniences. Let’s face it, we are a people who spend the
   majority of our time doing what we want to do and not what
   God wants us to do. See when we hibernate totally into our
   comfort zone, we become idle and lazy.

     On one occasion, Jesus told a parable about a servant who
      was given one talent (of money) from his master. But instead
      of the servant putting his talent to work, he dug a hole in the
      ground and hid his master's money. And since the servant
      had the opportunity to multiply his master’s wealth but chose
      not to, he proved himself unfaithful. Therefore the master
      said, (Mt. 25:26) “You wicked, lazy servant!” Then in verse 30
      the master also said, “Throw that worthless servant outside,
      into the darkness; where there will be weeping and gnashing
      of teeth.”

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(1) One point to this story is that if we as Christians bury our
    time, abilities, talents, and obligations--meaning that we are
    so wrapped up in our comfort zone that we do not do what
    God wants us to do which is to tell others about Christ, then
    we are no better off than that “wicked lazy servant” who
    received no inheritance in the kingdom of God.

   We must all leave our comfort zones and be willing to tell
    others about Jesus.

4. Lastly, church people are reluctant to evangelize because
   they don’t know how.

   If you are not quite sure how to evangelize, then go with an
    experienced worker and gain some experience from him or
    her.




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C. WHY SHOULD WE EVANGELIZE?
1. THE COMMAND OF JESUS.

 (Mt. 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,
  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

a. If Jesus made evangelism the subject of His last command to
   His disciples on earth, then it must be important. If we love
   Him and seek to obey Him, then we must carry it out.

2. THE NEED OF MANKIND.

 (Eph. 2:1-3) “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and
  sins, in which you used to live...Like the rest, we were by nature
  objects of wrath.”

a. This passage maintains that without Christ men and women
   are dead--spiritually dead. They are lost and separated from
   God.

b. If people die without Christ, then their condition will be the
   same as the Rich Man in (Luke 16).

3. THE CLIMAX OF HISTORY.

 (Mt. 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.”

a. The New Testament makes it clear that evangelism is in some
   way connected with the final return of Christ at the
   consummation of all history. It prepares the way for His
   return.




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4. THE LOVE OF GOD.

 (Eph. 2:4-5) “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in
  mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in
  transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.”

 (Rom. 5:8) “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While
  we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

a. God saved us even though we didn’t deserve it! I am so
   overwhelmed and grateful for what He has done for me that I
   want to bring others to Jesus for my Father's sake who has
   given me everything. (Dt. 15:14) “Give to him as the Lord
   your God has blessed you.”

b. I want to bring the lost to Jesus because it makes my Father
   happy.

(1) Go over the Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 16:20, 24, 32).

   Our labor should always be prompted by love (1 Thess. 1:3).




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D. HERE ARE SOME PRELIMINARY
   MATTERS   TO     CONSIDER
   BEFORE WE BEGIN TO BRING
   OTHERS TO JESUS.
1. WE MUST DEPEND ON GOD TO BRING LOST SOULS TO
   CHRIST.

a. God wants us to plant the seed (the Word of God).

 (1 Cor. 3:6-7) “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it
  grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but
  only God, who makes things grow.”

   Our job is to teach the gospel message to others, and to help
    them grow in their faith. Only God is capable of moving a
    person to respond to the gospel. God is the one who works
    men’s hearts (John 16:8) and moves them to respond to Him.

2. WE MUST PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE LOST.

a. We are to pray for the unsaved.

 (Rom. 10:1) “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the
  Israelites is that they may be saved.”

b. Before we go and share the good news of Jesus with others,
   we need to spend much time in prayer asking God to prepare
   the hearts of those we are going to talk with.

(1) We are to have public prayers for the lost.

(2) We are to have private prayers for the lost.

(3) We are to pray for our neighborhood and community.



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c. We must remember that we are not just fighting against other
   people's beliefs and values, but we are also fighting against
   spiritual forces (Eph. 6:10-12, 18). We need God to help fight
   off Satan and his attacks on others.

d. We need to pray for wisdom and boldness.

 (James 1:5) “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who
  gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given
  generously.”

 (Acts 4:29) “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your
  servants to speak your word with great boldness.”

3. WHEN EVANGELIZING, IT IS BEST TO GO IN GROUPS OF
   TWO.

a. In (Luke 10), Jesus send out the seventy-two disciples two-
   by-two.

b. In (Acts 13:1-3), the church in Antioch sent Paul & Barnabus
   on their first missionary journey.

c. Why groups of two?

(1) Support.

(2) Two minds are better than one.




4. WHEN EVANGELIZING, BE PREPARED.

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 "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct,
  rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction" (2
  Timothy 4:2).

a. When sharing the gospel with others, use any approach or
   bible study method that works and fits your style. The only
   regulation is that whatever you use it must be biblical.

b. During the study, if someone asks you a question that you
   cannot answer, simply tell him or her that you do not know
   the answer. No one knows all the answers.

5. WHEN EVANGELIZING, WE MUST NOT ARGUE WITH THOSE
   WHO OPPOSE OUR VIEWS.

 (2 Tim. 2:23-26) “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid
  arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s
  servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to
  teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct,
  in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a
  knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and
  escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his
  will.”

   We must speak the truth in love!




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E. THE   STARTING                                               POINT                     IN
   EVANGELISM.

                           “FINDING THEM”

1. FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

a. Research Conducted by Church Growth Inc.

   34,000 people were asked, “Who was responsible for your
    coming to Christ and the Church?” Here are the eight
    responses that were given:

SPECIAL NEED...................................................................... 1 - 2%

WALK-IN................................................................................. 2 - 3%

MINISTER............................................................................... 5- 6%

VISITATION............................................................................ 1 - 2%

SUNDAY SCHOOL................................................................. 4 - 5%

EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE (GOSPEL MEETINGS)....... 1/2 - OF 1%

CHURCH PROGRAM............................................................ 2 - 3%

FRIEND / RELATIVE.............................................................75 - 90%

b. Although people come to the Lord through many means, the
   most successful way is through a friend or a relative.




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2. OTHER METHODS OF EVANGELISM.

1. FRIENDS DAY.

a. Invite someone to church \ fellowship meals.

 (Read Luke 5:27-32).

b. What did Matthew do after receiving Christ? He held a great
   banquet for Jesus! In other words, Matthew invited his
   friends to meet Jesus. We need to invite people to meet
   Jesus at our church.

   There are people all around who are waiting for someone to
    care enough about them to offer a warm, genuine invitation to
    the fellowship of our church. Recent studies have found that
    one-fourth of all unchurched people say that they have never
    been invited to church but would come if they were invited.

2. MEETING NEEDS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

a. What are some ways this church can help its community?

(1) Offer pastoral counseling.

(2) Offer film series on the family (by James Dobson).

(3) Offer activities for the aged in the area.

(4) Obtain names of needy families from social services and
    take them food and clothing. Build on the relationship and
    share the gospel with them.

(5) Have the youth visit a retirement center to sing, and cheer
    up the lonely folks.




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3. VISIT NEWCOMERS IN OUR AREA.

a. Visit newcomers in our area by obtaining lists from the Water
   Department or Chamber of Commerce. Extend a welcome to
   the community and an invitation to the church, leaving a
   brochure giving the times of services. If practical, include a
   gift item as a token of friendship.

4. SEND CARDS \ BOOKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE HAD A BABY
   OR TO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES.

5. VISIT EVERY HOME IN THE COMMUNITY.

a. Place hangers on the door inviting people to our church
   along with an attractive evangelistic booklet that gives a clear
   presentation of the gospel.

CONCLUSION:

1. I hope and pray that this lesson has inspired you to be
   involved in evangelism. This is the most important ministry
   that you can engage in. Remember that evangelism is simply
   bringing others to Jesus. You and I can certainly do achieve
   this goal. Lets start bringing souls to Jesus.




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