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					““The Great Commission –
   Biblical Directives and
         Precedents”
       Warren Henderson
  Is the “Great Commission” Complete
           in the United States?
• An extensive survey by Barna Group indicated:
   – 38% of Adults in the US claim to be born again.
   – 33% of Teenagers in the US claim to be born again.
   – In all, 98 million people in the US claim to be born again.
     Source:http://www.wesleyblog.com/evangelism/index.html


• Does the spiritual nature of our country indicate that one
  in three are indwelt by the Holy Spirit?
   – Is the fruit of the Spirit evident?
   – Is violence, immorality, thief, disrespect for authority, and
     blasphemy decreasing?
   – Is the name of Jesus Christ honored and cherished?
• No, the spiritual nature of our country is rapidly declining.
   – Much spiritual deception and complacency
Religion in the United States
                                     2004 Est.            % Change
               Religion              Total Pop.          1990 - 2000

    Christianity                        224,437,959                    5%
    Nonreligious/Secular                 38,865,604                   110%
    Judaism                               3,995,371                   -10%
    Islam                                 1,558,068                   109%
    Buddhism                              1,527,019                   170%
    Agnostic                              1,398,592                   -16%
    Atheist                               1,272,986
    Hinduism                              1,081,051                   237%
    Unitarian Universalist                  887,703                   25%
    Wiccan/Pagan/Druid                      433,267
    Spiritualist                            163,710
    Native American Religion                145,363                   119%
    Baha'i                                  118,549                   200%
    New Age                                   95,968                  240%
   Note: Christianity numbers unfortunately include Mormons and JWs
   Source: http://www.adherents.com/rel_USA.html#religions
Denominations, Cults, Judaism in US
                            1990 Est.    2001 Est.    Est. % of
     Denomination            Adult        Adult       U.S. Pop.    % Change
                                Pop.         Pop.       2001       1990 - 2001
  Catholic                  46,004,000   50,873,000       24.50%          11%
  Baptist                   33,964,000   33,830,000       16.30%           0%
  Methodist/Wesleyan        14,174,000   14,150,000        6.80%           0%
  Lutheran                   9,110,000    9,580,000        4.60%           5%
  Presbyterian               4,985,000    5,596,000        2.70%          12%
  Pentecostal/Charismatic    3,191,000    4,407,000        2.10%          38%
  Episcopalian/Anglican      3,042,000    3,451,000        1.70%          13%
  Judaism                    3,137,000    2,831,000        1.30%         -10%
  Latter-day
       Saints/Mormon         2,487,000    2,697,000        1.30%           8%
  Churches of Christ         1,769,000    2,593,000        1.20%          47%
  Congregational/ United
  Church of Christ            599,000     1,378,000        0.70%
  Jehovah's Witnesses        1,381,000    1,331,000        0.60%          -4%
  Assemblies of God            660,000    1,106,000        0.50%            68
Largest Denominations/Sects by State




                     Source: http://www.adherents.com/rel_USA.html#religions



 Is the “Great Commission” Complete in the US?
 No, New Age religions, cults, Islam, works based Christian sects are
 growing faster than evangelical Christianity (app. 5.6% per year).
New Testament Assembly Growth
     Number of Assemblies Listed
           Year                     MN                WS       U.S./Canad
                                                                   a Total
           1941                                                   803
           1958                       8                15
           1962                                                   1037
           1973                                                   1108
           1975                      11                15
           1977                                                   1139
           1987                                                   1251
           1991                      15                18         1253
           1995                                                   1273
           1998                                                   1276
           1999                                                   1263
                                   15                   26
           2004                 (1 KLC)              (3 KLC)
     http://www.emmaus.edu/files/Documents/History
            What is the Purpose
              of the Church?
1. The Upward Ministry – Offer Up!
      The exaltation of God in worship (the priest).
2. The Inward Ministry – To Build Up!
      The edification of all believers (the shepherd).
3. The Outward Ministry – To Reach Out!
      The evangelization of all nations:
        The fisherman – going were the fish are, landing one at a time.
        The farmer – going into the field to sow seed (the Gospel).


•   A healthy assembly will be active in all three
    ministries – believers will neglect none!
  The Outreach Ministry
Requires Preparatory Work

Acts 4:29-33 Example:
        • Prayer
        • Unity
Ezra 9-10 and Neh. 8
        • Confession of Sin
                           Prayer
•   The NT Church spent their time praying for boldness and for those
    being persecuted for their boldness (Acts 12:5; Phil. 1:19).
•   Hudson Taylor, who labored for the kingdom in China, had three
    important principles concerning prayer:
     1. You can work without praying, but it is a bad plan.
     2. You cannot pray in earnest without working.
     3. Do not be so busy with work for Christ that you have no
        strength left for praying. True praying requires strength.
•   Matthew Henry: “When God intends a great mercy for His people,
    the first thing He does is to set them a-praying”.
•   When John Wesley was asked from where he drew the strength
    and inspiration for his work he responded: “I resolve to devote an
    hour morning and evening to private prayer, no pretense or excuse
    whatsoever.”
                  Prayer (Cont.)
Charles Finney (18th century evangelist in America) said:
  “I have said, more than once, that the spirit of prayer that
  prevailed in those revivals [Great Awakening in America] was
  a very marked feature of them. It was common for young
  coverts to be freely exercised in prayer; and in some
  instances so much so, that they were constrained to pray
  whole nights, and until their bodily strength was quite
  exhausted, for the conversion of souls around them.”

• Believers don’t pray because there is either a dependency
  and/or a submission issue.
   – Lordship and prayer go hand in hand.
                                  Unity
Unity manifests the Glory of God (John 17:21-23). The early church obtained
   this unification with Christ – they knew the mind of Christ:
First Example
   These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication …” (Acts
   1:14). “When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one
   accord in one place …” (Acts 2:1).
   Result: Spirit filling (Acts 2:4), and 3000 souls are saved (Acts 2:41).
Second Example
   “They continuing daily with one accord …” (Acts 2:46).
   Result: “The Lord added to the church daily…” (Acts 2:47).
Third Example
   “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple …” (Acts 3:1).
   Result: A lame man was healed (Acts 3:8), and about 5000 souls were
   saved (Acts 4:4).
Fourth Example
   “… they lifted up their voice to God with one accord …” (Acts 4:24). “…
   those that believed were of one heart and of one soul …” (Acts 4:32).
   Result: “…all were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of
   God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).
                        Unity (Cont.)
Fifth Example
    “… they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch” (Acts 5:12).
    Result: “And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of
    men and women …” (Acts 5:14).
Sixth Example
    “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and
    preach Jesus Christ” (Acts 5:42).
    Result: “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was
    multiplied” (Acts 6:1).
Seventh Example
    “… there arose murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because
    their widows were neglected …” (Acts. 6:1).
    Note: For the first time, there is disunity, and the work of evangelism is
    hindered.
    Result: After the apostles gave direction to the Christian assembly (Chose
    deacons for the ministry to widows), which effectively resolved the problem,
    we read, “The saying pleased the whole multitude” (Acts 6:5). As a result of
    obtaining one mindedness again, “The word of God increased, and the
    number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly” (Acts 6:7).
                   Confessing Sin
• Short accounts with God makes the believer available for service
   – “Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. …If
     a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto
     honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto
     every good work” (2 Tim 2:19-21).
• The believer is either being filled by Holy Spirit, or grieving and
  quenching Him.
   – “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the
     Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with
     the Spirit” (Eph. 5:17-18).
   – “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the
     day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and
     clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And
     be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even
     as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you” (Eph. 4:30-32).
   – “Quench not the Spirit” (1 Thess. 5:19).
• “Measure your growth in grace by your sensitiveness to sin.”
                                             Oswald Chambers
                    Gospel Outreach
THE LORD’S THREE COMMANDS CONCERNING EVANGELISM:
• “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the
  Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His harvest” (Lk.
  10:2).
     – Prayer demonstrates dependence and submission to the Lord – such people are
       used for His glory!
•   “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to
    harvest” (Jn. 4:35).
     – We must be aware of the needs of others to properly serve them.
     – One has to venture into the field to gain the harvest

•   “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
    Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all
    things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always,
    even unto the end of the world” (Mt. 28:19-20).

• Pray ye, Look ye, and Go ye!
       WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHARING THE
             GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST?

• Great Commission was spoken to the disciples on three
  different occasions: Jerusalem - resurrection day (Mark, Luke
  and John), on a mountain in Galilee (Matthew), Mt. of Olives –
  ascension (Acts).
   – The disciples were responsible to evangelize.
   – Eleven disciples could not possibly be able to teach all nations
     all that Christ taught personally, but subsequent disciples could.
   – The Lord confirms the completion of His command (end of the
     Church age).

• The “Great Commission” is a propagating command to every
  Christian by Christ Himself to preach the gospel and then
  teach new coverts to “be” disciples of Christ until He returns.
   – The fact people still get saved verifies the command is still valid.
                        Evangelists
• Soul Winning is for Evangelists?
   – Why were evangelists given to the Church (Eph. 4:11-12)?
   – “For the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry for the
     edifying of the body of Christ.”
   – Evangelists equip the Church for evangelism and through example
     encourage saints to fulfill the Great Commission as a life style.

• Evaluation of discipleship plan vs. evangelists doing all the
  work:
  Statistical Evidence:
   – Evangelist Bill Fay reports only 15% of all those who come to Jesus
     Christ do so at an event (i.e. Billy Graham crusades, tent meetings,
     campus outreaches, etc.
   – There are not enough evangelists in the world to save it.
   – Big event crusades yield few converts that go on to live for Christ.
        Big Event Evangelism/Follow-up
Statistics from livingwater.com (Ray Comfort)
•   "A soul at the altar does not generate much excitement in some circles
    because we realize approximately ninety-five out of every hundred will
    not become integrated into the church. In fact, most of them will not
    return for a second visit." Charles E. Hackett, the Division of Home Missions
    National Director.

•   In 1991, organizers of a Salt Lake City concert encouraged follow-up. They
    said, "Less than five percent of those who respond to an altar call during a
    public crusade . . . are living a Christian life one year later."
•   A mass crusade reported 18,000 decisions, yet according to Church Growth
    magazine, ninety-four percent failed to become incorporated into a local
    church.
•   In the March/April 1993 American Horizon, disclosed the fact that in 1991,
    11,500 churches of a major U.S. denomination had obtained 294,784
    decisions for Christ. Unfortunately, they could find only 14,337 in fellowship.
    They couldn't account for 280,000 of their decisions.
                     Making Disciples
What would happen if every true Christian saw one person come to
Christ each year and then discipled that new convert for one year, and
then this repeated each year?

(# in billions) 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year       4th Year 5th Year 6th Year 7th Year
True Believers 0.195      0.380    0.975          1.901    3.707    7.415   14.098
World Pop.:       6.50    6.76     7.03           7.31     7.60     7.91     8.226
* Assumes: 100 million True Christians, a 2.5 % Mortality rate & 4.0 % pop. growth rate
* Missionfrontier.org reports 680 million evangelicals of 2 billion “Christian” population

Conclusion: The discipleship command of evangelizing the entire world
is “do-able”, but there is a problem – we are not being disciples

The present annual growth rate of evangelical Christianity is 5.6% not
100%.
                     What is the Problem?
•   The Coming Revival, by Bill Bright reports "only two percent of believers
    in America regularly share Christ with others" (New Life Pub., p. 65).
•   Emmaus Journal (Sept. 2005) reported:
     – 23 % felt motivated for Evangelism
     – 95 % said they had average to strong understanding of the Gospel
          • Survey of 400 people: faculty, staff, students, alumni, near by churches, and internet.

•   When are conversions occurring?
     – 74% by age 15, 94% by age 20 (Emmaus Journal – Sept. 2005).
     – 85% by age 18 (Bill Faye, evangelist from Colorado)

The Problem? Few Christians are sharing Christ with they unsaved!
     – The longer we wait the harder it becomes to share with our unsaved friends!
     – The unregenerated heart becomes harder with time!
     – The church meetings are for: prayer, lord’s supper, fellowship, teaching (Acts
       2:24). Paul said teaching serves believers, while tongues served as a sign to the
       lost – misplaced use in the church meetings (1 Cor. 14:22). Likewise the gospel
       message should be preached to the lost, the saved need pure milk of the Word.
          True Disciples Share Christ
Soul Winning is a Mark of a Disciple of Christ
• Our desire to be a disciple of Christ is a direct measure of how much we
  truly love Christ and believe His message. The reason we hold back from
  being fools for Christ, and seeing the mighty hand of God in our lives, is
  disbelief – we don’t trust God.
     – Through disbelief, the One who was offended for us, becomes an offense to us.

•   Oswald Chambers precisely identified the problem:
        “Jesus Christ always speaks from the source of things; consequently
        those who deal only with the surface find Him an offense.”

•   May each of us truly be committed to Christ and obey His commands:
    Pray for opportunities, look for opportunities and go when open doors of
    opportunity are available.

•   The Next Session: “Sowing Gospel Seeds”
Gospel Seed Sowing
     Session #2
                  Biblical Evaluation
Mysteries of the Kingdom: Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:3-20)
•   “Behold, there went out a sower to sow”. … “The sower soweth the word.”
•   “Way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan
    cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their
    hearts.”
•   “Stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive
    it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a
    time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake,
    immediately they are offended.”
•   “Among thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and
    the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke
    the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”
•   “Good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit,
    some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”

Summary: Believers are to follow the Lord’s example: Go out into the World
  (the field) sow (speak) the Word of God (the seed) into the hearts of men
  (the soils). God has already prepared some hearts to receive it!
    Examples of Broad Seed Sowing
•   The Lord sent the twelve to preach throughout Galilee (Luke 9).
•   The Lord sent the seventy to preach throughout Judea (Luke 10).
•   Paul preached “Publicly” and from “house to house” in Ephesus (Acts
    20:20).
•   Philip preach in Samaria (Acts 8:5).
•   Paul’s first missionary journey: Being sent – he went. He did not knowing
    where he was going – followed leading of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 13:4).
•   “They …fled unto Lystra and Derbe … and unto the region that lieth round
    about; and there they preached the gospel.” (Acts. 14:6-7)
•   Paul speaking to the Thessalonian believers: For from you sounded out the
    word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place
    your faith toward God is spread abroad. (1 Thess. 1:8)
•   Apollos spoke boldly in the synagogue at Ephesus (Acts 18:26).
•   Paul often spoke in synagogues (Acts 9:20)

Summary: There are many examples of broad seed sowing to a region or
  audience without knowing individuals, the follow up needed or the results.
   Effectiveness of Seed Sowing
Is Door to Door Work Effective?
Jehovah’s Witnesses
• In 1999, Jehovah’s Witnesses Worldwide reported that a total of nearly 6 million JW’s
   spent about 1.1 billion hours evangelizing in 234 countries.
• The Watchtower circulation per issue was 16,100,000 in 116 languages as of 1994.
• JWs are adding 45 new congregations per week


         JW Membership Growth Data
        Year                 Members
         1879                       1
         1893                     360
         1928                   44000
         1942                  115000
         1977                 2200000
         2005                 6000000
        2030*                18000000
        2055*                65000000
        2080*               230000000
Is Door to Door Work Effective?
Mormons
• They are sending out approximately 560,000 full-time missionaries and
  spending about 1.3 billion hours witnessing per year.
• Every Wednesday, 500 new Mormon missionaries report for 3 to 9 weeks of
  intensive training at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah.
• Conversion rate to Mormonism is 2,000 to 3,000 people per day (75% out of
  Christian churches).
• The Mormons are building nearly two new churches per day.


Is Door to Door Work Effective?
Answer:
  The Mormons and JW’s think so. Without the truth or the Holy Spirit’s
  assistance these cults are growing at an alarming rate worldwide.
• Broad Seed Sowing is for the purpose of gaining a harvest in the future!
Testimony of a Mormon Missionary
Report of one Mormon missionary working in Australia for 20 months:
•   Knocked on 16,554 doors, hoping to introduce himself and teach the gospel
•   Offered the gospel to 8,277 households
•   Placed 979 copies of The Book of Mormon with investigators or non-
    members
•   Found 8 converts in 8 different households (there were baptized)
•   Placed 11 copies of the Book of Mormon per week (less than 2 per day.)
•   Offered the gospel to 93 households per week
•   Found someone who accepted the gospel when offered at their home
    approximately every 2 ½ months and every 1,034 doors opened
     –   Sources:
          •   http://home.insightbb.com/%7Eluke418/page21.html
          •   http://www.contenderministries.org/jehovahswitnesses.php
          •   http://www.keepknocking.com/chapter3.htm
       Working Together as an Assembly
            in Gospel Seed Sowing
•   Door to door work – broad seed sowing (I like Seed Sowers, several prints)
•   Hand out tracts at events: concerts, races, fairs, festivals, movies (e.g. The
    Passion).
•   Booth at the county and state fairs: (refrigerator magnets, modern Gospel
    tracts).
•   Enter a float in a local parade (hand out candy and tracts in route).
•   Ice Cream in the Park
•   Devotionals in local newspaper or shopper.
•   Gospel flyers via bulk mailing.
•   Nursing home programs/chapel service.
•   Local rescue mission chapel service.
•   Park ministry after Sunday morning meetings.
•   Music in the Park program/gospel message.
•   After school Bible club.
•   Christmas Caroling (door to door work)
•   Sympathy cards to grieving family members (obituary list in paper)
Float in Parade
Booth at State Fair
Booth at State Fair
      Other Ideas for Personal Seed Sowing
1.     Tract Holder for Pocket/Purse. Keep holder with your car keys so anytime you
       leave home your equipped to give tracts throughout the day for different situations.
       Maintain an assortment of tracks. The holder keeps the tracts from being bent or
       torn. Evangelism is a life style.
2.     Evangecube. This is a pictorial way of conveying the gospel message. Children
       especially respond well to the presentation. www.evangecube.org
3.     Wordless Book and Variations. Five colors (gold, black, red, white, green) are
       used to express the gospel message. Could be shown in a color booklet, a key
       chain, heart pins, etc. Gospel Folio Press has heart pins/tracts (1-800-952-2382).
4.     Return Mail Envelopes. Instead of throwing away all those credit card
       applications in the trash, why not return a tract in the “no postage necessary”
       envelopes. We average four or five a week.
5.     Leave a Tract with Your Tip at a Restaurant. A good “Thank You” tract that also
       presents the gospel is a good choice. Be sure to leave a good tip.
6.     Leave Tracts in Restrooms. The Death and Life tracts are great for urinals – you
       get the message without picking up the tract. People will have a little more time in
       the stalls so leave them a bit more reading material.
7.     Year-End Evangelism. Call Christian distributors to see if they have sold all their
       devotional calendars or other gospel materials that are date sensitive. You may
       get significantly discounted materials to distribute your neighbors, friends, etc.
8.     Magnetic Verses. Put verses on your car. Christian Gospel Work (360-456-8421)
9.     Use your Home. Ladies’ tea, marriage/family counseling, neighbors for dinner.
10.    Cyber Mission Field. the online population 709.1 to 945 million in 2004, 231
       English users. USA Today reported 25% of users of searched for religious content.
Graduation Party
Tract Holder
Verse Magnet
Where Should We Sow Seeds?
  “Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
  Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in
  Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of
  the earth” (Acts 1:8).
• What is our Jerusalem and Samaria like?
• Demographic Analysis:
    “Racial” Makeup?      Ethnic Heritage?
    Social Difficulties?  Population growth?
    Evangelical Church Presence?
Kansas Ethnic Make Up
    Census year:                   2000                   1990
 White                               83.10 %                   88.4 %
 Black                                 5.70 %                  5.80 %
 Asian                                 1.70 %                  1.30 %

 Native American                       0.90 %                  0.90 %

 Mixed race                            2.10 %                          *
 Hispanic‡                             7.00 %                  3.80 %
    Hispanics may be of any race and are included in applicable race
    categories.
                 Religion in Kansas
• The religious affiliations of the people of Kansas are as follows:
• Christian – 82%
    – Protestant – 60%
        •   Methodist – 14%
        •   Baptist – 14%
        •   Lutheran – 4%
        •   Presbyterian – 3%
        •   Church of Christ – 3%
        •   Mennonite/Pietist – 1%
        •   Other Protestant – 21%
    – Roman Catholic – 20%
    – Other Christian – 2%
• Other Religions – 1%
• Non-Religious – 17%
          Evaluation of Evangelical
            Testimony in Kansas
Goal: To determine what cities and towns in Kansas over
  1000 population have no evangelical testimony.
• The means of doing the analysis was left open to better determine
  the best method of gaining the data.
• This is a cursory look only – detailed analysis is required for those
  areas in which the initial review shows no evangelical testimony.
• Some evangelical meetings will be missed:
    – No telephone listing
    – Evang. Lutheran, Community Churches, Church of Christ, Non-
      denomination may preach a sound gospel message, but generally were
      not included
• The analysis becomes difficult In metropolitan areas because
  suburbs become blurred in their church listings.
• Meetings such as Baptist, Alliance, Christian, Bible Church, E-Free,
  etc. were included as evangelical, but may not be evangelical!
• Many NT Assemblies (including Halls) have telephone directory
  listings
   Northeastern Zone
of Kansas (20 Counties)
   Approximately 45.1% of
     State’s Population
Lack of Evangelical Church Testimony

        No Evang. Church Testimony
        Strong Roman Catholic Area
 Summary NE Zone
Town or Cities Over 1000 Population

Without Evangelical Church Testimony

  City        County        Population

Grandview     Geary           1,218

Ogden         Riley           1,705

Seneca        Nemaha          2,342

Carbondale    Osage           1,701

Burlingame    Osage           1,090
Eastern Wisconsin

Approximately 25 % of
Wisconsin’s Population
Evangelical Testimony Evaluation
               Wisconsin Summary
No Evangelical Church Testimony (cursory findings):
   Eastern Zone (25% of Wisconsin’s population):
     – 3 cities over 10,000
     – 70 cities between 1,000 and 10,000
     – Very few towns < 1,000
   Southeastern Zone (46% of Wisconsin’s population):
     – 3 cities above 10,000
     – 26 cities between 1,000 to 10,000
   Southwestern Zone (13% of Wisconsin’s population):
     – 25 cities between 1,000 and 10,000
   Northern Zone (16% of Wisconsin’s population):
     – 18 cities between 1,000 and 10,000
Statewide:
     – 6 cities over 10,000
     – 139 cities between 1,000 and 10,000
     – Nearly no towns less than 1000 have an evangelical testimony
           Faithful Outreach Work
           Leads to New Churches
Biblical example for starting new assemblies:
1.   Outreach (Acts 13),
2.   Fundamentals are taught (Acts 14:22),
3.   Leadership recognized (Acts 14:23),
4.   Deeper teaching (Acts 15:36),
5.   Vision for new churches (Acts 15:41)


     May the Lord give us a heart for the unsaved
     and the boldness to be faithful seed sowers!
Personal Evangelism
  Fishing for Men!
     Session #3
        Being a Witness for Christ
• A witness provides and accurate and complete
  testimony of what he or she knows.
• Two General Steps to being a Witness for Christ:
1. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
   works, and glorify your father, who is in heaven” (Mt. 5:16).
2. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to
   give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope
   that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Pet. 3:15).
• Generally people first respond to what they see and then
  to what they hear: We must live the gospel to have the
  privilege of sharing it effectively.
   – If you are kind and friendly, you can make a connecting with
     someone in just a few minutes and share Christ with them.
           True Disciples Share Christ
Why do we pull back from sharing our Faith?
• Fear: But the Christian is only to fear God, not man, nor Satan (Mt.
  10:28).
• Inadequate Knowledge of Scripture: If you are saved – you know
  enough to share.
   – A witness just shares what he or she knows! Say something.
• Making People Feel Uncomfortable: The gospel is offensive to the
  lost, but we don’t have to be. Follow the Lord’s techniques:
   – With lawyer the Lord ask questions and referred to Scripture (Lk.
      10:25).
   – With the rich young man He clarified “good,” and then showed
      him who he really served – his money, not God (Mt. 19:16-22).
              Success In Evangelism
What is considered being successful in evangelism?
• “How beautiful are the feet that preach the Gospel of peace” (Rom.
  10:15).
• “So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but
  God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters
  are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his
  own labor” (1 Cor. 3:7-8).
Answer: Sharing the Gospel is evangelism; only God gives the
  increase.
• The work is normally done by many individual and in stages –
  harvests do not come overnight.
• If there is no broad seed sowing (door to door work, flyers, personal
  contacts to share gospel, signs, etc.) then there is no harvest later.
    Personal Evangelism (Step #1)
Connecting and Probing
•   Listen and ask questions (your probing for pain and gaining info).

Possible Questions to Transition into Spiritual Conversation:
1. Do you have any kind of spiritual believe (Don’t talk about God, Christ, etc.
   – yet).
2. Do you go to church any where? If so, ask them “How does a ________ get
   to heaven?”
3. How are you doing in spiritual things?
4. Do you ever think about eternity? Its a long time you know.
5. Are you good enough to go to heaven?
6. Do you think there is a heaven and hell? If you died at this moment where
   would you go?
7. If what you believe is not true, would you want to know about it? Wait. If “no”
   end visit & wait.
8. For sale’s calls: “I can only talk to a good person – are you a good person?”
9. Have you had your sins forgiven?
    Personal Evangelism (Step #2)
Getting out of God’s Way (Allowing Spirit of
 God and Word of God to Work)
(1) Using your Bible (Don’t ask permission – “I will show you in two
    minutes how you can know you will go to heaven when you die.”)
Tips on your “Evangelism Bible”:
•   Should be a concealed weapon quickly deployed (in back or coat pocket).
•   Large Bibles can be intimidating and they will see it before you’re ready.
•   Print large enough to read and clear of markings and highlights (except for
    key words).
Tips on using your “Evangelism Bible”:
•   Have individual read Scripture aloud: “Faith comes by hearing and hearing
    by the word of God.”
•   Use the Lord’s approach with lawyer in Lk. 10:26: Ask questions, refer the
    hearer to Scripture.
•   If bad answer, reread verse again, or go to another verse. Go on when you
    have right answer.
 Personal Evangelism (Step #2)
(2) Handling scoffing when the Bible comes
  out:
• The hearer claims, “The Bible has been over translated
  and has many errors.”
  Your response: “Well perhaps you can show me what
  you are talking about?” If they hesitate just say, “I have
  been studying it a long time and haven’t found any
  either.”

• The hearer claims, “There are many translations?
  Your response: “Yes, but the translations all say the
  same thing.”
  Personal Evangelism (Step 2)
3) Approaches in Sharing Gospel (There are
  many):
• ROMAN ROAD APPROACH: Romans 3:23, 6:23, 1:16, 5:8 and
  10:9-10
• JOHN APPROACH (Use Rom. 3:23, 6:23) Then John 3:3, 3:16,
  3:18, 5:24, 6:47, 14:6
   – Ask after each verse, “According to this verse what must you do to be
     saved?”
• ARE YOU A GOOD PERSON APPROACH (Ray Comfort):
   – Using the Ten Commandments to show sin, direct accountability to
     God, a guilty position before God, and to be thankful for the Christ.
   – The Law shows sin (Rom. 3:20) and points the sinner to the solution –
     Christ (Gal. 3:24).
   – Referring to the law bypasses the intellect to address the conscience –
     where we are all on common ground (Rom. 2:15).
    Personal Evangelism (Step #3)
Close – When you sense that someone is ready to make a decision for
   Christ, stop with the approach, and give him or her an invitation to do
   so.
• Summarize what has been learned by asking some questions. Wait for
   answers & prayer while waiting.

•   If Yes, have them pray, but don’t lead them in a “sinner’s prayer.” Pray
    afterwards/clean up problems.

•   If No, Jn. 3:18, 3:36 – you can’t ride the fence – you either believe or you
    don’t (rejection invites God’s wrath).

A Word About Methods:
• D.L. Moody was criticized for his mass evangelism methods, and he replied
   to his critic, "I don't like them either. What methods do you use?" When the
   critic indicated that he didn't use any evangelistic tools or activities, Moody
   said, "Well, I like the way I do it better than the way you don't."
           Possible Reasons Someone
             May Reject the Gospel
(1) I am not ready yet!
     Have them read Roman 1:18 (God may not give them another chance –they may die)
(2) I am having too much fun!
     Have them read 2 Thess. 2:10-12 (There is coming a time when God will not allow
     those to be saved who rejected the gospel because of having fun in the world).
(3) I want to think about it!
     Ask them, “Have I presented the gospel clearly to you?” “If you die at your next party
     where does God’s word say you will spend eternity?” Match tenor of response with
     tenor of comment.
(4) I am too big of a sinner!
     Have them read 1 Cor. 6:9-11. Use Paul as an example – he was a murderer, a chief
     of sinners and God forgave him (1 Tim. 1:5, Acts 9:1). Ask them “What kind of people
     does God forgive?” The worst of mankind – and He can forgive you too (2 Pet. 3:9).
(5) I will lose my family and friends!
     Have them read Matthew 10:32-38. “You probably will lose most of your friends, but
     they will see a change in you and then you can explain what has happened because
     you care about them.”
(6) Too simple, too easy to go to heaven!
     “You’re right! God made the way easy enough for a child to understand it and believe.
     Use a tract, one $ bill, pen or something else for a gift illustration. You can’t earn it
     you must receive it.
          George Street
8 Minute Audio Clip Personal Seed Sowing
  – Please ignore the Baptist flavoring and
    appreciate the testimony
Are You a Disciple of Christ?
   Why call ye me, Lord, Lord,
     and do not the things
    which I say (Lk. 6:46)?

       The Lord Said:
 “Pray Ye,” Look Ye,” Go Ye”

				
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