““The Great Commission –
Biblical Directives and
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.
• 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
– 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%
Hinduism 1,081,051 237%
Unitarian Universalist 887,703 25%
Native American Religion 145,363 119%
Baha'i 118,549 200%
New Age 95,968 240%
Note: Christianity numbers unfortunately include Mormons and JWs
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%
Saints/Mormon 2,487,000 2,697,000 1.30% 8%
Churches of Christ 1,769,000 2,593,000 1.20% 47%
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
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
1958 8 15
1975 11 15
1991 15 18 1253
2004 (1 KLC) (3 KLC)
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:
Ezra 9-10 and Neh. 8
• Confession of Sin
• 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
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 manifests the Glory of God (John 17:21-23). The early church obtained
this unification with Christ – they knew the mind of Christ:
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).
“They continuing daily with one accord …” (Acts 2:46).
Result: “The Lord added to the church daily…” (Acts 2:47).
“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).
“… 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).
“… 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).
“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).
“… 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
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).
• 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
– “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.”
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.
– 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 –
– 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
• 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.
• 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
– 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
• 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
• 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.
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
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
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
• “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
• 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?
• 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
Is Door to Door Work Effective?
• 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
• The Mormons are building nearly two new churches per day.
Is Door to Door Work Effective?
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-
• 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
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
• Booth at the county and state fairs: (refrigerator magnets, modern Gospel
• 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.
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
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
• 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
of Kansas (20 Counties)
Approximately 45.1% of
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
Approximately 25 % of
Evangelical Testimony Evaluation
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
– 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!
Fishing for Men!
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.
• 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.
– 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.
• “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
• 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.
2. Do you go to church any where? If so, ask them “How does a ________ get
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
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
• 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
• The hearer claims, “There are many translations?
Your response: “Yes, but the translations all say the
Personal Evangelism (Step 2)
3) Approaches in Sharing Gospel (There are
• ROMAN ROAD APPROACH: Romans 3:23, 6:23, 1:16, 5:8 and
• 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
• 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
• 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.
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”