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Introduction
Isaiah 61:1 to 3

Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is on Me; because Jehovah has anointed Me
    to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted,
    to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are
    bound;
Isa 61:2 to preach the acceptable year of Jehovah and the day of vengeance of our
    God; to comfort all who mourn;
Isa 61:3 to appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the
    oil of joy for mourning, the mantle of praise for the spirit of heaviness; so that
    they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that He
    might be glorified.

The LORD fills our mouths with His Word – Peter

Come on we are anointed to preach the good news. God has anointed us, and if He
has anointed us we CANNOT and WILL NOT FAIL!!!!! Our responsibility is to Preach
the Good News, which can also be translated as Gospel. God assumes the
responsibility for the rest. PREACH THE GOSPEL YOU ARE ANOINTED IN THE
POWER OF CHRIST JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO DO SO. GOD HAS
FILLED YOUR MOUTHS WITH HIS WORDS.

When we do this God is with us.
Where do you see God when You share the Gospel?
What expression do You see on His face?

Transition into this weeks training
Last week we covered most of Evanglism Training Volume 1.
Tonight we are going to spend most of our time going through a Gospel Presentation
outline.
Most of what is in this outline is also in your books
Your books actually contain a lot more but the EE3 outline provides us with a way to
ensure we are prepared to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ effectively when God
opens the opportunity for us to do so.

When you recite any outline to another person, strive for smooth flow of the
presentation.
Be careful to avoid trying to stick to the outline verbatim, since as we learned last
week people are all unique and we need to allow the Holy Spirit to direct us through
sharing the Good News with every person.
The way to become well prepared in season and out is to practice, and to keep on
practicing
Gospel presentation
Introduction
Secular life
Begin with casual conversation
Don’t rush straight into the presentation
BE RELAXED and CONFIDENT – Remember: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is
upon you, because the LORD has anointed you to preach the Gospel of Jesus
Christ.
You are not alone.
Ask questions that relate to the person you are speaking to.
For example:

 What do you do for a living?
 Are you married? And so on.

If you know the person you will need to adjust the questions so that they relate to
how things are going at work, etc.

It is important to let the person speak freely and openly so that they feel comfortable.
Most people don’t really know how to listen.
Show a genuine interest.
It is always amazing to me just how many people will genuinely open up when they
feel safe and that the person they are speaking to is actually listening and genuinely
interested and concerned.
The interest and concern must not be superficial because people are experts at
picking up when we are not genuine.
It is imperative that we take this time to listen carefully to what the person is saying,
remembering to identify and differentiate between wants, needs and the underlying
needs expressed through the wants.

There are 3 major psychological factors that facilitate and promote open sharing and
the potential for genuine change. These are:

 A supportive and trusting relationship
 An opportunity to open up and talk freely
 Positive expectations for change where needs are identified

When listening it is also important to remember that people are all different, and we
all communicate differently. When people speak we need to be very careful not to
misinterpret what they are saying. Rather clarify before jumping to conclusions.

We all have different levels of knowledge of different subjects, depending on such
factors as our age, education, training, experience.... The diagram below illustrates
this in relation to vocabulary.
In terms of time, my children learnt that events happened after one or two
sleeps - then nights/days - weeks - years. How old does a child have to be
before it expects a birthday next week just because another child has just had
a celebration? How old were you before you could really appreciate what was
meant by a decade? Does a century or millennium mean much to you?

For money, small children will always accept a bright shiny small coin even if
it is not worth as much as a larger duller one, or a bit of paper. How old were
you before you could really appreciate what $1,000 meant - or $100,000? You
may think you could easily spend $1m - three houses or cars, perhaps? The
answer is that you have to have experienced the words, time or money, to
bring them into your inner sphere of experience.

When talking or writing to other people, bear in mind that their sphere of
experience of the words or subject may be less than yours, so adopt the
appropriate channel and code to get your message across effectively. Of
course, if their Sphere of experience is greater than yours be careful that you
do not bore them!

a)   Know your subject - analyse problem
b)   Know your receiver - what is required – Sphere of Experience diagram
c)   Develop skills - speaking, writing, listening, and reading
d)   Always try to detect the feeling or emotion that is behind the words

Their Church Background
A nice way to move the conversation toward Church by saying something like, “What
church do you attend?”
Listening to the person’s answer will give you a very good idea of where this person
stands with respect to the Lord.

Our Church
If the person was a visitor at our Church it is always important to find out what drew
them to visit, how they enjoyed the service, and to ask if they noticed anything
different about the congregation.
These questions are once again leading because they provide you with insight into
the direction you might need to take when sharing the Gospel with the person.
They can provide key insight into the person’s needs and wants.

Testimony
It is always very important to prepare what you might say when you need to give a
testimony, either related to your:
 Personal or
 Church experience

Your testimony might take any one of many directions.
This will be determined by key insights you have received from taking the time to
listen carefully to the person you are speaking to, and also from the leading of the
Holy Spirit.
It is important to realise that before you minister to the person in a specific area look
for confirmation in the Holy Spirit first.
Sometimes you might detect something God is not ready to deal with in the person
and the Lord might want to take a completely different route to the one we think is the
most obvious.

Your testimony might take any one of the following directions:

 Your own conversion experience,
 How you have experienced God’s intimacy in your own life,
 What God has done for you in similar situations, (Be careful here not to down
  play what the person has already shared with you. We can often come across as
  “being competitive or insensitive” when we share what God has done for us.)
 What the church you attend has done in your life,
 What attending church has meant to you

Transition
Transitional devices are words, phrases, clauses or sentences that improve
the flow of communication by leading the reader or listener logically from one
point to the next.

How many times do you read items or listen to presentations, in which there is
no flow, where the writer/speaker jumps about from topic to topic, even going
backwards at times to add more to previously covered topics?

The somewhat unwieldy term transitional devices probably mean that you will
remember it, but you may feel happier with the simpler terms of connecting, or
linking, devices.

The important thing is to ensure that you use them wisely. If what you are
saying or writing is well thought out, and then you will need few, because the
structure of your argument will be obvious. But even in these cases, some
well-chosen, apt transitional devices can greatly assist your audience.

This is your chance to speak, but remember AVOID speaking down to people.
Beware of your attitude lest you convey: “Would you like ME (wise guy) to tell YOU
(stupid) how you can get smart (like I am)”.

The transitional device used in the outline you have in front of you is:

May I ask you a question?

You have listened intently and you have earned the right to ask more detailed and
more personal questions.
Use this transitional device to lead into the two diagnostic questions, which
are:

Question 1:
Have you come to a place in your spiritual life where you know for certain that if you
were to die today you would go to heaven?

1Jo 5:13 I have written these things to you who believe on the name of the Son of
   God, that you may know that you have everlasting life, and that you may believe
   on the name of the Son of God.

May I share with you how I made that we can be sure?

Question 2:
Before I share with you let me ask you another question, which I think really
crystallises our thinking on the matter. This was a question that was very helpful to
me. A minister asked me this one-day:

Suppose that you were to die and stand before God and he were to say to you, “Why
should I let you into my heaven?” What would you say?

This question enables us to discern upon what foundation one is trusting for eternal
life.
From the answer given, you then know what the person is truly trusting for eternal
life.
It is helpful at this point to rephrase the answer once they have given you their
answer.
This will help preclude saying at the end, “Oh, I’ve always believed in Jesus Christ
and trusted Him alone for Salvation” or “that isn’t exactly what I meant”.
Often when you ask this question people might reply saying, “I don’t know”.
This obviously doesn’t tell you anything about what the person is trusting in for
Salvation, and it is very important that we know the answer to this question before we
continue with the Gospel Presentation.
Here are several methods that are recommended to get an answer that will be more
helpful. These include:

Change the wording – Stress the significance and importance of the question. You
could say something like, “That’s really a thought provoking question, isn’t it? When I
first heard it I was no Theologian but I did have enough sense to realise that it’s truly
a significant question. I came to realise that it’s the most important question in the
world. If I could not give God the right answer I would miss heaven. And the other
option isn’t too pleasant to think about.

I know you don’t have a theological dissertation prepared on the subject but just
offhand, what comes to your mind? What do you think you would say if he ask you,
„Why should I let you into my heaven?’”

Make the question general – If you still don’t get a suitable answer change the
question from personal to general. “Well, I sort of felt the same way. That’s a difficult
question to answer. Let me change the question and take the spotlight off you. You
have some religious education and I am sure you gathered some ideas as to what
the entrance requirements into heaven are. I would be interested in what you think
the entrance requirements for anyone to get into heaven are”.
Tell what your answer was – If the person is still evasive, you might as a last resort,
say, “Well, here is what I thought. You have to keep the Golden rule and live by the
Ten Commandments, be a good citizen, neighbour and not hurt anyone intentionally.
Are these the ideas that have been going through your mind?”
This is dangerous though because you are putting out words for him to claim as his
own. This tends to be leading. The only reason this approach is used is that by this
time your prospect has given good evidence that he is not trusting Christ and is
probably trusting some form of good works but has not been able to verbalise it.

Agree that the person really doesn’t know – “I can see that you just don’t feel
comfortable or ready to answer this question right now. Perhaps as we look at what
the Bible says about this, it will become clearer to you”.

Dealing with a wrong answer
It is best not to answer directly by saying, “That’s incorrect” or “You are wrong”.
Even trying a more diplomatic approach by saying, “You answer is interesting but it
raises a number question”, isn’t always the best approach.
It is recommended that you rather answer by saying something like, “You know,
when you answered the first question, I thought I had some good news for you. But
after hearing your answer to this second question, I know that I have Good News for
you. In fact, I would go as far as to say that in the next sixty seconds you are going
to hear the greatest news you have ever heard in your entire life! That’s quite a
statement, isn’t it? Well, let’s see if I can back it up. All my life I thought just what
you said. If ever I were to get into heaven I would have to earn, deserve or merit it.
And then I discovered the most wonderful thing in the world. According to the Bible,
heaven – eternal life – is absolutely a free gift! Isn’t that amazing?

Brief Review
By this time you have come far from the initial conversation. Now your prospect
knows you are knowledgeable about God and His Kingdom. You are now ready to
present the facts of the Gospel

The Gospel itself
Gospel Elements
We must learn to present the Gospel according to a plan.
This is what we will now go through.
We are now going to present the Gospel.
If we want to be successful and balanced we should present at least five Gospel
elements:

 God,                 --       God is holy and just and must punish sin
 Man/Sin      --      Man cannot save himself
 Saviour      --      Christ is God - He offers heaven as a gift, His death on the
                       cross was for our sins, the meaning of grace and the meaning
                       of faith
 Response --          Confess, Believe, Repent and Receive
 Promises --          Assurance of Salvation

We will deal with these elements in some detail in the next section.
Grace
Common worldly belief and accepted social norms say teach, “God helps those who
help themselves”.
We are also all brought up to believe that every person must carry their own load.
Now this is Scriptural, but when it is applied to the understanding of Grace it can be
eternally fatal.
God has revealed himself as “the Help of the helpless”.
He's a sinner's Saviour
He's the only one qualified to be an all sufficient Saviour
He supplies strength for the weak....He's available for the tempted and the tried....He
sympathizes and He saves....He strengthens and sustains....He guards and He
guides....He heals the sick....He cleanses lepers....He forgives sinners....He
discharges debtors....He delivers captives....He defends the feeble....He blesses the
young....He serves the unfortunate....He regards the aged....He rewards the
diligent....and He beautifies the meek.......
As long as a person thinks they must contribute their own efforts to the work of God,
they do not understand their true condition and the work of Christ. They do not
realise that sin has incapacitated them so that they cannot do anything meritorious in
God’s sight. Neither do they know the all sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice.
By adding their own supposed goodness to the work of our Lord Jesus Christ we say
we believe Christ’s work is insufficient.
Paul teaches in Rom 11:6 that grace and works are mutually exclusive. “If by grace,
then it is no more of works: otherwise work is no more work.”
This must be communicated so that the person you are sharing the Gospel with can
make a Good profession.
For salvation one might be trusting:

 Wholly in Christ
 Wholly in self or
 Partially in Christ and partially in self

It has been said, “Grace is not the thread of gold decorating the garment, rather, like
the ancient mercy seat, it is pure gold through and through.”

We start the Gospel presentation by confirming that heaven is a free gift. Rom 6:23
It is not earned or deserved. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
You can use the “Friend’s gift” as an example

Transition
This can be seen more clearly when we understand what the Bible says about man.

Man
Man is a sinner
Romans 3:23
Most people know that they are sinners even though they don’t necessarily realise
the seriousness of that state. Many also conclude, “everyone sins, so it cant be that
bad”, or “Yes, I am a sinner, but not so bad that I wont get into heaven”.
So what is sin?
Sin is doing anything or not doing anything that is contrary to the will of God.
To reflect the seriousness of the last statement you can use an example of 3 sins a
day times the number of days in a year and the average number of years in a life
time.
Then contrast it with the example of stealing a sweet from a shop or stealing a
motorcar.
Gods’ standard is perfection. (Matt 5:48)

Man cannot save himself
Omelette with Bad Egg – it doesn’t matter what you do with the omelette, it is
impossible to separate the bad egg once it has been mixed in, and the whole
omelette is ruined.
Prov 14:12
You might say, “You understand now that God’s standard is perfection, and none of
us have come up to it, it is impossible for anyone to get to heaven by doing enough
good things?”

God
It is important to relate the true nature of God at this stage, since many people only
see God from one of two perspectives:

 God is angry and just waiting to condemn and punish us
         o A person can be left feeling that what they have done God cant
             possibly forgive
 God is only love and He would never do anything to harm us
         o The problem with this is, if God is love and we sin, it doesn’t really
             matter because He loves everyone we will all be saved
         o There was once a lady who when she heard that God would judge
             and condemn sinners said, “My God would never do that!” The person
             ministering answered her saying, “Madam, you are quite right! Your
             god would never do that. The problem is, your god doesn’t exist
             except in your own mind. You have created a god in your own image
             and one that suits your lifestyle, according to your own liking, and now
             you have fallen down and worshipped him. This is idolatry”.

The truth is that God is:

 Merciful and therefore doesn’t want to punish us.

 Just and must therefore punish sin. We can avoid many arguments on the justice
  and righteousness of God if we will first deal clearly with the great biblical truth
  that God is Love. And after expounding on His mercy, grace and love we can
  then introduce the subject of His justice in the following way, “But the same Bible
  that tells us God is merciful and loving also tells us that the same God is just and
  righteous and must deal with sin”.
           o Exodus 34:7b
           o Bank robber whose father is the judge

Transition
God solved this problem in the person of Jesus Christ

Christ
Who He is
He is the infinite God-Man
John 1:1,14
Col 1:
John 20:18

What did He do?
He died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins and to
purchase a place in heaven for us which He offers as a gift.
For our sake, He was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was
buried. On the third day He roes again in accordance with the Scriptures. He
ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His Kingdom will
have no end. (Nicene Creed)
You can take the human predicament and make an equation out of it. Man’s
sinfulness plus God’s justice can equal only one thing: Eternal hell for man. That is
what we deserve. However, there is the factor of God’s love, again one answer is
possible: the cross of Christ. Because God loved His people with an everlasting
love, it was necessary that Christ provide redemption through the Blood of His cross.
The death of Christ has no maning for a man until the concept of the imputation
grasps his soul as it did Martin Luther’s.
One must see that his sins were laid to Christ.
He must realise that Christ assumed his guilt.
As Paul put it, God made Christ to be sin for us that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him.
The cross has meaning for a man when he knows, further, that the Father laid upon
the Son the hell that every sinner deserves.
Let a man see his sin on Christ on the cross and then that cross has meaning for
him.
Record Book – Transfer of the book of our sins from the hand representing self to the
hand representing Christ and the subsequent falling of the wrath of God upon that
sin. This is used to illustrate what Christ has done for us.
Tetelestai means paid in full. That is what Jesus did for you. He paid for your sins in full on
the cross.
G-R-A-C-E

Transition
This gift is received by faith

Faith
Faith is the point of personal appropriation of eternal life. The issue here is the true
concept of saving faith.

What it is not:
Mere intellectual assent
The devil
James 2:19
Matt 8:29
Mere Temporal faith
Another substitute for saving faith trusts the Lord for temporal well being while
trusting self for eternal life.
This might be for travelling mercies, health, or financial needs.
This is not trusting Jesus Christ for the eternal well being of our soul.
Key to heaven
What it is
Trusting in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life
Acts 16:31
Act 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, and
    your household.
The Chair
As you present the gospel, keeping the not of “what are you trusting in for salvation?”
you can effectively illustrate the meaning of saving faith with the use of an empty
chair.
The chair you are sitting in can represent all you once trusted for eternal life. By
actually moving from the “chair of your own good works” to the “chair of Jesus Christ”
you visually and verbally illustrate the meaning of trusting Christ alone for Salvation.
Just as you are no longer in the chair of your good works, but in the chair of Jesus
Christ, so you have transferred your trust for eternal life from yourself to the Lord.

The motive for living a godly life
Love for Christ Jesus and thankfulness.
Once again you can use an example of someone saving your life or giving you a very
very expensive gift and how that would make you feel.

Commitment
This is where we determine if we should go on?

The qualifying question
Does this make any sense to you?

Commitment question
Would you like to receive the gift of eternal life?

Clarification of commitment

So we continue by saying, “Let me clarify this”
Transfer trust
Receive the resurrected and living Christ
Receive Christ as Saviour
Receive Christ as Lord
Repent

Prayer of commitment
In the prayer itself it is recommended that three parts are included:

Pray for the person that god would give them faith and repentance
Pray with the person in the actual commitment almost any statement from the gospel
outline is appropriate here, allowing him to repeat it after you
Pray for the person that the Holy Spirit will grant them assurance. Give the Spirit of
God some time to seal these things to his heart (an example of such prayer is at the
end of the longer presentation)

The assurance of salvation

				
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