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Evangelism 101

Pastor Jason Armold

‡ Get out of the stands and get into the game ‡ Central mission: Deliver a message from Jesus to someone He died for! ‡ How to communicate Jesus:
± The method is sharing: share in humility, not condemning ± The Persuader is the Holy Spirit: only God can do the work, you just be His speaker

± The authority is God s Word: it is not about your opinion, have confidence in His Word ± The message is JESUS: it s not about you, it s not about your church A Message about a relationship Life s most important relationship! There s a relationship you re created to have

‡ Colossians 1:16 ‡ 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

‡ It s a relationship you don t have because of what you ve done ‡ Isaiah 53:6 ‡ 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. ‡ Isaiah 59:2 ‡ 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. ‡ Ephesians 2:8-9 ‡ 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

‡ It s a relationship you can have because of what Jesus did ‡ 1 Peter 3:18 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, ‡ John 3:16 ‡ 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

‡ It s a relationship you must choose ‡ Acts 3:19 ‡ 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, ‡ John 1:12 ‡ 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

‡ First, Christianity begins with an accurate diagnosis of the human dilemma. ‡ The problem is a moral one: our guilt before a holy God. ‡ God created us and established the moral dimensions for our lives. ‡ We blew it. ‡ All have sinned (Romans 3:23) and are alienated from God

‡ Second, Christianity provides the only answer to sin. ‡ God Himself has reached across the divide that separates us from Him in order to bring us back. ‡ Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid the price for our sins, justifying the demands of a righteous God. ‡ God is both the just and the One who justifies (Romans 3:26). ‡ Since it is humans who commit sin, only a human being can pay the penalty. But since sin offends the infinite God, the penalty is infinite which means only God can pay it. God becomes man in the person of His Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sin. ‡ Jesus death is not the end of the story, He was resurrected and lives forevermore. We can be free from sin because of what HE did! ‡ The Gospel transforms our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.

‡ Third, Christianity s offer of salvation is based on historical truth. ‡ The final element that sets us apart from all other religions is that it is not based on some evolutionary projection millions of years into the future or on some extraterrestrial fantasy, but on a historical event at a specific time and place: the crucifixion of Christ during the Jewish Passover in Jerusalem in the year A.D. 30 and His resurrection three days later. ‡ This historical event, over the last 2000 years, has withstood every imaginable assault. What skeptics overlook is that the empty tomb was a historical fact, verifiable by ordinary observation like any other historical fact. It was acknowledged by the soldiers who guarded the tomb, and verified by Christ s appearance to five hundred witnesses. The original disciples refused to renounce Jesus, even though they were persecuted, tortured and martyred. ‡ People will die for something they believe to be true, but they will never die for something they know to be false!

‡ Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 ‡ Without a proper foundation, buildings don t stand, civilizations don t last, and Christians don t witness well! ‡ Know what you believe, build on the proper foundation. This is the first step in being a true witness for Christ!

‡ God loves you and those He wants you to witness to: John 3:16 ‡ 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. ‡ Man is sinful and separated from God: Romans 3:23 ‡ 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

‡ Jesus Christ is God s only provision for man s sin: Romans 5:8 ‡ 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ‡ We must individually receive Jesus as Savior and Lord: Romans 10:9 ‡ 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

‡ There are many Christians who are convinced that answering the intellectual questions of unbelievers is a waste of time. ‡ But Christianity thrives on intelligence, not ignorance! ‡ If a real Reformation is to precede the revival for which we pray, it must be something of the mind as well as the heart!

‡ We are to love God with the mind as well the heart and soul. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (also Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27) ‡ Most Christians today seem to prefer experiencing Christianity (notice I did not say God) to thinking about or explaining it. ‡ Consider these verses:

‡ Matthew 13:23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. They all heard it, but only the good ground understood it. ‡ Acts 8:30-31 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, Do you understand what you are reading? 31 And he said, How can I, unless someone guides me? And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.

‡ Acts 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks. ‡ Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. ‡ 2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences. Vine s expository explains it like this: to apply persuasion, to prevail upon or win over, bringing about a change of mind by the influence of reason or moral considerations. ‡ Can there be understanding without reasoning? The Bible would appear to say no. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

How to be Effective
‡ Go to people. The heart of evangelism is Christians taking the initiative to go out and fish for men . How was Paul effective? Acts 17:17 Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. ‡ Communicate with people. Engage them. Sharing the Gospel involves communication. People must be focused on and then understand the Gospel to respond to it. It is our responsibility to make it as clear as possible for all who will listen. 2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;

‡ Relate to people. Effective witness involves not only the transmission of biblical information; it also includes establishing a relationship with the other person. Hearts as well as heads must meet. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

‡ Remove barriers. Part of our responsibility involves the skills to eliminate obstacles, real or imagined, which keep an individual from taking the Christian message seriously. Sometimes our task is one of spiritual demolition , of removing the false so the seeds of truth can take root. Apologetics sometimes serves in this capacity. ‡ Explain the Gospel to others. We need an army of Christians who can consistently and clearly present the message to as many people as possible. Luke says of Lydia, The Lord opened her heart so that she heeded the things which were spoken by Paul (Acts 16:14) Four essential elements in sharing the Gospel:
± ± ± ± Someone talking Gospel spoken Someone listening God opening the heart

‡ Invite others to receive Christ. We can be clear in presentation, but ineffective because we fail to give someone the opportunity and encouragement to take that first major step of faith. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we beg you in Christ s behalf, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20) ‡ Make every effort by every means to establish them in the faith. Stay with them, ground them in the Scripture, help them gain assurance of their salvation, and get them active in a vital, life giving fellowship/church.

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