God has entrusted us ALL with a sphere of influence. The best tool to reach the people in your sphere is small groups —intentional community. People’s lives are rarely changed by information, they are changed relationally. Life change always happens in the context of relationships.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (LBP) Let’s put on our thinking caps and come up with some good strategies for stirring one another up to greater and greater love and more and more ways to put it into action. Some people have got out of the habit of gathering together . . . let’s not go down that path. Gather often, support and encourage one another.
We’ve learned that the 3 ways we are to shine for Jesus is by (1) sharing with others what God is/has done in our lives, (2) doing good deeds that spread God’s love, and (3) gathering together to support and encourage one another.
What picture comes to mind when you think of the word “evangelist?” Do you see a person in a wild suit, white shoes, in a tent, screaming at people to repent, with an organ playing behind them? What do you see?
What does real evangelism look like? The answer is simple. Describe the person most responsible for you coming to Christ. You’ll probably use words like kind, patient, friendly, caring, and loving.
Acts 1:8 (NIV) You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Notice our role in evangelism. God did NOT make us the prosecutor, defense attorney, or judge. He simply asked us to be a witness—someone who tells people the difference God has made in their life. God has NOT called us to prosecute people or defend the gospel.
A recent Gallup Poll discovered that 65 million Americans have no church home, but 34 million of them would go to church if someone invited them. Sadly, 7 out of 10 unchur-ched people have never been invited to church their whole life.
Mark 1:17 (AMP) Come after Me [as disciples—letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men!
Jesus wants to teach you how to use your life to impact some-one else’s life. If you’re a follower of Jesus, followers fish!
For The Church To Rediscover Evangelism, We Need To:
- Become aware. Evangelism is part of your destiny.
2 Corinthians 5:20 (NLT) So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us.
- Understand how the process works.
1 Corinthians 3:6 (TLB) My work was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos’ work was to water it, but it was God, not we, who made the garden grow in your hearts.
-6 – Resistant – Far from God because of hurt or fear.
-5 – Receptive – They’re not seeking, but they’re now open.
-4 – Seeking – They’re starting to look and ask questions.
-3 – Considering – Life stinks & they realize it could be different.
-2 – Understanding – They start seeing what God is really about.
-1 – Ready – This is the 34 million people waiting on an invitation.
0 – New life in Christ – They start a real relationship with God.
+1 – Belonging – You found a good church & small group.
+2 – Discovering – You’re finding out what God has for your life.
+3 – Serving – You’ll never truly be fulfilled until you’re here.
+4 – Sharing – You found your ministry & are helping others.
- Commit to prayer. Make a list of your loved ones and commit them to prayer. How?
- Pray that the Father would draw them to Jesus (John 6:44).
- Pray against the spirit that blinds their mind (2 Corinthians 4:4).
- Pray that they come to know God relationally (Romans 8:15).
- Pray that believers will cross their paths and enter into positive relationships with them (Matthew 9:38).
Pray for a revelation of who Jesus is and what He has done for them personally (Ephesians 1:17).