Motives for Evangelism (Part 2)

People Are Lost Apart from Christ

  • We cannot evangelize until we believe that people are ___LOST_____ apart from Christ.

  • Charles H. Spurgeon asked, “Are we __SAVED______ if we do not preach the gospel.”

  • Lost people in our world are ___INCREASING____ ten times faster than ____CHURCHES___ are growing.

  • The eternal purpose of ___GOD__ was, and is, to redeem lost persons (Ephesians 3:11).

  • __EVANGELISM__ is not a sideshow, it is the main event.

  • Jesus believed that __UNREGENERATE__ people are lost.

  • The __APOSTOLIC_  _CHURCH___ realized that all people are lost and need a Savior.

  • Jesus saves, and he alone saves because he is __LORD__ (Hebrews 1:1-3).

  • Romans 3:23 does not say that __SOME_ have sinned but that __ALL__ have sinned.

  • Each person, in order to be saved and to do God’s will, should ___REPENT__ for himself/herself.

  • Bible study _WILL__ _NOT__ save a person (John 5:39-40).

  • Only when we come to Christ himself can we receive __ETERNAL__ __LIFE__.

  • Lost means “someone out of touch with ___ETERNAL__ _REALITY___.”

  • Appolumi describes a thing _NOT_ _USED_ or __CLAIMED__.

  • Parables of Luke 15

  • In the first parable a __SHEEP___ is lost.

  • In the second parable a ___SILVER__ _COIN_ is lost.

  • In the third parable a __SON_ is lost.

  • With each parable the thing that is lost _____INCREASES__ in value.

  • Being lost meant ___SUBJECTION____ _TO_ __PERILS___ in the sheep parable.

  • Being lost meant ___FAILURE TO FULFILL A PURPOSE___ in the silver coin parable.

  • Being lost meant __SQUANDERING AN INHERITANCE____ in the lost son parable.

  • In all three lostness means _SEPERATION__, __ISOLATION__ and _ALIENATION_.

  • The world as we know it today is _LOST___.

  • Lostness in our society is the _CELEBRATION__ of sin.

  • Our response to the lost

  • Agape love __GRIEVES__ over the lost.

  • Agape love __SEARCHES_ for the lost and seeks to _RESTORE_ that which is found.

  • God’s mood over rebellion, ingratitude and insensitivity to others is one of grief—not __DISGUST__ or _ANGER__.

  • God’s love is not an “_IF_ love” or a “_BECAUSE_ love”; it is an “_ANYHOW_ love.”

God’s Attitude toward Sin

  • God ___HATES_____ sin.

  • God’s anger is always a revelation of his __RIGHTEOUSNESS___ (Romans 1:18).

  • God never can __CONDONE___ sin even in the faithful.

  • God hates all sin whether expressed ___PERSONALLY__ or _CORPORATELY_, whether committed by _INDIVIDUALS__ or __GROUPS___.

  • God’s wrath and anger is a motive for __WORLD_ evangelization.

  • The __WRATH______ of God is His anger and indignation against sin.

  • God’s wrath is _HOLY__, freely directed against sin without __PARTIALITY__.

  • According to John’s Gospel, God’s wrath is a __PRESENT__ reality in the world.

  • The wrath of God rests upon all who ____DO NOT BELIEVE____ in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

  • David Wilkerson said, “Only one sin can send you to hell—__REJECTING__ the love of God.”

  • God’s wrath is poured out in the __HEREAFTER___ as well as in the here and now.

  • Accountability goes along with __RESPONSIBILITY____.  God will hold us accountable for __RESPONDING___ to the light He has given us.  Furthermore, He will hold us accountable for ____SHARING______ that light with the human race.

  • God’s wrath and love come together in the __CROSS__ of Jesus Christ.

  • The cross was the means which God used to deal with humanity’s _SIN__.

  • In the cross of Christ we see how seriously God takes _SIN_ and how __RADICAL__ is agape love’s solution to the problem of the wrath of God.

The Messenger in Evangelism (Part 1)

Introduction

  • What means are available to every Christian witness?

  • Spiritual _AUTOBIOGRAPHY_

  • Personal _TESTIMONY_

  • Evangelistic _LIFESTYLE_

  • Work of the _HOLY SPIRIT_

  • _PRAYER LIFE_ of the witness

Four Cultural Categories in Witnessing

  • E-0: Evangelizing those _OF_ your own culture who _ARE_ affiliated with the church but have no _VALID CHRISTIAN_ experience

  • E-1: Evangelizing those _WITHIN_ your own culture who _ARE_  _NOT_ affiliated with the church

  • E-2: Crossing a _BARRIER__ of culture to evangelize

  • E-3: Crossing the most difficult barrier of people from other _COUNTRIES_ (This barrier is usually a language barrier)

Personal Testimonies

  • Personal testimonies deal with just _1_ or _2_ clips out of one’s spiritual life-script.

  • It only takes up to _1.5_ - _3 minutes_ to share one’s personal testimony (_100_ words or less).

  • In the personal testimony you tell how you moved from your _BC  to your _AD_.

  • _1 COR. 6:9-11_ presents us with a biblical model of the BC and the AD.

Outline for Personal Testimony

  • Outline #1

  • My life _BEFORE_ Christ

  • How I realized I _NEEDED_ Christ

  • How I became a _CHRISTIAN__

  • How Christ helps me in my _DAILY  _LIFE_

  • Outline #2

  • I have not always been a _CHRISTIAN_

  • God showed me my need for _CHRIST_

  • I committed my life to Christ as _LORD_ and _SAVIOR_

  • My life in Christ is _DIFFERENT_

Usefulness of a Personal Testimony

  • _EVERY_ Christian has a personal testimony.

  • A personal testimony is _AUTHORITATIVE_ because it is _UNIQUE_.

  • It _COMMUNICATES_ in an interesting manner.

Value of a Less-Dramatic Personal Testimony

  • _SHARE   what God has given to you.

  • There is nothing un-dramatic about opening _BLINDED_ _EYES_.

  • Just because you do not have a _DAMASCUS_ road-like experience does not mean you do not have a _STORY_ to tell.

Personal Testimony Dos and Don’ts

  • Don’t tell more about your _BC   than your _AD_.

  • Don’t _SHARE_ too much at once.

  • Don’t be trigger-happy in sharing your _TESTIMONY_.

  • Don’t expect your testimony to be as powerful when you are _CULTURALLY_ distanced from your receiver.

  • Do dwell _MORE_ on what God has done for you than what you have done for Him.

  • Do keep _REVIZING_ and _WORKING_ your testimony.

  • Do use those parts of your testimony which are most _RELEVANT_ to your prospect.

  • Do learn how to begin and end it with appropriate _QUESTIONS  . (Do you think Jesus can do the same for you? Do you want to find satisfaction? Etc…)

  • Do use _LANGUAGE_ and _VOCABULARY  which your prospect understands.

  • Do seek the leadership of the _HOLY  _SPIRIT_ in writing your personal testimony.

  • Do speak distinctly and in a _NATURAL_ tone of voice.

  • Do _MEMORIZE_ your testimony until it becomes a natural part of you.

  • Do _RELIVE_ your testimony as you tell it.

  • Do undergird your testimony with a disciplined _PRAYER_ _LIFE_.

Guidelines for Writing Your Personal Testimony

  • Don’t write anything that you would be _EMBARASSED_ for anyone to read, including those significant others in your life.

  • Don’t share so much or so deeply that you later feel that you have _ADRESSED yourself in public.

  • Don’t _BUILD_ yourself up by _TEARING_ anyone else down.

  • Be _HONEST_; tell the _TRUTH_.

  • Write your testimony as though you were preparing it to share with _UNBELIEVERS , not other _CHRISTIANS_ or church members.

Lifestyle Evangelism

  • Definition: a life-_SHARING_, life-_GIVING_ evangelism that includes a _VERBAL_ life-sharing of what Christ means in a person’s life.

  • Lifestyle evangelism is _EVERY_-_MEMBER_ evangelism.

  • A Christian who is not a _WITNESS_ to Jesus Christ is a contradiction.

  • Lifestyle evangelism is every member being a witness to _JESUS_ _CHRIST_.

  • Lifestyle evangelism is _EVERY DAY_ evangelism.

  • There are no _BREAKS_ and no _VACATIONS from lifestyle evangelism.

  • Lifestyle evangelism is _EVERYWHERE_ evangelism.

  • Lifestyle evangelism has _NO_ special place where it is practiced.  It _CAN   be done anywhere, anytime and by any Christian.

  • Lifestyle evangelism is _AT_-_HOME_ evangelism.

  • Lifestyle evangelism is _DEMONSTRATIVE_ evangelism.

  • Love is not something you say; it’s something you do.  Lifestyle evangelism is _TOTAL_ communication, not just _VERBAL_ communication.

  • Lifestyle evangelism is _SHOW_-_AND_-_TELL_ evangelism.

  • Lifestyle evangelism is _BODY_ evangelism.

  • Lifestyle evangelism is concerned with building up the _BODY_ of _CHRIST .

  • The best way to succeed in lifestyle evangelism is to be _NATURAL_.

  • The best training for lifestyle evangelism is in _DOING_.