How to Evangelize

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Chapter Four The Power of Personal Testimony

  • Biblical Basis
  • Benefits of Using Your Personal Testimony
  • Using Your Testimony
  • Assignments Four : Small groups

Chapter Five Models of Personal Evangelism

Chapter Six Spiritual Warfare and Evangelism : Praying for the Lost

Chapter Seven Handling Objections to the Faith
One thing you will most certainly find as you evangelize the lost are people who will have questions or objections to the Christian message. Some will have honest questions which they would like you to answer for them. Perhaps they have heard the gospel before, but one or two questions remain in their minds which cause them to reject Christianity. Others will not be so honest. Some people of other faiths or beliefs will often ask difficult questions as a means of "winning an argument." Before beginning with the questions, there are a few points to cover: 1 Be honest at all times in your evangelism. It is not a sin to not know an answer to a question. If someone asks a question you cannot answer, tell them you do not know but you will try to find that answer. If you tell a person you will find an answer for them, make an honest attempt to do so. 2 Your success in evangelism does not depend upon your ability to win an argument. You are interested in winning people, not arguments. Sometimes you can win the argument, but lose the person. 3 Be humble in your presentation. Do not act as though you have all the answers to every deep issue.

Chapter Eight Principles of Evangelism
The Process of Evangelism Not everyone you talk to is ready to receive Jesus. Most people do not receive Jesus the first time they hear about Him. Over a period of time, they move closer. We must learn to recognize where they are in relation to Jesus and help them to come closer. The evangelist’s goal should not be to try to force a person to receive Jesus, but to see where they are, and to help them move closer to Jesus until they are able to receive him.

Chapter Nine: Conclusion Making It Hard for People to go to Hell
A pastor friend of mine told me once that his goal in ministry was to make it hard for people to go to hell from the city in which he ministered. He continued that some people would go to hell because they were determined to do so, but he would not make it easy for them. The entire ministry of his growing church comes from this basic philosophy. The church is actively involved in spiritual warfare and evangelism. Every Monday morning, this senior pastor gives a copy of the obituary page of the local Sunday newspaper to every church minister. This page lists all of the deaths that occurred in the city throughout the week. I asked him once why he did this. He answered that on this page were people who had died without knowing Jesus Christ and were now in an eternal hell. How many people going to hell in this city depended in part on how well each person in that church did their job. In other words, this pastor took seriously his duty of praying for and evangelizing the lost world. Evangelism is the primary purpose of the church. God could find some other way of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, but he has chosen to use us. We should therefore be very serious in our evangelistic efforts. We cannot rely only on those who are the gifted evangelists. Rather, God has mandated that we all partake in this great undertaking. A The Cross The cross of Jesus stands at the center of the gospel message. To the world it is a symbol of foolishness (1 Cor 1:23), weakness (2 Cor 13:4), and cursedness (Gal 3:13). The world despises it. In the first century, Christians were laughed at because they worshipped a God who had died on a cross. In Gal 6:12-17, Paul gives us two clues as to why the cross is often despised [read this passage]. (1) the cross wounds our pride. The cross shows us that there are things that are out of our control. God has done the work necessary for our salvation. There is nothing for us to do but to accept this fact. We often attempt to control God by means of religion. The Galatians did this by promoting the necessity of circumcision (6:12-13). We do the same thing when we try to "do things" for God. This is a way of attempting to control our own destinies. But we cannot. In the end, God is the one in control. (2) the cross is offensive because the cross changes our values. Most of us have been taught to respect strength and power while despising weakness. Yet when we embrace the cross, we turn our thoughts away from the world. Through the cross, the world becomes crucified to us (6:14), we become new creations open to the spiritual rather than the physical realm (6:15), we begin to walk in peace and mercy (6:17), and we, like Paul, bear the marks of Jesus (6:17). B Priesthood of all Believers -- 1 Pet 2:9-12 The Bible is clear that all believers are responsible to be witnesses for Jesus. As leaders, we have the responsibility to motivate, train, and encourage our people to proclaim the Gospel. Mt 9:37-38, Acts 1:8, Eph 4:11-12 C “Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary use words.” Of course, it is necessary to use words to share the Gospel, but our words are worthless if our lives do not agree. If we can develop congregations full of loving, Christ-like saints, walking in the fruit of the Spirit, then our evangelism will be much more effective (1 Pet 3:1-2). D Love and Accept Jesus was known as a friend of sinners. If we were not so afraid of that title, we would be more effective. Jesus calls us to love the sinner, but hate the sin. By His power, we can do just that. However, if we are more concerned with our reputation than with the souls of the lost, we will not reach as many as we should (see Lk 7:36-39) E Be Bold in the Holy Spirit -- Acts 1:8, 4:29-30; Rom 1:16; 2 Tim 1:7 God has given us the Holy Spirit in order to help us to be bold and powerful in our witness for Jesus. We need to not be afraid, but to take advantage of the opportunities the Lord provides.

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