Friday, August 18

Evangelism

Fly fishing in North Carolina
Jesus last command was to evangelize…. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19). Jesus also told his disciples…."The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:37-38). Paul in his letter to Philemon encouraged him to share his faith…. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith,…... (Philemon 1:6). Peter instructed Christians to not only share their faith but to be prepared…. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, (1 Peter 3:15). Being prepared means knowing the gospel, knowing how to effectively communicate it to others and, as Peter says, do it with gentleness and respect. Such ministries as Evangelism Explosion (EE) teach effective ways to present the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Knowing the gospel and knowing how to present it properly are two totally different things. The EE evangelism ministry always asks permission before sharing. It avoids arguments. It affirms the truth of the gospel without being confrontational. It keeps the gospel message from being side tracked and it precludes objections. The Apostle Paul used similar techniques…. Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious (Acts 17:22). To be successful in fly fishing it takes knowledge, planning, preparation, and discipline. It is no different in evangelism. The EE ministry depends on an outline that breaks the gospel into five parts: Grace, man, God, Jesus Christ, and faith.

5 comments:

Malchymist said...

D. James Kennedy
Great man of God and immeasurable blessing to us: the Church, The United States and the whole world!!

I got to see him in a conference 20 years ago. I was struck by his meekness and humility, as well as his testimony of how EE began. (How many "pastors" are in the pulpit who do not have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? It is too sad to contemplate.)

jazzycat said...

yes, I like Dr. Kennedy a lot as a book he wrote really was important in my coming to faith. The book was Why I Believe. It was given to me for that very purpose.

bluecollar said...

^Thanks for this post, my friend.

David McCrory said...

Reformed Christians have a tendency to become complacent when it comes to evangelism. Thank you for this encouraging post. And from a fellow Mississippian no less!

jazzycat said...

David,
Thanks for the visit. There is certainly no reason for reformed Christians to be complacent as the external call is what God uses to apply the effectual call. I will check out your site.
W.H.