|Sunday, February 3, 2019|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ith great delight and praise to God in the name of Jesus I wholeheartedly welcome you to the month of February our Month of Evangelism. It is my prayer that as you embrace this spiritual activity afresh God whom you are working for will compensate you in a big way.
The Church, Ecclesia, you and I have been given the Great Commission, the 'Go Ye' Commission, the process which is now called Evangelism, Soul Winning and preaching the good news. This month I want to encourage you to revisit the issue of evangelism individually, family- wise, as a denomination, ministry, fellowship and para- fellowship. Let us not just talk about it, let us share the good news of Jesus willingness to save the greatest sinner.
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18.
I like the watchword for Christ Apostolic Church worldwide this year- "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Rom 10:13
Our job this month is to encourage someone to call on the name of the Lord. God promises to handle the rest. Let us stop complaining about Islamization (God has given us the antidote to any evil agenda) let us carry out and propagate Jesuslization or if you prefer Christianization! Our God is able to save to the uppermost. Meaning we are on the winning side.
What is evangelism? Evangelism is the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness. The English word "evangelism" comes from the Greek word euaggelion. Most literally translated in the noun form, euaggelion means: "gospel" or "good news." Evangelism is sharing the Good News. Evangelism, the communication of the gospel message, includes a warning, an explanation, and a call. Evangelism includes warning people about sin and the consequences of sin (John 16:8; Acts 24:25; Revelation 20:11-15) The Good News for Jesus was the radical, world-turning-upside-down nature of the Kingdom of God; for the apostles it was that Jesus is risen from the dead; and for Paul it was that salvation is open to anyone, Jew or otherwise.
Evangelism is the act of witnessing, telling the story of your life encounter with Jesus to other people in a way to help them know more about Jesus so that they can make an informed decision as to whether to accept Jesus. Conversion is God's in-breaking into a person's life such that that person becomes a Christian; salvation is what we believe happens when people put their trust and faith in God; baptism is the act of welcoming someone into God's family; proselytism is forceful evangelism.
A young member of our church sent this dream to me. "I saw four people sitting in a place and a spirit descended upon two like a dove, they flew and landed in another place. Two others were still in same place and there was confusion everywhere, people started shouting, it's the rapture! It's the rapture!! it's the rapture !!!" From that revelation, I believe evangelism is also warning the people about rapture!
Why must we evangelize? Why should we go to people and offer them the Gospel? As we look at Scripture and the example of Jesus, an online website offers five compelling reasons.
Let me give you my own 10 points why you must evangelize.
In addition, we also evangelize to take our place in the 2000-year relay of faith, so that the story continues to generations to come, and includes more and more people. Meaning this is our time. Someone preached to us to enable us become Christians and we are enjoying the dividends of accepting Christ. You need to let people know about the stock and good enough they can buy without money (Isa 55:1)
5 Reasons why people do not evangelize and how to overcome
How To Evangelize and types of Evangelism.
The Apostle Paul said "I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek" Rom 1:16, There all kinds of group of people. Children, family members, Evolutionist, LGBT community. There are some basic things you must do, but you can apply some methods to make it clearer to the grow.
Pray. Speak to God about what you want to do. Read your Bible. Start with a positive witness for Christ. Keep things simple. Share your salvation experience with them. Know what you believe. Have a genuine love. Be simple and define your terms. Memorize appropriate Scriptures if possible. Be ready to learn from the people you witness to. Be patient and gentle. Listen attentively. Answer their questions if any. Commented [AD1]: Ask questions. Bring the person, if possible, to a decision about Jesus. Encourage them to study the Bible by itself. Use Scripture in context. Remember that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
Don'ts. There are things you should not do.
Don't attack or make fun of anyone. Don't jump from one subject to another. Don't expect too much from him. Don't have a spiritual chip on your shoulder. Don't lose patience. Don't come on too strong. Don't debate peripheral issues or doctrines. Don't get sidetracked defending your denomination. Don't be uptight. Don't assume. Don't argue. Don't speak too fast or unclearly.
The Message. What message are you to share? There is no formula for evangelism. We depend on the Holy Spirit To help us. Just make yourself available. Ex 4:12- He will put words in your mouth. Ex 4: He will put wonders in your hand. Lay out the ABCs. Some evangelists like to use a basic introduction method of becoming a Christian as a way of giving a possible convert a concrete list of steps to keep in mind when thinking about developing their faith. The ABC method breaks down like this: A: Admit that you are a sinner. B: Believe that Jesus Christ is the son of the Lord and died for your sins. Jesus Loves You. C: Confess your belief in Christ.
Challenge the person to a decision: Do not leave the person in indecision. Ask the hard question! Do You want to Give your life to Christ now? It's free why not. Possible answers Yes, No, Give me time. If he says no-ask why? Friends, parental belief, business. If he says he needs time, tell he has no time-death does not warn people. You don't need time to accept a precious gift like, money, car, house, this is more valuable!!!!!!!
Closing Remarks for those who gave their life to Christ. Emphasize that if they prayed the prayer and really meant it with all their heart, that they are now saved. Tell them the importance of reading their Bible consistently to feed their spirit and their faith "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17. Remind them that if they really mean it, they must turn from their sins and surrender their whole life to Jesus and His Lordship. Their flesh didn't get saved so they need to build up their spirit by reading and meditating on the Word of God and praying. Encourage them to go to a church that preaches the uncompromised Word of God and where the Holy Spirit moves. If you know of such a church close to where they live encourage them to go there.
Conclusion: I believe you have everything you need to be effective evangelists. So, go forth, and tell the Good News to your family, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues, your classmates, your shopkeepers, the people who engage with your community activities, and so on. Go to the nations. Start from Jerusalem, to Judea, Samaria and uttermost part of the word. Tell the Good News because you are commanded to, but more because the news is so very good that it cannot be kept to yourself. Ensure that the Gospel you tell is good, is news, is about God, and is about the future. Tell the stories from the Scriptures, and tell the stories of your life, and be humble enough to listen to the stories of others. Plant seeds of faith and hope, and see what miracles God can grow. Amen. May God prosper the work of your hands this month. Receive fresh anointing, strength, power good health, favor and energy for the month in Jesus name.
Post Script; This week from February 5-8,2019 at Christ Apostolic Church Bethel Toronto 22-94 Kenhar Drive, Toronto, we shall be training people on evangelism 7.30pm daily, please join us. We shall also be going to over ten nations under the platform of International Gathering of Eagles . Check details on cacbethel.com and igoeministry.com