Monday, March 17, 2014

Equipped 2 Evangelize

EVANGELISM SMALL GROUP
“ALL IN”



RESOURCES:  Share Jesus Without Fear  by William Faye
                         Broadman and Holmon Share Jesus without Fear Pocket Bible
                        The Life Book (Teenagers)  twitter.com/lifebook                                                                 facebook.com/thelifebookmovement
I.  What is Evangelism?
Glorifying God through obedience to the Great Commission.
Matt 28:19-20 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

ASK: How do you know if you’ve been successful in your Evangelism efforts?
We have the greatest authority of all to do what God is calling us to do.  Our Lord Jesus Christ.  There is not greater authority.   Successful Evangelism is met when we are obedient to the mandate of the Great Commission and NOT necessarily when someone receives Christ.  It's when we step out to  we share our faith obedience is demonstrated.
1 Cor 3:7-9 "So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 8Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building"

It takes an average of 7.6 times for someone to hear the gospel before they will receive it.   ~ William Fay 
There is NO FAILURE  In sharing your faith.   One plants and one waters but only GOD will make it grow.    
In sharing your faith, you are also Telling Your Story  and noone can do that better than you.
II. What Evangelism is NOT
·        Evangelism is not promoting your church.
·        Not a spiritual gift  (Matt 28)
·        Based on your personality
·        Not a contest
·        Not deep 
III.  Prayer
Every Great endeavor in God requires prayer and consecration
When I enter into prayer for the lost, I am asking God to open my eyes and my heart to the miraculous. 
Matt 7:7-8  Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the doo will be opened
Pray For:
·        Opportunities
·        Love
Eph 3:17-19  And I pray that you being rooted and grounded in love may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Let our heart break for the things that break your heart.  People are in darkness. 
·        Boldness:  Understand Evangelism is done through the bold power of the Holy Spirit
Acts 4:29  Now Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
Phil 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
·        Others will See Christ in you
o   Spiritual Magnets
IV.  FEARS
ASK:  What prevents you from Evangelizing (collect answers on dry erase board)
Majority of Christians never share their faith with non-believers.  Some of the major reasons are below.  It's important to briefly talk about them so you can understand and be encouraged that the way you are feeling is not uncommon. 
1.     Fear of Failure one of the major barriers to evangelism
a.     There is no failure in Evangelism only disobedience
John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him
b.     It is God who does the drawing – not us.  
2.     Fear of being rejected
a.     People don't put their faith in Christ because we force them to believe.  They put their faith in Christ because God uses us to point out the truth.   If we've won somebody to Christ, they're probably not saved. 
3.     Afraid of what friends will think
a.     In our silence, we can love our friends to hell
b.     Understand, you may be persecuted but so was Jesus.  It will come at a cost.
4.     Fear to share with co-workers because of lifestyle/reputation
5.     Don’t know enough
6.     Afraid of losing friends
7.     I don’t know how
V. Character
Warm, Attractive and Inviting Manner;  mature expression of virtue warmth and personal depth
2 Extremes
·        We don’t say anything (Sin of Silence)  - don’t want to offend
·        We don’t care about offending and we offend everyone
1 Pet 3:15  But Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
2 Tim 2:24-25  and the Lord’s bondservant must not be quarrelsome, but kind to all able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of truth.

VI.  Techniques
1. Evangelism is just conversation. 
2.  The key is to be thinking evangelism, to be praying for the opportunity, and to step through the door when it is opened. 
3.  You must be intentional about looking for opportunities. 
·        Conversation Joggers
DOOR OPENER:  Do you have any spiritual beliefs or do you go to church anywhere.

o   Whats you fav sport (asking a man) follow up with  “its amazing how much money they make.” Lead with “I wonder how much money it would take to have a perfect life.” Then ask, “Do you have any spiritual beliefs?”
o   You might ask a woman, "What do you think the hardest thing today about being a woman?"
o   Businessmen:  "I hardly have any white space on my calendar any more."  How do you manage. 
o   Who do you work for? Do you enjoy your job? Do you have any spiritual beliefs

·        Share Jesus 5 Questions  (Response is Hmmmmmmm Principle)
1.  Do you have any spiritual beliefs
2.  To you, who is  Jesus Christ
3.  Do you think there’s a Heaven or hell?
4.  If you were to die today, do you know where you would go 
5.  If what you’re believing is not true, would you want to know

No matter what the responder says, Don't answer or questions their response.  Just say hmmmmm and go on to the next question.  Questions are effective because most people have an opinion on almost every subject and they love to share them.  Questions work because they put you in the driver's seat without putting your friend on the defensive.  2 purposes:
·        It's difficult to argue with someone who is just acknowledging they heard what you said but not judging the statement.
·        You are attentively listening which lets them know you care.  The holy spirit will allow you to hear the things that are not being said (lonely, frustrated, searching)
VII.  SCRIPTURES
Possible Resource:  Use the NIV Pocket Bible

You can’t fail when you are obedient and share your faith.  The questions you have learned how to ask and the answers will help determine if God is at work in the life of the person.  When you as the final question “if what you are believing is not true, would you want to know” will probably open the door for you to go to the next step; to share the power of God’s Word.  Share Scriptures.  Have the person read it out loud.  If they don’t understand it, have them read it again.  When they read it, ask them “What does it say to you”
  1. ·         Rom 3:23  All have sinned…
  2. ·        Rom 6:23  Wages of sin is death…
  3. ·        3 John 3:3  Must be born again…
  4. ·        John 14:6  I’m the Way…
  5. ·        Rom 10:9-11  If you confess with your mouth…
  6. ·        2Cor 5:15  No longer live for themselves but for him…
  7. ·        Rev 3:20  Here I am standing at your door

DECISION TIME
  • ·        Are you a sinner
  • ·        Do you want forgiveness from your sins
  • ·        Do you believe Jesus died on the cross for you and rose again
  • ·        Are you willing to surrender your life to Jesus Christ
  • ·        Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart
  • ·        Shhhhhhhh (Be Quiet Please – let the Holy Spirit do what only the Spirit can do)
  • ·        Remember:  1Cor 12:3  “Noone can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.”

VIII. SHARE YOUR STORY

There’s nothing more powerful than sharing your story.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

All In 2 Go All Out – Managing Missed Opportunities



All In 2 Go All Out – Managing Missed Opportunities
Luke 10:1-20
1.  There are more than enough souls. Vs. 2 - 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
2.  There are not enough laborers.  Vs 2 - 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.  
3.  We have been commissioned by the highest authority.  Vs 3 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.  Matthew 28:19-20 - 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
4.  Go without regard to yourself.  Vs 4 - 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5.  Build relationships – souls will follow. Vs. 5-8 - 5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.
6.  Serve and see souls saved.  Vs. 9 - 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
7.  Deliver the message not the meanness.  Vs. 10-12 - 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
8.  They reject Jesus not you.  Vs 16 - 16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
9.  You are untouchable when you witness.  Vs 19 - 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
10.              You are a living witness.  Vs. 20 - 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Covenant - ___W___W___W
I will witness this week

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WEEKLY ALL IN DEVOTION: Thursday, March 13th

ALLIN 2 Go ALLOUT: FISH!
Mark 1:17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
Pastor Johnathan Barnes

Jesus always invites and gives us an opportunity to pursue purpose, calling, and destiny.  Simon and Andrew longed to be disciples.  Like every Jewish male, they longed to be under the tutelage, training, and guidance of a well respected Rabbi.  But like many males during their time, they did not meet the requirements.  They did not perform well enough in school to qualify to be a rabbi.  Thus they were fisherman. 

Simon and Andrew likely gazed and marveled as they saw Gamaliel and Shammia, well-known rabbis during their time, and their disciples going about their day. They likely often day dreamed about what it would be like to be a disciple.   They wanted to be disciples, but they were fisherman.

Here comes Jesus.  Jesus, using the traditional rabbinic invitation a rabbi would use to offer mentorship to a disciple, says to Simon and Andrew, “Come, follow me.”  Come…pursue what you were created to do.  Come…do what you long to do.  Come…fulfill your purpose. Come, smelling like fish, with scales in your hair, slime on your hands, come and follow, and I WILL MAKE YOU fishers of men. Just come…..Just continue to follow….. and I’ll take it from there.

Jesus says that he will take responsibility in closing the gap between where we are and where we want and ought to be.  Our only job is to follow.  

Sharing our faith can be an intimidating, daunting, and admittedly a scary endeavor. We often feel inadequate, unprepared, and unqualified to tell others about Jesus.  Like the disciples, we may feel we do not measure up.  We are not bible scholars.  We will not be able to answer difficult questions.  Jesus says also to us…Just come….Just follow…. He promises to make us…He promised to mold us.    Jesus will help us fulfill our deepest desire to share him fearlessly….Our longing to share him relationally and relentlessly. 
As you follow Christ today, be prepared to be a fisher of men.  According to Jesus that is the ultimate end result. 

The result of following is not what we do….but the result of following is who we become. 

As you follow Jesus today, fish!  There is no other way you can affirm that Jesus is making you into a fisher of men.  No other test other than baiting your hook/casting your net can you see the evidence of the work Jesus is doing in you. 

Are you a fisher of men?  Is Jesus keeping his word? Is Jesus making you? There is only one way to find out….

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

All In 2 Go All Out: 10 Ways 2 Witness

Acts 8:26-39

1.    You have to be open to hearing God’s voice! Acts 8:26, Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
2.    You have to be obedient to God’s voice! Acts 8:27, So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,
3.    You must be willing to deal with those opposite of you! Acts 8:27, So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,
4.    You have to seize the opportunity! Acts 8:28-29, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
5.    You must be willing to go out of your way! Acts 8:29-30, The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
6.    You must be will to offer your story! Acts 8:30-31, hen Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 1 Peter 3:15, But in your hearts revere 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,
7.    Outline what Jesus means to you! Acts 8:34, The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?
8.    Give them the order (ABC) of salvation! Acts 8:35, Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
9.    Be willing to go over and above! Acts 8:37-38, Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
10. Remember the gospel is going out when you witness! Acts 8:39, When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

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