Sermon No: 139518-Do the work of an Evangelist - Part 2



SERMON TOPIC: Do the work of an Evangelist - Part 2

Speaker: Ken Paynter

Language: ENGLISH

Date: 6 March 2022

Topic Groups: EVANGELISM

Sermon synopsis: The Plan of Evangelism.
The Purpose of Evangelism.
The Promise of Evangelism.

The Plan of Evangelism.

The Plan of Evangelism.

The Purpose of Evangelism.

The Promise of Evangelism.

Seven essentials for effective evangelism.

Passion.

Prayer.

Power.

Preparation.

Proximity.

Proclamation.

Persuasion.

The Armour of God.

Ephesians 6:14-17.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The Armour of God.

In addition to standing our ground, shoes are also for moving. God expects us to go on the offensive and take the gospel of peace to others.

1 Peter 3:15 says,

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

Sharing our faith is one of the best ways to maintain our own sure footing.

The Armour of God.

God knows that, when we are active in speaking of Him to others, we not only charge into Satan’s territory, but we dig our shoes more deeply into truth and will be much harder to dislodge.

When we have “studied to show ourselves approved unto God” (2 Timothy 2:15), we are ready to stand firm in the gospel of peace no matter what the enemy brings against us (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

The Armour of God.

It may seem strange to consider shoes to be part of your armour, but can you imagine going to battle shoeless?

You would most likely be in pain with every step, as you pass over all kinds of harsh landscape.

Ultimately, it would inhibit your ability to fight

The Armour of God.

Josephus described the Roman battle shoes as shoes thickly studded with sharp nails… so as to ensure a good grip.

The military successes both of Alexander the Great and of Julius Caesar were due in large measure to their armies’ being well shod and thus able to undertake long marches at incredible speed over rough terrain.

The Armour of God.

Having our feet fitted with the shoes of the gospel of peace allows us to be ready to share God with others at all times.

As Christians, we should always be prepared, as we never know when an opportunity may arise to share the good news of the gospel with someone else.

Isaiah 52:7.

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

The Armour of God.

Roman battle shoes, otherwise known as caligae or calcei, had spikes or textured soles. Not only would the comfortable, breathable structure allow the soldiers to march several miles without pain, but these spikes would help them stand their ground and stamp on the fallen enemy.

Especially when a Roman army advanced, enemies would be trampled by the puncture wounds from several soldiers marching together. (crosswalk.com)

Romans16:20.

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

John 4:31-36.

John 4:31-36.

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, Rabbi, eat something. But he said to them, I have food to eat that you know nothing about. Then his disciples said to each other, Could someone have brought him food?

My food, said Jesus, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Don’t you have a saying, It’s still four months until harvest? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

Man shall not live by bread alone.

Is lack of evangelism the reason why so many Christians are malnourished. One of the instructions God gave Man in Eden was to go forth and multiply.

In the Spiritual realm Jesus has given us that very same instruction. Jesus said that He would make His disciples “Fishers of Men”.

Bearing Fruit.

Genesis 1:27-28.

So, God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.

Spiritual Fruit.

John 15:16. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit, fruit that will last

One of the great joys that God has given us in the natural is the ability to have sons and daughters, the same is true in the spiritual and the thing that brings that about is intimacy.

How can a Christian spend time in God’s presence without a passion for souls been conceived in their own spirit.

Obstacles to Evangelism.

1. Lack of Gospel Knowledge

How many times have you heard the gospel in a sermon, book, or conversation? If you’ve been a Christian, even for a short time, you have likely heard the gospel hundreds of times.

Yet, many Christians still struggle to articulate the truths of the gospel in a simple, coherent, and intelligible way.

Obstacles to Evangelism.

Apathy Some of us just don’t care that much about lost people. We wouldn’t ever say it, but our priorities and lives reveal it.

Obstacles to Evangelism.

Fear What will others think of me? What if they don’t like me or my family? Some are paralyzed by the thought of being disliked, marginalized, laughed at, or openly mocked. We’re afraid we’ll lose business or get passed up for that promotion.

Fear of Evangelism.

There’s a word in American Christendom that strikes fear into the hearts of God’s people. It’s not ‘Islam,’ ‘liberalism,’ ‘socialism,’ or ‘atheism’ (although all those do create irrational fear in Western Christians).

The most terrifying word in all of American Christendom is “evangelism.” If you doubt me, just ask a fellow believer when was the last time they verbally shared the gospel with an unbeliever, the answer will likely be silence.

When one considers why it’s hard to share the gospel with the lost, many answers will come forth, but the common denominator is usually fear.

Fear of Evangelism.

North-American Christians are afraid of looking unintelligent, weird, awkward, and ignorant. In our celebrity-obsessed culture, to look uninformed, unintellectual, and unattractive is the highest of social sins.

However, we are not called as Christ’s church to proclaim our own excellencies (we have none) but to “proclaim the excellencies of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:19).

Fortunately, there are tools available to help with this. Consider “The Three E’s of Evangelism”:

Engagement.

What do you think of when you think of Evangelism? Do you think of going up to random people in a confrontational or obnoxious manner? Do you think of being loud or aggressive? You’ll be happy to know that that’s not what engagement in evangelism means.

Engagement in this context is demonstrating to those who don’t follow Christ that you welcome them and their opinions by listening to them. When it comes to evangelism, we often think we must be the ones speaking or even leading the conversation, but that’s not true.

In my experience evangelizing non-believers, they appreciate it when they see that we truly care for them as fellow human beings as opposed to being just another notch on our spiritual belt.

Empathy.

Empathy is defined as “The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” There is a belief about American Christians, a belief that has sadly proven true in too many cases, that we think of ourselves as holier than our non-believing neighbours.

We easily forget that we too were once “…dead in the trespasses and sins…” and “…were by nature children of wrath…” Ephesians 2:1, 3.

When we stop pretending that we have it all together and are honest about our struggles in life, it shows that we are struggling pilgrims going through some of the same issues they are and yet, we have hope.

Wise transparency, compassion, and empathy are far more becoming to God’s chosen people, the Church, than compelling arguments and sophisticated rhetoric.

Explanation.

At some point during our evangelistic conversations, we have to explain the truth of the gospel.

We need to explain to the non-believer how they can be reconciled to God by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

This is what most Western Christians fear the most. Listening and being empathetic comes much easier than sharing

“…the hope that is within [us]…with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15.

Pitfalls to Avoid in Evangelism.

Intellectualism.

Emotionalism.

Decisionism.

The three great dangers to avoid in Evangelism.

A bible teacher or evangelist must enlighten the mind, stir the emotion and move the will but there are dangers to avoid in the modern presentation of the Gospel

Intellectualism.

{The theory that knowledge is wholly or mainly derived from pure reason; rationalism.}

Those that fall into this trap, are aware of the facts of the Gospel. They are familiar with the Bible, but it’s just a head-knowledge.

The three great dangers to avoid in Evangelism.

Emotionalism.

People who fall into this category live from one emotion to another, one day they feel saved and the next day they don’t.

There are those who are great at stirring up emotions, but a person is not saved because they laughed or cried or had goose bumps, you are saved by faith as you receive God’s gift of repentance and respond to it.

The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to bring about conviction of sin and subsequent Godly sorrow leading to repentance (Metanoia) ie: a change of mind.

First Fact then Faith then Feeling.

The three great dangers to avoid in Evangelism.

Decisionism.

Some people are pushed to make a decision.

Modern evangelism

Say a sinners prayer

Get baptized

Modern salesman tactics are used in evangelism to sell people something they don’t want and the full cost is not disclosed. Jesus never hid the cost of being his follower.

Do “Converts” want Jesus to be Lord of their lives, when all the emotions have subsided, do they still choose God’s will over their own?

When Moody was asked How many of his converts stood, he replied

“NONE, ONLY CHRIST’S CONVERTS STAND”

Evangelism.

The Meaning of Evangelism.

The Ministry of Evangelism.

The Motive of Evangelism.

The Message of Evangelism.

The Methods of Evangelism.

1. The Meaning of Evangelism.

In Christianity, Evangelism is the commitment to or act of publicly preaching of the Gospel with the intention of spreading the message and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Wikipedia

The activity of persuading people to become Christians, often by travelling around and telling people about your beliefs.

Cambridge Dictionary.

2. The Ministry of Evangelism.

Paul had a special relationship with Timothy and in 2 Timothy 4 he charges Timothy to do the work of an evangelist.

It is clear from Scripture that Timothy was teaching, correcting, rebuking etc and in addition he is charged with doing the work of an evangelist.

2. The Ministry of Evangelism.

2 Timothy 4:1-5.

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage, with great patience and careful instruction.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

2. The Ministry of Evangelism.

Here’s another way of looking at it. Have you ever heard a Christian say, “I’m not gifted in prayer - I’ll leave it to those who are really spiritual.” or “I’m not gifted in reading the Bible - I’ll leave that to the intellectuals.”?

You’ve probably never heard this because these statements would sound ridiculous coming from a true Christian.

Jim Donahue

But here is a statement that I have heard many true Christians make: “I’m not gifted in evangelism - I’ll just leave it to those who are more outgoing.”

But here is a statement that I have heard many true Christians make: “I’m not gifted in evangelism - I’ll just leave it to those who are more outgoing.”

Although I understand the feeling, I think that statement is as off base as the others.

Jim Donahue

Many Christians think they don’t have the “gift of evangelism”, so they regularly opt out of it. Sadly, the mindset of “it’s-not-my-gift” has kept innumerable labourers from entering the harvest field. But the Bible never mentions the gift of evangelism.

Many Christians think they don’t have the “gift of evangelism”, so they regularly opt out of it. Sadly, the mindset of “it’s-not-my-gift” has kept innumerable labourers from entering the harvest field. But the Bible never mentions the gift of evangelism.

Rather, it mentions the gift of the “evangelist,” a church leader given “to equip the saints for the work of ministry” Eph. 4:11-12, in this case, the work of evangelism.

Jim Donahue

2. The Ministry of Evangelism.

Christians don’t need to be uniquely gifted to evangelize; rather, we need to be equipped!

Evangelism is not a gift given to some, it’s a command given to all. One of our main callings as followers of Christ is to help others become followers of Christ.

Many of us have misfiled evangelism in the spiritual gift drawer when it needs to be filed in the spiritual discipline drawer.

It’s not reserved for those who are outgoing, any more than Bible study is reserved for those who are studious.

Jim Donahue

3. The Message of Evangelism.

Much of what falls into the category of Evangelism in our modern day falls into the category that Paul referred to as “Another Gospel”.

Doing the work of an Evangelist.

That time is certainly here today. People with selfish desires and itching ears are running after every false wind of doctrine. What is so tragic is they do not have to look far to find gospel peddlers who will preach what they want to hear. So many preachers are trying so hard to make the gospel user friendly, they have rendered themselves ineffective in doing the work of an evangelist.

I am convinced that the greatest religious sin being committed today often comes from behind our pulpits where men who have been called to be giants for the Lord have settled for midget status by preaching unsound biblical doctrines.

Doing the work of an Evangelist.

Many who preach want the people to leave feeling affirmed, approved and applauded.

Whatever happened to confronted, convicted and confessed?

People want to be entertained when they go to church. Whatever happened to enlightened?

Doing the work of an evangelist means that we preach sin as damning, the cross as necessary, the blood as cleansing, the resurrection as fact and the second coming as expectant.

4. The Motive of Evangelism.

Philippians 1:15-18.

It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.

The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.

But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice.

God’s Glory should be our motivation for Missions and Evangelism.

2 Corinthians 4:15.

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may to overflow to the glory of God.

4. The Motive of Evangelism.

Evangelical Humanism.

It’s interesting how easily something that is good can rob us of that which is best. Take humanism, for example. In its proper definition, humanism is “any system or mode of thought or action in which human interests, values, and dignity predominate.”

Many young people in the church today are focused on obeying those commands of Jesus. They go out on their own and feed the homeless. They carry around signs in busy streets that offer “Free Hugs.” They go to prisons and work in orphanages. They travel to countries ravaged by tsunamis and give months of their lives to help the victims. They are helping people, and God is pleased.

Evangelical Humanism.

Can there come a point, however, where the needs of people become a higher priority in our lives than the glory of God?

Yes. Why is this? In part because humanism has influenced not only our culture but the church as well.

It has caused, within evangelical circles, something that DeVern Fromke, in his book Unto Full Stature, calls “evangelical humanism.”

Evangelical Humanism.

Evangelical humanism basically says, “The chief end of Christianity is to make people happy after they die.”

In other words, life is all about saving people from hell. Saving people becomes a higher priority than God himself.

When I was in college, I was privileged to be heavily involved in a campus ministry. It formed a great foundation for my Christian life, as I was taught the importance of quiet times, Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and evangelism.

I was taught to share my faith, to overcome objections, and hopefully to ultimately lead someone to pray to receive Christ.

Evangelical Humanism.

What I realize now is that most of my Christian life centred on avoiding guilt. I had never found the treasure of just knowing Jesus. My treasure was getting others to know him, while never knowing and enjoying him myself. Saving lost people had become a higher priority than God.

The fact of the matter is that you don’t need to be a Christian to be a good humanist, many unbelievers are doing much for humankind.

We need to die to humanity. Humankind, people, cannot be the centre of our attention.

A focus on saving people from hell, which is so good, can bring tragic results when it becomes our treasure.

We see pastors who are aggressively sharing their faith but whose marriages and families are falling apart. They lead the church, but their personal walk with the Lord is anaemic.

Unfortunately, no one in the church can approach them about these issues because the pastors are successfully sharing Jesus with people.

You never dare challenge an evangelical humanist. After all, they are doing so much good, saving so many people from hell.

Evangelical Humanism.

This tragedy can be observed in missionaries as well.

Too often we have seen missionaries come home from the field and end up getting divorced. Why?

Because they became so focused on planting churches that they forgot to show the glory of God in their own marriages and families.

One missionary child stated, “I wish I’d been a Muslim. My father would have spent more time with me.”

God’s glory must be the central theme of our life.

2 Corinthians 10:31.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

5. The Methods of Evangelism.

There are various methods of Evangelism, we look at them and examine the difference between Outreach and Evangelism.

FOR NEXT TIME.

1 Corinthians 3:5-9.

1 Corinthians 3:5-9.

What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe, as the Lord has assigned to each his task.

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service.

Four stages of evangelism.

Evangelism Methods.

Direct Approach (Confrontational)

Intellectual approach.

Testimonial approach.

Interpersonal Approach.

Invitational Approach.

Service approach.




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