The Mission of Evangelism

Recently, God has stirred the hearts of our church to focus in the area of evangelism.  From unsaved family members to the enthusiasm of the TWYGS in treasure hunting to the salvation of students from the International Student ministry, to the preparations for summer missions, God has raised the level of our conscience towards proclaiming his Good News.

We are reminded that the “mission of evangelism” needs to be at the heart of every believer just as much as our desire to be passionate pursuers of God and the desire to grow and mature in Christ.

“Evangelism is not the imposition of a point-of-view but the overflow of a thankful heart.” – Donald Bloesch

As a relational community, we are called to make God known.  Genesis 12:1-3, Matthew 28:18-20, and Acts 1:8

The Three Keys for Effective Evangelism:

1.  Declare God’s Truth – Have a basic understanding of the Christian message.  What is the Good News?  God entered human history through Christ, who took upon himself the sin of the human race so that all who believe might be saved from the judgment we rightly deserve.  Our message is that Jesus, the Son of God, lived, died on the cross and rose again for our sin!  We are to repent, believe, and receive Christ as King.  We are to follow Jesus as Lord of our lives and to live under his rule.  We must also be willing to tell our story and share our own conversion experience.  When we share our conversion story, it reveals our encounter with God’s power, whether it be his saving grace or his keeping grace, and the beauty of his touch upon our lives.

2.  Display God’s Love – The way we act toward others more than what we say with our words.  In the book, unchristian, many outsiders of the church in this generation view many Christians living in America as unchristian.  The perceptions are Christians are insensitive especially to the homosexual community, insincere in terms of our approach to evangelism, irrelevant in that we are out of touch with the reality of today’s culture, hypocritical when it comes to our lifestyle and behaviors, judgmental in our expression towards others, and too politically motivated when it comes to dealing with social issues.  We must look to Jesus’ examples in the Gospel that reveal his approach to people.     

3.  Demonstrate God’s Power – Our reliance must be on the Holy Spirit to touch and transform lives.  Paul said, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”  1 Corinthians 2:4  Jesus’ ministry in proclaiming the kingdom of God was accompanied by the demonstration of God’s power through signs and wonders.  And through the Holy Spirit, we have been given the authority to do greater things than these.  Finally, the miraculous includes the witness of God’s transforming power in our everyday lives as we submit to him in obedience and in holiness.

All three of these need to work together and not in isolation.  Jesus’ life and ministry is our ultimate example!

We must remember that “it takes all kinds of Christians to reach all kinds of non-Christians.”

Six Evangelism Styles – from Becoming a Contagious Church by Mark Mittelberg

1.  The Direct Style – Peter in Acts 2

2.  The Intellectual Style – Paul in Acts 17

3.  The Testimonial Style – The Blind Man in John 9

4.  The Interpersonal Style – Matthew (Levi) in Luke 5:29

5.  The Invitational Style – Samaritan Woman in John 4:28-30,39

6.  The Serving Style – Tabitha in Acts 9:36

All these styles help to facilitate the process of evangelism that should be a part of the life of every believer.

Evangelism is relational and can be fun and involve the things we enjoy.

Evangelism involves discipleship.  “Evangelism should be undertaken with the objective of discipleship and discipleship should prepare believers for evangelism.”

Pastor Daniel

 

For more insights, read:

Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World by Rebecca Manley Pippert

unchristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

Becoming a Contagious Church by Mark Mittelberg