One of the fundamental actions all churches should take is evangelism. Evangelism is the activity directly related to the “great commission” that Jesus taught his disciples in Matthew 28.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20
Without evangelism, the lost cannot be saved. The very core mission of eDisciples is to equip all church leaders with the correct tools to build the Kingdom and save the lost. We recently attended an evangelism training session at Life House Church and requested permission to share the basics of their course with you. The rest of this article are extracts from their course.
Identify a harvest field
Identify a location near your church in which to “harvest”.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”Matthew 9:37-38
Identify nearby areas and places such as malls, public places, public parks, schools, etc. Choose one location and communicate this with your church. This will now become the “harvest field” with which you will seek out the lost.
Set a date and engage with the locals
Once you’re ready, set out to your desired location with a few church members that are on fire for the Lord. Arm them with scriptures and get them to earnestly seek out (through the power of the Holy Spirit) the lost individuals. Pray before you head out and ask God to help guide you and your team.
The aim of the day is to get people to identify that they are sinners. This is not as easy as it sounds. Most people are well guarded and you may even run into individuals that are very against religion and/or Christianity. Do not let this trouble you. Follow these practical steps in order to identify with the individual and attempt to get them to see the truth:
Explain to them that they are a sinner – just like yourself and that God is a righteous Judge who will judge fairly. Because of sin, each individual cannot be in the presence of God and that there will be consequences for our actions. It’s important to note that at this point, the person may respond with “I’m actually a good person, so I don’t need to worry“. This is your opportunity to ask them the following:
- Have you ever lied?
- Have you ever stolen (even a small sweet from a friend)?
- Have you ever looked at someone lustfully?
There is a 100% chance that every person will say yes to at least two of those questions. This means they are a sinner – Highlight this to them. Again, explain to them that you too are a sinner and that this is why you require Jesus in your life. Jesus is the one who takes your place when the judgment is finalized. Explain to the person that if they take hold of Jesus, their sins will be wiped away and they can start building a relationship with God through Jesus. Once they realize this and they are willing, it is your role to lead them through a salvation prayer. Crosswalk.com has lovely examples of salvation prayers.
The following scriptures should be handy when evangelizing:
Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.John 6:47
Explain that if there is eternal life, as Jesus exclaims in Joh 6:47, then there must be eternal death.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.1 John 4:8
It’s important to explain the love of God after using this verse. Draw a parallel between how the world defines love and how God defines it. God sent his only Son so that we may have a relationship with Him. That is true love.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.Ephesians 2:8-9
This is a great scripture to help someone realize that just because they consider themselves a nice or great person, does not qualify them for New Earth. The only thing that qualifies them is handing their life over to God through Jesus and walking in the footsteps of the Messiah. An entire lifestyle change is required.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,Romans 3:23
Because we sin and fall short of the glory of God, we cannot be in His presence. Jesus allows us to stand in the throne room unblemished, and pure.
Running an evangelism program for the first time may be daunting. It is important for believers to step out of their comfort zone and be about God’s business of saving the lost. You are an official extension of God – you are made in God’s image. It is now time for you to go help others realize the love and mercy of God if they choose it.