What Is Evangelism by Pastor George Santana (and Wilfred René Starrenbrug)
EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING
WE ALL HAVE BEEN CALLED TO EVANGELIZE THE WORLD, TOOLS GIVEN TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO FULFILL THE GOAL OF JESUS
The Commission of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age".
...until the day that He was taken up into heaven, after having given instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After His suffering, Jesus presented Himself to them and gave them many indisputable proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days, telling them about the Kingdom of God. Empowerment in Acts 1:2,3
Enveloping with the Holy Spirit in Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be mine witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth".
Why do we need to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior?
Because all have sinned and are destitute of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation through faith in his blood, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his patience he had been passed over the crimes that were committed in the past, to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus Romans 3:23-26
Sin entered humanity as a result of Adam's disobedience. With the fall came consequences and the worst of them was the separation of man from his Creator. From then on, we were all born with the mark of sin, but God sent Jesus to justify men. Therefore, just as through one trespass judgment came upon all men to condemnation, even so through one act of righteousness free gift came upon all men to justification and life.
For as through the disobedience of one man man many were constituted sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be constituted righteous. Romans 5:18,19
Other consequences of Sin:
Spiritual Death; the first death that happens as a result of sin (Rom. 6:23)
Slavery; the person becomes a slave to Sin, and lives in the illusion that he can free himself whenever he wants (Rom. 6:16)
Dissatisfaction; With Hedonism (Search for pleasure as the supreme good), man seeks the satisfaction and fulfillment of his desires. But as soon as he gets what he wants, he gets bored and goes on looking for satisfaction. (Jude 1:16)
WHAT IS EVANGELISM?
The origin of the word EVANGELISM comes from the Latin EVANGELIU and the Greek EUANGELION, which means "GOOD NEWS". Suffix, ISMO (of Greek origin) appears the word EVANGELHO + ISMO = EVANGELISM.
Refers to the proclamation of the Gospel, that is, the Good News that God raised Jesus from the dead.
The message of the Gospel it is a narration of a fact, Evangelism is the announcement of that fact (Acts 2:14-32).
For you have given him authority over all mankind, that he might give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
This is eternal life: that they might know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent John 17:2-3.
Jesus left us this mission, and if we are his disciples, then our mission it is to evangelize, to bring the message of salvation to all men. Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations Matthew 28:19.
It needs to be done in the power of the Holy Spirit of God, who is the one who convinces of sin, righteousness and judgment (Jn. 16:8).
Evangelism involves the announcement of God's intervention in human history by resurrecting Jesus from Nazareth of a death by crucifixion.
Whoever announces the Good News needs to know Christ and experience what He taught. The Biblical sense of Evangelism is not soul winning, but advertising.
Evangelism involves witnessing to what God has done, is doing, and will do.
Evangelism is always an invitation communicated with joy, never by coercion or threats, because the one who evangelizes is a witness, not a judge.
Being and Doing in Evangelism are inseparable, and the life witness of the church has evangelistic significance, (positive or negative). Believing is an attitude of faith, speaking it is an action of faith (2 Cor. 4:13).
WHO IS AN EVANGELIST?
He who proclaims the Good News. Obeying the order of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20, the EVANGELIST announces the word of God to the world, presenting that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal salvation, to Heaven.
John 14:6 I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.
2 Timothy 4:5 But you be sober in everything, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
The evangelist must be someone endowed with the necessary Biblical characteristics (love for others, ability to preach the Gospel, power in his message, full of the Holy Spirit who reveals a person's sins, etc.).
The evangelist is a bearer full of God's love to proclaim the Good News, and whose main message is the redeeming grace of God and that man is a sinner and needs salvation.
The evangelist has an important role in church and has a prayer group supporting him/her.
The soul winning evangelist
- On squares
- In Hospitals
- In the streets
- In restaurants
- In football stadiums
- In bus, subway and train
The Evangelist takes every opportunity to talk about Jesus. Always have some literature to hand out to people.
HOW TO EVANGELIZE?
Four Spiritual Laws (Dr. Bill Bright)
- God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
- Man is sinful and separated from God, so he cannot know or experience God's love and plan for his life.
- Jesus Christ is God's only solution for sinful man. Through him you can know and experience his love and God's plan for your life.
- We can receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord through a personal invitation.
At the end, after clarifying the doubts, we can conclude by stating that he can receive Christ at that very moment.
By saying a prayer of confession:
"Lord Jesus, I understood that the Lord is my Savior I recognize that I am a sinner and I want to thank you for forgiving my sins. I give you my life. And thank you very much for dying on the cross in my place."
EBFs Vacation Bible Schools
- Distribution of food to the needy
- Visits to the sick
- Door to Door
- JESUS Film
- Effective effort to build houses in poor neighborhoods
- Community work
- Serving neighbors
- Open Air Worship
- Visits to Hospitals and Prisons
- Growth Groups, PGs, Cells
A disciple is someone who learns, he lives what he learns and communicates to others.
Therefore, you, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
And the things that you heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to faithful men that they may also be able to teach others.
Model of Jesus
JESUS---BARNABAS---PAUL---TIMOTHY-----FAITHFUL MEN---- OTHERS
The word discipleship comes from disciple.
A disciple is someone who follows the teachings of a certain master. In the Biblical context it means a disciple teaching other people to also be disciples of the same master, walking in his teachings.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19).
The goal of Biblical discipleship is to take the people to know Jesus Christ and his word, from then on, these people will also be disciples and followers of the Lord Jesus.
"Sheep generating sheep".
How to carry out Biblical discipleship in practice?
PREACH WITH YOUR LIFE
If you live the teachings of Jesus in your everyday life, that will already be a great preaching for people. Our life witness will impact people's hearts and open doors for us to share the gospel.
TEACH WHAT YOU KNOW
You do not have to be a theologian to disciple people. Teach what you know. Talk about what Jesus did in your life, what your life was like then and what it is like now. Do not allow opportunities to be lost because you think you always need to know more to start discipling people.
LEARN MORE TO TEACH MORE
Do not stand still in time. Seek to learn more and more and live more and more the word of God so that you are increasingly empowered to share with others about the gospel of Christ. The more prepared a servant is, the more God will use him.
Preparing to Evangelize
Choose an appropriate place and time. If you want to get out there and share your message with as many receptive people as possible, let them come to you. Highly active and good places for evangelism include suburban business districts, street markets and college campuses. Avoid evangelizing near churches of other denominations and in other places that may be difficult or problematic. No one will want to talk to you on the subway at 8 AM. Use your common sense. It can be a great idea to evangelize in front of a punk rock club on a Friday night, but it can also be an attitude that will only lead to arguments. Never gets into arguments.
Do not trespass on anyone's property and follow all laws. If it happens, be courteous and leave.
Prepare several questions. It is helpful to move from simple conversation to starting a discussion about faith by asking poignant questions. It is helpful to have a good list of questions in mind to avoid last-minute improvisations.
Prayer with a group. Gather a group and evangelize as a unit. Do not approach people like a gang, but take frequent breaks and review individual progress. Having a support group will make the job a lot easier.
Talking and making friends. Trust yourself right away. It will take a while before anyone really opens up.
The Billy Graham Association says that 90% of converts stay in the church when they meet friends there. So if you are in high school or college, try this experiment: sit with someone in the cafeteria for 3 days and become friends with someone. Then talk about faith on the third day. The results can be surprising. The student can open his heart, even for hours, and ask questions. What do you think happens after death? What do you think about Covid-19 and vaccination? What do you think of mandatory vaccination and a chip in your hand with all your personal data? What if you can only pay with?
Ask strong questions. Listen and pay attention.
Talk about your testimony to encourage the person. He talks about his conversion.
Connects with the experience of young people
Experience shows that this becomes reality when you connect with young people's perception. There are three "languages" to connect easily and they are "eat together", "make music together" or "work out together".