Evangelism Equipping Seminar This Saturday, 12 February 9:00 am - Noon

As we begin a new year, we want to encourage one another to be faithful in all things. One area we want to focus on in 2022 is evangelism, or as I prefer to call it, Normal Evangelism. When evangelism is special, it requires special Christians, trained with special methods, using special tools, during special times. But, when evangelism is normal, every Christian is engaging in gospel conversations, praying that the Spirit would give spiritual life to those we’re sharing with. As elders, our hope is that you are regularly, normally sharing the gospel with as many people as the Lord brings into your life.

Still, I know that many Christians struggle with evangelism. So, to encourage and equip you, we have planned an evangelism seminar this Saturday, 12 February from 9:00 am – Noon. As we seek to engage our unbelieving family, friends, and neighbors, would you make every effort to join us? We trust this equipping time will encourage you and answer some of your questions regarding evangelism. Childcare will be available for children 8 months – 3 years. You may register for childcare here | child care deadline (tomorrow, Feb. 9)

To get us thinking about evangelism before this Saturday, here are ten practices of normal evangelism to spur you on this week in whatever opportunities the Lord may grant you.

  1.  Know the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)! When we understand the gospel, we know that GOD is holy and created a world without sin. God provided mankind with all he needed to dwell in His presence.  But, MAN rebelled against God, and rebellion requires judgment, the penalty of which is death.  Yet, God in His grace, provided CHRIST as a representative substitute to live a life of perfect obedience and to receive upon Himself the penalty of sin on our behalf. Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, proving His victory over sin and death. Now, all who RESPOND with repentance from sin and faith in Jesus have eternal life. This is the good news that we must know in order to share it with others.
  2. Live your life in light of this gospel. As this gospel takes root in our own lives and we begin to apply it to our marriages, parenting, relationships, lives together as a church, then our lives will be markedly different than the world and thereby attractive. How can we announce that this gospel is the power of God to save and change lives if we who profess Christ continue living just like the world?
  3. Pray and fast for unbelievers (John 14:12-14; 15:7-8). One reason unbelieving people are not on our minds is because we don’t pray for them. Make a list of unbelieving people and begin praying for their salvation. But also ask God to open doors for evangelism, then by faith be obedient when the opportunities arise. We look forward to beginning our Sunday night prayer gatherings beginning this Sunday, when we will be able to share with one another about the gospel opportunities the Lord has given us.
  4. Be willing to share your life with unbelievers (1 Thessalonians. 2:1-8). If we are going to reach unbelievers, we need to get to know them: where they live, shop, eat, recreate. Look for opportunities to relate with them where they are, instead of thinking they will come to us. Let us wisely share our lives with unbelievers: talking to them, inviting them to church, or into your home for a meal.  
  5. Share the gospel with urgency (2 Peter 3:8-10)! To be sure, we need to share the gospel naturally & clearly, but we must also share it urgently. Right now is the time for salvation. When a person dies or Christ returns, there will be no more opportunities for repentance and faith.
  6. Study the doctrine of hell! If you lack urgency in evangelism, then study the doctrine of hell.  As you consider the fate of those who reject Christ, ask God to break your heart and move you with urgency to share the good news with the lost.
  7. Invite unbelievers to repent and believe! The gospel requires a response. We must call on all people everywhere to repent (turn away from their sinful ways) and believe (in Jesus Christ).
  8.  Invite unbelievers to church. Invite the unbelieving, unchurched to come with you on the Lord’s day so that they may hear the gospel proclaimed. Surprisingly, in a 2010 study of unbelieving, unchurched people in Austin, a large number indicated that they would be open to invitations to go to church. Imagine that! They don’t come because we don’t ask.
  9. Trust Christ for the results. Faithfulness, not results is what God requires of us. Salvation is of the Lord, so we must trust the sovereign Lord to do His work in the hearts of unbelieving people. Our responsibility is to faithfully share the gospel indiscriminately.
10. Share with others and ask them to join you in prayer. I have found it encouraging to hear         other Christians’ stories of evangelism. Share your evangelism encounters, celebrate simply               sharing the gospel, and pray together for those souls. Let’s make evangelism normal again!

Love,

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