Sunday: The Need for Training
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Image © Frank Gampel from GoodSalt.com

In Matthew 9:37 Jesus told the disciples that the harvest was plentiful but the laborers few. Today the harvest is infinitely larger and the laborers are still relatively few. There is a great need to send out harvest workers who are thoroughly trained and equipped. While it ever remains true that the Holy Spirit’s influence is the major factor in the success of witnessing and evangelism, it is still important that those whom God calls to [...]

Sabbath: Equipping for Evangelism and Witnessing
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Read for This Week’s Study:

Matt. 4:19, 11:1–11, 10:1–14, 1 Pet. 5:8, 2 Pet. 3:9.

Memory Text:

“Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men’ ” (Matthew 4:19, NKJV).

Key Thought:

Whatever the important proper training, we must first be grounded in our relationship with Jesus before we can be “properly equipped” to effectively witness for our faith.

It is highly unlikely that a person who has no personal assurance of salvation will be able to lead another into an intimate saving relationship with [...]

Further Study: Corporate Evangelism and Witnessing
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Setting Realistic Evangelism Goals

Both as a church and as a smaller ministry team, we must make sure that any witnessing and evangelistic goals are realistic. The following are some key areas to consider.

Affordable. Finances play a big part in many church strategies today. Consider the costs of advertising, transportation, resources, postage, venue hire, refreshments, to mention just a few expenses incurred in evangelistic activities.

Achievable. Are the set goals realistically achievable? Do we really have the money, time, support, facilities, and personnel to [...]

Inside Story: God’s Patient Pursuit, Part 1
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I grew up in a non-Christian family in India. I attended a Christian boarding school and lived a highly regimented life. So I wasn’t ready for the freedom I found when I moved to Australia at age 16 to study.

Many of the young people at school smoked and drank. I wasn’t interested in these things and avoided the young people who were involved in these activities. I attended church for my first year in Australia, but then I quit. I [...]

Thursday: The Need for Corporate Unity
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Image © Erik Stenbakken from GoodSalt.com

It has been well said that a Christianity that does not begin with the individual does not begin, but a Christianity that ends with the individual ends. This statement underscores the importance of every new believer being incorporated into the body of believers. As with witnessing and evangelism, it is also true that incorporation cannot be left to certain individuals in the fellowship. Incorporation is the responsibility of the entire church.

Read Colossians 1:28-29. What specific [...]

07: Corporate Evangelism and Witnessing – Thought Starters
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STORY

“I don’t like the word ‘corporate’ in the title of our Sabbath school lesson about witnessing,” Beth complained.

“Why not?” Her husband Matt rubbed his chin.

“Because it makes it sound like evangelism is big business.”

“And you think that evangelism is little business?”

“No, not really. I just don’t think that God expects us to run our church and even our evangelism programs like a business.”

“What’s the alternative?”

“Each person witnessing for himself, or herself. You know. Grow where [...]

Wednesday: Every Part Does Its Share
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When a unified church is focused upon the evangelistic task at hand, the Lord will bless their combined efforts. A careful study of the Bible will reveal how much of the New Testament was written to show Christians how to live and work together in harmony. “One another” passages are scattered thickly throughout its pages. We are commanded to love one another (John 15:12), forgive one another (Eph. 4:32), pray for one another (James 5:16), to mention just a few. [...]

07: Corporate Evangelism & Witnessing – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Under the direction of the Holy Spirit to set goals, plan, and evaluate our witnessing and evangelistic progress, we can draw together in mutual support.

 

[Teaching Plan for "Corporate Evangelism and Witnessing" May 14, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read 2 Timothy 2:2.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why is it important that the truth of Christ be shared with those who will share it [...]

Tuesday: Working in Teams
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Image © Krieg Barrie from GoodSalt.com

It is logical to think that there were times when each of the disciples would have shared their faith on a one-to-one basis, but for the most part we see them in a shared ministry with fellow disciples and being supported by other believers. There is something special about working on an overall plan and receiving support and encouragement from others on the team.

The Bible provides us with a blueprint for effective witnessing and [...]

Monday: Planning Together
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Image © Krieg Barrie from GoodSalt.com

Often, when it comes to the planning of witnessing and evangelism goals and strategies, only a very few people are involved. Then when plans have been decided, those few people set about the task of trying to get others involved in the implementation stages. It is much better to get a larger group involved right from the start. This is why the Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual states that a chief concern of the church [...]