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Have you ever tried to learn how to play a new game by just reading the directions? It’s pretty hard to do, isn’t it? It’s much easier if someone in the group already knows how to play the game and they walk you through the first couple of times.
Have you ever wondered how skateboarders and motocross riders learn to do what they do? Do they sit in classes, read books on their tricks, take [...]
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Sometimes we may fail to reach all of the goals that have been set for a particular evangelism activity. Does this mean that we have totally failed? Of course not. Regardless of the strategy we employ in our search to win the lost, we will have both successes and failures. We may even set the bar too high. For instance, if we fail to reach set baptismal goals, we may have set unrealistic goals; [...]
Key Thought : We can learn to be equipped for evangelism by direct instruction, observation, participation, and cooperation together with fellow church members.
[Teaching Plan for "Equipping for Evangelism and Witnessing" May 21, 2012]
1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 11:4-6.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What kind of reporting would you feel was important to share with others?
C. Personal Application: How can we go and show others [...]
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No matter how many books a person reads about his or her favorite sport, and no matter how many games are watched, if someone wants to be a player they have to put their boots on and get out on the field. We call it hands-on experience, learning by doing, and without it a person is simply not equipped for the task. This universal truth even applies to the Christian’s witnessing and evangelism. Sometimes [...]
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There are two aspects to learning for those who wish to serve the Lord, and one leads to the other. First there is learning to know Jesus; then comes learning how to share Him and what He offers to the whole fallen human race.
Read about the time Jesus fed the 5,000 (Matt. 14:13–21, Mark 6:30–44, Luke 9:10–17, John 6:1–14). List the things that the disciples would have observed that would help equip them for their future ministry. What [...]
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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 [...]
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“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Was the atonement and sacrifice of Christ a matter of vengeance? Did God the Father send His Son to die because He needed to see someone suffer for the rebellion? Do we serve a God that just has to see somebody suffer and pay the price for disobeying Him? Really, why did Christ have to [...]
Read for This Week’s Study:
Matt. 4:19, 11:1–11, 10:1–14, 1 Pet. 5:8, 2 Pet. 3:9.
“Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men’ ” (Matthew 4:19, NKJV).
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]
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“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 [...]