06: Personal Evangelism & Witnessing – thought starters
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A Prediciament

Are any of the following involved in personal evangelism?1

Judy is sitting at her desk at home signing cards to send to children in the primary division for their birthdays.

Matthew is working on a stubborn computer to get it to run again for an equally stubborn old man who lives down the road.

Susan is chopping carrots and lettuce for a salad she is taking to a special after-church lunch.

The Wilson family is driving ten  miles out of their way [...]

Thursday: My Contribution to the Whole
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This week we have been considering our personal mission field and our witnessing and evangelism potential. It is also important to grasp the truth that, because the church consists of all of the members, each one’s individual effort contributes to the church’s overall corporate evangelism. Are you aware of what strategies your church has in place in its work to lead people to Jesus? You may be able to invite people from your personal [...]

Wednesday: The Witness of a Righteous Life
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Image © Sally Weimer from GoodSalt.com

Do actions really speak louder than words? Yes, immensely so. It is true, therefore, that while a message can be given through actions without words, an equally strong message can be given through words with actions. There is something very powerful about a message that incorporates both actions and words that are in agreement. To profess to love God and then act as if you don’t is hypocrisy, and the worst witness that can [...]

06: Personal Evangelism & Witnessing – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : A personal witness is a testimony to invite others to take a closer look at the difference that God has made in our lives.

 

[Teaching Plan for "Personal Evangelism and Witnessing" May 7, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Acts 4:13,14.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What should a person who has been with Jesus be like? What did John and Peter’s relationship with Jesus [...]

Tuesday: My Personal Potential
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When our personal ministries leaders call for volunteers to be involved in witnessing and evangelism, we often think that many people are more qualified and gifted than we ourselves are. Others seem more confident and capable. However, the Bible reveals to us that God is not necessarily looking for those who are the most qualified as much as those who are willing to be used, whatever their gifts and talents.

A good example of this [...]

Monday: My Personal Mission Field
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Image © Consuelo Udave from GoodSalt.com

When Jesus looked at the crowds of people, He was filled with compassion (see Matt. 9:36). Sometimes we may think that Jesus simply saw the crowd, but, in reality, He saw each individual that made up the crowd. In the same way, we should be aware of the individuals in the crowds through which we walk and in which we live. Our church can be aware of individuals in the crowd only as church members interact on [...]

Sunday: My God and Me
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Image © Janet Hyun from GoodSalt.com

Our personal relationship with Jesus will have a direct bearing upon our success in witnessing for Him. It is so easy to learn some witnessing and evangelism formulas and then rally forth in our own assumed wisdom and strength. While God can still bless our efforts, we must ever remind ourselves that it is His work, and we accomplish it through His power. Do we want to merely impart knowledge (albeit important knowledge), or [...]

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

Acts 4:13-14; John 1:37–50; Psalm 139; 1 Pet. 3:1–15; John 4:37-38.

Memory Text:

“‘You are My witnesses,’ says the Lord, ‘and My servant whom I have chosen’” (Isaiah 43:10, NKJV).

Key Thought:Those who have the joy of assurance of salvation will want to lead others to experience the same.

Although many people will hear the good news about Jesus through a church’s witnessing and evangelism endeavors, there is a special sense in which the individual’s influence contributes significantly to the success of the corporate church [...]

Further Study: Sequential Evangelism and Witnessing
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Finding a Target Audience

By now you will have discovered that the evangelism strategy we are following week to week will take longer than one quarter to achieve. For instance, we would not expect that the local evangelistic training opportunities mentioned in lesson three will be discovered, planned, and attended in just one week. However, while you are considering training and where your ministry will fit into your church’s overall plans, it is important that you consider your target audience.

The following [...]

Inside Story: No Longer Alone
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Image © Krieg Barrie from GoodSalt.com

“Sometimes, I wonder if my mother has seen me but didn’t recognize me,” 16-year-old Ginny says.

Born in the Haitian countryside, Ginny was given up at birth. She lived in several different homes and even lived on the streets. When Ginny was 4, a woman took her home to live with her. “I got to go to school!” Ginny said. “But when Ginny was 10, the woman invited a man to live in the house. [...]

Thursday: Preparing a Harvest
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Image © John Baker from GoodSalt.com

Leading a person along in their spiritual journey is like preparing for a harvest. Anyone who has worked a vegetable garden knows that there is a definite time frame and sequence of steps to follow if the desired harvest is to be realized. We must dig in the soil, remove the weeds, plant the seeds, and water the garden. It is also necessary to create the right environment for the plants; some may require [...]

05: Sequential Evangelism & Witnessing – Thought Starters
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Another Fairly Reliable (FR) Fable

Once upon a time, towards the end of the post-Millerate era of zeal, a seed was planted. Perhaps it was in a small church made of rough boards hewn to fit a frame on a concrete block. Perhaps it was in a barn big enough to accommodate a few hundred believers. Wherever it was, the plant from the seed grew in a slightly different direction from those of other seeds or seedlings in this vast farming community. They grew [...]