Evangelism

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This outline is from October 21st Bible Study. Evangelism is key to making disciples of people lost in the word and to sin. This lesson reveals its importance and how we can be effective in our witness to people who haven’t experienced the love and acceptance of Jesus Christ. Evangelism is also key to growth in the body of Christ. You can download your copy of the outline by CLICK HERE or read it below. Or you can do both!

God’s Holy People And Evangelism

Bible Passages

Matthew 28:18-20

  • John 6:28
  • Acts 26:20
  • Colossians 3:23
  • John 4:2-42

Devotional Reading: John 4:2-42

Central Verse: 2 Timothy 4:5 (KJV) – But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

(NIV) – But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

Introduction

In the introduction, the author makes these points:

  1. The first believers were examples of faith, commitment, boldness, and understanding of their commission. Their commission was given by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20:
    • Go
    • Make Disciples
    • Baptize
    • Teach
  2. The first believers knew the commission could mean hardship, poverty, and even death for them, but they were willing to take a chance because they understood the plan of Salvation God would give through the finished work of Jesus Christ.
  3. When they became believers they entered into a partnership with God. 
  4. Jesus told them to go to Jerusalem where they would be filled with His Holy Spirit and receive power. (Acts 1:1-8)

Discussion

  1. It is God’s will for us to go out into the hedges and highways (Luke 14:23) and recruit people to become followers (disciples) of Christ (Matthew 28:19)
  2. When we go evangelize we will encounter spiritual warfare because the devil wants everybody lost.
    • An example of opposition can be found in Acts 16:16-34 when the devil tried to stop Paul and Silas.
    • An example of the resistance the devil offers when it comes to giving up territory can be found in Luke 5:-8; Matthew 8:28-34
    • Question:
      • Can you recall meeting opposition when you were witnessing to someone?
  3. A requirement of evangelizing is having the Holy Spirit.
    • The Holy Spirit is needed for discernment, wisdom, and power over the devil’s plan.
      • Matthew 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
  4. We should be recruiting men and women to a lifetime commitment to Jesus and not a certain church.
    • It would be good if someone we minister to wants to follow us to our church.
    • There’s nothing wrong with offering them to come with you.
    • The focus isn’t to get them to join your church but to get people to choose Jesus and His Salvation.
    • I always tell people if they don’t come to my church, go to a church where they are teaching sound doctrine, the truth in God’s word.
  5. Sheep beget sheep.
    • This saying isn’t in the bible but it means:
      • Members of the body of Christ are sheep going after other sheep to bring them home.
  6. Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well is an excellent example of evangelizing someone:
    • Jesus was intentional about going through Samaria.
      • In the days of Jesus’ ministry, the Jews bypassed Samaria on their way to Galilee because of cultural differences and the Jews despised the Samaritans. (John 4:9)
    • Jesus taught His disciples that the gospel was for everybody.
    • Jesus tore down the cultural barriers to reach the lost.
    • Jesus showed the woman He was concerned for her, He told her the truth!
    • She went back to her home and told everyone about Jesus and wound up being an evangelist herself. (Come see a man who told me everything I ever done.”)
  7. The Gospel is for everyone regardless of social, economic, and racial status.
  8. Always remember Jesus evangelized the publicans and sinners. (Luke 5:29-31; Luke 7:34)

Your Response to the Lesson

  1. Be intentional about witnessing to someone who isn’t saved.

Remember

  1. Everyone we witness won’t necessarily come to your church to fellowship so encourage them to go fellowship at a church that teaches sound doctrine and the truth in God’s word.
  2. Be transparent and open about your relationship with Christ, past, and present.
  3. Make the one you’re witnessing to feel comfortable. We must speak the truth in love.

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