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Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Mark 10:45 which reads: "For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Our soul winning quote today is from Steve Sjogren: "The basic idea behind servant evangelism projects is very simple. It is not difficult to begin loving people in practical ways. We need to avoid the human tendency to make things overly complicated."
Our soul winning devotional is part 29 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism is Washing Feet
Next to the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and the gospel message, there is nothing more powerful or useful in the call of evangelism than "the towel and the basin."
In the time of Christ, the streets were unpaved, and men either wore sandals or went barefoot. Meals were eaten reclining around low tables. Obviously, it was entirely possible that the man eating next to you or across from you would have his dirty feet near your face, making for an unappetizing meal. Therefore, a servant usually greeted guests at the door and washed their feet.
On the night of the last supper, Jesus gathered with His disciples in a rented room to celebrate the Passover. There was no host and no servant to wash feet. Jesus, realizing the situation, used it as a chance to show love in action. How did He do it? He did it with a basin and a towel.
Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is John 4:35 which reads: "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest."
Our soul winning quote today is from Will McRaney. He said, "We cannot harvest where no seed has been planted."
Our soul winning devotional today is part 10 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is..." from Dave Earley and David Wheeler's fine book, "Evangelism Is...: How to Share Jesus With Passion and Confidence".
Evangelism is spiritual farming.
The church was born into an agricultural society. Most of the people lived in the country and farmed. Even village dwellers had a garden and raised a few animals. If you were not a fisherman or a carpenter, you likely would have been a farmer. The idea of plowing, planting, and harvesting would have been easily understood. Therefore, when the apostle Paul was trying to help the Corinthian Christians understand the nature of evangelism, he used the analogy of the harvest. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 says: "I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building."
In Paul's harvest analogy the gospel is the seed. Paul and Apollos were harvest workers along with God. The hearts of the Corinthians were the field of soil. The "increase" or harvest is the result of the gospel's producing new life in the heart of a lost person.
Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is 2 Timothy 2:15 which reads: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
Our soul winning quote today is from Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He said: "Swords are meant to cut and hack, and wound, and kill with, and the word of truth is for pricking men in the heart and killing their sins. The word of God is not committed to God’s ministers to amuse men with its glitter, nor to charm them with the jewels in its hilt, but to conquer their souls for Jesus."
Our soul winning devotional is part 43 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is...A Lifestyle
Jesus Was a Lifestyle Evangelist
In John 1:14, we read: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." The Greek term for "flesh" (sarx) is used when referring to "flesh, muscles, tissue and the like." The implication is that Jesus, who was born physically, was a human being through and through. The word incarnation is taken from the Greek in carne or, literally, "in the flesh." "Dwelt," used in John 1:14, is an Aramaic term that could be translated "pitching one's tent." Linking the two ideas together, we see that Jesus did not merely shout the good news at us from heaven. No, He literally became one of us and "pitched the tent" of His life among us so He could get the message of God to us in a manner that was "full of grace and truth."
Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is John 10:16 which reads: "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
Our soul winning quote today is from Vance Havner. He said: "It is not our business to make the message acceptable, but to make it available. We are not to see that they like it, but that they get it."
Our soul winning devotional is part 41 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is...Being Yourself
You've Got Style
So far we have discussed personality types and spiritual gifts. There also is the matter of style. When you read the New Testament, you will see that different people had different styles when it came to bringing people to Christ.
Peter was an out-there, up-front type of guy. He was bold and brash and preached to a huge crowd.
Andrew was more of a behind-the-scenes, quiet type. He consistently brought people to Jesus.
Jesus' friend Mary served. She cooked the meals and cleaned up the messes.
Matthew knew a lot of people and threw great parties. He invited sinners for dinner with Jesus.
Paul was well educated, extremely intelligent, and an excellent teacher. He lectured in classrooms and synagogues.
The apostle John had a huge heart. He really loved people and repeatedly spoke to them of the love of God.
James, the half brother of Jesus and pastor of the church in Jerusalem, was said to have "camel's knees" because he spent hours on his knees praying for others.
What style is the right style? The one you will use.
Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is John 3:17 which reads: "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
Our soul winning quote today is from Rebecca Manley Pippert. She said: "Rejoice in your God-given temperament and use it for God's purposes."
Our soul winning devotional is part 40 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is...Being Yourself
You Are Gifted
When you became born again, God took up residence in your life in the person of the Holy Spirit. One of the many benefits of having the Holy Spirit in your life is that He enables you to serve God with greater effectiveness. You have no reason to feel inadequate because the Bible promises that the Holy Spirit will give you dynamic power to be a witness and share the gospel. The Holy Spirit not only gives you power to be a witness in general, but He also gives each of us specific spiritual gifts by which we witness. The Bible clearly teaches several simple truths about spiritual gifts.
1. There are a variety of spiritual gifts.
2. Each believer has at least one gift.
3. Gifts are given by God's choice, not ours.
4. Gifts are to be honestly evaluated.
5. God uses different gifts to diversify His body.
6. Gifts are to be used.
7. There are seven primary spiritual gifts. These are:
Prophecy: verbal proclamation of truth
Ministry/serving: ability actively to meet the needs of others
Teaching: ability to clarify and communicate truth
Exhortation: simple, practical spiritual encouragement
Giving: imparting earthly possessions to meet needs
Leadership: wise use of authority or superintendence; organization
Mercy: identifying with people in need
Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Acts 4:20 which reads: "For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."
Our soul winning quote today is from Rick Warren. He said: "God deliberately shaped and formed you to serve him in a way that makes your ministry unique...God never wastes anything. He would not give you the abilities, interests, talents, gifts, personality, and life experiences unless he intended to use them for his glory."
Our soul winning devotional is part 39 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is...Being Yourself
Four Common Personality Types
Perhaps the most common way of discussing and understanding common personalities is through the lens of four personality types. As best we can tell, this way of understanding personality goes back before the time of Christ to a man named Hippocrates.
Hippocrates was an ancient Greek physician who has been referred to as the "father of medicine." He has been credited as the author of the Hippocratic Oath, a document on the ethics of medical practice. Hippocrates believed certain human behaviors could be understood and related to the classical elements of air, water, earth, and fire. These are commonly referred to as the four temperaments: sanguine, phlegmatic, melancholic, and choleric, respectively.
How has God wired you? What is your primary personality type? How will your primary personality type impact the ways you are most comfortable and effective in doing evangelism?
In our next broadcast, we will continue to look at why evangelism is...being yourself.
Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 9:16 which reads: "For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!"
Our soul winning quote today is from Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg. They said: "Do you want to be a contagious Christian? Then stop apologizing for your God-given design. Quit trying to deny your individuality...Somewhere in your community, there is probably a seeker who's one step from coming to faith but who needs to come in contact with someone like you-with your personality, your temperament, your passion, and your interests."
Our soul winning devotional is part 38 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is...Being Yourself
David is an active and aggressive evangelist. He loves people and is determined to share his faith and see that no one goes to hell. He does not beat around the bush but cuts right to the heart of an issue or argument.
Ingrid is a fun-loving, talkative, persuasive, energetic people person. She seemingly has never met a stranger and has no problem sharing the gospel with people she has never met. Last week in the mall, she led to Christ two women she had never met before.
Steve is a servant. People say that he will give you the shirt off his back. He devotes every Saturday morning to cutting the grass of the elderly people in his neighborhood. Eventually he will ask them if he can pray for them. A month or two later he will share the gospel with them. After months of patiently mowing a widow's yard, he will finally be able to share Christ with her.
Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 which reads: "I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building."
Our soul winning quote today is from Jim Petersen: "When we bring someone to a decision to trust Christ in the course of a conversation or two, we can be sure of one thing: considerable preparation and laboring has already occurred in that life before we arrived on the scene."
Our soul winning devotional today is part 9 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler's fine book, "Evangelism Is...: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence."
Evangelism is a process leading to an event.
Marriage is a serious commitment. It is supposed to last a lifetime. No reasonably sane, secure American girl chooses to marry someone she does not know fairly well. Therefore people will spend months or even years getting to know all they can about a person and finding out if that person can be trusted.
In a similar way, trusting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is a significant commitment, which the Bible likens to marriage. Jesus is called the Bridegroom. It will last throughout eternity.
No reasonably sane, secure person would ever agree to commit his life to Jesus as Lord and Savior if he did not know Him fairly well. He will usually take time to get to know more about Jesus before committing his life to Him.
Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Luke 15:10 which reads: "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."
Our soul winning quote today is from John Piper: He said, "There is no escape: if we, by God's grace, are successful in evangelism we will be happier. Our joy in God will be increased."
Our soul winning devotional today is part 1 of our new series titled "What Evangelism Is Not" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism is not a choice. It is generally accepted in Christian circles that the majority of believers rarely share their faith with another unsaved person. I have noticed this in my graduate-level evangelism classes. By a simple show of hands, well over half of the students will admit that they rarely share their faith with an unsaved person. One of the contributing factors is that evangelism is taught as an individual choice rather than a biblical command. This is misleading and dangerous in reference to the Great Commission. Consider what Jesus says in Acts 1:8: "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." The phrase "you shall be witnesses" is written as a direct command of Christ. The aim is to mobilize His disciples into the world to fulfill His earlier promise as recorded in Mark 1:17: "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."
Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is 2 Corinthians 5:20 which reads: "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."
Our soul winning quote today is from Thom Rainer: "Christians have nothing to fear. The gates of hell will not prevail against us. We have nothing to fear, but in Christ's name, we have much to offer."
Our soul winning devotional today is part 5 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is Not" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler's fine book, "Evangelism Is...".
Evangelism is not acting arrogant or superior. 1 Peter 5:6 says, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time." The key to effective evangelism is a well-prepared, obedient, loving, and humble heart for God. A "know it all" and "cocky" attitude will always hinder the effectiveness of evangelism.
Evangelism is not meant to be silenced by fear. In 2 Timothy 1:7-8, the apostle Paul states, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God." While appropriate fear is rational in certain situations, according to Scripture, this should not apply to the task of evangelism.
Evangelism is not a theological dilemma. Some people try to use theological constructs to ignore the Great Commission. Because of extreme viewpoints related to the doctrine of election, more contemporary ministers are ignoring their responsibility to be active in evangelism. The same is true when liberal theologians compromise the authority of Scripture.
Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Daniel 12:3 which reads: "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."
Our soul winning quote today is from Gene Edwards. He said: "We must stop inviting the lost to church. We must start inviting them to Christ!"
Our soul winning devotional is part 37 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is...Praying Prodigals Home
Here is a suggested outline for praying for those who need Christ.
1. Lord, pour out Your Spirit upon (name of person) and:
2. Convict him/her of his/her sin, lack of righteousness, and deserved judgement
3. Open their hearts
4. Reveal to him/her who You are and what Christ has done for him/her
5. Open the eyes of his/her understanding and remove his/her spiritual blindness. Let there be light!
6. Draw him/her to Yourself in a powerful fashion
7. Bind Satan from him/her. Keep Satan from stealing Your Word from his/her heart.
8. May Your grace and mercy surround him/her.
9. Grant him/her the gift of repentance.
10. Help me to be willing and anxious to be the means by which You save and deliver him/her. Lord, show me how to lead him/her to Christ.
11. Send people across his/her path to bring him/her a witness of Christ.
Never forget that evangelism is praying prodigals home to God, continuing to pray even when things get worse, and praying in faith that God is working even as we are praying.
In our next broadcast, we will continue to look at why evangelism is...being yourself.
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