Evangelism Lecture 4 – How Do We Evangelize
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Recognize the seven foundational assumptions for effective evangelism (26)
- 1. Everyone is on a spiritual pilgrimage
- 2. All evangelism is the work of God
- 3. All evangelism represeted by the truth of Jesus Christ
- 4. all evangelism is empowered by the Holy Spirit
- 5. All evangelism is relational or propositional
- 6. All evangelism is contextual
- 7. All evangelism is effective through the praying Church
Recognize how to discover a person's stories and how to connect them with God's story and your story (sect 29.2 and Appendix 4)
Discover stories- before sharing your story and God's redemptive story
- Appendix 4
Discover the other person's story: adopt a posture of listening and discovering people's stories; identify themes of alientation from God, others and themselves; Note expressions of a desire for "more"; Assess where they are in the journey.
- Discover the other person's stories of the presence of God:
- Answers to prayers; experiences with God as a child, teen, and adult; how God met a person in failure; where God rescued someone; dramatic encounters in worship, a healing or service; quiet encounters in worship, small group, or a relationship; experiences of joy, peace, longsuffering, or the gifts of the spirit.
- Connect the stories:
- 188.8.131.52 God’s Story
- Community of Love and Mission
- Jesus Name
- 184.108.40.206 Your Story
- Alienation from God
- Encounter with Jesus
- Rescued and Captured by Jesus
- 220.127.116.11 Their Story
- Themes of alienation from God, others and self
- Movements of God in their life.
- Indicators of a desire for “more”....
- 29.2.4 Understanding How Stories Intersect
- Stories are accessible for everyone
- Stories engage the listener
- Stories make emotional impact that is memorable
Match the points for the Six-Point Evangelism Assessment Scale and their descriptions (Appendix 5)
- 1. No Awareness of God
- o No religious experience or biblical training
- o No evidence of any reflection on the existence of God
- o Be patient and pray for an opportunity to talk about God o Build a caring friendship and listen to their story
- 2. Awareness of God
- o Some religious experience and biblical training
- o A verbal acknowledgement of the existence of God
- o Listen for common themes in their story
- o Pray for an opportunity to tell your story and share the gospel
- 3. Initial Reaction
- o Hostility- indicates an emotional investment
- o Indifference- neither hostile nor curious
- o Curiosity- indicates an intellectual and emotional interest
- o Discern the Holy Spirit leading regarding hostility and curiosity
- o Pray for further opportunities to share the gospel
- 4. Active Interest
- o Demonstrating active interest in the gospel
- o Reflects on the gospel
- o Answer questions and encourage dialogue
- o Pray for opportunities to invite the person to church
- 5. Excitement and Decision
- o Is open for a relationship with Jesus
- o Is experiencing the presence of God
- o Invited them to accept Jesus
- o Explain the call to follow Jesus
- 6. Dissonance
- o Experiencing doubts about recent decision for Christ
- o Confused about how to live the Christian life
- o Continuing to struggle with life issues
- o Bring encouragement through the bible and prayer
- o Connect them with Christian community
- o Assist them in dealing with ongoing sinful patterns
List (in 1 sentence each) the six essential points of the Gospel (Sect 30)
- 1. Sin is a reality.
- 2. Jesus is fully human and fully God.
- 3. We need to be forgiven of our sin, turn away from sin and turn to God.
- 4. Salvation is a free gift from God; no one can earn it.
- 5. We accept salvation by faith.
- 6. The Bible is God's Word
Match the 9 styles of evangelism with their descriptions and cautions about their weaknesses (sect 31 and Appendix 8)
Weaknesses: 1) They may fail to consider the listener’s feelings; 2) May lack sensitivity; 3) At times, they may be more offensive than the gospel warrants; 4) May need to be reminded that love through action/service is important too.
- Prophetic:People with a prophetic style attempt to use scripture when confronting people’s sin and calling for repentance. In public or private interaction, they prefer to skip small talk in order to get to the point. They have strong convictions and opinions, but are more likely to communicate Biblical principles than personal bias. They have a sense of urgency in obtaining a response. They are willing to say hard things to anyone and hold people and structures accountable for their values. They are bold, direct, and face to face-type people. Biblical examples include people like Stephen (Acts 7), John the Baptist (Mark 6), and Jesus (Matthew 15).
- Strengths: 1) Cuts through smoke screens; 2) People hear the Word of God instead of men; 3) Respects Scripture and its ability to bring conviction; 4) Prophetic people are usually verbally articulate.
Weaknesses: 1) They may not “connect” with all types of people; 2) They may confuse information transfer with communication; 3) They may rely on an outline instead of considering and responding to the unique person or situation; 4) May be rigid and unadaptable.
- Proclaimers seek opportunities and circumstances to communicate a clear gospel outline and the need to respond. In public or private interaction, these people take initiative and utilize a straightforward approach to the gospel. They have a sense of urgency that people need to hear the gospel. They are direct, and verbal. Biblical examples include Peter (Acts 3), Philip (Acts 8), and Jesus (Luke 4).
- Strengths: 1) Provides clear, insightful and Biblical communication; 2) They are always prepared to share the gospel verbally; 3) They are initiators, not passively waiting for opportunities, but creating them.
Weaknesses: 1) They may get stuck on academic points and evidence instead of focusing on the gospel; 2) They may present the gospel as a mere intellectual concept rather than an incarnational reality; 3) Tendency to forget the role of the Holy Ghost in bringing people to faith; 4) They may overwhelm or humiliate people in the process of explaining Christianity and the gospel.
- Intellectuals attempt to make a case for Christianity. They use a breadth of knowledge — historic proof, philosophic constructs, scientific analysis, and common reason to make a rational appeal for Christianity. They seek to appeal to people’s will through their minds. They often enjoy reading books. They are philosophical, theological, inquisitive, and logical. Biblical examples include Paul (Acts 17), Jesus (Matthew 22).
- Strengths: 1) Validates/protects the truth of the gospel for all contexts & situations; 2) Contextualizes the gospel to current events and trends; 3) Takes down intellectual barriers that keep people from Jesus; 4) Intellectuals tend to be teachable and good learners.
Weaknesses: 1) May get caught up in the story and fail to connect it with the gospel message; 2) They may limit the listener’s understanding of the gospel by the limitations of the analogy being used (there are no “perfect” stories or analogies); 3) They may need to learn to tell stories that are confrontational in nature.
- Storytellers try to communicate theological truths through analogies or parables. Narration connects felt needs and contemporary stories to Jesus’ story with creativity and personal impact rather than a memorized gospel outline. They think metaphorically. They often are artists and/or musicians. They are talkative, sociable, and down to earth. Biblical examples include King Solomon (Proverbs 7), and Jesus (Luke 15, Matthew 12 & 13).
- Strengths: 1) Communicates the gospel in a captivating and memorable style; 2) Appeals to people’s imagination through stories; 3) Brings Scripture to life by connecting Biblical stories with people’s needs and blindness.
Weaknesses: 1) May rely too much on experiences rather than the gospel; 2) Can communicate that the gospel is subjective; 3) may fail to tell the whole gospel by concentrating solely on their testimony; 4) May assume that their listener’s experiences are like their own.
- Testimonially-oriented people emphasize openness with their own life’s story. As they listen to others, they are reminded of their own story and how God has worked in their own lives. Connections with others are made through shared experiences. Their personal stories point to Jesus. They tend to be vulnerable about their personal life, especially their ups and downs. Biblical examples include the blind man (John 9), Paul (Acts 26), and Jesus (John 14-15).
- Strengths: Appeals to the imagination and life experiences; 2) Identifies with people and makes them feel affirmed; 3) Builds relationships through empathy and vulnerability.
Weaknesses: 1) Their relationships can become idolatrous-they may not be willing to risk the relationship by sharing the gospel with others; 2) They may never get to the point of sharing the gospel; 3) They may need to work on boldness and speaking the truth to friends; 4) They may need to learn not to shy away from appropriate conflict.
- Interactive people tend to focus on establishing relationships as an avenue to verbalize the gospel. They are able to create space for people. They reach out to people and quickly feel accepted and included by others. They wait patiently for strategic, teachable moments to verbalize the gospel. They are prepared to apply the gospel to the various situations and friendships they find themselves in. Biblical examples include Andrew with Simon (John 1), and Jesus with the Samaritan woman (John 4).
- Strengths: 1) People usually feel affirmed and listened to; 2) They easily develop friends with many types of people; 3) They value the uniqueness and individuality of others.
Weaknesses: 1) They may rely too much on others to verbalize the gospel; 2) They may fail to experience God working through their direct ministry to others; 3) They may need some work on dealing with the natural conflict the gospel itself brings; 4) They may need to realize that the gospel itself saves and not Church, events, concerts, etc....
- The Martha Stewarts of evangelism! These people are hospitable and always are inviting people to events. They network well to help the Christian community to be effective with their friends. They are bringers, includers, and may be the life of a party or simply a quiet mobilizer. They are social, persuasive, and down to earth. Biblical examples include the Samaritan woman (John 4), Levi (Matthew 5), and Jesus (Mark 1).
- Strengths: 1) They make outreach successful; 2) They are aware of many opportunities being opportunities for outreach; 3) They act as a bridge from the world of the lost to the Church.
Weaknesses: 1) They may never get to the gospel; 2) They may need to sharpen their ability to verbally express the gospel; 3) They may need to connect their service with the reason for the service; 4) They often can focus so much on action that the purpose for service can be lost.
- The Mother Teresa’s of the Church. Servers attempt to care for the real needs of people. Servers are empathetic and sympathetic. They place a high value on actions, even menial tasks. They seek to bring relief to others through practical service. They tend to have a concern for social justice. Their kindness usually comes at a personal cost. They are patient, gentle, and sacrificial. Biblical examples include the paralytic’s friends (Mark 2), the disciples (Acts 6), and Jesus (John 13).
- Strengths: 1) They speak love in practical ways; 2) Strong and appealing life-style; 3) They demonstrate kindness and mercy; 4) Their service can break down a person’s negative stereotypes about Jesus and the gospel; 5) Their service can predispose someone to really listen and hear the gospel.
Weaknesses: 1) They may rely too much on experience and emotion; 2) They may need to sharpen their personal ability to verbally share the gospel; 3) May create a situation where people seek the “power” visible in their lives instead of the God behind the power; 4) They can over-spiritualize situations.
- Power Encounter:
- These people may see dramatic physical or emotional change in people as a result of their prayers. Operating with spiritual discernment and insight, God gives these people divine appointments and opportunities. They may uncover deep-rooted issues and often have a keen sense of following the lead of the Holy Ghost. Biblical examples include Elijah, Philip (Acts 8), the apostles (Acts 5), and Jesus (John 4).
- Strengths: 1) They demonstrate God’s power; 2) They get people’s attention; 3) They increase the plausibility of the gospel message; 4) They are open to God’s direction in potentially risky ways.
Recognize the “ABCD” method for sharing Christ (from Appendix 6– Methods on How to Share Christ)
and explain (in 1 paragraph each) any two of the five illustrations of salvation from Appendix 7–
Illustrations of the Good News.
- 2. THE “ABCD” METHOD
- 2.1 Something to Admit (Rom 3:22-23) 2.2 Something to Believe (1 Pet. 3:18) 2.3 Something to Consider (Mark 8:34) 2.4 Something to Do (Say “I will”)
- 1. “DO/DONE”
- This simple verbal illustration can be used alone or together with other illustrations. It makes a distinction between religion and Christianity. Religion is spelled “D-O” and it is the plan most people are on, trying to DO enough to earn God’s favor. Christianity is spelled “D-O-N-E”, because Christ has DONE for us what we could never do for ourselves. He paid for out sins fully by dying on the cross, and he freely offers us his forgiveness and leadership.
- 3. THE MARRIAGE VOW
- Many people do not understand that a decision at a point in time is needed. Just as being in love does not make you married, dating Jesus by attending church, learning more about Him, growing in our understanding does not make someone a Christian. An exchange of vows is needed.
- Jesus vows to save us, to protect us, to provide for us, and one day to raise us from the dead.
- We respond: “I sinner take you Jesus, to be my Lord and Savior. By your grace and with your help, I will forsake all other lovers and remain faithful to you alone – promising to love, honor, obey and worship you for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health for all eternity.”
Recognize the two basic types of conversion (the encounter and the process), who is the good New Testament example of each type (Lecture 2, Sect 14)
- 14.2 The Encounter: the conversion of the Apostle Paul in Acts.
- 14.3 The Process: the conversion of the twelve disciples in Mark
Recognize the descriptions of encounter evangelism (32)
- 32.1 The Apostle Paul’s Experience as a Model
- 32.2 Challenge of the Church
- 32.3 Encounter-Oriented Evangelistic Activities
- 32.3.1 Mass
- 32.3.2 Personal
- 32.3.3 Media
- 32.3.4 The problem of over familiarity
- 32.3.5 Assessment of Encounter Evangelism
- 18.104.22.168 Insight
- 22.214.171.124 Turning
- 126.96.36.199 Transformation
Recognize the model of process evangelism (33)
- Spiritual Pilgrimage
- 1. Quest
- 2. Commitment
- 3. Formation
- A Model for Process Evangelism (the Gospel of Mark):
- 1. Jesus as the Great Teacher
- 2. Jesus as the Powerful Prophet
- 3. Jesus as the Messiah
- 4. Jesus as the Son of Man
- 5. Jesus as the Son of David
- 6. Jesus as the Son of God
Recognize the practice of process evangelism (34)
- 1. Church planting evangelism
- 2. Small group evangelism
- 3. Growth-oriented evangelism
- 4. The spiritual disciplines
- 5. Worship evangelism
- 6. Service evangelism
TEXTBOOK LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Recognize how to develop the art of spiritual friendship by recognizing the key points from these topics: 1) The Prior Question of Trust, 2) Developing Genuine
Friendships, 3) Do What You Love, and 4) Starting Spiritual Conversations. (Chapter 4 of Reimaging Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey by Rick Richardson)
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