How can we get going in evangelism?

Here are some thoughts from me, mixed with episode 5 of WOTM:

Read the bible every day. Think about the reality of hell and the temporary nature of our time on Earth. Pray for the lost that you know. Let compassion for the perilous position of the lost overwhelm you fear of man. Learn the steps of the ‘Good Test’ . Grab a tract to help you swing to the spiritual.

  • relate  (natural friendlieness, discuss the context/environment/news stories/special events; discover and share in their interests; etc.)
  • create  (Swing to the spiritual, another tract might be useful, ask: “what do you think happens when you die?”; where 
  • convict (Go through the good test with them, show them their current condition, hell and God’s judgmenet. Ask them are they concerned)
  • compell (Reveal the gospel. Show your compassion and concern for them. Urge them to really think about what you have said)

You probably won’t get an applause, but know that you have worked with God to stir their conscience.  Most of all, know that the purpose of evangelism is to glorify God.

Luk 19:10 For the Son of Man (Jesus) came to seek and to save the lost. Mat 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I (Jesus) have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

2Ti 4:1-5 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

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3 Responses to How can we get going in evangelism?

  1. Paul says:

    I have decided to pray to God and read the bible again and affirm Christianity. Why?

    Because for me, postmodernism is deficient, scepticism has been answered, agnosticism has been defeated, eastern mysticism found inadequate and inconsistent. For me, relativism just does not work, the presuppositions of naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, humanism, atheism, eastern pantheistic monism have all crumbed in a heap. I’m exhausted by the all of them and unconvinced by all of them. My mind/heart/spirit has been won over to return to the presupposition that God exists. I’ve decided to pray to the biblical God again. Why? Because I’ve been reading the Koran and other religious texts and my mind/heart/spirit is unconvinced by them. Christian theism, to me, is a good worldview that has a strong foundation in correspondence, coherence and internal consistency. It does not rely on either instinct, custom, tradition, consensus gentium, feelings or sense perception alone. It is a good worldview that has explanatory power, avoids extremes, has more than one line of evidence and not just one knockout argument, and now I have concluded that it is able to refute, implicitly or explicitly, contrary worldviews. For me, It has logical consistency, imperial adequacy and expediential relevance.

    The above form of persuasion relies on a combination of spiritual discernment and rationalism. As previously stated by me on your blog, “A feeling reports nothing else other than the fact it is a feeling. Feeling is internal and is not referenced beyond itself. If I arrive at the truth by this means, by a religious experience, what is to stop me from falling into error and into fanaticism. If I take the other path, to rely solely on the intellect, the very best outcome will be intellectual assent only because of a distrust for religious experiences. At best I will arrive at abstractions and irreverent theology.” Lastly, there is the spiritual component, which in Christianity is a necessary and essential. Spiritually is rather difficult to pin down, much harder than the conscience, emotions, will or intellect, but I am now convinced of its reality. It is also by spirituality that God avoids the charge of being unfair, in that some do not have the intellectual capacity to pull apart powerful arguments to identify their premises and assumptions. There are some wonderfully deductive, logical and systematic arguments in the world, but if their premises are wrong, they are outputting garbage. It is also by spirituality that God annihilates pride in the intellectual because they are unable to arrive at God’s realty solely by using whatever individual talents they might have.

    Nevertheless, the mind must be conquered and won over. There is no other way to get the will to submit. I now also believe “God has put enough into the world to make faith in him a most reasonable thing, and he has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason or observation alone.”

    My next task is to think about the following statement. “Spirituality and faith are not explainable, it is a deeply personal experience.”
    What is your response to the above statement, what is wrong with it, what is right with it?

  2. angela74 says:

    Paul, you are right to search using reason, and to find what stands as truth. God has given ample evidence for belief, it is our sinful nature that suppresses the truth in unrighteousness, so that we cannot see it unless God Himelf ennables us to.
    God does not require you to conquer your mind, rather to be transformed by His renewing of your mind. The only way to get the will in order is by taking up your cross and following Jesus, in other words, dying to yourself. We are required to come in an attitude of repentance, knowing that we are wretched, sinful beings who need the righteousness of Jesus to save us. We must be done with ourselves, and ready to crucify our old nature before we are ready to be saved. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
    You are right that we should not base out faith on feelings, but a deep conviction of our sin, our need for a saviour and our belief that Jesus is the only way to be saved. Christianity will provide you with a great worldview, true, but that is no reason to become a Christian.
    Also, it is only possible to find true spirituality once you have had your spirit reanimated by God. We are either dead in our sins (spiritually) or made alive in Christ.
    Hope that helps, and check out http://www.monergism.com

  3. Paul says:

    Conviction of sin could easily have lead me into Mormonism or Islam, and many confess this as being a guide to accepting these belief systems. Moreover, just go and talk to such people and they well say that ‘god’ guided them into their particular faiths. I found that conviction of sin alone via the conscience did not automatically mean I should accept the Christian God.

    It was easier to get to theism than to get to Christian theism. You must understand you are operating from the inside out while I have been looking from the outside in. The modes of thought are extremely different, points of reference are different. My road to accepting God outright was a battle in the mind.

    From the inside perspective, the bible indicates that the mind is a major battle ground upon which Satan tries to take captive souls by building strongholds and fortresses in such minds via prejudices and preconceptions. Yes, the sinful nature can be influenced and manipulated to suppresses the truth in minds as you said. Words such as reasoning’s, imaginations, speculations, arguments, knowledge and thought are used by various bible translations for 2 Cor 10:3-5. Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers 2Cor 4:4. Granted the path to freedom requires such strongholds to be broken and this can only be done through the spiritual means God provides. This does not happen automatically. In these cases the mind has to be conquered, won over by God if the heart is ever to believe and the mind transformed. As you said, only he can do this effectively and appropriately. People like Richard Dawkins (his book ‘The God Delusion”, Sam Harris (his book ‘The End of Faith’), Feuerbach, Russel etc have very alluring arguments. And so, for some, the light of the gospel cannot shine into the mind 2Cor4:4. You can preach the gospel night and day to such foke and they will not listen.

    Every soul’s journey to God is inherently unique. For Sadu Sundar Singh, he was won over to Christianity by a vision of Jesus in a dream. Apostle Paul’s conversion was similar but more dramatic. Others follow a more gradual approach, where no supernatural evidence is given to aid in the decision. C.S. Lewis only became a Christian after he had subjected the Christian faith to the most difficult intellectual tests. This is described in his book ‘Surprised by Joy’, which explains his passage from atheism to Christianity. My point is that I have often felt belittled by Christians in my quest for satisfy my intellectual need. I think this is because it doesn’t sound spiritual and because it means giving alternative worldviews a fair trial by reading ‘godless’ books. I sometime wonder if they are afraid of such books and ideas.

    The reality is the evangelist is always addressing the conscience via the mind. Evangelism is simply and evangelist getting an unbeliever to understand the gospel message in their mind. The mind is a major gateway and is integrated with the rest of the soul. Spiritual discernment, at some point, must flow into the mind, otherwise we would never be able to speak of it, write it down, remember it or even acknowledge it.

    I’m just so frustrated by all this. I’m going to bed.

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