The Kingdom of Heaven is Near
When Jesus sent out his disciples to go door-to-door to proclaim the gospel, He needed the words needed to be simple, powerful, and easy to remember.
He told them to proclaim the following message, “The Kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 10:7)
How can we apply this same message to today’s world?
3 Ways the Power of Satan Affects the Work of an Evangelist
No unbeliever wants to be a Christian.
It’s not just a stubborn refusal to trust in God’s promises [because they are dead in sin], the removal of social barriers, or even the hypocrisy of a church that holds a person back, but something even more powerful.
When evangelists don’t acknowledge the spiritual forces behind unbelief, they will be ill-equipped to provide an appropriate and ongoing response to counter them.
Don’t be like “Harold” but be heralds of Good News
When the angels appeared in the night sky to proclaim the good news of Christ’s birth, they provided an example and a clue for all believers on how to be evangelists.
All believers, like the angels, are to be heralds of Good News. And in that old English word “herald” we discover the truth and misconceptions about evangelism.
Finding a Key to unlock the mystery of faith
Sherlock Holmes relied on deductive reasoning. Thomas Edison relied on experiments. Even Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm. Each attempted to unlock a mystery using skill and intuitive minds.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is a mystery. A key is needed outside of a person’s power or reasoning. Without it, a heart will remain locked and unable to receive the saving power of God’s grace.
Every Christian has been given the key to salvation to unlock the mystery of faith. And Christ is asking every person who trusts in Him to share it with others.
What is the key? Where can I find the key to unlock the mystery of faith?
A way to find delight in the fear of evangelism – it comes from an unexpected source
The fear of evangelism is a normal response. Trepidation can typically accompany Jesus’ call to carry out the Great Commission. When a soul’s eternity is at stake, even the most seasoned Christian can succumb to fear when God has given them opportunities to proclaim His name.
When we examine Scripture and God’s promises, we discover that most of our fears are self-imposed.
I believe the prophet Isaiah offers us a few clues. Out of great love and mercy, God provides a simple, effective tool on how we find delight when confronting the fears of evangelism.
That tool is an ax.
How evangelism rests on trust and what you possess
A pastor at a recent mission conference stood up and made a startling statement.
He no longer uses the word “faith” when he is talking to people about believing in Christ. The word no longer has the same connotation that accurately reflects the biblical definition of what faith means. When sharing the gospel with others, the pastor suggests using the word “trust”.
Trust in what Jesus has already done for you and receive salvation from your sins.
That makes sense. A loving relationships is based on trust. In a saving relationship with Christ, we trust His promises that our righteousness is secure because of His faithfulness – not our own; His obedience and not our own; His trustworthiness and not our own.
Is being a humanitarian enough to convey the full love of Christ?
Jesus’ greatest command is for Christians to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
We see images of destruction caused by natural disasters and are dismayed by the loss. Homes are destroyed. Families are left with nothing. Prompted by love, we extend a hand by offering financial support or materials goods to help those in need. Some are even willing to travel long distances to help pick up the pieces.
Are these demonstrations the type of love Christ is looking for, or is He calling on Christians to do something more?
In this growing impersonal and materialistic world being enveloped by today’s technology, perhaps Christians have lost touch on what Christ means to love our neighbor.
Twelve Things Successful Evangelists Do
There are remarkably gifted people God uses to reach hundreds of lost souls for Christ. We marvel at their wonderful speaking ability, leadership skills, and passion for reaching the world with the gospel.
We stand back in awe of how God uses men and women to proclaim the gospel and wonder what it’s like to be used in the same way.
Is proclaiming the gospel about applying certain techniques and programs? What separates successful evangelists from others? What do they do that allows them to reach hundreds if not thousands for Christ?
What can a Christian glean from men and women God is using to share the gospel of Jesus Christ? The answers may surprise you.