Located about thirty miles east of Spokane, the growing city of Coeur d’Alene, ID is situated on a large, beautiful lake and is the host to several resorts and a famous golf course with a floating green.
It is also the site of a brand new church called The Vine. And Praise and Proclaim Ministries was invited to launch an outreach campaign in the Coeur d’Alene community.
The feelings of inadequacy are one of the greatest barriers a sincere Christian must overcome to be an evangelist.
These feelings can either paralyze or be a prompt to discover that a Christian’s greatest strength lies outside of themselves.
Proclaiming the gospel is not about ourselves, but the power of Christ in us. The Holy Spirit transforms us from timid, spiritual weaklings, to towering pillars of strength that can do all things… including evangelism.
The Apostle Paul understood that. Readily confessing his weaknesses, Paul knew and experienced that in his weakness there is strength.
He was not alone. Moses. Gideon. David. Abraham. These were Old Testament heroes who were fragile, ordinary men who relied on God to do miraculous deeds in His name.
There is one man in the Old Testament that we will focus on who can serve as a great example on how to be evangelists in today’s world.
The following is an example of how a Christian evangelist can share God’s message of salvation with a person that provides a clear presentation on what God’s Word teaches about the consequences of sin and the promises of the gospel.
“Canvassing doesn’t work because people in my community already belong to a church or I don’t want to offend them.”
This is a statement I often hear from pastors and lay leaders from across the nation. Frustrated by the results and disappointed my negative reactions, congregations are wary to consider any type of stranger evangelism. Scared, perhaps even intimidated, most evangelism efforts primarily focus on inviting people to attend community events or youth programs sponsored by the church.
These are not bad ideas, but I don’t think congregational members need to necessarily give up on verbally proclaiming the gospel to the lost.
Two churches separated by the bay but joined together for a common purpose – to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Vallejo, CA and Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Concord, CA launched an aggressive outreach campaign on July 29th and 30th. Members from both congregations were trained on how to go door-to-door to share the gospel, were provided with a well-organized opportunity to put their training into action, and were prepared to take full advantage of the benefits and the blessings from the campaign.
Utilizing the theme, “Finding Freedom,” the congregations went out into the communities of Vallejo and Concord to share how we can find freedom in Christ. At the end of the day, they collectively proclaimed a gospel message to 154 souls.