How God’s parable of reckless grace prepares evangelists
In love and mercy, God is generous with grace. He extends his love with the hand of forgiveness to people though many reject Him. God’s grace pursues. His forgiveness reconciles. His love is so pure that Jesus resorts to parables to describe it.
We are given the word picture of a father who readily bestows grace and forgiveness to a prodigal son. We are given the images of a wife who is frantically looking for a lost coin – and a faithful shepherd searching for that one lost sheep out of a hundred entrusted to his care.
Every person in this world is valued by God. His love, mercy, and grace is so pure and powerful that He sent us His one and only son to die for us.
His grace may appear as a reckless love that continues to sets itself up for rejection. It is a type of love that is foreign to many of us. The message of God’s grace is an invitation without limits or qualifications. It is intended for all people.
It is reckless love that prompts evangelists to spread the message of salvation to the world.
Praise and Proclaim Ministries launches campaign in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
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 Secret of a Christian’s Strength to be Evangelists
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.
How a Christian Evangelist can provide a clear presentation of the Gospel
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.
Why churches do not need to give up on canvassing
“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.
Three reasons why proclaiming the gospel to friends and strangers is so terrifying for Christians
When angels spoke to people in the Bible their first words were usually, “Do not be afraid!”
When Jesus sent out his disciples (Matthew 10) to the towns and villages to proclaim His name, he only gave them six words – simple and straight-forward. He spent the rest of the chapter letting them know how challenging it was going to be.
Evangelism is difficult and scary!
Some people think that sharing the gospel is terrifying because they don’t know what to say or feel that they just can’t do it.
I don’t believe that is true.
There is something deeper and more prevailing that causes terror for Christians when the invitation to proclaim the gospel is graciously extended by the gospel.
How can I get my members at church to go canvassing?
The empty signup sheets asking members to participate in canvassing hang on clipboards at the back of the church. The thought of knocking on another person’s door is horrifying… even for pastors. Past experiences of going door-to-door prompt people to say, “It doesn’t work!” It is frustrating and disheartening when most unchurched people at the door don’t respond well when confronted with the questions, “Do you have a church home?” or “If you died tonight, will you go to heaven?” To avoid talking to people, many churches will use “door-hangers.”
There is nothing wrong with these approaches, but I believe there is something even more powerful a congregation can do that will increase the participation in going door-to-door.
What are the greatest benefits a church receives from canvassing?
Whenever congregations reach out and connect face-to-face with members of their community, the Lord uses that activity to shine His light and reveal His presence through those who believe and remain in Him. Canvassing a local neighborhood accomplishes that.
There is joy when a lost soul receives faith as a result of canvassing. A family who leaves nearby may accept an invitation to come to a church event or a worship service and hear the gospel. That is a great benefit the Lord provides through the power of His Word.
I would like to suggest that there is even a greater benefit that many churches often overlook.