Evangelism Principles

  1. Stand For Something

- Faith must be maturing… I never “get it all”, but we must not act as though it is ok to simply “be at church”

- Know why you believe what you believe before you attempt to reach others… Evangelism can be done by anyone, but can be undone by one who has no idea why they  believe what they claim

- We all live what we believe… We may be able to look in the mirror and lie about what we believe, but our lives tell the true story to those that are watching… and believe me, the world is watching

- Be confident in the Scriptures of God… Admit on the front end that this is not an opinion contest, but a honest study of the Scriptures

  1. Have A Passion For Souls/Be Urgent About Business

- We must all understand there is no “plan B” outside of the church

- Realize the difference between urgency and panic… We are not going to be a people of panic, but we most certainly are people of urgency!

- Taking our cues from Jesus [Luke 19:10]… He came to SEEK and save those that were lost… How much seeking are we doing? What opportunities are we taking  advantage of to seek and bring a saving message to the lost? 

- If I knew that there was a horrific natural disaster about to happen to the building you are in… Would I tell you? Or would I simply get in my truck and move down the road?… The Bible tells us the wages of sin is death [Romans 6:23], so the natural disaster is spiritual death… What kind of person would I be if I didn’t even try to steer you out of the path of the storm?

  1. Every Person Is A Candidate To Obey The Gospel

- [Mark 16:15] is intended to represent every person… How could I ever think that I am in a position to refuse to let someone obey the gospel?

- [Acts 8:4] is intended to represent the “everywhere-ness” of the gospel… People who were looked down on and pre-judged were now allowed to be members of the  kingdom… In every place

- It is vital to the growth of the church that we stop placing restrictions on people where God doesn’t see restrictions… “Go into ALL the world…” “For God so loved the world…”

- We are not the sole owner/operators of the gospel… It was ALWAYS intended to be spread worldwide to any and all who would listen, obey, and do what it says

  1. Everybody Can Do Something In The Kingdom

- We are all important to the furthering of the kingdom… Too many folks are claiming they “can’t” do things, when the blunt truth is that they fit in the category of “won’t” rather than “can’t”

- On the other side of that is those that feel they are overlooked because of something outside of their control… Their youth… Their gender… Their old age… Their  socioeconomic status… We must be a people that operates as our Messiah did, welcoming to all kinds, loving to the worst sinner while never excusing their sin… Also, Jesus went out of his way to find things that people could do within the kingdom… That must be us

- Life experience many times is the best advisor… If you feel that you are no longer able to teach a class or take a leading role in worship, believe me you are desperately needed to share your life experience with the generation that is following you… If you feel that you are too young to make an impact, believe me when I tell you that many  Christians are buoyed by the young men and women that want to “study to show themselves approved…” It is your energy that can make the biggest impact of all

  1. Maintain A Positive Attitude

- No, it is not an easy task… No, you will not be 100% successful in transforming the world… This doesn’t give you (or me) the opportunity to simply throw up our hands in exasperation and say the whole world is lost…

- Remember why it is you are supporting mission efforts, remind yourself from time to time that if one person decides to become a child of God, then your efforts are worth it… Remind yourself from time to time that if one person decides to come home to God, it is worth all the other frustrations and dismissals

- [Numbers 13:30] when everyone else but Joshua seemed to be right about the Israelites inability to take the Promised Land, Caleb wanted to go right then because he truly understood the power of the God he served

- Do we really believe Luke 1:37? If we really believe that nothing is impossible with God, then we must simply stop limiting God… We maintain a positive attitude not because of our abilities or talents, but rather because of what God can do in spite of the faults of His messengers

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Scott

"Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when
loaded with grain. The swift will not escape, the
strong will not muster their strength, and the
warrior will not save his life. The archer will not
stand his ground, the fleet-footed solider will not
get away, and the horseman will not sage his life.
Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that
day, declares the Lord" (Amos 2.13-16).
 
God's discipline is not easy to consider. It is not,
often, a comfortable conversation piece, but it is
something that we need to understand as carefully
as we can. We want this aspect of God to be fully
in place, but not always applied to our life.
 
Tonight, we are going to talk about discipline, so
Scott and I are hoping that you will join us for this
part of a larger conversation from Hebrews 12.
Bring your Bible, a spirit that seeks to hear from
God, and allow God to make room for his word.
Those who do will be blessed, and we will leave here
this evening built up, encouraged, taught, and
understanding our place in the grander scheme of
God's kingdom.
 
To God be the glory.
 
- Alex

Balanced Evangelism
2 Timothy 3:16-4:2

A) "Profitable" (2 Timothy 3:16)
- Scripture is from God, so there cannot be falsehood in the Scripture.
- Scripture is written in a balanced way (for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness), so it must be taught that way.
B) "Perfect" (2 Timothy 3:17)
- The goal of study/evangelism is to make us competent/complete/perfect.
- We must evangelize with that goal in mind.
C) "Prepared" (2 Timothy 4:1)
- Our final exam is the final exam for all mankind.
- No one (that is capable of being accountable) is exempt from this exam, so doesn't that show us the need for evangelism?
D) "Preach" (2 Timothy 4:2)
- Once we understand these other 3 things, we are ready to evangelize the world.
- The world was turned upside down once before (Acts 17:7)... There is no plan B!
- We must be willing to teach the world, but zeal does not equal truthful teaching (Romans 10:1-3).
- Therefore, it is imperative that we are balanced in our zeal and our knowledge.

- Scott

"No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it
will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it
on a stand, so that those who come by may see
the light" (Luke 11.33).
 
Jesus wants us to be people of light. We should
live in his light, walk in his light. We are even
instructed to let the light of Jesus shine from
our lives. All of these ideas are one in the same.
Each is connected to this teaching of our Master.
 
The purpose of the light is to lead others out of
the darkness. Although God will, ultimately be
glorified in the good deeds of his servants, that
is not the primary reason for light. Light has been
appointed by God to combat the darkness.
 
You not only bring glory to God by your good
deeds (your light), but you are also a light to a
world that loves the darkness. Light is supposed
to shine in the darkness, even though the
darkness does not understand the light.
 
God has called you to be a light to someone in
darkness. Like someone sleeping resists the light
when turned on in the night, so will your light be
to those who love darkness, yet we are called into
this darkness to bring the light and expose the
deeds of the evil, with gentleness, in hopes that
God will lead them to repentance.
 
- Alex
Thoughts From Psalm 139
 
In this Psalm we find David expressing sincere awe
about what God has done in him and what God
knows about him. Many of us read these words and
sincerely believe that it would be a negative for God
to know us like David speaks of. However, it is
described in verse 6 as being too wonderful for David
to even imagine that God would see him and care for
him in the way that He does. Sometimes we need to
be reminded of God's interest in our lives.
 
In verses 11 & 12, David goes on to say that even in
his darkest of days, God has found him and has
made his darkest days as bright as the day. In our
worst moments, in our moments of fear, anger,
disappointment, and disgust, God is still actively
pursuing us to show us light. How can this not
encourage us?
 
Finally, in verses 23 & 24, David closes this time of
praise by asking God to search him fully and
examine his heart. Be challenged by these words to
intentionally ask God on this day to search your life
and root out anything that would be considered
grievous before Him. In doing so, you can come to
know God in a more real and intimate way.
 
Lessons For Today:
A.M. - "Free To Enjoy The Remission Of Sins" -
Ephesians 1:7
 
P.M. - "The Order Of The Towel" - John 13