Summary: Today we are gone to talk ,,,,Evangelism. It‘s perhaps Christian folk’s greatest fear.
“Come and See:
Principles for Evangelism”
Come and See:
Principles for Evangelism
Principles for Evangelism,,,
Today we are gone to talk ,,,,Evangelism.
It‘s perhaps Christian folk’s greatest fear.
Personal evangelism,,, sharing one’s faith with another person….
After all, I may not know what to say.
They might ask me a question I cannot answer. I might fail.
I am not gifted in evangelism.
That’s the pastor’s job, isn’t it?
I am afraid.
Indeed, witnessing is one of the most neglected commands in all of Scripture.
While Bible reading and prayer are also disregarded by the average Christian,,,,
I dare to say that witnessing has to be the least practiced of the Christian disciplines.
When,,,when we consider the fact that Jesus’ final words,,,, ahh,,,ahh to the church were a challenge to spread the gospel to all the world,,, it seems ironic that most Christians have never personally led another ,,,, individual to Christ,,,, or,,,or shared their faith with an unbeliever…..
Now,,,now you might say, “Minister ,,,, I am afraid.,,,, I can’t think well on my feet,,,.”
But you ,,,, you know what?
There is not a Christian witness alive who has not felt the same fear at one time or another….
We all have feelings of anxiety when we share the gospel with an unbeliever. So, fear is no real excuse.
You say, “Minister, I do not know what to say….
I am afraid they will ask me a question I cannot answer…..
What do I say to someone that’s seeking God ?”
We learn in today’s sermon a very basic method of evangelism…. It is perhaps the simplest of all witnessing tools.
I call it the “come and see” method of personal evangelism….
What he say?
Before we get into the principles themselves, let’s examine our text together.
When we left off in John’s Gospel, we had been introduced to the Gospel’s first witness of who Jesus is. We heard the testimony of John the Baptist, and we learned that Jesus is: the Lamb of God; the Pre-existent One; the One who baptizes with fire; and the Son of God (anointed by God). We also found out that the Baptizer defined his role as that of a forerunner. He was one called to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a voice of preparation.
Today, we discover that John the Baptist displays the ultimate aim of the proper witness when he directs his own followers to Jesus. There is a transfer in the text from John to Jesus. John simply wants others to see Jesus, not him. Look at this first section (35-37).
For the second time, the apostle uses the phrase the “next day” to specify that these events took place in a 3-day cycle. On the first day (v.29), John identified Jesus amidst the crowd. This time, on the second day, the Baptist is with two of his disciples, yet his purpose remains the same—he wants to point people to Jesus (even his own followers).
This section, which extends to the end of the chapter, displays what could be labeled “intimate evangelism”—pointing those closest to you to Jesus. And that is exactly what John does. He points his own followers to Jesus. “That is Him, the Lamb of God.”