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Accurate Mindset for Evangelism

Jn. 15:16; Lk. 19:13

Bishop David Ibeleme

God’s heartbeat is Evangelism/soul-winning – Lk. 19:1-10; Mt. 9:35ff.

Jesus was a soul winner – 1 Tim.1:15; Lk.19:10.

Soul Winning is the greatest call. Every other call can only be second to this call – Eph.4; 2 Cor. 5:9ff; Rom. 10:8ff; Jude 1:21-23.

Every believer (clergy & laity) is called upon to bring the light of God’s word to their community – 1 Tim. 3; 1 Tim. 6:12.

We are Christ’s ambassadors – 2 Cor. 5:17-20.

1. We are here to take over – Obad. 1:17; Is. 2:2-4; 4:5.

We are strategic in God’s redemptive plan.

 To demonstrate Satan’s defeat – Col. 2:15; 2 Cor. 2:14.

 We are to manifest His glory – Hab. 2:14; Matt. 5:13-16.

 Jesus said occupy till I come – Lk. 19:13.

 We are the continuation of Jesus’ ministry on earth – Ps. 103:1-3.

2. We must follow or imitate Jesus in order for us to manifest His glory.

Jesus has set a pattern for us to follow.

(Elijah & Elisha, Moses & Joshua).

To get the results He got:-

 We must be like Him.

 We must talk like Him.

 We must act like Him.

This is the essence of discipleship.

3. Recognize there is a massive harvest – Mk. 16:15ff; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Jonah 1; Acts 10.

Manifesting His glory involves reaping the end-time harvest.” The harvest is great”… saith the Lord – Matt. 9:35ff; Dan. 12:1-3; Joel 3:12-13; Dan. 12:1-3.

This is evidenced by:-

 The rise in sin and iniquity.

 Multitudes in the valley of decision.

 The rise in new age religions.

 The cry for the supernatural.

Even the aged can participate in it – Ps. 71:15, 18; Ps. 92:13 14.

4. We are to be “fishers” of men – Mk. 1:17.

 God is interested in us “fishing” for men.

 Tactics / methods are important – Pr. 11:30.

 Wisdom is the key – Dan. 12:1-3.

Graceful Living – Let your light shine – Matt. 5:13ff.

Graceful Speech – Col. 4:5-6; 1 Thess. 4:11-12.

We need to be relevant – Mt. 10; find a man that is worthy.

 Get the right place.

 Get the right bait.

 Get the right “person”.

 Bring them in once they are “caught”.

5. Don’t be judgmental - You are not the Holy Spirit. Jn. 16:7.

Catch the fish before you clean it. Nobody catches clean fish.

The way you see people is important – 2 Cor. 5:16; Eph. 4:17-18.

- The sinner is already forgiven of his sins.

- 1 Jn. 1:9 is for saints not for sinners.

- God loves the sinner as much as He loves the saint – 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Rom. 5:10; Jn. 3:16; 1 Tim. 4:10.

Good news involves showing them that they are redeemed, not doomed.

6. Practice Persuasive Evangelism – 2 Cor. 5:10-11; Matt. 11:12; Jude1:23;

This speaks of bringing people to a point of decision.

Three (3) kinds of evangelism:-

1. Presence – Our life alone being our testimony.

2. Proclamation – Our preaching alone being our testimony.

These two are good, but not good enough.

3. Persuasive - (a blend of the two).

This involves being assertive and not leaving things to chance.

7. We need an open door – Eph. 6:19-21.


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