Summary: Evangelisim is not an option it is a command. It is your choice to obey or rebell.
Be Obedient To Jesus Last Command.
There Is A Cultural Mandate To Evangelize
Presented to Peoples COGIC by Sister LaDonna Omobude
WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
I. What is Evangelism?
II. Why should we evangelize?
III Why we don’t evangelize
IV. The three types of evangelism.
Overview of Cultural Mandate for Evangelism
The basic question, which must be asked and answered, is this: "What is evangelism?" And then the next question must be answered, "What is a mandate?" In this preliminary
Study as a group we will answer those two questions and face fearlessly and frankly the question of the importance of personal evangelism. Why evangelism? Why should I do personal work?
Who is exempt from this ministry? These and other salient questions are answered
A. We need to know what evangelism is.
B. We need to relate evangelism to personal witnessing and soul winning.
C. We must know the three kinds of evangelism and how to cultivate them in our lives.
II. A DEFINITION OF EVANGELISM
“Evangelism is to so present Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit that men shall
come to put their trust in God through Him and, accepting Him as their Lord,
seek to serve Him in the fellowship of His church.”(Anglican archbishops 1918.)
God’s act of working through believers empowered by the Holy Spirit to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to every person and people group with the purpose to persuade the lost to come to salvation.
Evangelism is the mandate for the church.
III. WHAT IS MEANT BY PERSONAL EVANGELISM
A. It is an individual reaching other individuals
B. It is illustrated in Andrew leading his brother Peter to Christ (John 14:15)
IV. REASONS WHY PERSONAL EVANGELISM IS IMPORTANT
A. It is important because it WAS COMMANDED. Lets us open our Bibles to Matthew 28:19 and read it together. The scope of this commands included all nations. Not just blacks, not just east siders and not just our family members. In Mark 16:15 the command is found again. This verse in Mark makes it more personal “Go ye into all the world, and preach to gospel to every creature.” Please take notice your were not asked if you would like to witness you were commanded. JESUS COMMANDED IT
B. It is important BECAUSE OF THE NEEDS OF SINNERS. We must rescue them from a burning a hell. The fact that men are lost should compel us Christians to evangelize. The wages of sin is death Romans 3: 23 so it is essential to give the dying a lifeline so please evangelize.
C. It is important if you LOVE CHRIST. Jesus said in John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. If you truly love him you will keep all his commands and not push evangelism off on someone else. Do you remember falling in love weren’t you excited didn’t you want to introduce everyone to him or her. We should have that same excitement about introducing others to Christ. We should be happy because we love him.
D. It is important because it GIVES GLORY TO GOD. If we are Christians we should be bearing fruit, Jesus challenged the disciples to do so. Read John 15:1-8
E. It is important for all Christians to witness because the LABOURERS ARE FEW. We must simply obey Christ however all Christians don’t. Some a have a list of reasons for their disobedience. However let me refresh your memory it was commanded. The harvest is plenteous but the laborers are few. Matt 9:37 A church that does not evangelize will become a lukewarm body with stunted growth.
F. It is important because our reward depends on faithfulness as soul winners. 2 Cor 5:10 and 1 Thess 2:19,20.
You must answer G.
V. COMBATTING THE FEARS /WHAT KEEPS US FROM WITNESSING FOR CHRIST.
A. The lack of a genuine experience with Christ/ not sure of your own salvation and or not having the fullness of the Spirit.
B. Unconfessed sin in the life of the believer
C. The fear of witnessing
D. The fear of being ridiculed and laughed at
E. The lack of any real, genuine, heart concern.
F.Neglect of prayer life
This list goes on and on.
Verses that accompany the lesson:
I Corinthians 1:27 II Corinthians 5:10-21 John 6:37-40 II Timothy 1:7-8 4:2 12 Acts 1:8 and 4:31 Gal 2:20 and Phil 4:13 These are a few of the verses we can use to fill in our hand out Combating the Fears.
The number 1 reason we do not witness, is fear. FEAR is one poor reason to disobey Christ and Fear is a poor excuse to watch your family members die.