Summary: Taken from James Smith’s original sermon of the same title "Jesus’s Simple Plan For Evangelism And Church Planting.
Jesus’ Simple Plan For Evangelism
[Tile and main points taken from James Smith’s sermon Jesus’s Simple Plan for Evangelism and Church Planting. Http://www.sermoncentral.com.]
April 21, 2002
1 The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them on ahead in pairs to all the towns and villages he planned to visit. 2 These were his instructions to them: "The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest, and ask him to send out more workers for his fields. 3 Go now, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. 4 Don’t take along any money, or a traveler’s bag, or even an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.
Introduction: How I hate commercials. Too fake.
Company’s send their best and brightest in the hopes of making the sale.
Commercials don’t show ugly, obnoxiously overweight individuals in rags
Yet, this is what Christ is sending out. Early in Acts it indicates the nature of these disciples "uneducated, common men" (Acts 4:13)
Low income, blue collar, high school dropouts
Jesus said he was sending them out as "lambs among wolves"-vulnerable, defenseless
-task is beyond reason
70/72 disciples = Gen 10 70/72 nations
-to all the world
-no money, traveler’s bag, or even a second pair of sandals. Don’t even stop for small talk, but keep to the task
Imagine being told to take a trip to California, but told not to take your wallet (save license), no snacks, no games, no tapes, no C D’s, and no spare tire.
Yet, Christ sends out His disciples with the incredibly daunting task of world evangelization with nothing more than the shirt on their back. In spite of this verse 17 indicates they returned successful. What was the secret of their success?
In this story we discover four principles that Jesus sets forth for successful evangelism
Four Principles Of Evangelism
5 "Whenever you enter a home, give it your blessing. (New Living Translation)
1. Bless The Area And The People
We commonly greet one another with the words "How are you doing?"
-shallow and merely functional as a means of recognition
but the phrase, "Peace be to this house" "
meant much more than a superficial greeting. The term for peace comes from the Hebrew word Shalom
So unchanged is the offering of this greeting that even today in Israel friends and acquaintances are greeted with the words mah shlomka "What is your peace" or "How are you doing"
[Vine, W. E., Merrill Unger, William White. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary Of Old And New Testament Words. (Thomas Nelson, Inc.: Nashville, TN, 1996).]
It is a meaning of completeness, soundness, and well being of the total person. [Youngblood Ronald F., gen. ed. Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary. (Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville, TN 1995).] A blessing of life that only God could provide.
It is to say to someone "I wish your enemies would become your friends;
Your finances would abound
Your marriage fruitful
Your children successful
Your life enriched by all that is said and done"